Arvind Panagariya

Vice-Chairman, Niti Aayog

Dr Arvind Panagariya is Vice-Chairman, Niti Aayog and has been Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy at Columbia University. He is a past Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank and Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland at College Park. He has also worked with the World Bank, IMF and UNCTAD in various capacities. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Princeton University.

DrPanagariya has authored more than a fifteen books. His book India: The Emerging Giant (2008, OUP, New York)was listed as a top pick of 2008 by the Economist magazine and described as the "definitive book on the Indian economy" by FareedZakaria of the CNN.The Economist magazine has described his book, Why Growth Matters, (with Jagdish Bhagwati) as "a manifesto for policymakers and analysts." Professor Panagariya's scientific papers have appeared in the top economics journals such as the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics while his policy papers have appeared in the Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy.Until recently, he wrote a monthly column in the Times of India and his guest columns have appeared in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and India Today.

In March 2012, The Government of India honoured Panagariya with Padma Bhusan, the third highest civilian honors the country bestows in any field.


R Balakrishnan, IAS

Development Commissioner-cum-Additional Chief Secretary, Odisha

R Balakrishnan, IAS (Odisha 1984) presently posted as Development Commissioner and Additional Chief Secretary in Odisha, has been appointed as Chairman of Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL), Special Purpose Vehicle, Vice-Chairman of Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) Government of Odisha. .


Bhaskar Barua, IAS (Retd.)

Bhaskar Barua worked for about 38 years in the government, in Assam, at Bangalore and Delhi before retiring in 2001. His interests were and continue to be development and disaster management. In 2001 he joined as FAO Representative in Myanmar and continued there as team leader of an international team that carried out a survey of Myanmar Agriculture. He was part of the FAO team to rehabilitate agriculture in post-tsunami Acheh in Indonesia. During the last few years he has been involved in the pilot project for introduction of ICS (now named IRS) in India and in another project developing a GO-NGO Protocol in Assam.


Dr. Himanshu Kulkarni

Executive Director, ACWADAM

Groundwater resources have held Himanshu's interest for nearly 34 years now. His work on the occurrence and movement of groundwater in the hard-rock regions of India is known in academic and research circles. He carries with him an interesting blend of experience of having worked with the academia, the corporate sector and, in his current position, with ACWADAM, a civil society organization of which he is one of the founders. Dr. Himanshu Kulkarni, Founder Trustee and Executive Director, ACWADAM, is attempting to create space, both in practice and policy, on the importance of the science of groundwater. He believes that aquifer-based participatory groundwater management can imbibe the principles of 'commons' in both practice and policy. He has been actively involved in the advocacy of stronger programmes on groundwater management in India, through his inputs as Chairman, Working Group on Sustainable Groundwater Management for India's 12th Five Year Plan. More recently, he was a member of the committee that looked into major reforms for MoWR, GoI. He also continues to mentor students and guide doctoral work.


Dr. T. Haque

Head, Land Policy Cell, NITI Aayog,
Former chairman, Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices

Dr. T. Haque, Head, Land Policy Cell, NITI Aayog, former chairman of Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices. Dr. Haque is a well-known Agricultural Economist, having specialisation in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Development and Agrarian Reforms. He obtained his Ph. D. degree from Patna University and Post Doctoral training in Agricultural Development Policy from lowa State University, Ames, USA. Recently, Dr. Haque has been offered an award of ICAR National Fellow and he is working at the National Centre for Agriculture Economics and policy Research, New Delhi. Prior to this, he served the National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad as Director, Centre for Agrarian Studies.


Madhu Sarin

Independent Researcher,
Member, CSD,
Drafting Committee member Forest Rights Act, 2006

Independent Research, Madhu Sarin is a development planner who has worked on both urban and rural development issues for over 3 decades. Combining grass roots work with policy analysis, a primary focus of her work has been the role of forest and other common lands in supporting rural livelihoods. Having been actively involved in the campaign for forest rights, she was a member of the Technical Support Group set up by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs which drafted the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006. She continues being involved in ensuring proper implementation of the Act.


Pradip Prabhu

Founder, Kastkari Sanghathan,
Member, CSD,
Ex- Dean, TISS,
Drafting Committee member Forest Rights Act, 2006

Founder, Kashtkari Sanghathan and is the Ex Dean TISS Tuljapur. He is actively involved in the campaign for forest rights, and he was also a member of the Technical Support Group set up by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs which drafted the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006. He continues being involved in ensuring proper implementation of the Act.


Arvind Khare

Senior Advisor, Rights & Resource Initiative

Senior Adivisor, Rights and Resources Initiative, Arvind is a natural resources management specialist with more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit, corporate and public sectors. Currently Executive Director of the Washington-based Rights and Resources Initiative, he has made significant contributions to the critical examination of poverty-environment linkages, initiated a number of innovative rural development projects and was involved in social risk assessment of development investments in India. His work has also involved the development and analysis of policies in infrastructure, forestry, tribal development, social development and watershed sectors for the state and central governments of India. He chaired the External Advisory Group of the World Bank on Forest Sector Strategy Implementation from 2005- 2006.


Prof. (Dr.) A.B Ota, IAS

Revenue Divisional Commissioner, Director, SC ST Research & Training Institute

Prof. (Dr.) A. B. Ota is an anthropologist of international repute and currently working as Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) - cum- Director SC ST Research & Training Institute (SCSTRTI). Apart from that, he is also a 2000 batch IAS officer to which Dr.Ota brings in a long experience with him as an ace administrator and an expert on rehabilitation and resettlement and on the aspect of Tribal Development as the Collector of Balesore district. He has also authored about 30 number of books based on his empirical studies and experience and contributed immensely towards the formulation of R&R policy for Odisha in 2006. Within his busy schedule he continues to take time out and guide his students.


Surendra Kumar, IAS

Commissioner, Secretary, ST & SC Development Department

Surendra Kumar, IAS, Commissioner- cum- Secretary to Govt. ST &SC Development Department & Director and is also appointed as Director of Odisha Forest Development Corporation (OFDC) and is also the Chairman of OTELP.


Sushant Nanda, IFS

M.D., TDDCOL, Odisha

Sushant Nanda (IFS), M.D. TDDCOL Odisha and is spear heading the operationalization of MSP on MFP. He has worked on forestry issues, working towards the empowerment and strengthening of the forest dependent communities. Prior to this, Mr. Nanda has done commendable work on participatory forest management while he served as DFO in Bonai and South Gumsar. Furthermore, he also has worked towards the economic upliftment of tribal people through OTELP.


