Mr. D.K Manavalan
Mr.D.K Manavalan is a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. He was Joint Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), In Charge of Youth Affairs, Additional Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Welfare, Principal Secretary, Commerce and Industries, Government of West Bengal and has held several such senior positions under the Government of India. Mr. Manavalan‘s academic credentials include a course in Public Administration from the National Academy of Administration,Mussorrie.He was also a fellow of the Economic Development Institute, World Bank, Washington DC, USA. Mr. Manavalan is presently heading Action for Food Production (AFPRO), a national development organisation, working on the issues of Natural Resource Management, Watershed and Livelihood Programme for the tribal, scheduled caste and other marginalized population of India.
Ms. Shanti Sundharam
Ms.Shanti Sundharam has done her M.Phil in Public Administration from the University of Delhi. She has served in various distinguished positionsof Government of India. Her significant portfolios include serving as Chairperson of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) and Special Secretary to Government of India, Department of Revenue, and Ministry of Finance. She has chaired various trade and industry meetings in the Ministry of Finance and participated in formulation of union budget. Ms. Shanti Sundharam is the member of Governing body of National Institute of Public Finance and Policy. Furthermore, she has been participating in various trade forums and professional bodies as keynote speaker. Ms.Sundharam has also participated as the head of Indian Customs in various international deliberations.
Mr. Guilherme Vaz
Pursuant to his appointment on a key Vatican Governance Council, Mr. Vaz left a successful senior and board-level career in the Corporate Sector to enable a wider global canvas of independent professional and social pursuit without conflict of interest. Simultaneously, he is involved voluntarily for 40 years in professionalizing education and social development in India and over 40 countries.
Fr. Poly Varghese
Fr. Poly Varghese is the Executive Director of Caritas India. He holds MBA degree in HR Management and held various significant positions such as Assistant Director of Caritas India, Executive Director of Welfare services Ernakulam, Save a Family Plan Ernakulam, Founder Director of Wesco Credit and Planet, a consultancy organisation in Development field in Kerala. He was also a founder Trustee of Indian Farmers Movement. He has got rich experience in the fields of social work and community development initiatives; and as micro finance expert in inclusive development process. He Also served as Director of Lisie Medical and Educational Institutions , Director of Women development initiatives, etc.
Dr. Cherian Joseph
Dr. Cherian Joseph holds a Ph.D. and Postgraduate Degree in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University. He has worked on organisational development, industrial relations, human resource management and institutional reforms over the last thirty years. Dr. Joseph has been lending his expertise to corporate houses, government institutions, development organisations and international donors. A significant segment of this experience has also involved working with Bilateral organizations like SDC and GTZ/ GIZ (Government of Switzerland and Government of Germany respectively), on long term assignments. Presently, he is institutional development and learning Consultant to the LOGIN Asia learning and knowledge network.
Dr. Oswald Joseph Lewis
Dr. Oswald Joseph Lewis rendered 25 years of priestly service in the Diocese of Lucknow, during which he was posted in Bareilly, Naini Tal, Dilkusha, Hazratganj and Indira Nagar in Lucknow. He held various offices in the Pastoral field- such as Youth Director, Education Director, Vice Rector and parish Priest. He served as Principal of Senior Secondary Schools for 18 years. For his contribution in the field of education, he was awarded with “Bharat Jyothi” in 1997 by the then Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Romesh Bhandari. Dr. Oswald Lewis strives hard to bring together the representatives of unorganized sector such as domestic workers, agricultural labourers, construction workers, fishermen, migrant labourers and sailors under the International movement “Stella Maris” Apostleship of the sea.
Dr. Saumya Uma
Dr. Saumya Uma is a law academic, with over 23 years of work experience in advocacy, research, training and law practice in the areas of human rights and gender. She presently teaches at the Jindal Global Law School, O P Jindal Global University, Sonipat. She has previously taught at the School of Law, Governance and Citizenship at the Ambedkar University, New Delhi; the Maharashtra National Law University – Mumbai as well as National Law School of India University, Bengaluru in the capacity of Assistant Professor – Law. Dr. Uma is a former consultant with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).She is an active participant of the women’s movement in India since 1994 and is a life member of the Indian Association for Women’s Studies – a premier registered membership-based organization in the country. She is also a Core Member of Women’s Regional Network – a network of women working beyond the borders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. She has written 13 books and over 40 articles on issues pertaining to Gender, Human Rights and Law, some of which have been published by renowned publishers such as the Oxford University Press and Sage Publications.
