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Directors

The Board of Directors establishes policy for Rotary International and provides guidance that helps our clubs thrive. Clubs elect the members of the Board every year at the Rotary International Convention, and each director serves for two years.

  • Shekhar Mehta

    President 2021-22
    Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar
    West Bengal, India

    Mehta, an accountant, is chair of the Skyline Group, a real estate development company he founded. He is also a director of Operation Eyesight Universal (India), a Canada-based organization.

    Mehta pioneered a program that has performed more than 1,500 life-changing heart surgeries in South Asia. He is also the architect of the TEACH Program, which promotes literacy throughout India and has reached thousands of schools.

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  • Jennifer E. Jones

    President-elect 2021-22
    Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland
    Ontario, Canada

    Jones is founder and president of Media Street Productions Inc., an award-winning media company in Windsor. She was chair of the board of governors of the University of Windsor and chair of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. She has been recognized for her service with the YMCA Peace Medallion, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and Wayne State University’s Peacemaker of the Year Award, a first for a Canadian. Jones holds a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.).

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  • Valarie K. Wafer

    Vice President 2021-22
    Rotary Club of Collingwood-South Georgian Bay
    Ontario, Canada

    Valarie K. Wafer retired in 2017 after a 27-year career at Tim Hortons, one of Canada’s iconic restaurant brands. In addition to owning six franchises in Toronto, Wafer worked at the corporate office as a financial accountant. Wafer’s restaurant operations were widely recognized for their inclusive hiring practices, particularly the employment of people with disabilities. “Rotary clubs are like our franchises in the community — innovation happens at the grassroots level,” Wafer says. “When you are inclusive and innovate, people come, and when they identify with you, they are likely to stay.”

    Wafer joined Rotary in 2005. She has served as an RI training leader (“the best assignment you can have in Rotary”), 2018 Toronto Convention Host Organization Committee member, assistant regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, and RI president’s representative. She has led a vocational training team focused on youth suicide and depression, audited Rotary Foundation grant projects in Tanzania and Kenya, and volunteered during a 2012 National Immunization Day in India.

    Wafer and her husband, Mark — who became a Rotarian after Wafer recruited him during her year as club president — are Paul Harris Fellows, Bequest Society members, and Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation. In 2012, Wafer received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, in recognition of her leadership with the Economic Case for Inclusion in Canada, an inclusive hiring initiative that was adopted by provincial and federal governments.

  • Virpi Honkala

    Treasurer 2021-22
    Rotary Club of Raahe
    Finland

    Virpi Honkala worked as head of surgery at Raahe Hospital until her retirement in 2014 and was the hospital’s medical director from 1989 to 2010. A founding member of the Finnish network within the World Health Organization’s International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services, she served as the group’s chair and national coordinator, and as an international board member. For her service as a doctor, she was conferred an honorary title by the president of Finland in 2015.

    Honkala joined Rotary in 2001, shortly after attending the International Assembly with her husband, Matti, who was a 2001-02 district governor. One of her proudest achievements as a Rotarian occurred during a return visit to a community near Pune, India, that uses rainwater harvesting systems made possible by a long-term, multidistrict global grant. The system had helped lift residents out of poverty. “When we went back five years later, it was such an amazing transformation that I didn’t recognize the village anymore,” she says.

    Honkala has served Rotary as a Council on Legislation representative, RI president’s representative, RI training leader, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, and Leadership Development and Training Committee member. She has received The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and The Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award. She and Matti are Major Donors and members of the Bequest Society and Paul Harris Society.

  • Jessie Harman

    Director 2021-23
    Rotary Club of Wendouree Breakfast
    Victoria, Australia

    Jessie Harman holds a master’s degree in business administration and a doctorate in social entrepreneurship. She enjoyed two decades in higher education, beginning as a lecturer in marketing and ending as pro vice-chancellor (international and partnerships) at Federation University Australia, where she managed high-value state and federal government-funded programs and initiatives. She is now a consultant to tertiary education providers in regulatory compliance, quality assurance, and risk management for international education.

    Harman first experienced Rotary in 1988 as a participant in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kings Meadows in Tasmania. Since joining Rotary in 1999, she has served in roles that include RI Membership Committee chair and governors-elect training seminar coordinator and trainer. She also served as a member of the 2020 Honolulu Convention Committee; Rotary coordinator for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands; training leader and seminar trainer at the International Assembly; and RI president’s representative. Harman says her first role as a Rotary leader left a lasting impression. “My proudest moment was probably taking on the reins of president in my club — my first opportunity to truly experience the positive impact of Rotary on the everyday lives of others.”

