Ashoke Chatterjee ’51


2010 Ashoke Chatterjee ’51

Ashoke Chatterjee’s distinguished career as a public servant and professional communicator has sat comfortably with his widely recognised voluntary philanthropic contributions.


Ashoke attended Woodstock School, following which he earned his Economics degree at St Stephens College, New Delhi. He then studied for his Master of Business Administration at Miami University in Ohio, USA. Professional career highlights include positions with the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, where he worked as a communications specialist, the Indian Tourism Development Corporation, and the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, where he was Executive Director. Through these teaching and consultancy activities in Ahmedabad, he was able to impact the management of design in industry and development communication.


Ashoke’s current contributions feature the Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (Geneva), the Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH), the Gujarat Ecology Commission, the Government of Rajasthan Department of Health, and the National Drinking Water Mission (Government of India).


Ashoke has used his development communications experience in consultancies and training on behalf of the Gujarat AIDS Awareness & Prevention Unit (GAP), National AIDS Control Organisation (Government of India), World Water Council (Marseilles) and UNICEF (India and New York). For many years, he served as honorary President of the Crafts Council of India. Recently he joined the Board of Directors of Aid to Artisans, a US-based non-profit organisation that offers assistance to artisans worldwide.


Ashoke’s expertise in water management projects and environmental issues has seen him travel widely in India and overseas. An active member of WOSA India for a number of years, he has served on the Winterline Foundation and has been a member of the Woodstock Board of Directors. Ashoke’s commitment to others, voluntary service and life-long achievements are qualities that Woodstock both nurtures and honours.