Most Rev Gerald Almeida
Most Reverend Gerald Almeida was ordained a priest on Dec. 14, 1974 at St. Peter & Paul’s Cathedral at Jabalpur. In 1984, he was appointed as the Director of Jabalpur Diocesan Social Service Centre at Mandla, as well as the Joint Secretary for the correspondence of Jabalpur Diocesan Education Board. Bishop Gerald has spent 22 years of his priestly ministry in the tribal district of Mandla. He was for three months at St. Margareta Parish at Muenster, Germany in 1992. He was appointed as the Coordinator of the M.P Regional Resource Team for animation, as well as the Director of the new Social Welfare Centre for Shahdol Deanery. He was nominated by the MP Bishops as a member of the Project Selection Committee of Caritas India. Then he was appointed as the Coadjutor Bishop of Jabalpur on June 24, 1997. His Episcopal Ordination as Bishop was held on Sept. 17, 1997. He took charge of the office of the Bishop of Jabalpur on May 16, 2001.
Mr. G S Sethi
Mr. G S Sethi is a Graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology (now Thapar University) Patiala and a Post Graduate from ESSA Paris (France). He started his career in Mining & Allied Machinery Corporation, Durgapur. Mr.GS Sethi joined DGE&T in France and occupied several positions during his tenure of more than three decades. He retired in 2001 as the Deputy Director General from DGE&T. During his five decades of experience, he handled several significant assignments such as implementation of country-wide World Bank assisted Vocational Training Project. He was a guest faculty at German Foundation for International Development, Mannheim, Germany. Since 2001, he took to management consultancy and has carried out assignments for GIZ (in India and in Vietnam), Government of Haryana and Chandigarh, TERI-SIDBI and ILO. In 2008, he was retained by Career Launcher as TVET Consultant and as Editor of monthly magazine SKILLS AHEAD where he worked for over four years. Presently, he is a TVET consultant to IndiaCan (a unit of Pearson).
Sr. Rose Hainuange Paite
Sr. Rose Hauniang Paite is the General Councilor for Social Apostolate in the Congregation as well as the director of Centre for Development Initiatives, Guwahati. She heads the Social Development department of the congregation and all the social service initiatives of the congregation are conducted under her direct supervision and leadership which includes the 5 provinces in India, the Italian delegation, South Africa (Lesotho, South Sudan, Swaziland, Johannesburg and Ethiopia) and Hawai. She is also ‘A’ Class Board of trustee member of the Alcoholic Anonymous India. Sr. Rose Paite is M.Sc.in Psycho therapeutic Counseling. She is the Founder of Ferrando Integrated Women Development Center: Peace Home, in Durtlang, Aizawl, Mizoram. She is serving as the secretary of the Governing Board till date and also held the position of the director for 8 years. Her expertise includes working with women substance abusers and HIV/AIDS, sex workers, alcoholics and their children. She was also the women Commission Secretary of the Diocese of Aizawl, Mizoram for four years and led about 5000 women to dedication and service. Sr. Rose also initiated the Domestic workers Movement in Mizoram and worked with thousands of migrant workers from Myanmar and girl school drop – outs from rural areas. In appreciation and in acknowledgement of her contribution to the State of Mizoram, the Senior Citizens Association of Mizoram accorded her as the Nightingale of Mizoram on the occasion of their Golden Jubilee Celebration in 2010.