    A resident of Ballarat, Victoria, she has been recognized as one of “Ballarat’s 100 most influential women” by Zonta International. She is nonexecutive director on several boards in the education, arts, and community sectors locally and throughout Australia. A long-distance walker, Harman trekked nearly 500 miles (800 km) across rural Spain on the Camino Francés.

    Harman and her husband, Andrew, who is also a Rotarian, support The Rotary Foundation as Major Donors and Bequest Society members.

  • Susan C. Howe

    Director 2020-22
    Rotary Club of Space Center (Houston)
    Texas, USA

    Susan “Suzi” C. Howe dedicated her career to education after graduating from the University of Kansas. She owned and operated South Shore Montessori, a private school, until her retirement in 2019. It was during the construction of that school that she learned about Rotary through her broker, architect, and others involved, all of whom were Rotarians. She joined Rotary in 1992, and within six months was serving on her club’s board.

    Passionate about sharing her skills in training and education, she has served Rotary as an RI training leader and as a member of the Leadership Development and Training Committee. She has also been a regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, host committee adviser for the 2022 Rotary International Convention, and vice chair of the End Polio Now Countdown to History Campaign Committee. In 2005, Howe received the Dome City Award on behalf of all Houston-area Rotarians after coordinating logistics for 650 Rotarian volunteers at the Houston Astrodome after Hurricane Katrina. The group helped hundreds of thousands of evacuees from New Orleans over three weeks.

    A talented fundraiser, Howe has served on three Million Dollar Dinner committees and chaired a recent dinner event that raised $3.8 million for The Rotary Foundation. “If you make eye contact with me, I will be asking you to make a contribution,” she says. Howe has received the Service Above Self Award, The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, and The Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award. She and her husband, Bill, are Arch Klumph Society and Bequest Society members

  • Won-Pyo Kim

    Director 2021-23
    Rotary Club of Gyeongju South
    Gyeongsangbug, Korea

    Won-Pyo Kim is a dentist at the Gyeongju Yeonhap Dental Clinic. He has served as president of dental associations in both his city and in North Gyeongsang Province. While president of the latter, he helped publish a 60-year history of the association.

    Since 2010, he has provided free dental care to those in need at least once a week in Gyeongju City, after installing dental facilities at his own expense at a health center there. Every year for Oral Health Day, he provides free dentures to the elderly and gives hygiene lectures to residents. He has been active in other health care projects, such as one he led that brought 24 children with heart disease from Mongolia to a hospital in Incheon, Korea, for surgery and treatment.

    Kim joined Rotary in 1991. He has served as a Rotary coordinator, training leader, and regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, as well as assistant RRFC. He has also served as a governors-elect training seminar training leader and director of the Korean Rotary Governors Association. In 1994, he helped form a sister club relationship between his club and the Rotary Club of Usa Hachiman, Oita, Japan. That relationship continues with annual visits and joint service projects. Kim also founded the Interact Club at Silla Technical High School and supports it in service activities with his club.

    He has been recognized by Gyeongju’s mayor and North Gyeongsang Province’s governor with multiple awards and has received two awards from Korea’s Minister of Health and Human Services.

    Kim has received The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and the Distinguished Service Award. He and his spouse Young-Sook Kim supports the Foundation as a member of the Paul Harris Society and the Arch Klumph Society.

  • Urs Klemm

    Director 2021-23
    Rotary Club of Aarau
    Switzerland

    Urs Klemm studied business engineering and food chemistry and has a doctorate in physical chemistry. He built up the environmental protection division of a Swiss engineering company, where he worked on national and international projects including environmental planning for a railway system in Basel, construction of the longest railroad tunnel through the Alps, and improving the water supply in the county of Békés, Hungary.

    Klemm was responsible for food safety in Switzerland as a vice director of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health from 1996 to 2007, when he retired. As head of the Swiss delegation of the Codex Alimentarius commission — an initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization that promotes international food safety — Klemm led a project that defined a standard for bottled water. As the commission’s European coordinator, he carried out projects promoting food hygiene in Central Asia and Africa.