Vidya Das

Tribal Rights Activist,
Joint Director, Agragamee

Vidya Das is a Tribal Rights activist and is also Joint Director of Agragamee, an organisation dedicated to sustainable tribal development in Odisha. As a development activist, Ms Das has decades of ground level experience in working with the tribal communities on a range of issues including livelihood, education, health and women empowerment.


Dr. Vincent Darlong

Country Programme Officer, IFAD

Dr. Vincent Darlong works with IFAD India Country Office in Delhi. As Country Programme Officer, besides anchoring IFAD projects in Bhutan, his key areas of involvement in India are tribal development programmes in Odisha, Jharkhand and Northeast India. Building on elements of empowerment, participation, equity and decentralization, these programmes focus on natural resource management, livelihoods, land, food and nutrition security along with challenges of climate risks and persistent development lags of tribal people. His international experiences also include reviews of IFAD programmes in Nepal, Laos, Vietnam and Philippines. Prior to joining IFAD in 2008, he worked with the Government of India in MoEF for nearly 20 years. He is a native of Tripura, obtained his academic degree from NEHU, Shillong and is also associated with voluntary organisations such as Rotary International.


P. M Phillip

Executive Director, Functional Vocational Training and Research Society (FVTRS)

Mr. Philip is a professional development worker with a wide range of experiences. He has worked with Caritas India for 29 long years from 1985 to 2013 and held various positions like Project Officer, Regional officer - Kerala, Manager (Operations) and head of the department (Partner support).

During his services in Caritas India he had contributed to the systems development, conceptual growth and represented Caritas India in national and international forums. His contribution during the Tsunami relief and rehabilitation programme, developing policies and strategic papers for the organizations were well recognized and appreciated. He has also excelled in maintaining good relationships.

His services and contributions were recognized and appreciated as he was awarded the "Best Manager" in 2010 by Caritas India. He was also elected as representative of the staff to the Governing Body of Caritas India twice among six elections held. He hails from Kottayam district of Kerala. He did his schooling in his native place, pre-degree and graduation in the University of Kerela and completed his post-graduation studies in the University of Mumbai in 1993.

He joined FVTRS as the Executive Director on 1st September, 2014 . He is taking various meaningful initiatives to ensure the forward movement of FVTRS.


Bishnu N. Mohapatra

Social Theorist

Bishnu N. Mohapatra is a social theorist and poet, an educator and a commentator on politics, governance, policy and culture. He was educated in Odisha, Delhi and Oxford. He taught politics for more than two decades in University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. He has held visiting appointments at National University of Singapore and University of Kyoto, Japan. He headed the governance portfolio of the Ford Foundation's South Asia office in Delhi from 2002-2010. Bishnu has published in the areas of identity politics, democracy, governance, minority rights, urban politics, civil society and social capital. He was a Professor at School of Development of Azim Premji University, Bangalore from 2013-2016. Bishnu is a well-known Indian poet who writes in Odia. Currently he is a visiting Chair Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore


Puneet Srivastava

Policy Manager, DRR & Climate Change, WaterAid India

Puneet is Manager Policy - Urban WASH, DRR and Climate Change at WaterAid India. He joined the team in May 2012 as Manager Technical. He is a qualified civil engineer with masters in ecology and environment and PG Diploma in human resource management. His key competencies are in the areas of performance benchmarking of urban utilities, institutional assessment and strengthening of urban utilities, supporting urban reforms in water and sanitation, design and development of capacity building programmes, community-based sanitation programmes, policy analysis and advocacy for sector reforms in water and sanitation, decentralised water governance, payment for environmental services (PES) as applied to water and climate change, performance benchmarking for service improvements, drinking water quality and emergency responses to water and sanitation with an emphasis on pro-poor and socially inclusive approaches. He has deep understanding of cross-cutting themes in water and sanitation sector including institutional, technical and financial issues influencing the water and sanitation sector policies and its application and has been involved with strategic planning in the sector at various levels and platforms. He has considerable experience of working in partnerships with governments and local self-governments and understanding of functioning of public sector organisations governing water and sanitation. He has experience in the area of project formulation, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation in the area of water supply and sanitation across rural and urban domain. Apart from his professional interests, Puneet likes travelling, writing on issues of social interest and spending time with his family.


John Samuel

Head, Global Programmes, Democratic Governance Assessments,Bureau of Development Policy

John Samuel is the Head of Global Programmes on Democratic Governance Assessments at the Bureau of Development Policy at the UNDP headquarters, New York and a senior Democratic Governance Advisor at the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre. John Samuel has around 25 years of experience and expertise in strengthening democratic governance, human rights advocacy and sustainable development in India, Asia and internationally. Prior to joining the UNDP, he was the International Director of Action Aid, based in Bangkok, leading its global thematic work on just and democratic governance and heading the Asia-pacific region. He helped to establish and served as the Chief Executive of the National Centre of Advocacy Studies in India. Mr. Samuel holds Master degrees in Social Science and Public Policy, English Literature and Socio-Linguistics and a first degree in science. He was a visiting fellow at the Institute of development Studies, University of Sussex and at the Advocacy Institute, Washington DC. He has published extensively on issues related people-centered advocacy, democratic governance and civil society.


Parimal Singh, IAS

Deputy Secretary, Governor of Maharashtra

Parimal Singh (IAS), Deputy Secretary to the Governor of Maharashtra. He has worked extensively towards the tribal up-liftment in Gadchiroli area which has created a nation-wide recognition in providing an outstanding example on sustainable gainful livelihood and community empowerment.


Amitabh Behar

Executive Director, National Foundation for India

Amitabh Behar is the Executive Director of the National Foundation for India (NFI). He is the Co-chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), the Convener of National Social Watch Coalition and for five years was the convener of the Wada Na Todo Abhiyaan (Don't Break Your Promises Campaign) in India. Amitabh's areas of interest are governance and civil society. Over the years he has worked on issues promoting governance accountability and social action. He is one of the leading experts of people centered advocacy and was the Executive Director of the National Centre of Advocacy Studies (NCAS). He sits on several organizational boards including Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA), Navsarjan and mobile creche and is the President of Yuva.


