Naresh Karmalker made a happy detour from the computer field to the social sector in the late ’90s and is extremely happy about the same!
While running his own computer products and services company in the early ’90s, Naresh was drawn to civic activism in the city of Mumbai. From getting involved in, and later leading, a citizens’ movement on solid waste management, largely led through schools, Naresh played a significant role in several impactful movements in Mumbai in the ’90s. Some of the organisations and movements he was associated with during that time include the Mohalla Committees Movement, Citispace, the H-West Federation, AGNI, Bombay First, etc.
He joined the international housing and sanitation NGO, Habitat for Humanity in New Delhi, in 2000, as the Regional Coordinator (Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation) for South Asia and was later elevated as Program Advisor in the same department for the Asia-Pacific Region, supporting 37 countries. He later returned to Mumbai and served a stint as the Director- Capital Campaign for Habitat for Humanity India. Since 2013, Naresh has transitioned into a consultancy role with Habitat India, and is currently it’s Business Manager (Resource Development), largely concentrating on fundraising and partnership development.
In 2012, Naresh joined the international business networking group, BNI, where he represents Habitat as a member. From 2014, Naresh rapidly grew up the ranks in BNI’s organisational structure and is now the Asst. Area Director for Mumbai West, one of the largest regions in India, overseeing 28 chapters comprising nearly 1,700 entrepreneurs and leads a team of nearly 50 Directors and Ambassadors in the role.
Naresh has consulted several NGOs in Mumbai and outside such as Stree Mukti Sanghatana, Make a Wish Foundation, UNHCR, the Aga Khan Foundation, Holy Family Hospital, and other Habitat country programmes on a variety of topics such as Strategic Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation, Appreciative Inquiry and others. Naresh also served as a visiting lecturer on S P Jain’s Post-Graduate Program in Development Management (PGPDM) where he taught Monitoring & Evaluation and Fund-raising & Resource Development to corporate CSR employees and NGO top management representatives for over two years.
Naresh was part of the India Against Corruption movement in 2011-2012 and was a core member of the team that launched Mumbai 227, an initiative that put up 57 citizen candidates for the 2012 Corporator elections in Mumbai.
Naresh has travelled extensively across 25 countries, mainly for work but also for pleasure, and enjoys interacting with and working alongside diverse nationalities. Naresh loves to train and has conducted trainings on a diverse range of subjects in over 10 countries.