The work of APJF and Disability Law Initiative is supported by persons with significant experience in law, public service and industry.
Mr. Rajan Mani is Executive Director and Founder Trustee of Advocates for Public Justice Foundation and Director of the Disability Law Initiative. Mr. Mani is an advocate with specialized experience in public interest law for disabled persons in employment, education, access and non-discrimination. For instance he obtained precedent setting directions from the Delhi High Court to the Indian Railways to conduct a special recruitment drive for hiring more than 4000 disabled persons, including in to the elite Railway Civil Services; he also led a case where the Delhi High Court required the Delhi Government to provide free school text books in Braille to all visually impaired children in Delhi. He is currently leading several high impact cases for disabled persons, particularly for equal access to higher education and employment. Prior to his work in public interest law and disability law, Mr. Mani worked for several years in the telecommunications industry, first internationally and later in India. He has a B.Tech degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, a Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland, USA, and a L.L.B law degree from University of Mumbai.
Ms. Ritu Kumar, a trustee of the Advocates for Public Justice Foundation, is an advocate with the Human Rights Law Network and pursues issues of public interest in the Supreme Court of India and High Court of Delhi. She has specialized experience in the area of disability rights. On special commission from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Ms. Kumar helped devise a new framework, the Biwako Millennium Framework, for implementation of positive measures for disabled persons in Asia. On assignment with the National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRC), she trained law teachers on disability law and the various judgments of the superior courts. She has been a key contributor to several important publications on disability rights, including the Handbook for Inclusive Education of Disabled Persons, published by UNESCO; the International Disability Rights Monitor report on development of disability law in India, and the Disability Manual of the NHRC. Prior to entering public interest law, Ms. Kumar worked with the AP&J law firm and was legal editor of the Indlaw Communications Pvt. Ltd. website. She has her LLB law degree from Dehradun, Uttaranchal, and also has post-graduate diplomas in Human Rights and Special Education.
Mr. Rajeev Kumar Ojha, a trustee of Advocates for Public Justice Foundation, practices finance law including income tax and securities law in Mumbai. He has specialized experience in the procedural aspects of law and is an expert on the judicial review of administrative action. Mr. Ojha provides aid and advice to DLI on the strategy and execution of public interest petitions. Prior to entering the field of law, he worked in the public sector banking industry and subsequently in the securities industry in market making roles working with leading brokers affiliated to the Bombay Stock Exchange. He has B.Sc and MBA degrees from the University of Lucknow, and a L.L.B. degree from University of Mumbai.
Nikunj Jhaveri is the Chairman and Founder of the Systems Plus Solutions, an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Business Solution provider with experience in developing, implementing and supporting information technology solutions for clients in over 22 countries across Europe, Asia and North America.
Nikunj allots importance to both corporate and social responsibilities and along with his team at Systems Plus has conceived and established the Social Responsibility project called UDAAN in 2009.
Nikunj holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
Mr. Jiten Apte is Chief Executive Officer of Wizarth Advisors, a full service investment bank focused on cross-border transactions in the technology industry. Mr. Apte assists DLI with establishing and maintaining relationships with the corporate sector in the area of corporate social responsibility. He has over 15 years of industry experience in numerous functional areas, including international management, finance, business development, and technology. Prior to starting his entrepreneurial career, he was employed at various Research and R&D Laboratories in Hewlett Packard, IBM and AT&T Bell Labs. Mr. Apte has completed a mini-MBA in Finance from Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania, and has a Ph. D. from the Computer Science Department of Duke University, and a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.