C. K. Mathew

Senior Fellow, Public Affairs Centre

C. K. Mathew, Senior Fellow of the Public Affairs Centre, is a retired IAS officer of the 1977 batch, who until recently held the post of Chief Secretary to the Government of Rajasthan. He has wide experience in governance and public policy, having held several important assignments such as District Collector, Commissioner, Commercial Taxes, as well as Secretary/ Principal Secretary of Departments including Mining, Energy, Irrigation, Education, Information Technology as well as a long association with the Finance Department in various capacities. He has also held the post of Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister. An author of two books and an avid blogger, he has recently been awarded the Ph. D in English Literature.


Subrat Das

Executive Director, Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA)

Subrat Das is serving as the Executive Director of Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA), New Delhi since 2010. He has carried out research on a range of issues relating to fiscal policy and social inclusion, government financing of social sectors, and some of the structural issues in the federal fiscal architecture in India. A major part of his research in these areas has been towards deepening the public discourse on fiscal policy and budgetary processes in the country from the perspective of underprivileged sections and unpacking these complex issues so as to foster people's participation on these issues. He studied Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.


Mamata Dash

Manager, WaterAid India

Mamata Dash is Manager: Campaigns at WaterAid India and joined the organisation in 2012. Mamata has been working in the development sector for more than two decades. She has worked in the domain of women's rights and empowerment, indigenous people and forest and natural resource rights, environment equity and climate justice, livelihoods, children's rights and education. Her interests and skills largely involve field research, campaigns and advocacy, programme development, documentation, monitoring and evaluation, writing, training and facilitation, strategic visioning and organisational development with a focus on participatory approach of development.


V K Madhavan

Chief Executive, WaterAid

V K Madhavan is the Chief Executive of WaterAid India. Following a Master's in International Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1991, Madhavan commenced working with the Urmul Rural Health Research and Development Trust in Bikaner district of north-western India where he worked in various capacities till 1998. Since then, Madhavan worked with ActionAid and The Hunger Project and subsequently spent eight years working in the Kumaun region of Uttarakhand with the Central Himalayan Rural Action Group (Chirag). In his years as a development professional, Madhavan has worked on an integrated approach to rural development - community health, primary education, natural resource management, on and off-farm livelihoods and investing in young people. Prior to assuming his role as Chief Executive of WaterAid India, Madhavan was Managing Director of Skills Education Private Limited, a company that provides youth with access to information, skills and opportunities leading to employment. Madhavan was a TED Global Fellow in 2009 and a TED Senior Fellow in 2010. Madhavan is an avid reader and enjoys music.
He tweets @vkmadhavan


Raghav Suresh

Director, Public Affairs Centre

Mr. Suresh holds post-graduate degrees from the Birla Institute of Science and Technology, Pilani and the Institute of Rural Management, Anand. He has worked for over 27 years focussing on social and environmental change through the design and management of rural and urban development programmes, as well as projects in sustainable agriculture, watershed management, enterprise development and sanitation.
Mr. Suresh has previously worked with the National Dairy Development Board and Centre for Environment Education, and has had significant tenures at different field NGOs and with international agencies such as the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and Plan International. He has also been a speaker and resource person at management institutes and taught at the post-graduate level. He has carried out a variety of national and international consultancy assignments pertaining to monitoring and evaluation, developing modules and training tools in the areas of organisation and programme analysis, strategic planning, organisational learning and knowledge management.
With his primary background in natural resource management, renewable energy and livelihoods development, and experience with various stakeholder networks, Mr. Suresh is well equipped to take PAC to new frontiers of work in the analysis of public policies in employment generation, food security and climate change. PAC aims to utilise his experience to initiate fresh programmes and explore innovative opportunities for citizen participation in governance in all aspects of Indian public life.


Dr. Aishwarya Mahajan

Head, Livelihood Education Unit, Aide et Action International

Dr. Mahajan currently heads the Livelihood Education Unit of Aide et Action International, South Asia. Aide et Action is an International Development Organisation, with its headquarter in Geneva working in more than 26 Countries in the world with a mission of making Education a lever for development. Through its Livelihood Education programme "Initiative for Livelihood Education and Development" iLEAD it has reached more than 200000 youth in South Asia in last 10 years in which 39% are women and 75% have successfully entered into employment and around 13% have started their own enterprises.

A doctorate in Sociology from India, Dr. Aishwarya Mahajan has 18 years of national and international experience of development sector with an expertise on issues and strategy development for Livelihood generation in developing nations. Dr. Mahajan has bestowed support in conceptualization of numerous livelihood programs for government, corporates and civil society organisations to widen sustainable livelihood models in geographies like France, Philippines, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Ecuador, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan to name a few.


Dr. Sakhtivel Selvaraj

Senior Public Health Specialist, Economics & Financing and Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dr. Sakhtivel was a Takemi Fellow (Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, US) and a Fulbright Scholar during 2006-07. He has a Ph.D. in Health Economics (1996-2001) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Dr. Sakthivel Selvaraj is a Health Economist who is currently engaged in teaching and research in the area of healthcare financing, pharmaceutical economics and equity in healthcare financing and delivery in India. Earlier, he was engaged as a Health Economist in the National Commission on Macroeconomics and Health (NCMH), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi during 2004-05. S. Sakthivel also served as Consultant to the National Commission on Enterprises in the Unorganized Sector in India and as a Fellow at the Institute for Human Development (2005-06). Prior to joining NCMH, he was engaged as Research Associate in the Institute of Economic Growth (2002-04).


Prof. Umakant Dash

Professor, IIT Madras

Umakant Dash is a Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Umakant specializes in Health Financing and Policy. He obtained his Ph.D in "Energy Economics" from IIT Kanpur and later a Diploma in "Health System Management" from Tulane University, New Orleans, US. Prior to joining IIT Madras in 2004, he worked as a faculty member in the Economics & Finance and later as Group Leader of the Management Studies in the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (Rajasthan). His primary research interests are in the economics of health care and corporate finance. His research projects pursue questions of equity, efficiency and risk protection in Indian Health System and are funded by DFID, Rockefeller Foundation and World Bank. He is also involved in collaborative research (through RESYST, CREHS, GHLC) with other partners from countries like South Africa, Thailand, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya and UK. His recent publications include, "Good Health at Low cost 25 years on: lessons for the future of health system strengthening", Lancet (2013), where an attempt was made to explore why some countries have achieved better health outcomes than others at a similar level of income. He is also member of various committees and task force at the national level.


