WHO WE ARE

Prerna Mukharya

Prerna Mukharya

Founder

Prerna does a little bit of everything. She likes data, research, and believes fieldwork builds character. She believes in the idea of independent, non-partisan research and hence our for-profit business model.

In the last 9 years, She has worked on developing a strong presence of Outline India across 9000 villages in 26 states and interviewing over 4 million stakeholders.

Prerna launched Track Your Metrics (TYM) - an easy-to-use tech tool for quick impact assessment by small NGOs, government bodies, and big funders equipping the former with means to secure more funding and the latter to hold their grantees accountable. The Android app/web-based platform aims to change the way we track and finance social programs at ~0 unit cost. 

TYM  won at an accelerator program in India and California and at the Dell startup challenge. 


She has conducted research for various organizations including, Asian Development Bank, IMPAQ International, World Bank, UN arms, The British Council, University of Chicago, Sesame Street, Harvard University, Mathematica Policy Research, American Institute for Research, Water Aid, Corstone India Foundation, CARE, Save the Children and Tokyo University to name a few.

Prerna was featured on Fortune magazines’ 40 under 40 list for her disruptive work with ground-level data in 2017 and again in 2018. She was featured among the top 25 businesswomen in India by Forbes magazine in their annual issue featuring women leaders running profitable companies in 2018. She was also among the top 40 women changemakers in the 2018 annual list released by India Today. She was listed among the 25 most powerful Businesswomen in India, by the BusinessToday, of India today group in 2019. 

In 2018, she was awarded the Chevening Fellowship at Oxford University by Rolce Royce and the UK government. She was also declared a Raisina Fellow in 2017, awarded by the Ministry of external affairs and ORF. She is an Australia India Youth Dialogue fellow, 2015. 

She has prior research experience working at Centre for Policy Research and holds an MA in Economics from Boston University.

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Rajma Chawal

Being on time

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Unformatted documents

Aditya Gupta

Aditya Gupta

Legal Counsel

Aditya is the legal counsel at Outline India. He is a litigator practicing before various Courts and tribunals in India on commercial and personal law issues. Aditya also advises start-ups and early stage ventures and provides contractual, regulatory and IP solutions. He has worked extensively with companies in varied sectors such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, data collection and analysis, logistics, event management, e-commerce and the media industry.

He has a Masters degree in Law from Harvard University.

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Coffee

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Unformatted documents

Dr. John Hoffmire

Dr. John Hoffmire

Senior Advisor

John Hoffmire is Director of Employee Ownership at Teamshares, Research Associate at the Centre for Mutual and Co-owned Business at the University of Oxford. He is also chairman of both Cadence Innova, a change management consulting firm, and Oxford Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Hoffmire has over 20 years of experience in equity investing, venture capital, consulting, and investment banking. His work and research have been referenced in numerous publications including the Financial Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.  He also worked as a consultant for Bain & Company, as vice president for Ampersand Ventures and as a senior investment officer for American Capital.

Dr. Hoffmire holds a Ph.D. in international development from Stanford University and was presented with the Darwin Nelson Public Service Award. He helped lead the Personal Finance Employee Education Fund for six years and is now on its board.

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Vithal Karoshi

Vithal Karoshi

Senior Consultant - Agriculture & Sustainability

Vithal holds a Doctorate in agricultural development. He specializes in multiple fields such as agriculture, seed systems & policy, forestry agroforestry, environment, and ecology. He holds a certificate degree in project management. He was a recipient of the Young Scientist award in 2007 by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria to conduct advanced research on forestry, carbon sequestration & climate change. He has 20+ years of international experience in developmental projects in 15 countries in Africa and Asia. He has worked with Indian forest-based industries and NGOs, coordinated international technical assistance programs with the ministry of agriculture in Ethiopia and Afghanistan, implemented international development projects, higher education, and foreign direct investment (FDI) projects in Africa. He has worked for international projects supported by USAID, GIZ, World Bank, DFID, Rockefeller Foundation, CSIRO, IFAD, and corporate houses.

His areas of interest are forestry & climate change, organic farming, hydroponics, tree improvement & clonal forestry. He has a wealth of knowledge on business opportunities in Africa in the areas of international trading, agricultural investment, international development, and higher education.

