Mr. Sandeep Sapra - President
is an Income Tax Consultant predominantly handling corporate appeals before the Supreme Court of India, various High Courts and Income Tax Appellate Tribunals. Several judgments have been published in various Law Journals. Some of the major clients are: Hyundai Heavy Industries Ltd., Asahi Glass, ONGC, Essel/ZEE TV Group, Jamna Auto Industries Ltd. etc. He has been a member of executive committee of the Income Tax Bar Association, Meerut and Income tax Appellate Tribunal Bar Association, Delhi.
Dr. Mrs. Aruna Vasudev - Vice President
has a Ph.D. from the University of Paris II for her thesis on “The Legal, Political and Sociological aspects of Censorship in Indian Cinema”. She is the Founder-Director of CINEFAN, the annual Cinemaya Festival of Asian Cinema (now Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival), New Delhi, the Founder-Editor and publisher of Cinemaya, the Asian Film Quarterly (1988-2004) and the Founder-President of NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema). She is the author of “The New Indian Cinema” (1987) – A Book published by Macmillan India, and “Liberty and License in Indian Cinema” (1979) – A Book published by Vikas Publishing House. She is Co-editor of many books, among them:“The World of Kenji Mizoguchi” by Tadao Sato published by Berg, UK; “When Strangers Meet: Vision of Asia & Europe in Film” a book published by Asia-Europe Foundation & Netpac, in SIngapore; “Modernity & Identity in Vietnamese Cinema” a book published in Indonesia in 2003, and many more. She has been involved in many other cinema related activities and has been president or member of juries in film festivals around the world. Apart from her pioneering work in Asian cinema, she has received many awards, some of them are : Chevalier de I’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Govt., the Korea Prize from Pusan International Film Festival, the Star of Italian Solidarity, Kalpana Chawla Award for Excellence for women in India and many more
Mr. S.K. Misra - Vice President
is currently Vice- Chairman Emeritus of INTO (International National Trusts Organisation) and Chairman of the Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development (ITRHD) and Vice President, Alliance Française de Delhi. In his government career, he served as Secretary to the Ministries of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Agriculture and Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister as well as Director-General of the Festival of India in France, the USA, the USSR and Sweden. Post retirement, he served as chairman of INTACH for ten years. In June 2011, along with the number of colleagues from various fields, he founded ITRHD with the two-fold goal of addressing the challenges of preserving India’s tangible and intangible rural heritage: and of connecting the preservation and enhancement of this heritage with economic development and general improvement in the quality of rural life. In 2009, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan for distinguished civil service.
Mr. Surya Bhatia - Treasurer
is a Chartered Accountant qualified in May’98. During his two year stint in a CA firm where he worked in the capacity as a partner, he developed a passion for personal finance and started developing experience and expertise in the same. He did certification in AMFI Mutual Fund Testing Program – 2001. Subsequently, when CFP (Certified Financial Planner) was launched in India, he did his CFP via the challenge status. In the year 2003, he started his own wealth boutique firm “Asset Managers” – a financial advisory concern advising on money management principles and over the last 9 years, he has been helping individuals and Small & Medium Enterprise (SME) to create, manage and grow their assets. He has also been doing TV shows more popularly “Let’s talk Money” on NDTV Profit and contributing towards financial literacy through print media by writing articles and columns and is currently writing a weekly column for HT-MINT.
Mr Jean François Ramon - Ex-Officio Member
grew up and went to school in Morocco and in the South of France. He studied at the University of Montpellier where he got a doctorate in French linguistics. During his military service he worked as a civil servant and as a French language teacher in the French Institutes of Bremen and Hamburg in Germany. Then his career continued in two directions. The first one in the world of sciences and the second one in the field of culture management. As an engineer belonging to the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research), he held project management positions for scientific research. In this context, he was responsible for an important national network of laboratories in the field of human and social sciences. He was also a director of several cultural establishments in France but also in Germany (where he was director of the Institut Français in Stuttgart) and in Luxembourg (wherehewas cultural adviser at the French Embassy). Before coming to Delhi he was director of an institution made up of three music venues. One of them is the famous auditorium of the Arsenal, one of the most beautiful concert halls in Europe.
Mr Guillaume Grangeon - Ex-Officio Member
Joined AFD from Sep 2018.
Mr. Harpreet Singh - Secretary
obtained his B.Com degree from Bhagat Singh College, New Delhi. He studied French at Alliance Française de Delhi upto 6th semester (Diplome level). He also runs a business of interior designing and execution of interiors projects. He undertakes turnkey projects from Government, Semi Government and multinational companies etc. all over India, mostly in Delhi & Mumbai. He is also a member of the poetry society and has composed around hundred poems in English and some in French. His articles and poems have been published in many leading National newspapers and magazines like Indian Express, The Hindustan Times etc. He has served as member of Governing Body, AFD for around ten years and first became its member at the age of 18.