Prof. T. Sundararaman

Dean, SHSS, TISS, Mumbai

Prof. T. Sundararaman is Dean of the School of Health Science Studies, TISS and former Executive Director of National Health Systems Resource Centre in New Delhi. He has provided technical guidance to launch major community health worker program and strengthened its public health system in various states of India. Currently, he is the chairperson of MoHFW task force for operationalization of primary health care and SHRC, Chhatisgarh. He is the adjunct faculty of IIT-Madras and University of Pennsylvania, USA. Dr. Sundararaman has written over fifty books, mainly on health issues, in both popular communication and public health texts. He has also written a number of articles that have been published in peer-reviewed journals. He earned his MBBS and MD in Internal Medicine from JIPMER.


Dr. Sanjay P. Zodpey

Vice President and Director, Public Health Education, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi,
Director, Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi

Prof. Sanjay Zodpey presently works as Vice President and Director, Public Health Education, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi and also holds leadership position as Director at Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi. Earlier he worked as Professor at Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Faculty in Clinical Epidemiology Unit and Vice Dean at Government Medical College, Nagpur, India. He also holds joint appointment as Adjunct Faculty at Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University, Georgia, Adjunct Professor in Public Health Leadership, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA and Honorary Professor, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney, Australia. He is the Editor of Indian Journal of Public Health and Associate Editor of Frontiers in Public Health Education and Promotion. He is the Member of Executive Committee and Vice-Chair of Global Evaluation and Monitoring Network for Health [GEMNet-Health]. Earlier, he served as the Member of IOM Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education.


Manas Rath

Senior Advisor,
BORDA

Over the past year, Manas has worked with the BORDA and CDD team to understand the business potential and current status of Faecal Sludge Management and Treatment Services across India. With rich experience in social entrepreneurship, general management and investment banking, his efforts have been directed towards understanding business models in terms of capital requirements and revenue sources, and evaluating how public-private partnerships can be developed in this sector in India. Understanding technological options and innovations in de-sludging and transport services as well as treatment and re-use, is a critical component of his work as it directly impacts the qualit y and economics of services. Manas is also leading efforts to set up a company that will provide world-class faecal sludge management (O&M) services to Indian cities..


Sanjay Kumar Pattnaik

Chairman, CII Odisha State Council &
Executive Director, Tata Sponge Iron Ltd

B.E in Mining Engineering, from Osmania University, Hyderabad, 1983, has done Advanced Management Programme .CEDEP/INSEAD, France - April, 2004. Mr. Pattnaik has rich experience in the field of Sustainable development and specifically on operations: Mineral assets acquisition, Policy & Regulatory Affairs relating to Mining, Port Operations & Logistic Solutions, liaisoning and business facilitation. He holds board membership as Director, T.M Mining Co.Ltd, Former - Director, Tata Refractories Limited, Director-Tata Sponge Iron Limited, Director, Nilachal Refractoreis Limited, Director, Kalinga Aquatics Limited (A JV of Govt. of Odisha), Trustee, Paradip Port Trust. He is also associated with Professional bodies as Vice President, Odisha State Council, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Vice President, Federation of Indian Mining Industries (FIMI), Vice President, Mining Engineering Association of India (MEAI), Member, Executive Council, The Society of Geoscientists and Allied Technologists (SGAT), Member, Bhubaneswar Metropolis Management Association (Affiliated to All India Management Association).


Basanta Kumar Kar

Senior Advisor, The Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security

Mr. Basanta Kumar Kar is the Senior Advisor of 'The Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security'; the largest such Coalition in the country and region engaged in sustainable food and nutrition security. Presently, Basanta is engaged in evidence based advocacy, policy and knowledge product development activities. Basanta, over last 30 years, has provided leadership to numerous development programs in South and South East Asia. In the past, he has held senior leadership position in credible organisations like National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Action Aid International, CARE and Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). A recipient of 2016 Global Transform Nutrition Champion award; Basanta is also Co-Convening the Transform Nutrition Leaders Network in South Asia. A passionate writer, Basanta authored three collections of poetry in English.


Biraj Patnaik

Principal Adviser, Commissioners of the Supreme Court

Biraj Patnaik is the Principal Adviser to the Commissioners of the Supreme Court in the Right to Food case in India. The Commissioners monitor all the food and employment schemes of the government on behalf of the court and oversee the compliance of Supreme Court orders on the right to food. He was closely associated with the processes of drafting and lobbying for the National Food Security Act (2013), a legislation that created legal entitlements for close to a billion people for subsidised food grains.

He has been part of the right to food campaign ever since it's inception. The Right to Food campaign is a prominent civil society campaign in India. India has also seen a very activist role of the Supreme Court which passed close to 200 orders on the right to food in the landmark right to food case (PUCL vs. Union of India, 2001) over the past fifteen years.

He has been part of many government committees and involved in the process of reforms of food schemes and policies across the country. He was one of the co-founders of the "mitanin" community health worker program that trained and deployed more than 60,000 women health volunteers in Chhattisgarh. He is the founder-member and on the board of several organizations including Amnesty International India, State Health Resource Center, Center for Equity Studies, Program on Women's Economic Social and Cultural Rights (PWESCR) and Mobile Creches. He is on the International Editorial Board of the Global Food and Nutrition Watch.

Biraj is also engaged with international right to food and nutrition work and is actively involved in the Open Ended Working Groups (OEWG) of the Committee on World Food Security including the ones on nutrition and SDGs, as a member of the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) and the lobbying efforts for the International decade of nutirtion. He is part of the civil society liason group and the OEWG for the International Conference on Nutriton 2 (ICN2). He is a member of the Co-ordinating Committee of the Gloabal Network on Right to Food and Nutriton that brings together social movements and NGOs on promoting a human rights based approach to food systems and nutrition.

He has also worked for close to a decade in Action Aid. He has a master's degree in management from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand and was a Chevening Senior Gurukul Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.


Tuhin Kanta Pandey

Principal Secretary Finance, Finance Department

1987 Batch IAS Officer, who returned after a successful tenure in the Union Government, has been assigned the crucial post in Department of Finance to carry forward the reforms earlier taken up by R Balakrishnan. Mr. Panday was handling State Finances in the Planning Commission for five years and handling crucial assignments in Union Cabinet Secretariat. A Gold Medalist in Post Graduation in Economics of the University of Punjab, Mr.Pandey knows his subject well.


