Board of Advisors

Ajay Singh Shaktawat (Founding Trustee)

Ajay Singh is an accomplished and well respected businessman in Udaipur, Rajasthan where he owns companies in the tourism and export industries. Ajay Singh has a long family history in Udaipur.

Ajay Singh’s relationship with Foster Care India began in 2007 when he pledged to support Ian Anand Forber-Pratt’s idea of a small and effectively run social venture.

Since 2007 Ajay Singh has used his high position in Udaipur’s social society and his deep respect for culture, tradition and the heritage of Udaipur to assist Foster Care India become a legally registered Charitable Trust.  He believes that his duty to society is to use his extensive professional experience and moral reputation to grow Foster Care India into a position where it will forever change the landscape of social welfare in India.

Ajay Singh can be contacted at

Manvendra Singh Ashiya (Founding Trustee)

Manvendra Singh is tourism professional known throughout the world for his work.  He has conducted research with university, masters and PhD students and has worked with national geographic staff, prominent authors, historians and leading business people. His wide range of abilities including his scholarly background, passion for helping people and understanding of social structures allow him to help a wide variety of people understand India.  Through his clients’ eyes he has viewed India and understands the countries unique strengths and challenges.

His family includes strong leaders and academics who have contributed greatly to Rajasthan for hundreds of years.  Manvendra’s father was the administrative director at Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal.  From his father and his grandfather, Manvendra was exposed to the world of academia at an early age.  He brings this world knowledge and exposure to his work with Foster Care India.  Manvendra’s relationship with Foster Care India also began in 2007 when he pledged to help Ian Anand Forber-Pratt with any social venture.

Life for Manvendra changed forever when he visited a working Foster Care model in March of 2012 named Bharatiya Samaj Seva Kendra (BSSK) in Pune.  His eyes were opened to the problems facing India’s orphaned children which further strengthened his resolve.

Manvendra Singh can be contacted at