Amitabh Rai | Director

Appointment date: November 2012

Career: Mr Rai is the General Manager of the Trident Gurgaon Hotel in Delhi. He started his career with The Oberoi Group in 1991 and became Vice President & General Manager of The Oberoi Grand in Calcutta. In March 2012, Mr Rai took over the management and operations of Sinclairs Hotels, which has properties across five locations in India.  Mr Rai was Co-Chairman of the tourism committee of the state of West Bengal for 2005-06, on the board of the tourism and hospitality committee of the Confederation of Indian Industries for 2006-07.  He has also advised the government of the province of Yunan, China to set up hotel schools and service oriented training centres.

Education: Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Environmental Science from Bangalore University, post-graduate degree in Hotel Management from The Oberoi School of Hotel Management and Advanced Management Program in General Management, Cornell University.



Meet some of our farmers


I had no way of earning before Shivia introduced me to poultry farming. Now I am a full-time provider for my family and they are very proud of my achievement.…


I now have a regular income from selling eggs and some chickens. This opportunity has really changed our lives. I'm managing to buy medicines for my sick child. Thank you!…


"Before this programme we were struggling to cope and owed a lot to the village money-lender.  So much has changed for us now we are earning money from raising chickens."…


"Since joining this training programme I have noticed a great many changes…my costs are down, my yield is up and I am making a profit from farming at long last."…

  • I have witnessed first-hand how Shivia has not just changed but transformed people's lives with its livelihood programmes.
    Yasmine Hilton
    Chairman of Shivia
  • Alquity supports Shivia because they transform lives by giving people the opportunity to do things themselves and they do it with dignity.
    Suresh Mistry
    Director, Alquity
  • We were thrilled to see the impact of the work being done and to meet the team on the ground. It was truly humbling to see the difference being made to so many people by this group of highly motivated and capable people.
    Stewart Brown
    Director, Artemis Investment Management LLP
  • We are excited to support such a strategically-minded and professionally run charity that is making a real and sustainable difference. The focus and design of the livelihood programmes are simple and highly effective – and the results speak for themselves.
    Lars-eric Roden
    Director, The T&J Meyer Foundation
  • Farming is my only source of income... I registered with Shivia to learn how to reduce my farming expenses and produce better quality outputs. I am definitely seeing good results compared to previous years and have learned how to make bio-pesticides.
    AMS farmer
    Familia location West Bengal

some of our supporters