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Pallav Patankar is the executive board member of The Humsafar Trust and the Director Programs. The Humsafar Trust is the country's first registered charity for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. His previous portfolio included HIV prevention work for the Trust in the city of Mumbai and has served as the project director for the Global Fund Round 9 project called Pehchan that provided capacity building for 51 community based organizations across five states of India. He is involved in the Trust's advocacy efforts on LGBT rights at the levels of local and national government, including corporate efforts of diversity and inclusion. He holds a master's degree in Biotechnology from one of India's Premier Schools and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Business from S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research. He is a co-author to a book entitled A People Stronger: The Collectivization of MSM and Transgender Groups in India and a co-author to A World Bank Study called "Charting a Programmatic Roadmap for Sexual Minority Groups in India." Pallav is a Fellow of the fifth class of the Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.