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Narendra LV

Narendra LV

Senior Consultant - M&E (Karnataka)

A Data Scientist and M&E Expert, Narendra is an experienced and well-rounded research professional with great interest and extensive skills in Data Analytics. He is passionate about solving business and development sector problems that require diagnostic, predictive, and/or prescriptive analytics using data science. He is adept at building Machine Learning models, creating interactive dashboards, data mining, and data visualization.

With nearly two decades of diverse industry upbringing, he brings to table a rare combination of skills and knowledge across sectors such as Marketing Research, Development Research, M&E, Software Development, and Data Science. His professional history includes positions such as Manager – Projects at Public Affairs Foundation, Programme Manager at Kavin Corporation, Research Manager at Sigma Research & Consulting, and Consumer and Market Insights Executive at Hindustan Unilever Ltd.


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Ira Joshi

Ira Joshi

Senior Consultant - Education

Ira Joshi is an educational expert with 15 years of experience in developing evidence-based Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) curriculum and resources. In her previous engagement with Sesame Workshop India, she spearheaded their education vertical and led the development of educational objectives across multi-media platforms like television, radio, print and digital. With expertise in conceptualizing and designing child-friendly research protocols, she has supported several research organizations in assessing young children’s engagement and comprehension of print and mass-media resources. She has provided technical expertise to grant proposals and worked closely with cross-functional teams at all stages of program planning and implementation. She is currently an independent consultant and an advocate for play-based learning in children. Ira holds a Master’s degree in Child Development from Lady Irwin College, New Delhi.

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Kritika Kamthan

Kritika Kamthan

Consultant - Health
Kritika Kamthan is a development professional with close to a decade’s experience. An advocacy and communications specialist, she has extensive experience in building and implementing advocacy and communication projects on key social issues. Focus areas include tuberculosis (TB), TB and co-infections, malnutrition, maternal and child health, financial inclusion, sexual and reproductive health, and sanitation. As a trained journalist, she has extensive experience in content strategy and media management.
Kritika has designed and implemented plans to reach policymakers and other target audiences to build and support priorities. Using virtual communities, engaging and partnering with stakeholders as well as providing communication support, Kritika has created communities of action and learning, both online and offline. An avid reader she has strong research skills and is adept at capturing her findings on paper, tailored for a variety of audiences.

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Sukanya Dutta

Sukanya Dutta

Associate Vice President

Sukanya works as a Senior Manager at Outline India and has expertise in large-scale project management. She has substantial experience in managing projects on and off the field and has undertaken fieldwork in over ten states in  India and trained up to 350 field staff across these locations. 

She has worked on projects across different sectors,  mainly focusing on those in skills, livelihoodsgender, healthcare, education, agriculture, and child wellbeing.

Some of the previous clients worked with but are not  limited to JSI, Asian Development Bank, World  Bank, IMPAQ International, CorStone India  Foundation, Sesame Workshop India, Mathematica  Policy Research, Tsuda University Japan, Lifebox Foundation, American Institutes for Research, Tata  Centre of Development at UChicago


At Outline India her work has included managing large-scale multi-state and multi-stakeholder projects, reviewing tools, training consultants and field teams, conducting in-depth surveys, real-time monitoring of data, and drafting of field and project reports.


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Looking at food pictures.

Popping bubble wraps.

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People wearing strong perfumes or with body odour in the metro.

Super organized desktops.

Sukriti Sharma

Sukriti Sharma

Project Manager

Sukriti has completed her M.A. in Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune, and also holds an MBA in International Business and Finance from Amity University. She has 6 years of experience in research analytics and management. She has worked with the  International Labour Organisation as a consultant and also has experience if working with an IT start-up as a business development manager.  With high energy levels and a self-driven personality, she strives to achieve her personal and professional goals. 

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Traveling, watching movies and reading

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Dishonesty

Ranveer Phukan

Ranveer Phukan

Associate Manager

Ranveer is working as a Senior Researcher at Outline India and is responsible for implementing various qualitative and quantitative research studies, managing fieldwork as well as developing partnerships, and working on grants & challenges for OI. 
His experience in research is varied, having worked in areas of substance abuse, HIV/AIDS,
sexual and reproductive health, livelihood, skill development, urban homelessness & gender
violence.

He has previously worked with the Asian Development Bank, Sesame Workshop India, Oxfam India and Harvard University to name a few.

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Football
Classic Rock
Northeastern Cuisine

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Loud people

Aarushi Gupta

Aarushi Gupta

Project Manager

Aarushi has joined our team as a research associate . Her responsibilities at Outline India include assisting the implementation of various research studies by collecting qualitative data, coordinating the field-work and facilitating data management and analysis.

