International President

Dr. Naresh Aggarwal

International President


Dr. Naresh Aggarwal started his journey as a Lion in 1974 and is a Life Member of Lions Club Batala Smile.After serving at various positions in the home Club including Club President, he served with great distinction as District Governor in 1988-89, and then as Chairman of Council of Governors, MD 321 in 1989-90.

Dr Naresh served as International Director during 1998-2000. He earned great appreciations for serving on Global Membership Team (GMT) as Area Leader by achieving significant increase in membership. He was a Faculty and Group Leader for DG Elects Seminars. He also served as International Board Appointee thrice and in a three-year term also served as Global Leadership Team (GLT) Constitutional Area Leader (CA-6).

As a result of him unparalleled contribution to the society as a Lion, he was elected the International President of LCI, and since then the association has seen an unprecedented rise in service


International Directors

Vijay Kumar Raju

International Director (2016-2018)
2nd year Director


Vijay Kumar Raju Vegesna was elected to serve a two year term as an International Director of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 99th convention held in Fukuoka, Japan in June, 2016.

He started his career as a techno engineer in the Indian Air Force. However, his desire to serve the neglected & suffering humanity led him to found Manisha College of Nursing in the year 2003.

Vijay started his journey with Lions in March of 1996 as a proud yet humble member of Lions Club Vishakhapatanam Samarasya of District 316. Since then he has been of service in multiple capacities such as Club President, District Governor, Multiple Council Secretary, Multiple LCIF Coordinator, Regional LCIF Coordinator and now International President.

A second Century Ambassador, Life Member Association and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow and an ISAAME area trainer, his contribution has been instrumental in establishing various service and permanent projects such as Eye & General Hospitals, District Dialysis Centres & Blood Banks.


Aruna Abhey Oswal

International Director (2016-2018)
2nd year Director


Born in a simple family at Ambala (Punjab, India), Mrs Aruna Abhey Oswal lives by the belief- ‘Finding your true happiness in the happiness of others’. Masters degree in Arts paved way for her further refinement and intellectual approach.

As a true humanitarian she endeavours to uplift the less fortunate, and this is her vision.

To give her vision a new dimension she joined the Lions clubs International in 1989. In the year 1999-2000 she became the President of Juhu Lions Club ( Mumbai). This makes her the only woman president till date. In 2004-05 she became the District Governor of District 323 A3 (Again, the first woman to do so). As a Lion, her contributions include building blood banks, eye care foundations, community welfare centres, sight restoration programs etc.

Apart from this, she has also established several orphanages, schools and medical centres for the benefit of tribal areas.


K. Dhanabalan

International Director (2016-2018)
2nd year Director


Director K. Dhanabalan is a business professional from Erode, India, besides being an inspired Lion. He was elected to serve a two-year term as a director of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 99th International Convention held in Fukuoka, Japan, June 24 through 28, 2016.

He started his journey as a Lion in 1992 when he became a member of the Lions Club of Erode Supreme. Since then he has held many offices within the association, including club president, zone chairperson, district chairperson, region chairperson, district governor, multiple district GLT coordinator and centennial coordinator.

He has received numerous awards for his service to the society. These include a Grand Master Key, two Leadership Awards and three International President’s Awards. He is also a Melvin Jones Fellow. Dhanabalan is also known to be involved in various social activities including sports activities. He is also an active member of the Erode District Football Association, Greencity Institute of Leadership Training, Erode Blood Donors Club and Erode Officers Club.


Virinder Kumar Luthra

International Director (2017-2019)
1st year Director


Virinder “V.K.” Luthra from Patna, Bihar, India, was elected to serve a two-year term as a director of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 100th International Convention held in Chicago, Illinois, USA, June 30 through July 4, 2017.

Director Luthra is a manufacturer of outdoor advertisements. A member of the Patna Vishal Lions Club, and a Lion since 1970, he has held many offices within the association, including club president, district governor and multiple district council chairperson.

In recognition of his service to the association, Director Luthra has received numerous awards, including 18 Extension Awards, two International Leadership Awards, a Key of Nations Award and three International President’s Awards.

He is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow. In addition to his Lions activities, Director Luthra has been active in professional and community organizations, including the Indian Red Cross, Patna Women’s College and Indian Railways User Consultative Committee.


LCIF Trustees

NS Sankar

LCIF Trustee


N.S. Sankar from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India was elected to serve a two-year term as a director of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 97th International Convention held in Toronto, Canada, July 4 through 8, 2014. He served two years as an International Director and is now an LCIF Trustee.

As a businessman and a member of the Madras Sterling Avenue Lions Club since 1986, he has held many offices within the association. These positions include district governor, multiple district leadership development chairperson and trainer/faculty member for all India DG/VDG school programs.

Over the years he has been recognised for his efforts and services towards the causes taken up by Lions, he has received numerous awards, including the 35-Member Key Award, Friend of Humanity Award, 11 Extension Awards and four International President’s Certificates of Appreciation. He is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.


Shyam Malpani

LCIF Trustee


Shyam Malpani, from Mumbai, India, was elected to serve a two-year term as a director of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association’s 91st International Convention, held in Bangkok, Thailand, June 23-27, 2008. Past Director Malpani is a current LCIF trustee and a chartered accountant based out of Mumbai.

As member of the North Bombay Lions Club since 1986, Past Director Malpani has held many offices within the association, including club president, multiple council chairperson, multiple district membership chairperson and the multiple district chairperson of the Women Empowerment Committee. In addition, he has served on the Election and Nomination committees at several international conventions.

In recognition of his service to the association, Past Director Malpani has been awarded with several accolades including the 100% President’s Excellence Award, the District Chairperson Award, four International President’s Certificates of Appreciation and seven medals from the International President.


