Friends of India

Our Team

The Friends of India Board

Pam Walsh OBE, President

Pam Walsh OBE, President

Pam founded Friends of India in 2001 after becoming active in assisting Indian women by raising funds for the late Sir Peter Ustinov’s Global Harmony Foundation in 1999. Pam is from Durham, UK and founded the ASC-International House language school in Geneva in 1974. She directed the school until her retirement in 2004, overseeing its growth to become one of the largest language schools in Switzerland. Deeply involved in professional, charitable and cultural activities, Pam was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth in 2000, in recognition of her services to British-Swiss relations. She was granted Swiss citizenship in 2002.

 

Diana Smith, Vice President

Diana Smith, Vice President

Diana was born and raised in the North of England and is a specialist in primary school education. Trained as a teacher, she arrived in Geneva in 1970 and proudly worked as a primary school teacher at the International School for almost 30 years. In 1997, she became a Primary School Principal and worked both in Monaco and Geneva. Since her retirement in 2010, Diana has been working mainly in Hyderabad, India, helping to open a new school for local children of all backgrounds. During her career she has been involved with several charities and brings a passion for the schooling of young children to Friends of India’s educational efforts for underprivileged children.

Ted Talbot, Treasurer

Ted Talbot, Treasurer

Ted is treasurer for Friends of India. Born and educated in the UK, he is a qualified chartered accountant and Member of the British Computer Society with a specialization in computerized accounting systems analysis and design. Ted founded his own consulting firm operating out of several European countries. Now semi-retired, he devotes much of his energy to the Anglophone theatre and church communities.

 

Jan Powell

Jan is a communications specialist with a long career in print, radio, documentary film and television. A reporter and producer for BBC radio in the UK, she moved to Geneva in 1989, and has since produced films and reports for international humanitarian organizations including UNHCR, ILO, WHO and WMO, as well as prize-winning work for CNN International. She became head of the Audio-visual Unit of the International Committee of the Red Cross in 2009, leading a team creating multi-media communications worldwide. Since leaving the ICRC, Jan has been able to develop her interests in training and online communications. She is passionate about improving education and training opportunities for women and girls in developing countries.

 

 

 

 

 

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