She has previously worked as a research associate in the chemical industry. Aarushi has a Bachelor's degree in Science and a Postgraduate degree in Chemistry from Central University of Rajasthan.

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Traveling, reading, sleeping, watching random web series

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Traffic

Sayak Dutta

Sayak Dutta

Senior Qualitative Researcher

Sayak has completed his graduation and Master’s degree in Geography from Calcutta University and Jawaharlal Nehru University respectively. He has further completed his M.Phil. degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University and is currently at the final stages of submitting his PhD from the same institute. Sayak has worked and published on an eclectic range of topics, but his core area of research lies in political geography, identity studies and urban governance. Although trained under an empirical-quantitative curriculum during his studies, Sayak’s personal research is based on qualitative methods and a humanistic understanding of society.

Sayak is born and brought up in Kolkata, West Bengal where he has completed his schooling and graduation; however, for the past 10 years he has been residing in New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University campus. Bengali is Sayak’s mother tongue, but his higher education is conducted in English making him equally proficient in both languages; and he retains conversational fluency in Hindi as well.

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Reading
Chess
Professionalism

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Shopping

Lack of Punctuality

Swati Pandey

Swati Pandey

Senior Quantitative Researcher

Swati has joined our team as a Quantitative Researcher. Her responsibilities at Outline India include assisting the implementation of various research studies by coordinating the field-work and facilitating data management and analysis.  She has previously worked with the Ministry of Commerce & Industry and Indian Institute of Foreign trade as a researcher.  
Swati has a Bachelor's degree in Economics from University of Delhi and a Master's degree in Economics with a specialization in Trade and Finance from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S (The American Sitcom)
Sleep         
Movies
Novels

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Travelling in Over-crowded Metro

Sudeep Ahluwalia

Sudeep Ahluwalia

Senior Operations Associate

Sudeep has a substantial 10+ years of experience in operations & Administration. He has worked on different on and off-the-field projects for clients like GlaxoSmithKline, Cipla Health Limited, VECV, Water.org, TCS ion, etc. and was their SPOC. He has always completed his project tasks on time.

He has completed his graduation in Business Administration from Mahatma Gandhi University and has a friendly nature and is task-oriented.

His family is from Army background, where his grandfather & father were both Army officers & later his father joined vigillance department.

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Rajma chawal with mango pickle, travelling, coffee, rafting, cricket, volleyball

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Cowards, Cheaters & liars


Nabasmita Mustafi

Nabasmita Mustafi

Senior HR Associate

Nabasmita works closely with the operations team. Her responsibilities include handling employment relations issues such as grievance and employee welfare; focusing on employee engagement workshops and setting up events and outings; assisting in payroll preparation by providing relevant data and also supervising recruitment.

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Exploring new recipes

Drawing & Painting

Lipstick

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Phone's overcrowded status bar

Frizzy hair

Rahat Khan

Rahat Khan

Research Associate - Quantitative

Rahat was born and brought up in Gaya, Bihar. He has done his schooling from there itself.

He has completed his graduation in Economics from Madras University and Master’s degree from the Central University of Punjab.

He has worked with the National Council of Applied Economic Research as Research Associate. Also, he has 3 years of experience in research industries and has worked on projects across different sectors, mainly focusing on those in skills, health, education, and Tourism.

Hindi is his mother tongue, but he also has proficiency in English and Urdu.

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Making friends, social media, and traveling

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Summer, darkness, and traffic

Neelakhi Dutta

Neelakhi Dutta

Research Associate - Qualitative

Neelakhi has joined us as a Qualitative Researcher. She is born and brought up in Assam. She has completed her bachelor’s from University of Delhi after which she moved to Dublin to complete her Post Graduation in InternationalSociology. Her research interest focuses on the intersection of feminist epistemologies and higher education funding policies. She has formerly worked with Eircom and Afro-Diaspora Ireland and enjoyed her role partnering on Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. 


Other than work, she is very much passionate about Mental health and is keen to make a real difference in the lives of people suffering from mood disorders across North-East India.


She is fluent in Assamese, Hindi & English. She also knows Bengali. She loves art and painting. She is also a part time artist.

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Nature walks, Random acts of kindness and Enjoys making a perfect cup of coffee.