Umi Daniel

Regional Head, Migration thematic unit, South Asia Aide et Action

Umi Daniel, currently working in Aide et Action International as regional head for South Asia on migration. Mr. Daniel has two decades of experience working on a wide range of issues pertaining to tribal, dalit, unorganized workers and other excluded groups. He began his work from a grassroots NGO in KBK district of Odisha and later handled regional, national and international assignments in a INGO. His expertise includes participatory planning, social audit, internal migration, rural employment, bonded labour and food rights.

Currently he is providing research & techno managerial support on rights and inclusion of internal migrants in India and South Asia.


Dr. Birupakshya Dixit

Coordinator, India Programmes, Practical Action, India Office

Birupakshya Dixit is leading the India office of Practical Action, a UK based Charity. At present he provides leadership support to programmes in the areas of Urban WASH, Clean Energy, Climate change and market access. The Urban WASH programmes are mostly focussed on Faecal Sludge Management. He has more than 14 years' experience in development Sector where he worked with both grassroots as well as international Organizations in leadership positions. Academically he is a doctorate in Anthropology and studied development Anthropology with an ambition to work in development sector. He has presented papers in many national and international seminars and has published few of his articles in national as well as international journals. Strong programmatic understanding in the fields of Basic education, Early Childhood Development, Mother and Child Health, U-5 Nutrition, Livelihoods, Urban Wash and Renewable Energy.


Charudutta Panigrahi

President, FIDR

Mr. Panigrahi has worked as a senior professional at the national and international levels in diverse themes. He writes regularly for dailies, journals, blogs on as diverse topics as health, budget, music and revolutions. He has been working for the last so many years, closely with the policymakers, the government and the civil society to contribute towards making pro-development policies and making them more effective, ushering in sustainable urban development (development of Smart Cities in India), infusion of technology in the development of hard-to-reach communities and helping corporates reach the people.


Biraja Kabi Satapathy

Social Development Expert, Deloitte, DFID's Odisha Support for Urban Infrastructure Program

Biraja Kabi Satapathy has over 14 years work experience in government, non-government, corporate and research organisations in water, sanitation, health and women empowerment. Have the relevant experience in managing portfolios such as policy advocacy, program designing, strategic planning, capacity building, supportive supervision and other important activities of a project cycle. Have significant years of experience in providing technical assistance to various government departments. She is currently working with Deloitte as Social Development Expert in DFID's Odisha Support for Urban Infrastructure Program (OSUIP). Prior to this role, she worked with Population Foundation of India as Water and Sanitation Specialist in USAID Health of the Urban Poor Program in Odisha, Consultant Programme Communication and Research in Mission Shakti, W&CD Department of Government of Odisha, worked as State Project Coordinator in Odisha State Water & Sanitation Mission, Rural Development Department Government of Odisha supported by UNICEF, etc. In different positions she has been associated with various research studies on water, sanitation, hygiene and social inclusion. She has master degree in Sociology and Public Administration with a specialisation of local self governance. She takes the credit of numerous publications on water, sanitation, women empowerment, urban governance and social inclusion in news papers, journals and books.


Dr. Aurobindo Behera,IAS (Retd.)

Dr Behera, an IAS officer has served the state of Odisha in various capacities as District Collector, Revenue Divisional Commissioner, and Secretary to Chief Minister, Secretary, Departments of Forest and Environment, ST and SC Development, Rural Development, Public Works Department, Water Resources Department etc. He was also Managing Director, Odisha State Disaster Management, Additional CMD, Industrial Development Corporation of Odisha and Member, Board of Revenue. Dr Behera holds a post graduate degree and Ph.D. in Economics. He is associated with a number of civil society initiatives, especially in areas of Education, Tribal Development, and Sanitation etc.


Prashant Kumar Hota

Convenor, CII Odisha CSR Panel,
Executive Vice President, Group Head CSR & Education,
Head, Odisha Corporate Communications, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd

Mr.Prashant Hota holds an M. Phil in Sustainable Development and MBA. He is a Scholar of DET, Germany, in Development of Sustainable rural production System and has wide field exposures in Thailand and Europe. His experience spanned across 22 years of direct working exposure with NABARD, the Apex Bank of the Country for Agriculture and Rural Development in the department of Development Policy and Natural Resource Management. His credentials include hands on experience in 162 Watershed development Projects across the states of Maharashtra and Orissa, played a key role in the development of Wadi Project for Tribal Development in Gujarat. He served long as the Dist. Development Manager of both North Goa & South Goa District. Mr Prashant Hota is now heading the Group Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Education of JSPL Group as a whole in addition to his existing responsibility of heading the Corporate Communication of Odisha business of JSPL.

Mr. Hota was part of the Farmers' Distress Control Project for Cotton Farmers in Vidarbha, Maharashtra, by the Prime Minister's Office and represented NABARD for formulation of concept design for KBK programme by the Prime Minister's Office. He has served as a member of the Govt.Of India Study Committee on Investment Promotion Scheme on Non Forest Wasteland, Department of Land Resources and was coordinating the working of the High level Committee on Non forest Wasteland headed by Shri Mohan Dharia.

Mr.Hota made his transition into the private sector when he joined as the State Head for CSR and PR, Vedanta Resources, Odisha. During his 3-year stint with this organization, his mission took him to the most critical projects across Jharsuguda, Lanjigarh, Puri and Keonjhar. To his credit, he also spearheaded the Calamity Redressal Mission of Vedanta at the Group level. In JSPL, before the present stint he headed Corporate Social Responsibility, Rehabilitation & Resettlement & Corporate Communication at Angul Plant. Under his leadership, JSPL , Odisha business has been acknowledged by global certifying agencies as a sustainable do gooder for the Community for which several national and international awards have been conferred upon JSPL.

He is a much-coveted member of the visiting faculty at some of the premier centres of learning in India such as Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and BIMTECH, Delhi and College of Agriculture Banking of Reserve Bank of India at Pune and Bankers' Institute of Rural Development, Lucknow.


Tapan Kumar Padhi

Executive Director, National Institute of Development

Mr. Tapan Kumar Padhi is currently working as the Executive Director of National Institute for Development (NID), a trust that is engaged in research, advocacy and networking in natural resources management and livelihood promotion and providing consultancy services to different organizations in development of campaign and advocacy designs, natural resources management plans, development communication, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation etc. He has been extensively engaged in the water sector in general and drinking water sector in particular in Odisha since more than a decade now. Currently he is spearheading the Odisha-Chhatishgarh Joint Civil Society Initiative on Mahanadi water dispute, as the Convener of 'Odisha Nadi Surakhya Samukhya'. He is a prolific writer and researcher on water.