Dr. Ranjit Tigga SJ
Dr. Ranjit Tigga, S.J. was ordained a priest on May 20, 1996. He holds Master’s Degree in English from Mumbai University and Master’s Degree in Journalism and Ph.D. in Communication from Marquette University, USA. In Xavier Institute of Development Action and Studies (XIDAS), Jabalpur, he was the Head of the Department of Development Communication from 2007 to 2008, Assistant Director from 2009 to 2010 and the Director from June 2011 to June 2014. He taught Change Management, Managerial Communication, Industrial Psychology and Counseling Skills in Xavier Institute of Management Jabalpur (XIMJ) since 2006. His areas of interest include communication, journalism, administration, counseling, leadership, culture and change and social work. He was the editor of Vikash Vani Journal (VVJ) from 2011 to 2014. Before joining XIDAS, he worked as a freelance journalist and has contributed to several national and regional news papers and magazines. He was awarded with Dr. Ambedkar National Award (New Delhi) in 1996 and Jessica Powers Award (Milwaukee, USA) in 1999. Now he is transferred to Indian Social Institute,Delhi.
Mr. Roshan P. Rai
Roshan P. Rai is a development worker with DLR Prerna, a Darjeeling based NGO. He works on issues of environment and social equity. He partnered with marginal communities; models were created resulting in setting up of Darjeeling’s first small farmer organic and fair-trade collective - Mineral Spring Sanjukta Vikash Sanstha. His intervention revolves around inclusions in fair-trade movements in tea, conservation efforts, small farmer collectives and NGOs. He works on waste with Zero Waste Himalaya. Roshan engages at policy level through his writings and educational institutions.
Dr. Sanjay Patra
Dr.Sanjay Patra holds a Master’s Degree in Commerce and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He has an experience of over 25 years in the Voluntary and Development Sector. At present, he is the Executive Director of the Financial Management Services Foundation (FMSF) and has served with this organization since 1998. FMSF is a nonprofit organization responsible for financial monitoring and capacity building of development organizations in South Asia (India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka & Pakistan). He has also been a resource person in many National as well as International Workshops specializing in the areas of Financial Management, Governance and Legal aspects of the Voluntary Sector. So far he has facilitated more than 200 workshops across India. He is also serving as a faculty in various educational institutions. Over the years, he has been engaged in major research and training and has also authored books on financial audit and wrote several articles. A recognized social activist and writer, Mr. Patra has been a member of a number of committees of the Government of India and several national and international non-profit groups working on civil society issues.
Ms. Esther Beulah
Ms. Esther Beulah has a Master’s Degree in Social Work with specialization in Urban and Rural Community Development from Stella Maris College, Chennai. Presently, she is serving as the Chief Executive Officer of ECOMWEL, a development support group based in Chennai. The core activities of ECOMWEL includes supporting NGO initiatives, offering individual fellowships, implementing innovative direct projects and building capacities through training, documentation and campaigns. She has facilitated gender sensitization training for representatives of various government departments and also facilitated intra NGO training on Gender and Development for more than 80 NGOs in Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Ms. Beulah is also associated with various National and Inter National forums concerning Gender issues.
Mr. Madan Prasad Bezbaruah
Mr. Madan Prasad Bezbaruah is a Master degree holder in Economics from Delhi School of Economics and Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University, USA. His illustrious career is adorned with significant assignments in Assam, Meghalaya, the North Eastern Council and he also held positions of repute under Government of India and several International Institutions. The World Tourism Organization appointed him as Honorary Permanent Representative in recognition of the valuable contribution made to the development of tourism. He has authored the report on Indian Outbound Tourism for UN-WTO and was National Consultant of ADB’s SASEC Tourism Development Project, phase I and II, and UN-WTO’s project on Development of Coastal Tourism in West Bengal and Odisha.
Mr. Bezbaruah has written three books- Indian Tourism: Beyond the Millennium, The Guest is God-Reflections on Tourism and Frontiers of New Tourism. He was also the Chief Editor of five volume encyclopedia - "Fairs and Festivals of India".
Dr. Jacob John
Dr. Jacob John is a Ph.D. in economics and MBA in finance and marketing. He is an institution builder and a development specialist. Presently, he is the President of KDS -Delhi, a socio-economic research organization and Centre for Development of Indian States. Dr. Jacob John has implemented a large number development projects in various parts of India, mostly in partnership with different ministries of Government of India and State Governments and district administrations. These projects pertain to technical support programmes for institutions, research studies and training programmes. Besides, his distinguish career also includes working for UN system in India and abroad and also reputed private institutions in the country.
