Ashis Mondal - Managing Trustee and Director
Ashis Mondal is the founder Director of Action for Social Advancement (ASA). His major working experience of over twenty five years includes the development of livelihoods for smallholders, particularly tribal and other marginalised groups through natural resources management – particularly watersheds, minor irrigation, sustainable agriculture, financial inclusion and promotion of smallholders' organisation for agribusiness.
He has consulting experience with several organisations like the World Bank, FAO, the Asian Development Bank, State's Planning Commission, etc. in the areas of designing monitoring and evaluation systems, community institutional design for large irrigation projects, impact assessment of agriculture projects and social research. He has worked for short term assignments in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Brazil and Argentina.
He has served as a member of the National Advisory Council (NAC) of the Government of India from 2012 - 2014, where he played leading role in the areas of smallholders' agriculture, farmer producers' organisations, agro-forestry policy in India, and public agriculture extension systems. He is also a Member, Agriculture Sector Innovation Council, Govt. of India since 2013, National Advisory Committee of Producer Organisation Development Fund of NABARD and is the Honorary Director of NABKISSAN, a Finance Company of NABARD. Ashis is an executive body member of the Round Table for Responsible Soybean Association (www.responsiblesoy.org), a global body for improvement of soya bean value chain.
Ashis possesses vast writing experience and has co-authored books “Monitoring for Outcomes in Community Driven Projects”, published by The World Bank, Washington DC, 2007; and “A Handbook on using Participatory Monitoring and Learning Tools”, published by the Academic Foundation, New Delhi, 2007. There are more than ten technical papers authored by him.
Ms. G.Jayanthi - Trustee and Program Director (HR)
G. Jayanthi, is a post graduate in forestry management from Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal.
She has over two decades of experience in development work and has been one of the key persons in setting up Action for Social Advancement (ASA).
She has specialised in community organisation, designing development interventions in the fields of natural resource management, livelihood promotion and institutional development. She steers the human resources development activities in ASA
Yogesh Kumar Dwivedi - Program Director, Agri-business Promotion
Yogesh is a Post Graduate in Agriculture Science and Diploma in Management
His specialization is in management of multi stakeholders, Land & Agriculture based sustainable Rural Livelihoods, Sustainable Agriculture/Good Agriculture Practices (GAP), agriculture extension, productivity enhancement like Systems of Rice Intensification, Participatory Varietal Selection & Promotion, Promotion of Farmer's collectives mainly promotion of Producer Companies etc. He has over 15 years experience in Participatory Agriculture Research & Development, Promotion of Farmers Producers Companies, Agriculture and Agribusiness Management, Specialization in Seeds, etc..
H.B. Dwivedi, Programme Director (LWRD) & Regional Manager, Bundelkhand, MP
H.B. Dwivedi is an M.Sc. from A.P.S. University Rewa [M.P.] and M.Phil. from Vikram University Ujjain [M.P.].
His specialization is in land and water resource development, project planning and management, monitoring and evaluation. He has very large experience in watershed programme management including planning and development of soil and water conservation measures alongwith community organization, and capacity building, training, etc.. He has also worked in field of grey water reuse, setting up plants and commissioning.
Vivek Saraf - Programme Director MIS, Monitoring & Learning
Vivek is an M.Sc. Digital Electronics and PGDCA and specialises in Systems design, Software development, IT and ICT applications, Geographical Information systems, MIS and IT Training. He has an experience of 25 years in software development, MIS development and commissioning and GIS applications.
Sheikh Moharram Bahna-Regional Manager MP West
Sheikh is a B Tech, Agricultural Engineering and MBA. Sheikh has expertise in project management and partners management, community relations, conflict management, corporate matters and stakeholders management. He has also been involved in many community based watershed models, some of which have also been published in national media. He is also having multi sectoral experience on Livelihood, Health, Nutrition and Education.
Deepak Soni, Programme Director, Financial Operations
Deepak is a Chartered Accountant and he has an experience of over 7 years in handling matters involving finance and taxation
A.K. Krishnanandan Nair – Manager (Personnel & Administration)
He is a Post Graduate in Economics, LL.B and PGDPM&IR. He has an experience of over 25 years in India and abroad in various industries and he is an expert in HR, IR, Legal & Administration matters.
Sunil Kumar Jain, Programme Manager - Agriculture productivity Enhancement, Bundelkhand
Sunil is an M. Sc. (Agriculture) from JNKVV Jabalpur and has an experience of over 10 years in development sector, including promotion of sustainable agriculture, promotion & strengthening of Producers Company, establishing backward & forward linkages for FPC with market & other development agencies and livelihoods promotion around natural resource management, training of farmers, promotion of GAP, Rice & Wheat intensification.
Vivek Sharma, Programme Manager - Agriculture productivity Enhancement, MP West Vivek has over 15 years of Research and Development experience in Agriculture field. He did masters in Agriculture from Jawahar lal Nehru .Agriculture university, Jabalpur. He has good experience in project management, planning and execution, program planning and execution of trials and farmer mobilisation, Utilisation of Natural resources in crop management, monitoring and evaluation of different field activities, farmer training, and TOT.
