Mathew Cherian is the Board Chair of CARE India. He is a B.E. (Honours) in Civil Engineering from BITS, Pilani Rajasthan and holds a PG Diploma in Rural Management from the first batch of IRMA, Institute of Rural Management Anand, Gujarat. Later, he worked in the area of rural development with cooperatives in association with the National Dairy Development Board. He also served as Director of Oxfam India from 1987-1994.
He also serves as Member of the NGO Task force of the Niti Aayog, Member of the Policy Committee of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Member of Core Committee of National Human Rights Commission. He also served as a Member of the High Level Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility, Ministry of Corporate Affairs. Currently serves as an Amicus Curiae to the Supreme Court in the elder rights matter, for pensions, homes and the Maintenance Law, which has helped bring elder issues to the forefront.
CEO of HelpAge till June 2020, Mathew continues as the Global Ambassador for HelpAge International, and also serves on the board of other international bodies like GuideStar International. He is also a Member of the “Global Future Council” of World Economic Forum” – foremost interdisciplinary knowledge network for promoting innovative thinking to shape a sustainable and inclusive future. Also working on the Technical Committee of SEBI to create a Social Stock Exchange in India.