Prof. Radha Mohan

Founder, SAMBHAV

Prof. Radha Mohan is former State Information Commissioner for State of Odisha. He has contributed enormously in various capacities in State Planning Board, State Watershed Mission, Task Force on Education,State Wildlife Advisory Committee, Steering Committee on Joint Forest Management ,etc. UNEP conferred 'The Global Roll of Honour' for his distinguished work on environment.He is also on governing boards/advisory capacity for various reputed NGOs such as Centre for World Solidarity, Rastriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi, Guwahati,etc. He is Founder of Sambhav, a grassroots initiative for sustainable development and gender justice. He is also associated with voluntary sector, people's movements and initiatives for development, students and INGOs etc.


Bishakha Bhanja

Regional Manager, East WaterAid India

Bishakha Bhanja is the Regional Manager for the WaterAid India East office. She joined the team in November 2012. She has 27 years of experience of working in the development sector mostly on gender and human rights issues. She is a post graduate in political science and holds a diploma in human rights from ISS, the Hague. Prior to joining WaterAid, she was the country head for DIAKONIA. Apart from her professional commitments, she loves reading and writes short stories and poems occasionally.


Prof. Vinod Kumar Sharma

Senior Professor, Disaster Management/Consultant, Indian Institute of Public Administration
Executive Vice Chairman, Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority, Govt. of Sikkim

Professor Vinod Kumar Sharma is currently Senior Professor, Disaster Management/Consultant at Indian Institute Of Public Administration; Executive Vice Chairman, Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority, Govt. of Sikkim; Visiting Professor, Kyoto University, Japan; and Adjunct Professor of Disaster Management, Amrita University. He is member of UN ISDR Asia Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group (2015-19). He holds a Ph.D. (Ecology and Environment) and P.G. Diploma in Resources Ecology from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. He has held several positions that include Chief of Party, Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER), USAID funded programme for six Asian Countries; Coordinator National Centre for Disaster management / Professor, Disaster Management at National Centre for Disaster Management; IIPA, New Delhi; Associate Professor of Ecology and Environment (1985-1990) at Garyounis University, Benghazi, Libya; Visiting Faculty/ Assistant Professor of Ecology and Environment(1978-1982) at Sulaimaniyah University and Salahadeen University, Iraq; Consultant, Forest Productivity, Delaware State College, Dover, Delaware University,(1977 and 1978 summer) USA; Visiting Professor, Kyoto University, Japan. Prof. Sharma is a member of several committees that includes : High Powered Committee on Disaster Management chaired by Shri J C Pant (1999-2001); Committee on Alakhnanda Floods (1998-1999); National Committee on Disaster Management Chaired by Mr. Sharad Panwar (2001-2003); Advisory Committee of State Disaster Management Authority, Government of Haryana (2010- Contd.); National Cyclone Mitigation Programme (National Disaster Management Authority, Govt of India); Executive Vice Chairman, Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority, Govt. of Sikkim. He is also member of UN ISDR Asia Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group. A prolific writer, Dr. Sharma has 14 books and more than 45 research publications to his credit. His area of specialization includes Environment and Disaster Management (Training and Research).


Debiprasad Mishra

Executive Director, Gram Vikas

Debiprasad Mishra is the Executive Director at Gram Vikas. Till recently, he was a Professor at the Indian Institute of Rural Management (IRMA). He is a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, where he had specialised in Public Systems Management. Over the 25 years of his association with IRMA, he has taught courses focussing on Organisational Strategy and Development, cutting across areas such as General Management, Marketing, and Organisation Behaviour. He has researched in areas of Cooperative Development, Local Governance and Marketing Systems Development. He was the lead author and editor of two volumes of State of Panchayats Report (SoPR) published by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India, during 2007-08 and 2008-09. He has served in several committees set up by the Ministries of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Government of India; he has also been a member of Governing Boards of several Development Organisations, including a two year term at IRMA.


Tapas K. Sen

Advisor, Pricewaterhouse Coopers India

Tapas K.Sen is currently employed as Advisor, Pricewaterhouse Coopers India, having recently retired from National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), New Delhi as Professor; he specializes in the area of Public Economics. He did his graduation (Hons. in Economics) and post-graduation (Economics) from Sambalpur University, Odisha. His doctoral work at Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune (1977-81) was on corporate income taxation. He did some subsequent work in this area, but has done considerable research in the area of fiscal federalism and state finances in India and elsewhere, including a co-authored book. His output includes several studies of finances of individual states and papers on state finances in India in general. He has also contributed studies on government expenditure, subsidies, sales and other taxes levied at the state level, taxation of the petroleum sector, performance measurement in the public sector, and financing human development among other areas. His experience abroad includes work in Canada, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and Nigeria. His work forms part of several official publications of Government of India (Ministry of Finance) and in states such as Kerala, Odisha, Rajasthan, and Sikkim.

He has been assisting a number of official Committees and Working Groups of Government of India and a few state governments as Member; he was a Member of the Third Punjab State Finance Commission also. He has been consultant to several international organizations like Asian Development Bank, European Commission, the World Bank, UNDP, UN-ESCAP, and Forum of Federations (Canada). His publications include a number of monographs and books, and papers in Indian and international journals as well as in a number of edited volumes.


Dr. D K Sadana

Former Principal Scientist, National Bureau of Animal Genetics Resources (NBAGR)

Dr. D K Sadana was a Principal scientist with National Bureau of Animal Genetics Resources (NBAGR). He headed animal genetic resources division in National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources from 2000 to 2014. He has contributed immensely to conservation and promotion of indigenous animals and extensive livestock systems in India.He is on the board of non profits such as Sahajeevan , ANKUSH working on breed conservation and extensive livestock systems. He is a board member of National Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture Network. He has consulting experience with FAO and contributed to Rainfed Livestock Network on livestock systems.


Dr. Chakradhar Panda

Additional Director, Health (P.D), Health and services Department, Govt. of Odisha
Additional Director, Planning and Development, Govt. of Odisha

Dr. Chakradhar Panda is a renowned expert in the field of medical and health Sciences and socio medical & developmental work and has been closely associated with policy level discussions and decisions in the health sector for many years, in Odisha, India.

