Board of Directors

Mr. DB Sagar- President, and Founder:
Mr. DB Sagar is the founder and has served as President of the International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR) since 2008. He introduced the idea of a Caste Freedom Index (CFI) and has overseen programs, regional and field offices, designed and administrated projects, and coordinated with national associates and a range of stakeholders including funding agencies and high-profile communities. He is an international development advocate, corporate philanthropist, and social entrepreneur with over ten years of experience in international program development & management, litigation, non-profit, and social business in both the United States and Asia. Click here to view complete bio.

Donald L. Zimmerman- Ph.D., Co-Chair:
Donald L. Zimmerman, Ph.D. has served as the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR) since 2013 and had served as a Board Member. He is a Professor and Director of the Graduate Health Care Administration Program at the University of Maryland University College. Prior to joining UMUC, Dr. Zimmerman spent 15 years as a faculty member and a senior academic leader at Walden University, Farleigh Dickinson University, and the University of Sciences in Philadelphia. Click here to view complete bio.

Dr. Damber Kumar “DK” Gurung- Treasurer, and Founding Member:
Dr. Gurung has served as a founding member of Board of Directors of the International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR) since 2008, and also serves as the Chair of Sub-Committee on G-CFI. He is an international Public Health professional with over fifteen years of experience in sustainable program development, monitoring and evaluation, and program management/operations in the U.S., Africa, and Asia. With his passion for bridging practice and research, he has been engaging his experience in reducing health disparities, poverty, and improving social justice for millions. Click here to view complete bio.

Steven Folmar, Ph.D.- Founding Member, Board Member and a CFI Expert:
Dr. Steven Folmar has served as a founding board member of the ICDR since 2009, and also served as a CFI Expert. Dr. Folmar is an assistant Professor at the Department of Anthropology at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem. He has written several articles and done research on Dalit Identity and Rights. Click here to view complete bio.

Mr. Krishna Sob- Board Member and Co-Chair:
Mr. Krishna Sob is a Board Member of ICDR and has been serving as Co-Chair of the Sub-Committee for the Global Conference on Defending Dalit Rights in the Contemporary World, and as the Director of Grants, Contracts, and Operations for International City/County Management Association (ICMA), implementing donor-funded local governance and capacity building programs both domestically and internationally. Professionally, Krishna is an international development practitioner with over 20 years of program management experience. Krishna has worked in about fifteen countries around the world and has provided leadership and management oversight to international programs. Click here to view complete bio.

Mr. Rick Gold- Board Member and Co-Chair:
Rick Gold is an international development and rule of law consultant with an expertise in human rights and gender programming. At two firms, he provided technical leadership for human rights, women’s rights, anti-corruption, and a rule of law programs. He oversaw a human rights program in Colombia that targeted indigenous and Afro-Colombian groups in zones of conflict. He also managed an anti-corruption program in Bangladesh that built the capacity of civil society, the media, Parliament and the Inspector General to increase transparency and fight corruption. A veteran of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Foreign Service with 29 years of service, Mr. Gold vastly expanded the Agency’s human rights activities in Egypt and helped Moroccan civil society put in place the most advanced family code of all Muslim-majority countries. He headed the Rule of Law Division in the Agency headquarters’ Democracy and Governance Office. For three years, he directed USAID/Egypt’s Democracy Office, where he planned, procured and oversaw human rights, democracy, and governance programs. Mr. Gold holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, as well as a Master of Public and International Affairs degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Maria Suchowski, Ph.D.- Board Member and Co-Chair:
Committee of Caste Freedom Index Maria Suchowski has been serving as a Co-Chair of the Committee on Caste Freedom Index and a Board Member at the ICDR. Dr. Suchowski is a statistical evaluation and measurement consultant working with Statistics Without Borders (SWB) on various international aid projects. In 2013, she began conferring with the International Commission on Dalit Rights (ICDR) with an SWB consulting team supporting the development of the ICDR Caste Freedom Index, an index of the degree to which Dalit people face discrimination. Dr. Suchowski holds a Ph.D. in Evaluation, Measurement and Research Design from Western Michigan University, an M.S. in Operations Research from Western, and B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan. She has taught statistics, research methods, and data analysis at the university level, but is primarily a researcher in health, education, and economic development. She has worked in research and measurement for over thirty years, consulting with institutions from manufacturing and health to higher education. With a particular emphasis on effectiveness and quality, she has provided post-secondary educational assessment guidance, serving as an academic quality improvement reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Colleges and Universities, and evaluation leadership for engineering and science projects funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Institutes of Health. Her interest in the Caste Freedom Index includes considerations of the variable selection process used to make up the index, the measurement of relationships between those variables, and time series analyzes or statistical measures of change in representative groups of index data points.