    Since joining Rotary in 1994, Klemm has served as a Council on Legislation representative, assistant regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, and endowment/major gifts adviser. As district governor, he implemented a district project to create 10 youth camp sites. He also co-founded the Swiss Rotary Foundation, which generates more than $1 million in annual donations, and the Rotarian Peace Projects Incubator, a joint program of Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Rotary Peace Fellows that aims to identify and activate peace projects. Klemm launched activities of several Rotary Action Groups in Switzerland and still supports them. A member of two Rotary Fellowships (skiing and sailing), Klemm leads hikes for the Swiss Alpine Club, plays piano, and studies literature.

    He and his wife, Hélène, who is also a Rotarian, support The Rotary Foundation as Major Donors and members of the Bequest Society.

  • Mahesh Kotbagi

    Director 2021-23
    Rotary Club of Pune Sports City
    Maharashtra, India

    Mahesh Kotbagi is a doctor and a third-generation medical practitioner in his family, which includes his father and grandfather. His daughter also practices medicine. Kotbagi says he is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, whose example guided him to “amalgamate professional life with social service from an early age.”.

    After earning his degree in gynecology from Pune University, Kotbagi dedicated himself to the principle of low-cost health care. He planned and constructed a 10-bed hospital that grew into large, multispecialty hospitals. Kotbagi pursued his interest in hospital planning and administration, creating a consulting firm. He also served as visiting professor, faculty member, and trustee at his alma mater. He set up the Chinmayi Charitable Trust to support low-cost health care services and promote education for rural children, and he helped establish the Association of Hospitals in Pune.

    Since joining Rotary in 1995 as a founding member of his club, Kotbagi has served as training leader, RI presidential representative, adviser to RI institutes, RI presidential summits, and chair of a literacy summit. He is interested in training and leadership development and has served as chair of the governor-elect and governor-nominee training seminar at the zone level, and in numerous district roles. Kotbagi has led more than 100 service projects through Rotary, including those that target women’s literacy and economic development, polio corrective surgeries, and rural eye surgery camps. He has also been active in Rotary’s youth programs.

    Kotbagi enjoys biking, car rallies, flying, and yachting. He has visited 50 countries as a backpacker. He has received the RI Service Above Self Award, The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, and the PolioPlus Appreciation Award.

  • Aikaterini Kotsali-Papadimitriou

    Director 2020-22
    Rotary Club of Pendeli
    Greece

    Aikaterini “Katerina” Kotsali-Papadimitriou earned her architecture degree from the School of Architecture No. 1, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and holds a doctorate in human geography. Since 1980, she has worked as an independent architect in Athens, planning houses, offices, and public buildings. She served as a consultant during the historic preservation of 18th- and 19th-century architecture in Mithymna, on Lesbos.

    Kotsali-Papadimitriou, whose father was a district governor, says she grew up surrounded by Rotary. “It’s in my veins,” she says. “Rotary is not only a philosophy but also a way of life, a way of living with honesty.” She joined her first Rotaract club at age 19. In 1993, she was inducted into the Rotary Club of Pendeli, making it the first mixed-gender club in Greece.

    She has served Rotary in many roles, including as a member of The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers, Rotary public image coordinator, and RI president’s representative. In 2009, she led Greece’s first Rotary National Immunization Day team in Moradabad, India, where she went door to door administering polio vaccine to children.

    Kotsali-Papadimitriou has received several recognitions, including the Avenues of Service Citation, The Rotary Foundation’s regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World, and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. She and her husband, George, are Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation.

  • Peter R. Kyle

    Director 2020-22
    Rotary Club of Capitol Hill (Washington, D.C.)
    District of Columbia, USA

    Peter R. Kyle was born and raised in New Zealand. After graduating with honors degrees in law and economics from Victoria University of Wellington, he clerked for the chief justice of New Zealand before pursuing postgraduate studies in law at the University of Virginia on a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship.

    In 1992, after a career in private legal practice in New Zealand and a senior role with the Asian Development Bank in the Philippines, Kyle returned to the United States to work as a senior international attorney with the World Bank, based in Washington, D.C. Two weeks after accepting the position, his first assignment took him to Moscow to advise on the transition of the former Soviet Union from a socialist system to one based on market principles. He retired in 2009 but continues to serve as a consultant to the World Bank.

