Kajri MisraDean - Xavier School of Rural Management
Cornell University (Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning)
Kajri holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University, USA . For past 3 years, she has been the Dean of Xavier School of Rural Management, Bhubhaneshwar. Her areas of interest in research and action are Governance and Decentralization, Institutional Design for Participatory Planning and Management and Gender and Development.
NiveditaNarain is Programme Director in PRADAN and Senior Fellow at the Centre for Development Practice at Ambedkar University Delhi. She is currently engaged with collaborative efforts to introduce Development Practice as a new profession in India. The main goal of this initiative is to strengthen the social sector through research, and the education and training of practitioners. She is on the board of non-profits and scholar programmes, and a founder member of the Institute for Group Facilitators.
With a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Mr. S C Behar joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1961. As an IAS Officer, he held a number of important positions in the Government of Madhya Pradesh and Government of India where a major part of the career was devoted in the area of education. He actively participated in a number of Government Committees and Task Forces. He has served in the jury for Indira Gandhi Social Service Award, Birsa Munda Award for services in tribal areas etc.
He has published around 100 papers on Education, Public Administration and issues of social concern. He was Chief Editor of an educational journal “Palash” for twenty years and a journal of public administration in Hindi for five years. He is the Founder Director of Eklavya, a voluntary organization for educational research and innovative actions and Founder Chairman of Nachiketu, an institution for education and social service and the founder Vice Chancellor of Guru Ghasidas University, Bilaspur.
Shubhashis GangopadhyayManaging Trustee, IDF, Ex-Director, ISI, Former Advisor - Finance Minister, Government of India. Cornell University (Ph.D. in Economics)
Shubhashis is associated with various international institutions such as University of Groningen, Netherlands and University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He was an Advisor to the Finance Minister, Government of India in 2008 during the global financial crisis. In Sweden, he held the prestigious Malmsten Guest Professorship in 2007 and the Bertil Danielsson Guest Professorship in 2008. He has been a member of the South Asia Chief Economist’s Advisory Council of the World Bank, Advisor to the Competition Commission of India, Member of the Board of the Centre for Analytical Finance, ISB and a member of the Bankruptcy Task Force of IPD, Columbia University. He completed his PhD in Economics from Cornell University, USA and his Bachelor’s degree from Presidency College, Kolkata.
Suparna has worked extensively in the development sector for over 25 years. She started her career with MYRADA and moved on to lead and manage multiple projects ranging from being Founding Trustee of AdamyaChetana; Vice-President and Project lead at Centre for Leadership and Management in Public Services; Consultant for multiple projects with Department of Public Instruction, District Institute for Education and Training in Karnataka State; Consultant for rural development project for the Indian Institute of Science etc.Suparna also has curriculum development and teaching experience. She also has extensive experience of design, development and implementation of projects and trainings with corporates and numerous collaborative projects with organizations like Tata Institute for Social Sciences, The Teacher Foundation, CSR wing of ABB, Azim Premji Foundation, UNICEF etc. In her vast experience in the development sector she has also published and presented several papers on academic leadership, management and governance. Suparna's strength lies in her ability to straddle the theory-practice space, to make a meaningful contribution to change on the ground.
Titus MathewManaging Partner – Market and Ecosystem Advisory. University of Bath (M. Phil. in Economics)
Mr. Mathew Titus is the Managing Partner of Market and Ecosystem Advisory, a research led advisory firm focused on expanding inclusion, developing markets and building sustainable markets. He is an Advisory Committee Member for Incubation Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Ambedkar University, Delhi and a Board Member of the Caspian Impact Investment Fund. In the past he has served on the Board of entities like the SEEP Network, IRDA, Microfinance Development and Equity Fund (NABARD) and as a Member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Micro Small and Medium Enterprises. Titus’ longest stint has been as the then Founder Executive Director of Sa-Dhan, where his work focussed on developing microfinance industry data for and conducting analytics leading to understanding operating models and cost structures. He has worked closely with the Department of Financial Services, Government of India, the Reserve Bank of India and State Governments across the country.
