Kiran Vissa was a key AID figure since its formative years and has worn many hats of leadership and organizational roles. After several years of volunteering, Kiran quit his job in the USA and is now based in Andhra Pradesh, devoting his full time to social issues. Kiran’s focus interests have been agriculture and farmers’ issues, consumer awareness on food, volunteer mobilization and citizen activism, and tackling organizational challenges in AID.
Kiran played an important role in setting up many early chapters of AID, and continued to provide inspirational and organizational support to budding chapters and emerging leadership. He was in the board of directors, was an important part of many of AID’s initiatives. He played a key role in promoting the sangharsh aspect in AID through the Narmada struggle, anti-communalism campaign and other human rights campaigns.
Kiran holds a B.Tech. from IIT, Chennai and an M.S. from University of Maryland. He became active in AID in his very early days at College Park, inspired by the ideas and energy of volunteers like Ravi, Balaji and Aravinda, as well as meeting many social activists from India.