    A Rotarian since 1976, Kyle has served Rotary in many capacities, including as an RI training leader, Council on Legislation representative, RI president’s representative, and dean of the Rotary Representative Network. In addition to serving on the board of the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group, he has chaired Rotary’s Alumni Relations and Rotary Peace Centers committees. Besides Rotary, his other great love has been Outward Bound International, which he has served as founding chairman. In 2010, Kyle received the Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award, which he considers one of his proudest moments in Rotary. He has also received the Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. He is a Major Donor, Paul Harris Society member, and — like all his family members — a Paul Harris Fellow.

  • Roger Lhors

    Director 2020-22
    Rotary Club of Pont-Audemer
    Eure, France

    Roger Lhors retired in 2011 as director of manufacturing at a wellhead parts supplier to the offshore oil industry. Lhors graduated with an engineering degree from École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers, Lille, and volunteered for two years as a mathematics teacher in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, before embarking on a 38-year career in industrial plant management.

    He has served Rotary as a Rotary coordinator and as secretary of the Membership Task Force. Lhors is also active in several local organizations, including a program that helps local youth find employment and Saint-Germain-Village, a home for children whose parents have lost their right to raise them.

    Lhors says his proudest achievement in Rotary was making his club stronger during his second term as president. He advocates for the creation of new clubs, noting that support from district governors and outreach to young leaders and potential members are critical. “The future of Rotary will be excellent, and to achieve it we must adapt so that clubs are more receptive to younger generations. Rotary must meet their expectations without denying the fundamental principles that are shared by all.”

    Lhors is a Paul Harris Fellow and Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation

  • Surgeon Chi-Tien Liu

    Director 2020-22
    Rotary Club of Yangmei
    Taiwan

    With his nickname derived from his profession (a Rotary tradition in Taiwan), Surgeon Chi-Tien Liu has spent more than 45 years in the medical field. He is a senior adviser and former president of Yee Zen General Hospital, which he established in 1996 after serving as president of his own clinics since 1978. Liu has chaired the boards of numerous organizations, including the Taoyuan Medical Association, SOS Children’s Villages International-Taiwan, and four schools in Yangmei District.

    A Rotarian since 1987, Liu has served Rotary as an RI training leader, Rotary coordinator, and governors-elect training seminar team leader. He was also a member of the RYLA Committee and member and vice chair of the Permanent Fund Committee for Taiwan, Macau, and Hong Kong.

    Liu has received The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Grace, are Paul Harris Fellows, Benefactors, Major Donors, and members of the Paul Harris Society and the Arch Klumph Society.

  • Vicki Puliz

    Director 2021-23
    Rotary Club of Sparks
    Nevada, USA

    Vicki Puliz earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s in business administration from the University of Utah, USA, before becoming a partner in a commercial electrical contracting business in Nevada in 1984. She helped manage and expand the business until it merged with a publicly traded entity in 2003 and she retired.

    When Puliz joined Rotary in 1992, she was the first woman in her club. She has served Rotary in many capacities, including as an RI training leader and Rotary public image coordinator. A proponent of leadership development, Puliz has been active in leading several presidents-elect and governors-elect training seminars. “I see Rotary as a leadership organization that provides community service,” she says.

    Puliz is also interested in developing youth leadership. She has co-chaired Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) events in her district, facilitated RYLA events in Benin, and co-created a district youth leadership program based on RYLA concepts.

    When she witnessed 119 RYLA participants supporting one person who was struggling, it expanded her vision of the power of Rotary. She encourages all Rotary members to identify these moments. “If each individual Rotarian could know and tap into that purpose — to know why they’re in Rotary — and to share it, it would be so powerful for our organization.”

    Puliz and her husband, Tim, who is also a Rotarian, live in Reno, Nevada. They enjoy kayaking and other outdoor sports in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Both are members of the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians. They support The Rotary Foundation as Major Donors and as members of the Paul Harris Society, the Bequest Society, and the District 5190 PolioPlus Society.

  • Nicki Scott

    Director 2021-23
    Rotary Club of The North Cotswolds
    Gloucestershire, England

    Born in Gosport, England, Nicki Scott began her career with KPMG before becoming an entrepreneur and owning a business focused on brand promotion for companies including Nestle, Procter & Gamble, and Rolls-Royce. Combining that with her experience in corporate finance, strategic planning, and change management, Scott went on to mentor and coach CEOs and business owners for Vistage Worldwide. She returned to England in 2018, and in March 2021 joined The Trusted Executive Foundation as a partner.

