Dr. Yogesh Kumar- Chairman
Dr. Yogesh Kumar completed his Ph.D. from the Giri Institute of Development Studies, Lucknow as an ICSSR Doctoral Fellow in Development Economics in 1990. He worked in a bilateral development programme on rural water and sanitation in U.P. Dr. Yogesh Kumar the founder Director of “Samarthan- Centre for Development Support”, Bhopal, which primarily works for strengthening civil society efforts to promote participatory development and governance in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Samarthan also functions to provide management support to the NGOs, facilitates participatory and strategic planning in development programme and engages in research and policy analysis, besides working on strengthening Panchayati Raj Institutions and urban local bodies at the grassroots.
Mr. Apoorva Oza- Trustee
Mr. Apoorva Oza holds a Post graduate diploma in rural management from IRMA, Gujarat and a mechanical engineering degree from Gujarat University. He is associated with the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India), as the Chief Executive Officer for more than 30 years. He is associated with various networks, forums and NGO such as Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell, Institute of Rural Management, Sajjata Sangh, Arid Communities and Technology, Pravah NGO, working group for women & land ownership in their governing board. His expertise areas include Rural Development, Capacity building, Community development, policy advocacy, programme management among many. He is currently based at Ahmedabad and works in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar
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.
Mr. Binoy Acharya- Trustee
Mr. Binoy Acharya holds a M.Phil degree in Social Sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. He is the Founder Director of “UNNATI-Organisation for Development Education”. He has been working as a researcher and public educator to promote social inclusion and democratic local governance. Over the last twenty three years, he has been associated with movements, networks and government forums relating to dalit rights, gender issues and decentralised governance. Based on his field experience, he has been writing articles and issue papers in different academic and NGO journals. He also plays a consultative role to a wide range of institutions locally and internationally, like Dalit Adhikar Abhiyan in Rajasthan, Kutch Nav Nirman Abhiyaan and Gender Resource Group, Governance and Democracy Programme of Commonwealth Foundation to mention a few. His other areas of interest include programme and strategic planning, organisational development and stakeholder participation and interfacing. He is currently based at Ahmedabad, Gujarat and works primarily in Rajasthan and Gujarat
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
Ms.Prema Gera- Trustee
Prema Gera is a former United Nations Official where she served in different capacities from 2002 - 2013, with the last post being the Assistant Country Director and Head of the Poverty Programme at UNDP India. Prior to that, she worked with national and intermational NGOs -Development Alternatives and the Aga Khan Foundation respectively - as well as an independent consultant with bilateral and multilateral development agencies such as The World Bank, Department for International Development, IINDP and GIZ. She has also worked closely with national and state governments and a number of NGOs and research Institutions. Prema has nearly 25 years of experience in social mobilisation, rural development and women's empowerment. She has been involved in programme design, programme Management and policy advocacy. Prema is a student of history. She graduated from Lady' Shri Ram College in 1985 and did her Masters from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1987
Mr. Samir Ghosh- Trustee
Mr. Samir Ghosh currently works as a senior consultant with the World Bank and UNDP. Earlier he has worked as a senior consultant with UNICEF India as Social Planning expert. He has also undertaken various projects and research studies for several national and international organizations in Social Exclusion. He has prepared the Maharashtra state Action Plan for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). His work in decentralized planning has been appreciated and accepted by the Planning ComMission, Core values and Objectives GoI. He was founder- Chairman of “Rehabilitation India”. He was a working committee member of the India’s IXth & Xth five-year Plan and also governing body member of several committees at the GoI and United Nations. He was the editor and leader of the drafting committee on preparation of global policy paper on ‘Policy guidelines on prevention of handicapping conditions’. He has authored the State Comprehensive Disability Policy document for Government of Chhattisgarh and Bihar which has been recognized as the best practice policy in India by World Bank in the India Country Report 2009. Currently he is advising the Govt. of Rajasthan on Social Policy and advising Rajasthan Mission, Core values and Objectives on Livelihood on preparing inclusion strategies for PwDs within the mainstream livelihood initiatives. He is also anchoring a project by Planning ComMission, Core values and Objectives-UNDP which is a documentation of best practices from ten states of India in the area of “Livelihood and PwDs" in 10 States of India. The final document is expected to provide major leads for the 12th five year plan and strengthening the chapter on disability for NREM.
Ms. Soma Dutta- Trustee
Soma works as an independent consultant, working on issues surrounding environment, energy and sustainable development, including Gender, poverty and energy; Energy access, rural and renewable energy programme support including project design, planning, monitoring and evaluation; Capacity building; and Research, analysis and documentation. Until December 2011, she was the Asia Regional Coordinator for ENERGIA: the international network on gender and sustainable energy. ENERGIA, which is in its Phase 4, is an independent programme hosted by the ETC Foundation, a non-profit-making organization based in the Netherlands. In Asia, ENERGIA operates through national focal points in Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Philippines, Lao PDR, Indonesia and Vietnam. She has also been working as a technical advisor and trainer on social inclusion and gender mainstreaming for energy and environment projects and programmes in Asia and Africa. She also provides support to NGOs in India and other Asian countries.
Mr. Soumen Biswas- Trustee
Soumen is currently employed in UNDP placed with the Ministry of Rural Development, GoI. He leads the Support Cell for “Prime Minister's Rural Development Fellowship (PMRDF)” and is responsible for the partnership activities of National Rural Livelihoods Mission. Before this, he served in PRADAN for 25 years including a 5 year term as its Executive Director till March 2012. After graduating in Agriculture in 1984, he obtained PGDRM from IRMA in 1986.