The team

Complementarity skills in support of OFI

Under French Law (loi 1901), OFI is an “Association recognized to be of public utility” and is composed of volunteers. All team members contribute their professional skills to projects that aim at the empowerment and responsibility of local populations:


Bangalore’s office


Benjamine Oberoi, Vice-Présidente OFI 


Oberoi, Vice President of OFI: after completing her PhD in educational sciences 30 years ago , Benjamine chose to live in Bangalore. International donors recognize her as a consultant in sustainable development. Benjamine offers her expertise in the field to the collaborative work of formalization between NGOs partners. In 2014 Benjamine Oberoi has been promoted “Chevalier de l’ordre national du mérite” for her “remarkable commitment towards disadvantaged population, particularly handicapped children and street children”. It is a wonderful recognition for the OFI team!

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Every year, three civic services volunteers join OFI team in Bangalore to assist our NGO partners in our Education, Women Empowerment and Rural Development projects. Since OFI obtained the Civic Service Agency agreement in 2015, committed volunteers come for one year to ensure the best management of OFI projects in the field.  


OFI team in France


ElisabethWalton Présidente Elizabeth Walton, OFI President 


Elizabeth Walton, President of OFI: Thirty years after her graduation from ESCP, Elizabeth now works as a supply-chain manager for IBM. Involved since 2002 with the methodological support of OFI’s NGO partners, she combines managerial and methodological skills to ensure the proper conduct of projects.

Michel Cotillon, OFI Vice-president


As a former business manager, Michel lived and worked many years in India, Bangalore. He is now in charge of the communication with the French Civic Service Agency and of the volunteers’ trainings before their departure.  


Stéphanie Durand Gasselin, OFI Secretary 


As a business leader, Stéphanie processes all of the association’s information. She is also in charge of OFI communications and volunteer coordination.

Michelle Lobjois, OFI General Treasurer 


For more than ten years, Michelle was the Administrative and Financial Director of an architect agency in Paris and created in 1991 a consultancy and management company for SMEs. Thanks to her professionalism, OFI fully undertakes responsibilities with international donors.

Nicole Benayoun, OFI Assistant Treasurer

As a math teacher, Nicole carries out the position of Treasurer with rigor and involvement for all projects. Thanks to her professionalism, OFI is able to offer guarantee to international donors.

Image29OFI volunteers

OFI volunteers are responsible for field surveys, technical support, and fundraising under the supervision of the office. Because of their varying backgrounds and different ages, they contribute complementary skills to the association.