    Scott, who lived abroad from 1993 to 2018, joined Rotary in 2000 while in Illinois. After serving as governor of District 6450, she took on roles as Rotary coordinator, zone institute chair, and training leader. She also served as a trainer for two International Assemblies and was a member of the RI Strategic Planning Committee. Upon her return to England, she joined the Leadership, Development, and Training Committee for Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland and will serve as RIBI’s leader in 2021-23 while also serving as an RI director.

    Scott’s passions are strategy, leadership coaching, and motivational speaking, which she hopes to use in Rotary to nurture the next generation of leaders. She also enjoys musical theater, walking, and painting.

    Scott considers herself a global citizen whose purpose is to use her full potential to make a difference and inspire others to do so. She sees significant worth in serving with Rotary members driven by the same values and vision in a multicultural environment. By “working together and uniting in action above perceived personal differences,” Scott says, “there is no doubt we can achieve greater impact and create real sustainable change to benefit all concerned.”

    Scott has received the RI Service Above Self Award and supports The Rotary Foundation as a Major Donor and a member of her district Paul Harris Society and the Bequest Society.

  • Julio César A. Silva-Santisteban

    Director 2021-23
    Rotary Club of El Rímac
    Lima, Peru

    Julio César A. Silva-Santisteban graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú with degrees in law and political science before earning postgraduate degrees in civil law from the Universidad de Lima and in international and community law from the Universidad de la República de Uruguay. He has taught constitutional law at the Universidad de Lima and been an adviser to the constitution committee of the Peruvian Senate. As an expert in public international law, he handled several prominent cases for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. As an entrepreneur, Silva Santisteban has been a shareholder, director, and manager of several companies in the industrial and construction fields.

    Silva-Santisteban joined Rotary in 1987. He has been a board member of El Rotario Peruano, an official Rotary regional magazine, since 1999, and was its director/editor. He has served as a member of several RI committees and as Rotary public image coordinator, intercountry committee coordinator, training leader, and RI presidential representative, among other roles.

    He is a founding member of the first board of trustees that promoted the recovery and enhancement of the Rímac Historic Center of Lima as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition, he has been a member of several civic organizations, including the Instituto Sanmartiniano del Peru, Huaura branch, and the Legion of Cavalry of Peru. He also worked to help designate 23 February as a national day to recognize Rotary’s work.

    His honors include a Civic Medal of Law by the Bar Association of Lima for his professional career and institutional contributions, and a recognition by the Honduran government for his work providing humanitarian aid after a 2001 earthquake.

    Silva-Santisteban has received The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service. He and his wife, Sara, support the Foundation as Major Donors and Benefactors. He and several family members are also members of the Paul Harris Society.

  • Katsuhiko Tatsuno

    Director 2020-22
    Rotary Club of Tokyo-West
    Tokyo, Japan

    Katsuhiko Tatsuno is president of Tatsuno Corp. , a role he assumed in 1991. He joined the company, which was founded by his father, in 1964, after he completed his law degree at Tokyo University. Tatsuno helped the company grow from its core business in textiles into new sectors, including real estate and construction materials.

    Since joining the Rotary Club of Tokyo-West in 1982, he has served Rotary as an RI training leader, RI Membership Committee member, and Council on Legislation representative. He also was a member of a Rotary Foundation committee dedicated to supporting recovery efforts in eastern Japan after the earthquake and tsunami of 2011.

    Outside of Rotary, Tatsuno served on the executive committee of Junior Chamber (JC) International Tokyo. During his term, he chaired a youth sumo wrestling program, which spread to other JCs throughout the country.

    Tatsuno supports The Rotary Foundation as a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Benefactor, and Major Donor.

  • Elizabeth Usovicz

    Director 2021-23
    Rotary Club of Kansas City-Plaza
    Missouri, USA

    Elizabeth Usovicz is principal of WhiteSpace Consulting, which focuses on business coaching, business development strategy, and market insights. She previously held leadership positions at Deloitte, Kellogg’s of Mexico, and two venture capital-funded startup companies. Formerly associate director of international programs at Bentley University and an adjunct professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, she currently is a volunteer mentor and adviser to startup company founders through MIT’s Growth Mentoring Services program.

    Usovicz joined Rotary in 1997. She served as a Rotary public image coordinator for three years, a facilitator for multiyear district planning for zones 30 and 31, on the training team for governors-elect training seminars, and as a curriculum chair of the Heart of America Rotary Leadership Institute.