Elizabeth Clay Roy- Board Member and Past-Vice President:
Elizabeth served as the Vice-President at ICDR before being nominated as a member of Board of Directors. She is an advocate for social and economic justice and has worked in the neighborhood, state and national levels. Currently, she is the Chief Strategy Officer at Phipps Neighborhoods, an anti-poverty organization supporting families in the South Bronx, NYC. Prior to this role, she worked with the Deputy Director of Opportunity Nation and served in the administration of Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick. She has traveled across India, South Africa, and Brazil, studying the connection between racial minority groups and urban housing patterns. This was followed by two years living in Bangalore, India working on a participatory planning initiative. She is inspired by the sense of solidarity between marginalized minority groups around the world. She graduated with a Masters in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an undergraduate degree from Columbia University.

Myer Glickman- MFPH FBMIS FHRIM Board Member and Committee Member, Caste Freedom Inde:
Mr. Myer Glickman has been serving as a Board member and CFI Expert at the ICDR. Myer began conferring with the International Commission on Dalit Rights (ICDR) in 2013 with a Statistics Without Borders (SWB) consulting team supporting the development of the ICDR Caste Freedom Index, an index of the degree to which Dalit people face discrimination. A senior manager and statistician with the UK government’s Office for National Statistics since 2000, Myer has a professional background mainly in demography, epidemiology, and health sector research. He has led the development of many health-related statistical indicators for the UK government and provided technical advice to governmental committees working on health and social policy and health system management. He represents the UK at health statistics bodies of the European Union and the World Health Organization. He has also taught statistics and research methods at the University of London and has been involved as a statistical consultant, both paid and pro bono, in a variety of projects particularly focusing on the start-up of new large-scale data collection systems and the monitoring of healthcare performance. Myer is consultant statistician to the NGO Afro-European Medical and Research Network (AEMRN) (http://www.aemrnetwork.ch) with whom he has developed research projects in several countries.
Wendy Serafin- Board Member:
Wendy is a development professional and had served as Programs Director at the ICDR, especially for grants/ proposals development. She started working with the Dalit community in Dhangadhi, Nepal while serving in the Peace Corps. Her work experience includes program development, proposal writing, and other individual giving activities within the non-profit sector. She has a B.S. in Education from Coastal Carolina University, and an M.A. in International Administration, with a concentration in Human Rights, from the University Of Denver, Josef Korbel School Of International Studies.

Mr. Farook Sait Esq.- Board Member and Chair of Board of Advisory:
 Mr. Sait has served as the Chair of the Board of Advisory from 2011-2013, and also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Sait previously served as the Special Counselor to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and President of FAPAC (http://www.fapac.org). He is a senior attorney at law and has provided a wide range of legal counseling on civil and human rights issues both in the U.S. and in South Asia.

Dr. Mary Cameron- Board Member, and CFI Expert: 
Dr. Cameron currently serves as a member of ICDR’s Board of Directors. She had served as the Lead Advisor on the Caste Freedom Index’s Taskforce. Dr. Cameron is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Florida Atlantic University. She has also served as President of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS). Dr. Cameron has published dozens of articles and books on caste and gender issues.

Raj Cherukonda- Board Member: 
Raj is the Chairman & Managing Director of Wyvil Systems Inc. (www.wyvilsystems.com. www.wyvilsystems-Canada.com), USA, India & Canada.  He is a Cryogenic and Mechanical Engineer and had started his career as a Central Government Officer/ Production Engineer of Government of India. He had served Accenture Consulting as a Supply Chain Management practice Director and also served Deloitte Consulting as a Senior SAP Project manager. Mr. Cherukonda is a leading social entrepreneur and philanthropist, also founded the Cherukonda Institute, a 501 (c ) 3 nonprofit organization to serve for people with disabilities since 2009 both in the US and India (www.sapkan.org). It is a certifying organization for US President’s Volunteer Service award medals (www.cherukonda.com). He has been regularly donating to his high school, Andhra Pradesh, India (http://www.aprstadikonda.org) along with many other organizations such as READ, SERD, BAMCEF, AANA, AIC, Be Educated, and the ICDR.
Mr. Cherukonda:
Mr. Cherukonda provides free job orientated IT/SAP skills training to immigrants and low-income communities in the USA and Schedule Caste/Tribes and Other Backward Communities in India. He has held a visiting professor position at DeVry University, Chicago, Keller School of Management, Schaumburg, St. Xavier University,   DeVry University at Addison, and Benediction’s University College for women, DeVry Tinley Park, Albany Park Community center, Naperville Career center, Cherukonda Institute and SAPKAN a special Interest group for people with disability. Mr. Cherukonda has given the interview in electronic and print media on the issue of Dalit Rights, Disability and self-reliant. He has served as President of Ambedkar Association of Northern America, and Director at Be Educated.