A. K. Shiva Kumar earned his postgraduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and his MA in economics from Bangalore University. He also holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration and a PhD in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University. At Harvard, Kumar's PhD supervisor was Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen.
Prof. Shiva Kumar's research has focused on research on poverty and human development, social sector analysis, and the impact of development policies on children and women. He is recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, Mason Fellowship, and the Certificate of Excellence in Teaching from Harvard University. Prof. Shiva Kumar has been a regular contributor to UNDP's Annual Human Development Reports. He has also been associated with the preparation of national human development reports in a number of countries including Bhutan, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar and Serbia. He has written a number of books and published world renowned journals.
Social Synergy Foundation provides organisation development support to organisations working in the social sector, working closely with their leadership teams to strategise on growth, scaling, financial management, and so on. Before he started Social Synergy, with Abishek Kadam, Kushagra worked as a Management Consultant in organisations like Monitor Group and Accenture. Currently he provides organisation development support to organisations in impact investing, social enterprises as well as organisations in the development sector.
Kushagra is an engineer from Mumbai University and went on to do his PGDM from IIM Calcutta. Having worked in both the corporate as well as social sectot organisations, he believes strongly that the leadership and management that social sector organisations need is different from that in the corporate sector since the purposes that drive them are different. The approach that Kushagra takes are articulated at http://www.merchantkushagra.info/univ.html; http://www.merchantkushagra.info/approach1.html
Dr. Neena Rao has varied and diverse national and international experience in academia, research, training and implementation in the development field. She has multidisciplinary training -spanning Economics, History, Natural Resource Management Policies and Environmental Governance. Having worked with diverse groups ranging from American Indians (Indigenous people of Americas), African Americans, and Latin Americans in the US to the indigenous peoples of Nagaland, Andamans , interiors of AP and MP in India she is also very alive to diversity (geographical and cultural) concerns and sensitivities while designing and implementing developmental projects.
She is especially interested in and incorporates Systems Thinking approach in her research, training, design & implementation of various projects in the development field. She has written several books and papers published in reputed journals.
In her last assignment with SaciWATERs (October 2014), she worked as the Director, Projects & Partnerships. During this period, she also worked as South Asia Coordinator & a Board Member of the Governing Board, CapNet, UNDP Global Network for Training and Capacity Building in IWRM. Prior to joining SaciWATERs she worked as Director- Centre for Climate Change and Environment Advisory Services, at MCHRD Institute, Government of AP, Hyderabad. Neena was also the National Director of Livelihoods Programme at Naandi Foundation.
Currently, she is working on establishing a digital platform/network for the users and caregivers of those afflicted by mental health issues.
Neena has a Master's Degree in Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics and a Ph D from Central University of Hyderabad in History – History of Natural Resource Management Policies.
Shashi Nair has been teaching at the Azim Premji University since 2012. His interests include the development of a strong public school education system in India. He is deeply interested in the diagnosis, design and strengthening of school education systems. Currently, he is engaged in the exploration and dissemination of systemic approaches to strengthen the system. Shashi is committed to ensuring vigorous discussions across critical stakeholders in the country on the merits of tapping into bodies of knowledge on educational change at the level of individuals, institutions and the system.
Before he joined the Azim Premji University, Shashi was the Head of the Education Leadership and Management Team at the Azim Premji Foundation. He was responsible for conceptualising an education systems, leadership and governance function in the Foundation. Before coming into the social sector Shashi worked for several years in the corporate sector in research, design and training.
Shashi is a Civil Engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and has a MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore with a specialisation in Operations Research. Shashi has designed and facilitated several workshops on Educational Leadership and Management, and Change. He teaches Educational Change, School Systems Analysis, and Programme Design and Evaluation in Education at the Azim Premji University.
Vandana's forte is in helping organizations scale, to achieve their strategic business goals by designing and supporting implementation of high impact talent blueprints. The vision of Phicus Social Solutions is to catalyze, empower and sustain social change by working with a network of cross-functional experts to design multi-disciplinary solutions for the development sector.
Vandana is passionate about women's and children's rights, and volunteers with an organization that works on the rescue and rehabilitation of trafficked women and children. Her focus lies in bringing the two worlds that she deals in – corporate and development – together to enrich both, and drive greater business and social impact.
Prof. Santhakumar teaches Economics for Development Practitioners. Influenced by an experience of planning a watershed programme in a village, he pursued degrees in social sciences. He has been on the faculty of the Centre for Development Studies (Trivandrum) from 1996. He specializes in using neoclassical economics (and broadly the rational choice approach) in analyzing and designing institutions and mechanisms of governance. He has also worked on the economics of conserving environment and natural resources.