John Peter Nelson
John Peter Nelson holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Loyola College, Chennai, Madras University. He has a working experience of over 25 years in national level development and program management. His expertise lies in social analysis and organization of people, coordination and networking of NGOs, process reporting and documentation and rapid assessment skills during disasters.
Prior to joining IGSSS, at Caritas India Nelson was leading the effective implementation of around 400 programmes across India with a volume of nearly 100 crores. He was actively involved in designing and facilitating the implementation of Disaster Preparedness, Natural Resource Management, Livelihood and entitlement programmes. He was also instrumental in implementing Result based Management in Caritas India programmes.
He has successfully handled the Gujarat Earthquake programme and Tsunami Response programme of Caritas India. While working for Caritas India he has represented it in National Disaster Management Authority Task Force and in various international level meetings. He also organized an international workshop on post disaster reconstruction and actively involved in coordination programs in Emergency response, Mapping of NGOs, Interface with Government officials.
He actively participated in International consultation on Red Cross code of conduct for humanitarian operations in Netherlands and partnership discussions with most of the European countries which he visited.
His expertise lies in social and community development project management, organizational development and Change Management, Result Based Management and Quality assurance of Programme Delivery.
Lead - Organisational & Programme Sustainability
Ms.Shikha Srivastava is a social development professional with over 18 years of varied experience in program development, management, strategic planning, institution building, monitoring and evaluation, communications, and resource mobilization in India and UAE.
She has successfully developed and implemented projects on livelihood, gender, education, child rights, emergency, rehabilitation and youth Development. She is a passionate advocate for gender equity and has spearheaded research initiatives on the women and children issues. She drives creativity in strategies and interventions to effectively respond to the fast changing global developmental landscape.
Being a digital enthusiast, she loves to experiment with the online communication strategies.
Ms.Shikha is an enterprising leader and brings her own experience of institution building, engaging stakeholders and program management in taking forward the IGSSS’ vision and mission.
Lead - Organisational & Programme Sustainability
Sukanya Chatterjee holds a Master Degree in Economics from Jadavpur University. She has 18 years of Interdisciplinary experience working in a range of sectors and thematic areas for both private and development sectors in India. Currently, she manages over 30 projects in her capacity as Manager East Zone on IGSSS’s key thematic areas, both partnership and direct Implementation projects. Her proficiencies include all aspects of the programme planning and management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
She has led the implementation of a large DFID funded advocacy projects on disability. Community mobilization, advocacy, social behavior change communications, are her special skill sets.
Previous experiences include working for Thompson Social, the specialist development sector communication wing of JWT India. There she has handled multiple Pan India communication campaigns on developmental issues such as Pulse Polio Immunisation, Univeral Salt Iodization, HIV/AIDs, Avian Influenza, Education etc developed for a wide range of donors, NGO and INGO, Union Ministries.
Lead - Organisational & Programme Sustainability
A qualified trained social worker with over 15 years of experience in providing high quality technical support to social development projects that work with most marginalised communities. Anthony, started his career working from a grass root level organisation and then rose to become lecturer in a social work college (Kathmandu, Nepal) as well as served at senior manager level with couple of National and International level social development organisations. He was previously Senior Manager - Livelihood at VSO and prior to that Head of Department- Programmes at Caritas India, New Delhi. Anthony has a Masters degree in Social Work (MSW) from the College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, University of Mumbai and Masters in Commerce (M.Com) from North Bengal University.
Benny M V
Benny M V is a specialist on the financial and statutory compliances of the development sector. He is extremely precise with his work and has a keen eye for every single detail. He is a commerce graduate with over 20 years of experience working in the development sector and handling financial management in diverse leadership roles. Presently he is heading the Finance Unit of IGSSS and is also pursuing Post Graduate Certificate in Management Accounting (PGCMA).
His expertise lies in the analysing and setting up of Financial Monitoring Systems, facilitating programme planning, and handling diverse partnership projects
Julius Pascal Osta (Jivan)
Lead Grant Support and Management Unit
Julius Pascal Osta is a B.Com graduate with Post Graduation Diploma in Management.