He has been involved in the field of Health & social development for more than 3 decades. He have been working with Department of Health Govt. of Odisha since last 33 years. He holds a Doctorate Degree (M.D) in Medicine. Currently he is serving as the Additional Director of Health (P.D) in the department of Health and services and Additional Director Planning and Development in GoO. Dr. Panda is the present Honorary Secretary of Indian Red Cross Society, Odisha State Branch and Secretary of Junior and Youth Red Cross, which has been doing pioneering work in the field of Humanitarian response, Disaster Risk Reduction, response activities and community based disaster preparedness for the cause of rural and vulnerable people in Odisha since last 3 decades.

Also He has been serving the position of Chairperson in '''Inter Agency Group''' (IAG), Odisha- a consortium of 30 international NGO's & UN agencies ensuring minimum humanitarian standards in disaster risk reduction and management with unified action and improved coordination in Odisha. He is representing IRCS Odisha and IAG Odisha, in various UN Conferences and international platforms. Being a development professional he is an active member of many national and international organisations and networks.

Dr. Panda is the recipient of many prestigious Awards for his acclaimed services to humanitarian causes. He is the recipient Award of "Mahatma Gandhi Award" in appreciation of his devoted service grass root level and relentless efforts towards the health services & humanitarian cause in Eastern Indian state of Odisha.


Dr. Tapan Kumar Chand

Chairman-cum-Managing Director, National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO)
A Navratna Company of Govt. of India

Dr Tapan Kumar Chand is having more than 30 years of rich experience in Mining and Metal Sector, out of which 8 years are at the helm of Affairs as Director in Coal & Steel sector. He has been conferred "D.Lit, the highest honour of Utkal University in recognition for his outstanding contribution towards Industry, Business Management & Nation Building. An outstanding scholar as he was, he became Best Graduate with Gold Medal & topped Utkal University. He received Jawaharlal Nehru Award for outstanding performance as a Professional. Dr Chand had undergone training in Advanced Management Programme in International Centre for promotion of Enterprises (ICPE), in Western Europe and in Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Shri Chand represented Indian Steel Industry in Paris Meet of OECD.

He was President of National Institute of Personnel Management, Ranchi Chapter, Chairman of Indian Society for Training & Development (ISTD), Ranchi Chapter 2007-2010. He was also Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Vizag Zone (2012-13) and Chairman of Computer Society of India, Vizag Chapter. Vizag Chamber of Commerce & Industry bestowed him with Businessman of the Year 2012-13. Currently He is elected as the Hon. President of Aluminum Association of India.

He is the Chairman of National Mines & Minerals Council of Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry (ASSOCHAM). He is the member of Non-Ferrous Metals Committee of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

He has introduced a number of structural and functional changes in mining and metal sector, which have immensely contributed for the improvement of productivity and profitability of the companies in which he has worked. Within 2 years of his joining as Director (Commercial) he steered RINL from the level of Rs. 10,000 crs., to Rs. 14,500 crs turnover company, Shri Chand has developed a blueprint for achieving Rs. 30,000 crs., turnover for RINL by 2018-19. Dr Chand has started globalization of marketing operations by setting up RINL Marketing outlet abroad. In Steel sector he had developed a seven factor power model for determining market price of steel & presented the same in Global Steel Summit.

Dr Tapan Kumar Chand has joined as Chairman-cum-Managing Director of NALCO in July, 2015. Under his leadership, NALCO is fast emerging as a global player in mining, metal and energy sector. He has developed a all weather new business model that will keep the profitability of Nalco despite market slump. He has drawn an expansion plan of NALCO in India and abroad involving ₹ 65,000 crore i.e., $ 10 billion.

He has authored a book named “ ALUMINIUM-The Strategic Metal” well acclaimed by engineers, entrepreneurs, researchers, educationalists & the corporate world . As a person, he is kind, compassionate, simple and suave. His accessibility, simplicity and helpful attitude have endeared one and all.



Dr. Lakshmidhar Mishra, IAS (Retd.)

Senior Adviser (Independent), IJM, New Delhi

Dr. Lakshmidhar Mishra (70) is a retired member of Indian Administrative Service of 1964 batch allotted to Odisha Cadre. After a stint of about 14 years (1964-78) as Sub-Collector, ADM, Collector & DM, Labour Commissioner, Director, Export Promotion and Dy Secy to Govt., Chief Electoral Officer and Addl. Secretary (Home), Govt. of Odisha, he came on Central deputation as Central Provident Fund Commissioner in June 1979 and rose in due course to become Union Labour Secretary (1996-2000). He had a stint with the ILO (2000-2003) as its Senior Adviser, (the assignment came on an invitation from the then DG ILO-Mr. Juan Somavia), taught management in IMI, Qutab Institutional Area. He joined NCPCR as its Special Adviser w.e.f. 1.12.2011on the invitation of its Chairperson -Smt Shanta Sinha and was assigned the responsibility of monitoring protection of child rights in all the North Eastern States (8). On expiry of the term of the contract and on the invitation of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (Deptt. of School Education & Literacy) he joined as Chief Advisor to the Ministry on matters pertaining to research and evaluation under National Literacy Mission Authority w.e.f. 01.01.13. Currently, he is working as an independent Senior Adviser to IJM, New Delhi (a global NGO) and providing expert professional advice on a host of issues including bonded labour, child labour, child bonded labour, trafficking of women and children etc. to a number of other NGOs. He is also a member in the Core Group on Mental Health & Bonded Labour in NHRC.


U.N. Dash

Retd. Professor,Psychology, Utkal University

U.N. Dash obtained Masters in Psychology from Utkal and Doctoral Degree from the University of Alberta, Canada and taught and guided research at the Masters and Ph. D level at Utkal University and University of Delhi for 36 years until he retired in 2009. He specializes in the areas of Research Methods, Statistics and Measurement, Educational and Developmental Psychology. He topped in the Masters Course at Utkal and also in the Doctoral Courses at the University of Alberta and was awarded Killam Scholarship and the Academic Honors award by the Council of India Societies at Edmonton in 1980. He served as a visiting professor in several universities including Universities of Alberta, JNU, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Baroda and Mysore. He has 70 publications in national and international journals including books and book chapters. His major research interests are information-processing and cognitive development in children, examining test characteristics and test efficacy, information-processing analysis of learning and reading problems of elementary school age children, and developing learning resources for pre-school and primary children. His current interests are research and documentation in the field of ECCE and elementary education, educational advocacy and policy planning, teaching courses on psychology and research methods at the Masters and post-Masters level in universities and management Institutes, counselling clients with personal, family, motivational, educational and adjustment problems, conducting motivational and personality development workshops. He is associated with educational initiatives of several organizations including NCERT, TE & SCERT, OPEPA, RMSA, RIE, UNICEF, TCS iON and several voluntary organizations.