He is a post-graduate from the Department of Economics and International Development at the University of Bath, England, and has a Masters from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Tushaar ShahBoard of Director - ICICI Bank, Ex-Director, IRMA
IIM Ahmedabad (Management Fellow - Managerial Economics)
Tushaar Shah completed his Fellow Programme in Management at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 1978 with specialization in managerial economics. Although his doctoral work there was focused on money and banking, Shah’s subsequent work forayed into the economics of dairying, oilseeds, forestry and irrigation. He taught Economics for Rural Managers to several generations of IRMA students. To bring the village economy to his classroom, in the early 1980’s, Shah developed a simulation game called Naranpur Express using live data from one of his field research projects. The game confronted students with everyday decision-making in a household managing mixed-farming system, dealing with risks and uncertainties, transacting on input and output markets. Even today, NaranpurExpress continues to be used to introduce new batches of IRMA students to the intricacies of managing a farm household economy.
During recent years, as a Senior Fellow of Colombo-based International Water Management Institute, Shah’s research has focused on water policy, institutions and management in India.
V. Santhakumar is currently Professor, Azim Premji University, Bangalore. He was a faculty at the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum for 15 years from 1996. He worked as a full-time volunteer in a major non-governmental organisation called Kerala SasthraSahithyaParishad. He has held post-doctoral scholarships at the Wageningen Agricultural University, Netherlands, and Vanderbilt University, United States. Santhakumar has worked on a number of consulting assignments and research projects funded by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, UNEP, UNDP and CIDA in India, Cambodia, Tajikistan, China, Laos, Palestine, Bangladesh, and on regional and global issues.
In addition to publishing in international journals, he has authored Analysing Social Opposition to Reforms (2008), Economic Analysis of Institutions: A Practical Guide (2011), Economics in Action: An Easy Guide for Development Practitioners (2013), and The Roots of Ill Governance and Corruption (2014) (all from Sage). He has co-authored and co-edited two volumes on Law and Economics (2013) published by Sage. The latest book by him (as a co-author) is Schooling For All in India: Can We Neglect the Demand? (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Ved AryaCEO - SRIJAN, Managing Director - (SIDS). Former Hubert Humphrey North-South Fellow. IIM Ahmedabad (MBA), IIT Kanpur (B.Tech.)
A social entrepreneur, Ved Arya has founded two organisations, SRIJAN and SIDS and has also been a Humphrey Fellow, UNEP Fellow, Ashoka Fellow and Aspire Fellow. SRIJAN is a grassroots organisation that works to improve incomes of 40,000 rural families in 15 backward districts of five states in India. It was declared winner in the Emerging Non Profit (Livelihoods) category of ICICI-CNBC Inclusive India Awards, 2013. It also received Vodafone Mobile for Good Award in 2014. SIDS is credited with a number of innovations in the human resources development (HRD) field.
Ved has been a member of various policy making bodies in Government of India such as Working Group to the National Advisory Council on Improving Effectiveness of Flagship Programmes, Human Resources for Rural Development (Ministry of Rural Development) and Steering Committee on Rural Development and Rural Governance (Planning Commission).
Ved has been on the National Selection Committee, Hubert Humphrey North South Fellowship, Ashoka Fellowship and Ford Foundation International Fellowship. Ved has been a consultant and advisor to the World Bank, SDC, SIDA and DfID. He was founder chairman of Ibtada and is currently a member of the boards of several NGOs such as SPWD and Mobile Creches. He has co-authored a book Human Resource Strategies to Build Pro-Poor Institutions (McGraw Hill Education. 2014).
Ved studied to be an aeronautical engineer from IIT Kanpur and went on to get his management degree from IIM Ahmedabad. He pursued further education at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Boston University, and also worked at the World Bank, Washington DC, USA.