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Dishonesty, Binge watching, Summers and Dancing

Aditi Kundu

Aditi Kundu

Research Associate - Qualitative

Aditi has completed her Masters in Geography and M.Phil in Population Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University and did B.Sc. Honours in Geography from Shri Shikshayatan College, University of Calcutta. Her schooling is from Calcutta Girls’ High School, Kolkata. 

She has submitted her PhD Thesis in Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2022 and has qualified UGC NET JRF/SRF in 2015.


She has participated in several national and international conferences, seminars, workshops and various training programs and has published articles on contraception, friendship groups and migration. She is also the recipient of ‘Vivekjyoti’ emerging researcher award in 2019. Her book, ‘Population, Fertility and Family Planning’ (Rawat Publications), is well acclaimed. Her research interests are on family planning, contraceptive use, fertility issues and gender studies.

Aditi's mother tongue is Bengali, but she's also proficient in English and Hindi. Her hometown is Howrah, WB.

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Reading, Exploring new research ideas, Meeting new people

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Unformatted manuscripts, lack of punctuality

Shweta Srivastava

Shweta Srivastava

Research Associate - Qualitative

Shweta is a curious anthropologist who views the world through an ethnographic lens. Having completed her postgraduate studies from Hansraj College, University of Delhi, she has worked with non-governmental organisations to implement programs at the ground level. 

Born in Prayagraj and brought up in Guwahati, she is fluent in 4 languages- English, Hindi, Assamese and German. When not working, you will find her either on a trek in the mountains or playing chess at home. 

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Likes mostly everything but especially checking off the to-do list ahead of time.

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Pants without pockets and unpunctuality.

Anoushka Wanchoo

Anoushka Wanchoo

Research Associate - Qualitative

Anoushka is a  graduate in international affairs with a specialization in economic development and foreign policy from O.P Jindal Global University.  While the real life manifestations of world politics fascinates her, she is equally enthralled by multiple theories and principles governing the world we live in today. She has a keen interest in understanding the influence of social media on our thinking.

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Dogs


The Big Bang Theory


Friends

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Animal cruelty

Aparna

Aparna

Research Associate- Qualitative

She completed her MPhil in Sociology from JNU in 2018. Prior to that, she has done an MA in Sociology from JNU in 2013 and an Integrated MA in Economics from the University of Hyderabad in 2011. She has also been pursuing a PhD from JNU. Her area of expertise is gender and caste.

She has experience in working in the development sector primarily with online education and curriculum development.

If not at work, you would find Aparna reading, writing poetry or listening to history podcasts.

Aparna's ethnic roots are in the state of Kerala but she was raised in Goa. She is fluent in English, Malayalam and Hindi and has picked up basic comprehension skills in Konkani and Telugu along the way.

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Books, Poetry, Popular History, Slime videos

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Delhi summers, Disorganised desktops

Hridya Vijan

Hridya Vijan

Research Assistant
Hridya is an aspiring social researcher who was born and brought up in Kerala. She holds a master's degree in psychology from the University of Delhi. 

She has previous experience in various researches. She has also done different internships and jobs, providing her with numerous opportunities to better understand her abilities and interests in research.  Over the years, she has attempted to advance her career as a researcher. 

Qualifying for the UGC JRF was the most valuable and significant effort she made to advance her research career. She has also published one of her research papers in a journal called The Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, and a few more of her works are in the process of getting published.

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Movies, music, and peacefulness

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Toxic positivism

EXPERTS

Govind Gopi Verma

Govind Gopi Verma

Govind is an Assistant Professor in the OB-HR area at Navrachana University, Vadodara (Gujarat). He carries a cross-functional experience of more than 13 years. He has extensive grassroots experience working with the DHAN Foundation and the South Indian Federation of Fishermen Societies (SIFFS). His development practice & professional experience includes working on themes such as Water & Livelihoods, Microfinance & Livelihoods, Information Technology for Development (ICT4D), Building People Institutions & Community Based Organizations, Watershed Development & Renovation of Traditional Water Bodies, Collective Action & Cooperation, Managing Nonprofit Organizations, Entrepreneurship Development, Human Resource Development, Impact Assessment, and Monitoring & Evaluation.He specializes in Organizational Behavior, Ethical Workplace Climate, and Nonprofit Organizations.  His research expertise includes Mixed-Methods & Sequential Research Design, Psychometric Measurement & Analysis. He is also associated with the Institute of Rural Management (IRMA) as a Doctoral Fellow.