He has received the research medal and the outstanding research award of the Global Development Network during the early phase of his career. Santhakumar has worked on a number of consultant assignments and/or research projects funded by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, UNEP, UNDP and CIDA in India, Cambodia, Tajikistan, China, Palestine, Bangladesh, and on regional and global issues.
Prof. Santhakumar is an engineer and also holds Masters and PhD in Social Sciences from IIT Madras. He also obtained post-doctoral fellowships at the Wageningen Agricultural University (Netherlands) and Vanderbilt University (USA).His areas of interest are Institutional Economics, Governance, Economics of Norms and Values, Economics of Public and Non-Profit Organisations.
Mihir is an interdisciplinary researcher interested in finding and advocating systemic solutions to environmental and economic problems at all scales. His expertise is in the areas of System Dynamics Modeling, Climate Change Adaptation, Complex problem analysis using Systems Thinking, and Financial Modeling and Economic Research. Mihir began his career in banking and financial analysis, and moved into the social sector in 2009. He worked in the Climate Change Adaptation Programme of Watershed Organisation Trust, Pune, before moving to TERI. At TERI he is involved in several interdisciplinary Research projects on Multiple Sustainability Themes using System Dynamics and Systems Thinking, as well as in Training and Capacity Building for System Dynamics and Systems Thinking. Mihir has also been a visiting faculty at Sadhana Center for Management and Leadership Development, Pune.
Mihir has a Post Graduate Degree in Finance with specialisation in System Dynamics. He has written and presented several papers in journals and conferences. Mihir also writes a blog https://mihirsmusings.wordpress.com/
Esha's most recent project - the CLABIL project, is the biggest project of its kind in India that aims to make audio books directly accessible to all blind and other print disabled people across the country, and users of Indian languages across the globe.
Nidhi began her career in the corporate sector handling many managerial positions in renowned companies like HCL, SAP and Cairn. At Ernst and Young Nidhi did pioneering work in linking technology and human resource management. In her last corporate assignment she led the HR competency nationwide for the SAP HCM and Success Factors Practice at EY India.
Nidhi has navigated the development sector and the corporate sector for an equal amount of time, and routinely applied lessons learnt in one sector to the other, with excellent results.
Nidhi has a MBA from IIM Calcutta.
Sujatha’s professional background includes corporate, not-for-profit and academic roles. Her interest and areas of expertise lie within the broad field of work and organisational studies, with special focus on educational institutions including schools as organisations, organisational discourse and leadership. She has worked in and consulted widely in the areas of organisational development, leadership, executive development. She has worked on apprenticeship and vocational education programmes for indigenous populations in Australia with both not-for-profit as well as the Department of Education (NSW, Australia). In India she has worked with schools and NGOs on whole school improvement, organisational development of schools, school leadership and system change and programme management. She has also worked with the department of school education in Karnataka along with the Azim Premji Foundation in delivering capacity development programmes for senior government functionaries. She has worked with not-for-profit organisations particularly in the area of education on OD related work. She has published across a range of organisational, educational, and work related topics.
Dr. Sujatha Rao teaches in the School of Education at Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India. She has anchored the development of a specialisation on School Organisation Leadership and Management within the MA Education Programme. Sujatha has earlier taught at the University of Western Sydney, the University of Sydney and at Azim Premji University. She has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses.
Sujatha's interests lie in public and private in schooling and education including institutional characteristics of schooling in developing countries, governance and regulatory mechanisms and inter regional variations; communities of practice and learning organisations (specifically educational institutions); organisational development and culture; school leadership and management in developing countries and educational change; qualitative research- particularly case study, ethnography.
Sujatha completed B A Hons at Osmania University, India, a Post-graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations, XLRI, India, a Master of Commerce in Human Relations and Industrial Relations, and went on to complete her PhD in Organisational Studies, University of Sydney , Australia.
Titus' focus has been on expanding inclusion, developing and building strong sustainable markets. As Executive Director of Sa-Dhan he focused on developing industry data for and conducting analytics leading to understanding operating models and cost structures. He is keenly interested in Microfinance, Banking and Markets and has been analysing the comparative advantages of institutions, and drilling down on data of financial institutions working towards financial inclusion; examining the effect of new technology on service delivery and reach, and strengthening strategies to focus on creative solutions enabling outreach and inclusion. In analysing the first flow of data from the JAN Dhan program, the research findings ask the effectiveness and efficiency question about banks in low-income markets.
Titus has a Bachelor's Degree in History, English and Political Science, a Master's Degree in History from JNU, and a Mphil from the University of Bath.
Titus has been on several Committees – Prime Minister's Council on Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, Advisory Board Member of NABARD on Microfinance Development and Equity Fund, Advisory Board Member of the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authorrity, Advisory Committee Member, Incubation Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Ambedkar University, Delhi.