Don Mohanlal to be next President and CEO of Synergos

Don Mohanlal, a globally respected nonprofit leader and long-time friend of the Synergos Institute, will join the organization as President and CEO on December 1, 2015.

The appointment of Mohan, as he is known, by Synergos’ board follows the retirement of Bob Dunn, who has played this role for the past ten years and for whose tenure and accomplishments the board expresses profound appreciation and gratitude.

photo of Don Mohanlal

Mohan says, “I’ve long admired Synergos and its unique approach to locally-created solutions to overcome poverty and look forward to helping it expand and deepen its impact.” Peggy Dulany, Synergos’ Founder and Chair, says “Mohan deeply shares our values of collaboration, equity, compassion and integrity. He’s a tremendous addition to our team.”

Don Mohanlal was born in Sri Lanka, first coming to the United States at the age of seventeen on a scholarship from AFS Intercultural Programs, an organization to which he returned later to work for 15 years, including as Executive Vice President for Programs and Operations. He currently serves on the organization’s board.

Mohan then served for 16 years as the COO and Executive Vice President of the International Youth Foundation. Following this period of service, Mohan ran the Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation and the Nabha Foundation, both in India, for seven years. He remains Vice Chair of the Khemka Foundation; in this capacity he also serves on the World Bank Advisory Council of Global Foundation Leaders. He joins Synergos after a stint as Executive Director for Innovation and Impact at the National 4-H Council in the United States.

Mohan is married to Maria Angelica Vargas, originally from Paraguay. Together they are raising twin sons, Pramuk and Malik.

Mohan completed an Executive MBA at the Indian School of Business in 2012. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) recently selected him among business school alumni worldwide as one of its first 100 Influential Leaders globally.

October 2015