Tarun Varma

Tarun Varma

Tarun is the Director of Education Futures, UK, where he provides consultancy support for foundations and startups working in Early Childhood Education. He co-founded Social Solar, an off-grid solar power company for rural schools & communities in India. Tarun graduated with an MSc in Child Development and Education and MBA from the University of Oxford, where he was a Pershing Square Scholar. During his Masters, he helped scale up a chain of Montessori pre-schools in South Africa. He interned at Primo Toys, an award-winning early coding startup where he wrote their education strategy. Tarun is a former Teach for India fellow where he taught at a primary school in New Delhi. He is extremely interested in education, learning and its impact on people and has extensive research experience in the development sector. In 2014, he conducted a longitudinal study for an alternative school in New Delhi examining the influence of alternative education on students and their eventual career trajectories. He has also undertaken primary research in Odisha to analyse bottlenecks in creating livelihood opportunities. Tarun holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Delhi University where he scored the highest grade for his senior year thesis on Microfinance and Poverty Alleviation.

Nitya Jacob

Nitya Jacob

Nitya has 28 years of experience in policy analysis, advocacy, strategic planning, knowledge management and project planning in the development sector. He has served as the National Policy Head at Water Aid India where he was involved in developing the communications and branding strategy, research and writing on water, sanitation and hygiene, analysis of central and state policies and writing policy papers on safe sanitation, open defecation, hygiene, safe drinking water and district-wide approach to sanitation. Prior to working with Water Aid India, he had worked with organisations like Centre for Science and Environment, Water Community, Solutions Exchange, Write Shop Infotech Pvt. Ltd. and One World South Asia. Nitya also has over 10 years of experience in the media sector where he worked in various capacities ranging from reporter to producer to a special correspondent in big media houses like United Television, Business India Television, The Pioneer Newspaper, Down to Earth (a prestigious academic journal), Business Standard, and Financial Express.

Mousumi Sarkar

Mousumi Sarkar

Mousumi comes on-board with more than 20 years of experience in designing methodologies and analysing quantitative and qualitative data to address complex socioeconomic and political issues. She has worked with associations, lobbyists, political campaigns, community groups and government agencies at the local, state, national and international levels to help them further their missions and reach their goals. She currently serves as an Expert for Outline India advising on methodological questions and issues. She also leads the Research and Innovation team at the Council for Professional Recognition, a U.S. based organization that credentials the early childhood education workforce. Mousumi served as Assistant Survey Director for Housing Surveys at the U.S. Census Bureau and led a variety of short and long-term research and evaluation efforts for a variety of issue-based and government organizations.

Shilpa Pandit

Shilpa Pandit

Shilpa has 23 years of cross-sectoral experience in social sector practice, research, and evaluation. She has served as an expert Monitoring and Evaluation person, and worked and consulted with several respected organizations and INGO’s such as IFMR, Hand in Hand, MSSRF, The Banyan, RGNIYD and UNICEF, UNDP etc. Her most recent work engagement was with the UNDP(India), where she was placed in the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) for research and policy work on the implementation of Mahatma Gandhi NREGA. As part of her MoRD work, Shilpa engaged with state line departments, relevant departments in the centre and with researchers and think tanks in India and abroad. Shilpa’s work with NGOs and other social sector organisations has focused on using research and evidence to advocate for the inclusion of the poor and marginalised, using large-scale data analysis as well as thick qualitative data and participatory work. In the last 10 years, in particular, she has worked on poverty, gender, health, nutrition, education, skill development, youth development, social accountability, and livelihoods. She is a co-founder of Dreampath Foundation, an NGO which works with adolescents and youth on work, career, and livelihoods. Academically, Shilpa has been deeply interested in Indian Psychology and culture and has maintained a connection with psychological and social science scholarship. Currently, she is working on multiple projects relating to nutrition, social accountability, psychoanalytic work of Sudhir Kakar and Indian Aesthetics.

Devahuti Choudhury

Devahuti Choudhury

Devahuti comes onboard as a Monitoring & Evaluation and thematic expert with over 12 years of experience in the development sector, particularly in the financial services space where her work has focused on low income segments, especially women. She has previously worked with Grameen Foundation India as the Associate Director - Client Insights for Impact. She has also held various positions at International Finance Corporation (WBG), IntelleCash Microfinance Network Private Limited and Bharat Financial Inclusion. She has an extensive experience of leading projects pan-India for clients like Water.org, Cherie Blair Foundation, J.P. Morgan Philanthropy, