Rakesh Shukla

Founder | The Voice of Stray Dogs (VOSD) | VOSD Vet & Pet Corporation

Rakesh has slept on railway platforms on his way  to create a world-leading technology company , TWB — the choice of over 40 Fortune 500 tech customers worldwide including Microsoft, Boeing, Airbus, Intel and others. At 43, over one year he lost everything. Alone & friendless he spent the next 5 years repaying over INR 20 crores of debt & taxes building back his company and reputation. And creating the world’s largest dog sanctuary & rescue – VOSD.    
He has suffered heart disease since 7 yrs of age, has had 2 heart attacks by the time he was 30, suffers from brain diseases, has broken his back and his kidneys are failing. By the end of this 5 year period he was 88kg in weight and very unfit. Today at 48 yrs he can lift well over 100kg above his head, run a 10-minute mile, do 2000 push ups or 250 pulls ups.  He has never been to a gym, been on a diet, had a trainer or taken any supplements. To know more about him visit:

Board of Advisors

Tarun Hukku

Board of Advisors, VOSD

Tarun Hukku has a career spanning 3 decades across services, operations and marketing.

Tarun is also passionate about entrepreneurship and has served as a Governing Council member of TiE Bangalore for several years. He is presently a Director at ATOSCOPE Instruments Pvt. Ltd.

Tarun is a cat aficionado and for many years – has been the resident troubleshooter for VOSD. 

Ashwini Ponnappa

Board of Advisors, VOSD

Ashwini Ponnappa an ace badminton player who represents India in the International badminton circuit.

She is the official spokesperson for VOSD.

She won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and bronze medals at the Uber Cup and the Asian Badminton Championships. She was ranked No. 10 in the BWF World Rankings.

Mandeep Sangha

Board of Advisors, VOSD

Mandeep Sangha is an Indian Revenue Service Officer and a mother to an Indian dog called Ginger.

Mandeep is presently posted as the Joint Commissioner, International Customs Division, CBIC, Ministry of Finance. She is also a Chevening Fellow and an Awardee of the Finance Minister Gold medal for the best performing officer trainee.

She brings to VOSD her love and passion for animal welfare along with her considerable experience in the Indian bureaucracy interface of trade and industry.

Shrutkeerti Khurana

Board of Advisors, VOSD

Shrutkeerti Khurana is currently a Program Director at Infosys Foundation.

Her 20+ years of varied experience spans corporate, non-profit and government organisations through her work across India, Singapore and USA.

In her parallel life, Shrutee is an independent and accomplished editor who enjoys working with various authors (including Sudha Murty and Late President APJ Abdul Kalam) in the genres of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.

She is a dog lover too and lives in Bangalore with her family and three goofy dogs. She weighs in on policy decisions facing VOSD.

Beena Malikaveetil

Board of Advisors, VOSD

Beena is a Marketing and Communications professional with over 23+ years of work experience in the Technology Industry. She comes with a background in Electronic Engineering and MBA in Marketing. She wears multiple hats for VOSD including that of Technology evangelist, Marketing maverick and Digital futurist. 

Beena has been passionate about taking care of stray dogs since childhood and  advocates for the rights of the stray dogs.


Arpitha Rao


Arpitha got her first dog at the age of 11, who changed her life. She began to see why dogs are better than humans (in her words) and decided to dedicate her time to serve animals in need. She joined the Blue Cross of India, Madras, as a volunteer at the age of 14 and worked in various sections of the hospital-cum-shelter including rescues, treatment, kennel management and animal care.
After completing her Bachelors degree in Journalism — she worked as a features reporter and language editor for 7 years. During this stint, with the help of her supportive family, she fostered many animals at home and adopted a rescued cats as well. Knowing that her heart truly lies in animal care, Arpitha gave up her career as a journalist to join Blue Cross of India full-time as their Communication Manager. She handled the NGO’s social media sites, volunteer induction programs, adoption drives and other internal operations. Today, she believes that living with and caring for hundreds of dogs at VOSD, is truly the best job she can ever have!

VOSD administration Team

Sparsh Anubhav

Manager Procurement and Logistics

Sparsh joined VOSD initially as a vendor in 2016, for a procurement project and then went on to join us full time. He currently leads the procurement and logistics team to facilitate effective, efficient and timely program implementation and has established a rigorous, accountable and transparent procurement system for VOSD.
He comes with a background in Engineering and extensive experience in working in the field of logistics and procurement. He is the most soft spoken member of our team and has played a significant role in ensuring smooth functioning of our procurement and logistics needs during India’s 2020 lockdown as well as during other crisis situations in the past.

Want to join the team?

We are always looking for talented individuals who share our love for dogs, to join our team. If this sounds like you, drop us a line with what you can bring to VOSD that sets you apart from anyone else.