Our members come from various fields of research, professions and businesses joined together with the focused aim of awareness, protection, preservation and conservation.
Our Executive Committee comprises
Historian Prajal Sakhardande, the Chairperson of the Group, teaches at the Department of History, Dhempe College of Arts and Sciences, Miramar, Panaji. He is active in the heritage conservation movement in Goa and writes regularly on the subject. Prajal’s intimate connections with local communities bring the Group closer to ground realities. Prajal has written “Muslim History and Heritage in Goa“.
Honorary Secretary, architect Poonam V Mascarenhas is engaged in unraveling and reviving the inherent wisdom of traditional building technology as she believes they offer a generically green option. A Charles Wallace Fellow- P.G. from University of York, U.K. in Conservation of Historic Buildings, she has over 20 years of pan India work experience in building with alternative technologies at Auroville, conservation and development of 22 government-owned Listed Heritage buildings at Jaipur- Amber as consultant to Intach Jaipur and PANIKA. Her listing was published as the ‘Kerala Heritage Guide’ in 2001 and has researched and authored ‘Silent Sentinels, Traditional Architecture of Coorg’ for HECAR Foundation, Mumbai. Since 2004 her firm ‘Archinova’ which has environ sensitive design as the guiding force, has conserved couple of privately owned palaces in Rajasthan along with revival of several old houses at Goa. She is the co-founding member of Goa Heritage Action Group.
Joint Treasurer, Cezar Pinto lives in Guirim and is the proprietor of Casa Goa, a lifestyle store in Baga. Restoration of Goan furniture is Cezar’s special interest. He brings an element of steadfastness and reliability to the Group.
Joint Treasurer, Anthony Gaskell lives in Tivim and is a consultant in the field of maritime transportation, ports and logistics.
Jack Ajit Sukhija, Executive Member, is a heritage hotelier. He runs the Panjim Inn, Panjim Pousada and Panjim Peoples, 3 heritage hotels in Goa’s Latin Quarter, Fontainhas, Panjim
Dean D’Cruz, Executive Member, is a practising architect who specializes in conservation, product design and planning. His repertoire includes private residences, housing complexes, commercial buildings and renovation projects. Dean is the recipient of several national awards including Designer of the Year Award Special Commendation in 1999 and Excellence in Interior Design Award Commercial Category in 2000. He brings his professional expertise to the Group.
Executive Member, Sanjeev Trivedi runs a manufacturing business in educational furniture aimed at the Indian and Italian markets.
Executive Member, Rahul Basu runs a consultancy aimed at startups and small companies.