Mr Aditya Arya - Jt. Secretary
An eminent commercial and travel photographer, Aditya Arya began professional photography in 1980 after graduating in History from the St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. In addition to his wide-ranging Commercial and Travel portfolio, his work has been published widely in books and travel magazines around the world. He is known for his expertise in the field of advertising and corporate photography, specializing in Products, Interiors and Food. Over the last few years, he has been completely immersed in the subject and practice of photographic conservation. He has honed his skills and knowledge on preservation, restoration and archiving particularly through the documentation of historic photographic works from the famous Kulwant Roy Collection of the pre and post independence era. He has played a pivotal role in the establishment of India Photo Archive Foundation and the Neel Dongre Awards/Grants for Excellence in Photography. At present, while also actively pursuing his professional advertising and commercial assignments, he divides his time between his photography archive and Museo Camera – the only Photography and Camera Museum in India. With more than 2000 rare and iconic cameras and other equipment, this museum traces the history of photography from the 1870s to the Digital Era. Today in the fast paced world of megapixels he is also immersing himself in the slowness of analog processes and at the same time slowing down many born digital photographers and artists by mentoring them. Aditya has also turned alchemist and artist practicing and teaching the art of vintage photographic processes such as salt prints, egg albumen prints, gum bichromate and wet plate photography.
Ms Anita Singh - Member
is Vice Chairperson of the Punjabi Academy (Govt. of Delhi) and trustee of the Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development and Media Centre for Research and Development. She is also on the Governing Council of INTACH. She has been on the Executive Committees of the Sangeet Natak Academy (Punjab), Sahitya Kala Parishad (Delhi Govt.), National Cultural Festival (Govt. of India), Film & TV Corporation (Punjab Govt.) and the National Media Centre. She is also the President of the Alain Danielou (India) Committee, Founder Director of the Indian Music Society, and member of the Jury of the Akashvani Awards.
Mr. Jawahar Lal Sarin - Member
did his BA (Hons.) in English, LLB and MA Political Science from Punjab University, Chandigarh. He has done Diploma of the International Institute of Public Administration, Paris under a French government scholarship. Mr. J.L. Sarin joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1967, and worked in various capacities in Punjab and in the Central Government. The last posting in India was as Director Ocean Development, Govt. of India (1981-85). He then joined the African Development Bank, Côte d’Ivoire in 1986 where he worked in various capacities, including Chief of Recruitment, Deputy Director Language Services, and Director Human Resource Management till Oct. 1997.
Mrs. Shashi Banerjee - Member
as a post Graduate Degree in English, Education, Indian Classical Dance and Music and a post graduate certificate in the teaching of English language from CIEFL, Hyderabad along with a Sahitya Parishad Certification for the teaching of Hindi and Sanskrit. She has been heading some of the leading educational institutions in Delhi and NCR, and presently is the founder principal of Shiv Nadar School, Noida. With a deep interest in art, culture and innovative pedagogy, her thoughts on education have been published in various weeklies and journals over the past two decades.
Prof. Balveer Arora - Member
received his higher education degrees in History and Political Science from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and Sciences-Po, Paris before doing his doctorate from Paris I (Pantheon – Sorbonne). He did his French language studies at the Alliance Francaise, Paris, and advanced language and civilisation studies at the Sorbonne. He taught Political Science at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (1973-2010) where he specialised in Indian political institutions and federal politics, the party system and policy processes. He was Rector and Pro Vice Chancellor of JNU (2002-2005) and is presently Chairman of the Centre for Multilevel Federalism, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi. Dr. Arora has been a visiting professor at U.Penn, Philadelphia, Sciences-Po Paris, Ecole des Hautes Etude en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, and Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (MSH), Paris. He has been a member of the scientific councils of the French Network of Institutes of Advanced Studies (RFIEA) and the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris. He is currently Vice president of the Transcultura International Institute, Paris. He also serves on the Plan India Board since 2008 and chairs its Governance & Nomination Committee. He was conferred the Legion d’honneur as chevalier in 2011 and had earlier been inducted, in 2003, as officier in the Ordre des Palmes Academiques.
Prof. Iftikhar-Mulk Chishti - Member
teaches the Theory of Design at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi from where he had graduated in 1975. His activities include a practice in architecture/interior design, exhibition/product design, and installation/screenography, and extend to theatre and film making, a subject which he studied in Paris during a four year period in the late seventies.