Hemachandran Seshadri (Hema) is a qualified Accounting and Audit professional with over 30 years of experience spanning his areas of expertise across accounting, auditing, IT Management, administration, financial controls and budgeting. Hema has worked with both “for profit” and International NGOs. Accountability is his passion. His focus has paid rich dividends to ensure that funds sourced from donors have been spent as planned through programs. He has contributed significantly to the strategies of the organizations resulting in quality planning and evaluation of programs. He has innovative ideas and approach on how accountability to stake holders can be enhanced through monetisation of NGO activities and ensuring that optimal value for scarce donor funds is accomplished. Working with corporate organizations has strengthened his ability to plan, monitor, evaluate and continuously improve processes and systems.
Hema has worked in multiple countries with people of diverse culture and language across Asia, Africa and Latin America. He can speak, read and write English, Spanish, Hindi and Tamil. He has learned basic knowledge of Indonesian, Portuguese and French. He is well placed to work on any project around the world and can adapt with ease to the local situation. While working in India, he had the unique opportunity to work with local NGOs who implemented 100% of Plan International programs enabling leveraging of donor funds.
Hema has qualified as a Public Accountant from India and as Certified Internal Auditor from USA. Apart from that he has done a short program on Micro Finance from the University of Colorado. He would like most NGOs to focus on sustainable livelihood programs in communities, which he believes can make a marked change in the enhancement of capacities in communities economically apart from enabling women to become independent financially.
Hema is from India, married and has a son and daughter, both married. He is currently an independent Consultant based out of India and supports Applied Survey Research as a Senior Consultant.