Dr. Mohit Mohan Mohanty

Ex-Director, State Institute of Educational Management and Training, Odisha

Dr. Mohit Mohan Mohanty is the former Director of the State Institute of Educational Management and Training (SIEMAT), Odisha. He has also been a visiting professor of Education in Ravenshaw University, Cuttack and External Faculty for teaching scholars in Pre-Ph.D. Course, Utkal University. He has also served in the government as the Additional Director (Teacher Training), Odisha Primary Education Programme Authority (OPEPA) and Assistant Director, Directorate of TE& SCERT. His areas of specialization include Educational Measurement, Quantitative and Qualitative Techniques, Mathematics Education, Elementary and Teacher Education.


Ajit Mohanty

Retd. Prof., Psychology, JNU, New Delhi

Ajit Mohanty, Ph. D. (Alberta, Canada), was a National Fellow of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) after his retirement in 2011 as Professor of Psychology (and former Chairperson) in Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He was a Professor and Chairperson at the Centre of Advanced Study in Psychology, Utkal University and President of the National Academy of Psychology, India (1997). During 2007-2008 he was Fulbright Visiting Professor in Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. He is in the Editorial Boards of several international Journals including International Journal of Multilingualism and Psychological Studies. He is the founder Director of two International Projects From Mother Tongue to Other Tongue and the National Multilingual Education Resource Consortium at Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has been an International Consultant to Governments of Finland and Nepal for Developing (along with Tove Skutnabb-Kangas) Multilingual Education Policy and Strategy for Nepal. Professor Mohanty headed a team to draft the recent Policy for Mother Tongue based Multilingual Education of the tribal children in Odisha. He has been conferred honorary Fellowship of the National Academy of Psychology, India and Association of Psychological Science, USA "in recognition of (his) sustained outstanding contributions to advancement of psychological science".

Professor Mohanty is also a writer - an essayist and a columnist and short story writer in Odia. He has written, for over 7 years, weekly columns in some Odia newspapers. Promotion of education in mother tongue has been Professor Mohanty's life-time ideology, research, effort and ambition.


Gourang Charan Nanda

Professor and Head, Department of Education,
Dean, School of Social Sciences, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack

Gourang Charan Nanda is presently working as Professor and Head, Department of Education, and Dean, School of Social Sciences, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, Odisha. He has significant contribution in the field of teacher education during his tenure as Assistant Director, Directorate of Teacher Education and SCERT, Odisha; and Additional Director, Teacher Training, OPEPA, Govt. of Odisha. He was also instrumental in Curriculum Renewal Activities at the Elementary Level and curriculum revision for Pre-service Teacher Education Programme of both elementary and secondary level in Odisha.


Ashok Meena, IAS

Special Secretary, GA Department Government of Odisha


Anshu Sharma

Co-founder and Chief Mentor, SEEDS

Anshu Sharma is an environment and disaster management specialist with over twenty years of experience focussed on community based approaches. Trained as an urban planner at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, he did his doctoral research in global environmental studies at Kyoto University, Japan. He co-founded the civil society organisation SEEDS, which has been working across Asia towards building disaster and climate resilience in vulnerable communities, and has been responding to disasters with shelter and school reconstruction programmes. He has worked with various UN agencies, government organisations, INGOs and universities as an advisor and consultant, and volunteers with local community based organisations towards their capacity building. His primary interest areas include participatory planning and behaviour change communications. He is currently working with UNESCAP on developing Asia-Pacific regional guidelines for post disaster recovery, and is co-editing the IFRC World Disaster Report 2016.


Dr. Alok Ranjan

Research Associate, IIM-Ahmedabad

He started his professional career as Research Associate for health projects at IIM-Ahmedabad. He then joined WHO-National Polio Surveillance Project as Surveillance Medical Officer in Bihar. Thereafter, for 6 and half years, he worked with UNICEF. Initially he worked as Consultant with UNICEF Office of Bihar - Health working for Routine Immunization, IMNCI, Maternal Health, Emergency Health, etc. After that, he worked with UNICEF's Nutrition Section and led UNICEF's nutrition program in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh - with focus on Infant and Young Child Feeding, Micronutrients, Maternal and Adolescent Nutrition and Severe Acute Malnutrition. Having worked in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh over eight years, he believes that these are epicenter of the center of global malnutrition.

Since January 2015, he is working as Senior Program Officer - Nutrition in India at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As the Foundation rolled out its Global Nutrition Strategy in 2015, a big focus is on Maternal and Child Nutrition in India and specially in states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, and Alok leads this work at the Foundation in India.


Kamal Kishore

Member, National Disaster Management Authority

Kamal Kishore has worked on disaster risk reduction and recovery issues for over 22 years at the local, national, regional and global levels. Prior to joining the National Disaster Management Authority, he worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for nearly 13 years in New Delhi, Geneva and New York. At UNDP headquarters he led global advocacy campaigns to address disaster risk reduction concerns in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda. As programme advisor, he also led the development of disaster and climate risk management related elements of the UNDP Strategic Plan (2014-17).

Previously,as UNDP's regional advisor for South and South-West Asia, he supported more than 10 countries on a range of public policy and institutional development issues, while also advising them on the use of appropriate risk reduction tools and methodologies. Kamal Kishore has supported post-disaster recovery through strategic advice, needs assessments, programme development, and coordination after major disasters in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

Prior to UNDP, he served at the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre as Director of Information and Research, and Manager of the Extreme Climate Events Programme covering Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. This was preceded by intensive field experience with The Action Research Unit for Development (TARU) in India where work on post-disaster reconstruction and resettlement after two major disasters - the Uttarkashi and the Latur earthquakesin 1991 and 1993-allowed him to apply his professional skills as an architect.
Kamal Kishore has a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, and a Master's degree in Urban Planning, Land and Housing Development from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok.


Rabi Narayan Das, IAS(Retd.)

Adviser, State Planning Board, Govt. of Odisha

Rabi Narayan Das holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. He served in the Indian Administrative Service for 35 years, and retired in July 2006 from the post of Secretary, Food and Public Distribution Deptt., Ministry of Food and Consumer Affairs, Govt. of India. He has held several illustrious posts in his tenure including Chief Information Commissioner, Gujarat Information Commission from July 2006 to July 2011.