Board Appointees

Pravin Chhajed

Board Appointee


Pravin Chhajed, of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, was elected to serve a two-year term as a director of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 84th International Convention, held in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, July 2-6, 2001. Past Director Chhajed is a company director in textiles, construction, travel and event management.

A member of the Ahmedabad Karnavati Lions Club since 1984, Past Director Chhajed has held many offices within the association, including club president, district cabinet secretary, region chairman, vice district governor, district governor and council chairman. He was elected as an associate at District Governor-elect Seminar for the 2013 International Convention in Hamburg, Germany. In addition, he has served as project chairman for the Lions Karnavati Shantaben Vishnubhai Patel Eye Hospital, which has completed 140,000 intraocular lens surgeries since 1995.

He has also served as the vice chairman of Laji Mehrotra Lions School and was the chairperson of the 2005 District Governors-elect Seminar in China, Hong Kong and chairperson for the 2004 ISAAME Forum, the 2006 Academy Awards of Lionism and Election Committee for the 2006 International Convention in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

He is currently serving as an appointed member of Lions Clubs International.


Vinod Khanna

Board Appointee


Vinod Khanna from New Delhi, India, was elected to serve a two-year term as a director of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association’s 90th International Convention, held in Chicago, Illinois, USA, July 2-6, 2007. He is currently serving as an appointed board member of LCI.

Past Director Khanna is a businessman specializing in self-adhesive papers and tile adhesives and importing building materials.

A member of the New Delhi South Lions Club and a Lion since 1977, Past Director Khanna has held many offices within the association, including club president, zone chairperson, district governor, multiple district Lions Quest chairperson, council chairperson and multiple district Club Extension chairperson.

He served as a member of two international convention election committees and as chairperson of the Parade of Nations Indian Contingent at two international conventions. He has also served as treasurer of “All Lions Meet,” editor of the “Indian Lions” magazine, treasurer and vice chairperson of the MDCCI Indian coordination body and member of the ISAAME Forum organizing committee.


G. Ramaswamy 'GR'

Board Appointee


PID G. RAMASWAMY of Coimbatore, India, was elected to serve a two-year term as a director of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association's 79th International Convention, held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July 9-12, 1996. He is currently serving as an appointed member of LCI.

A member of the Annur (Town) Lions Club since 1985, Past Director Ramaswamy has held many offices within the association, including club president, zone chairman, deputy district governor and district governor.

In addition, he has been an LCIF, SightFirst, and Convention chairman for his multiple district; is chairman of the All-India District Governors Schooling; and was a member of the International Convention Credential Committee in 1991.

Past Director Ramaswamy served as a Lions Clubs International board committee appointee for 1999-2000. In recognition of his service to the association, Past Director Ramaswamy has received numerous awards, including the 100% Club President Award, the 100% District Governor Award, a Guiding Lion Award, three Extension Awards, a Leadership Award, four International President's Certificates of Appreciation, seven International President's Awards and an Ambassador of Goodwill Award, the highest honor granted by the association to its members. He is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow and has recorded 13 years of perfect attendance.


A P Singh

Board Appointee


Past International Director, A. P. Singh, popularly known as “A.P”, joined Lionism in 1984, and has held various offices at the club and district level. Lion Singh served as District Governor of the undivided District 322B and in the following year 2001-02, he was elected as the Multiple Council Chairman for Multiple District 322. He is currently an appointed board member of LCI.

He was elected as the International Director for the year 2004-06. Past Director Lion A. P. Singh during his tenure as a Director during 2004-06 served as Chairperson of Finance and Headquarters Committee.

He was thereafter appointed as Chairperson of a special Task Force to study and implement ways and means to rationalize operation costs at LCI. Past Director Singh was the Chairman of the DG Elect schooling at the 90th International Convention at Chicago in July 2007, and also served as the Chairperson of the 20K Team during 2007-08. As a Board Appointee, he was once again appointed Chair of the Finance Committee and served as a member of Long Range Planning Committee for the year 2007-08. For the year 2008-09 he has been appointed the Vice Chairman of the Global Membership Team.

Lion A. P. Singh has been credited with several International Awards including the highest award “Ambassador of Goodwill Award”. He is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow and a Major Gift Donor for CSF II. He is also the First Lions Clubs International Foundation Heritage Club Member of 322-B1.


V P Nandakumar

Board Appointee


VP Nandakumar, Managing Director & CEO of Manappuram Finance Ltd, was nominated as a Director Board Member of Lions Clubs International. This was announced by International President (2016-17), Chancellor Bob Corlew at the 100th convention in Chicago, in 2017.

He is also the Governor of Lions Clubs District 318D.

In July 2016, he received the Ambassador of Goodwill Award. It is the highest, most prestigious award presented by Lions Clubs International to its members.

Despite his massive commitments as MD & CEO of Manappuram Finance Ltd. he ensures that his contribution to the society does not take a backseat.


Past International Directors

Sangeeta Jatia

Past International Director


Sangeeta Jatia, from Kolkata, West Bengal, India, was elected to serve a two-year term as a director of Lions Clubs Internationalat the association’s 95th International Convention, held in Busan, Korea, June 22 through 26, 2012.

Past Director Jatia is an economics graduate from Calcutta University.

A member of the Calcutta Midtown Lions Club since 1988, she has held many offices within the association, including club president, district Sight First chair, district coordinator, vice district governor and multiple district Leadership chair. Additionally, she served as a member of Mission 30 and Team 20K, a GMT area leader, on the DGE Seminar Faculty and as coordinator of the India edition of LION Magazine.

In recognition of her service to the association, she has received numerous awards including Lion of the Year, Membership Advancement Key, six Extension Awards, 11 International President’s Awards and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association bestows upon its members. She is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

Past Director Jatia and her spouse, Arvind, also a Lion, have two children.


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