Don Mohanlal is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Synergos Institute, a global nonprofit organization that brings people together to solve complex problems of poverty. Synergos works on issues such as health and nutrition, agriculture, education, and employment – creating opportunities for individuals and communities to thrive. Synergos creates, promotes, and sustains collaborations among business, government, civil society, and marginalized communities around the world. It fosters successful collaborations by building trust, designing and implementing change processes, and enhancing the effectiveness of bridging leaders and institutions.
Mohan, as he is known, is also a member of Synergos’ Board of Directors. He joined the organization on December 1, 2015.
Mohan has more than 30 years of senior leadership experience in building and leading organizations dedicated to addressing some of the planet’s most pressing social challenges – including health, climate change and economic issues. In this capacity, Mohan led innovative partnerships with dozens of leading foundations and companies aimed at advancing the conditions and prospects of vulnerable populations. He has worked in 110 countries.
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.