He is a social development worker with 22 years of experience in the field. He commenced his career as a participatory facilitator and gradually groomed himself with different expertise.He draws his learning and experience working with the community in varied fields of social development.
Before his association with IGSSS he has been working with different NGOs in different capacities and has rendered his services in different states of country.
He was actively involved as a Core Team Member in designing of the Planning, Supportive Monitoring, Review, Documentation and Designing, as well as facilitation of training at all levels during Census of India 2011 and SECC 2011.
He is a tech-savvy person and employs innovativeness in this fast technologically challenging era.
Senior Manager – North-East
Mr. Netaji Basumatary is professional social worker holds a Master of Arts in Social Work with specialization in Social welfare Administration from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He has worked in several capacities in IGSSS and other development organisations for the last eighteen years. Prior to joining IGSSS family, he worked with Council for Advancement of People Action and Rural Technology (CAPART) and IFAD’s project through North East Council (NEC) under Government of India, where he had extensively engaged in planning and implement of rural livelihood programmes. He has certificate in Disaster Management from IGNOU has extensively engaged in planning and implementation of emergency response and Peace Building programmes.
He belongs to one of the indigenous community from North-East India has in-depth knowledge on the issues of North-East. Presently, he spearheads North-East operation leading and guiding the regional team to realize Vision and Mission of IGSSS.
Senior Manager – Jammu & Kashmir
Yasir Qureshi is a post graduate in Social Work from Delhi School of Social Work, Delhi University. He has 14 years of experience in programme development and management on various issues like, natural resource management, livelihoods, youth,community health, emergency response, and peace building. He has worked previously in Ambuja Cement Foundation and Nabha Foundation in Himachal and Punjab.
He has represented IGSSS work at various International Forums in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Sri Lanka and has also been part of European Union’s Visitors Programme (EUVP).
He is leading IGSSS programmes in J&K since 2009, and has expanded the programmatic and geographical base.
K C Sahu
Head - Livelihood Programme
K. C. Sahu holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development (PGDRD) from Xavier Institute of Social Sciences (XISS) Ranchi. He has 20 years of experience in Developmental Planning, Implementation, Monitoring, Evaluation, Networking & Advocacy, Training and Research.
He has worked with CASA (Church's Auxiliary for Social Action) for nine years in various capacities. He has also worked in IGSSS as Regional Manager, Eastern region covering States like Odisha, Bihar, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Sikkim and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Sahu is presently heading the Livelihood Unit and is responsible for implementing Sustainable Options for Uplifting Livelihood (SOUL) Programme. The People’s Empowerment for Accessing Rights to Livelihood (PEARL) programme which got over in March 2013 paves the way forward for SOUL was also led by Sahu.
Manager - Urban Poverty
Aravind Unni has completed his B.Arch from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and M.S. Arch from University of California- Berkeley, and is currently pursuing his PhD on Urban Social Movements from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. He is working as Urban Poverty Thematic Lead with Indo-Global Social Service Society, and handling developmental interventions with the most marginalized sections of the urban poor in more than 30 cities spread across 15 states. His core area of interest for research and action on urbanization and its intersection with poverty in cities, and has hands-on experience in working with communities over the last six years in participatory planning, formulating policy recommendations for people’s concerns related to housing and livelihoods, and advocating for equitable and just cities. He is currently based out of Delhi.
Milan Mandanna Kaliyanda
Manager-Disaster Risk Reduction
Ms. Milan Mandanna Kaliyanda has over 12 years of experience working with the development sector. Joined the field of social work in the Year 2005 with a Humanitarian agency by name Caritas India, member of the Confederation of Caritas International’s which exists in 160 countries serving 200 countries. In Caritas started the career as a Program Support Officer and handled Tsunami rehabilitation programme in Tamil Nadu for five years. In the year 2011 took over as an officer for community Managed Disaster Risk reduction for 4 southern states and carried out inter Agency coordination and NGO coordination related to Disaster Risk Management Programmes in south India. She worked with BOSCO, Bangalore leading the Foster Care Programme as Programme Coordinator for two and half years. She was also the Core Committee Member in the drafting of the Foster Care Guidelines for the State of Karnataka. She led the team to do the first of its kind research and publish the book on Foster care covering nine state of India. In 2014 for seven months worked as Programme Officer, Disaster Risk Reduction Officer responsible for Jammu & Kashmir and Orissa. She is presently the Thematic lead for Emergency Response and Disaster Risk Reduction programmes.