    Her 20-year passion in Rotary is supporting orphans and at-risk children in Malawi. She has written 10 Rotary Foundation grants to help Malawi’s children and led a vocational training team that worked with local primary school teachers to develop and implement a program that encourages children, especially girls, to stay in school. Other grant projects have focused on a malaria bed net initiative in the southern region of Lake Malawi. “We helped reduce the mortality rate of children under five by 80% in that region — that’s the power of ‘we’ in Rotary,” Usovicz says. “I am not a medical professional, but when we collaborate like that in Rotary, we become lifesavers.”

    Usovicz has received The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and has twice received the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award. In 2014, Usovicz was recognized at the White House as a Rotary Women of Action honoree.

    A native of Salem, Massachusetts, she appreciates history and her Lithuanian heritage. She also enjoys music, classic films, and science fiction TV. Usovicz and her husband, Dean Mathewson, are both Major Donors and Bequest Society members. They live in Westwood, Kansas.

  • Ananthanarayanan S. “Venky” Venkatesh

    Director 2021-23
    Rotary Club of Chennai Mambalam
    Tamil Nadu, India

    Venkatesh graduated with an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and earned his master’s degree in business administration at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. He entered the civil construction business at age 23 and currently heads a construction firm with more than 1,400 employees. He has been a member of the Builders’ Association of India since 1998.

    Venkatesh, whose Rotary call name is Venky, has served RI in roles that include International Assembly training leader, Rotary coordinator, and lead trainer of Rotary coordinators at the Regional Leaders Training Institute for three years. He represented his district at the 2016 Council on Legislation and has also served as a president’s representative, both in India and overseas.

    A frequent speaker at presidents-elect training seminars and district assemblies throughout India, Venkatesh has attended more than 10 Rotary International Conventions and was chair of the South Asian reception event at conventions in Montreal, Canada; and Seoul, Korea.

    Venkatesh has a keen interest in literacy projects and has served as joint secretary and national executive committee member for the Rotary India Literacy Mission, which supports teacher training, e-learning, and literacy for children and adults in nearly 3,000 schools throughout India. Venkatesh has also been active as director of the Rotary Action Group for Family Health and AIDS Prevention and the Rotary Action Group for Community Economic Development. He is an avid bridge player and traveler.

    Venkatesh and his wife, Vinita, are Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation and many of his family members are Paul Harris Fellows.

  • John Hewko

    General Secretary and Chief Executive Officer
    Rotary Club of Kyiv
    Ukraine

    John Hewko is the general secretary and chief executive officer of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. From 2004 to 2009, Hewko was vice president for operations and compact development for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. government agency established in 2004 to deliver foreign assistance to the world’s poorest countries.

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2021-22 RI Board Committees

Executive Committee

Considers and responds to petitions to the Board, evaluates the performance of the general secretary, serves as the personnel committee of the Board, and acts on behalf of the Board as outlined in the terms of reference set forth in the Rotary Code of Policies.

Chair

Peter R. Kyle

Members

Shekhar Mehta
Jennifer E. Jones
Valarie K. Wafer
Virpi Honkala
Mahesh Kotbagi

Administration Committee

Shall consider such matters of an administrative or legal nature as are referred to the committee by the president or the Board.

Chair

Susan C. Howe

Vice Chair

Ananthanarayanan S. "Venky" Venkatesh

Members

Jessie Harman
Won-Pyo Kim
Roger Lhors
Nicki Scott
Katsuhiko Tatsuno

Programs Committee

Shall consider such matters involving RI programs, international meetings, and membership issues as are referred to the committee by the president or the Board.

Chair

Aikaterini Kotsali-Papadimitriou

Vice Chair

Urs Klemm

Members

Chi-Tien Liu
Vicki Puliz
Elizabeth Usovicz
Julio Cesar A. Silva-Santistebano

Board Council Legislation Advisory Committee

Advise the Board on Council matters, including proposed legislation and resolutions, roles and responsibilities at the at the Council on Legislation and the Council on Resolutions, and, in the year of the Council on Legislation, statements of support and opposition for consideration by the Board.

Chair

Peter R. Kyle

Members

Virpi Honkala
Urs Klemm
Vicki Puliz
Ananthanarayanan S. "Venky" Venkatesh

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