Nissar Ahmed Kittur , Programme Manager – Maize & Vegetable
Nissar is an M. Sc. (Agricultural Entomology) from University of Agriculture Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka and has an experience of 23 years in Sales (Agro Chemical) and development sector. His core competencies are in Business Development, Customer Relationship Management, Technical Knowledge, Project Management and Team Development, Production led extension, Market led Extension of Food crop (Maize) and vegetables, backward & forward linkages through FPC & Developing Agrientrepreneur for credit linkage system.
Manas Mohan, Programme Director, Coordinator OFCS
Manas Mohan possesses a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Institute of Management & Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad. A Development Professional, he has more than fourteen years' experience across Functional as well as Consulting roles in the Rural & Capacity Development domain. He has worked in Rural and Development domains, action plans for agribusiness, development of cooperatives/producer companies, skill enhancement of farmers & artisans through working groups, etc.
Anil Singh Parihar, Area Manager, Jhabua.
Anil Singh Parihar is a MA Sociology. He has over two decades of experience in Watershed, Agriculture, SHG and FPC. His expertise is in community organization, training, designing and development of interventions in the fields of natural resource management and livelihood promotion.
Pankaj Kumar Sharma, Area Manager, Barwani.
Pankaj is a MSW. He has 14 years of experience in Natural resource management, advancement of agriculture and irrigation with the farmer groups, watershed program etc, Microfinance and Micro-credit Program, PRI empowerment, sanitation programs, etc. and promoting the farmer groups for advancement of agriculture.
Ramveer Singh Rajput – Area Manager, Shahdol
Ramveer is Graduate in Agriculture from JNKVV Jabalpur and Master in Sociology from RDVV, Jabalpur. He has more than 16 years’ experience in rural development sector on Institution building, INRM, Agribusiness and promotion of certification farming with addressing gender issues, livelihood of rural community, etc.
Samim Molla, Acting Regional Manager, Jharkhand & Bihar Region
Samim is a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from WBSCTE. He has 9 years of experience as a development professional in implementation of watershed, food security, agriculture, gender in agriculture, sanitation & education projects, implementation of development projects and agriculture development.
Sharad Mishra, Area Manager, Mandla
Sharad Mishra is a M. Sc. (Ag) He has experience of over 8 years in Agriculture productivity enhancement Participatory Irrigation Management, Forestry Development, Agro forestry, Nursery Management of Fruits, Non Fruits. He has experience in Agriculture productivity enhancement for Major Kharif and Rabi crops.
B. Singh Patel, Programme Manager (LWRD) & Area Manager, Betul
B. Singh Patel is a B.Tech. (Agri.Engg.), M.Tech. From IIT Kharagpur (W.B.) and pursuing MBA (HR) from Symbiosis Pune. His specialization is in Natural Recourses Management and livelihoods enhancement of the rural poor of central & eastern India. He has more than 9 years experience of NRM, Watershed development; Planning and Management, monitoring and quality enhancement.
Keshabananda Patra, Area Manager, Ambikapur
Keshabananda is M.Sc. Agriculture in Sericulture from University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore and MBA in Project Management from Alagappa University, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu. He possesses sixteen years of experience working with rural community in the field of livelihood development, watershed management, participatory irrigation management and improvement in agriculture production and productivity.
Souvik Acharya, Area Manager, Deoghar.
Souvik Acharyya is a B.Tech. (Agri.Engg.) from UBKV, W.B and M.E. (Agri. Engg.) from CTAE, MPUAT, Udaipur, Rajasthan. His specialization is in Natural Recourses Management and livelihoods enhancement of the rural poor eastern India. He has more than 4.5 years of experience as a Development Professional in implementation of Water Harvesting Structure, gender in Agriculture, Food security, NTFP and livelihood projects Planning and Management.
Sidharth Singh Bisen, Program Manager -CFT & acting Area Manager, Ranchi
Sidharth possesses B.Sc Agri. from Baranas Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi U.P and MBA in Rural Management from KIIT School of Rural Management, Bhubaneswar, Orissa. He has more than 6 years of experience in Rural Development with the specialization in Natural Resource Management, Improved Agriculture Production & productivity, Wadi, Livelihood, Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP), Project planning, Capacity building, Implementation and Project monitoring and Evaluation.
Shibnath Chatterjee, Area Manager, Pakur
Shibnath Chatterjee is B-Tech in Biotechnology from BCET, Durgapur, West Bengal in 2013. He has worked in NREGS CFT and other projects directly on Livelihood promotion & Agricultural Productivity Enhancement , LWRD, SHG Empowerment, FPC, Capacity Building & Awareness Generation for the poorest of the poor.
Zahid Khan Sherwani – Finance Manager
Zahid is B.Com. and possesses PGDCA. He has more than 15 years experience in the field of Accounting & Auditing and is assisting Finance Management activities.
Mrs. Anita Purohit - Project Executive-HR
Anita is MSc Mathematics, B.Ed. and PGDCA. She has more than 12 years experience in Development Sector. She is looking after Admin and HR related activities in ASA.