She is BA – Psychology, Criminology and Rural development at Roshni Nilaya, Mangalore and Master degree in Social Work, Specialized in community development at School of Social work, Roshni Nilaya, Mangalore.
Harsh is a trained documentary filmmaker and a Social activist with core expertise in Youth Development, SDGs, and climate action. He is the Youth Development Thematic Lead with Indo-Global Social Service Society and is currently working with young people across 8 states in India.
Having studied MSW from Delhi school of social work and Photography and Visual Communications from Jamia Milia Islamia, he tries to blend power of media in development practices to foster innovation and creativity in Project implementation. With years of experience as Volunteer and a Youth worker, Harsh has built a strong network with communities and organizations within and outside the country to influence policies and institutions working towards positive Youth development.
He strongly believes that Youth participation can influence policy-making and bring the change that the world needs.
Basab Bhattacharjee holds a master’s degree in Rural Development and Management from Kalyani University, West Bengal. He has over 10 years of working experience in the development sector on various themes like sustainable livelihood, drought resilience and health and nutrition. Currently, he is looking after the overall operations in Jharkhand in the capacity of State Coordinator that includes two flagship projects on IGSSS’s key thematic areas.
His proficiencies include all aspects of the programme planning and management, implementation and, monitoring and evaluation. He has ably contributed to relationship building with different government and non-government institutions and corporate houses, from block to state level. This has led him to a highly successful stint with IGSSS since 2016. His prior experiences include working with organizations like Reliance Foundation, Association for Sarva Seva Farms (ASSEFA), MUKTI and Lutheran World Service India.
Anupama is a social development professional with over 7 years of experience in implementation, capacity building, stakeholder management and advocacy in the field of livelihood and education. After completion of her master’s degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, she joined the Centre for Microfinance & Livelihood- an associate of Tata Trusts as associate program manager where her role was strengthening partnerships and linkages for the NGO partners with NABARD, NEDFI and improve governance practices among them. Post role elevation she joined the core implementation team with the responsibility to establish an education vertical.
She brings in the skill of program design, monitoring and liaising of projects which she leveraged with the Tripura School Education program. She is passionate about travelling to new places and exploring local foods. Currently, she is the state coordinator for the Bihar region and looking after several projects.
Ekta Bartarya is a development professional committed to work to better the lives of women. She has over 16 years of experience and has worked on a variety of developmental issues like adult and alternate education, sustainable agriculture, community-based institution building, climate change and urban risk resilience, etc. She has done her masters in rural development from Lucknow University and worked with different grassroots level organisations in Uttar Pradesh. Later she served in the United Nations Development Program and supported Shimla Municipal Corporation for the initial inception and execution of their Urban Risk Management program.
Since 2012 she is based in Nagpur and currently is the state coordinator of the Maharashtra region, leading a diverse team and handling multiple projects.
Dr Neelam Verma has done her Doctorate in Education from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore. With over 12 years of experience, she has worked as an assistant professor and as a development professional in the education, livelihood, health, and life skill education space. She has worked with NGOs, corporates and in government consulting. Her strengths lie in program design and delivery, team building, evidence-based policy advocacy, and monitoring and evaluation.
She has a strong experience of managing end-to-end education programs both at the level of individual schools as well as large scale programs for the government with a strong portfolio. She also leads the team of young entrepreneurs in Piramal school of leadership, worked as an advisory for designing curriculum with DIET and Tata Trust in Uttar Pradesh. Currently, she is working in the capacity of State Coordinator – Uttar Pradesh and looks after the flagship projects of IGSSS.
She is fascinated by and constantly exploring the question- "How to equip individuals with the right knowledge, skills and mindset to transform themselves, and people and community around them”?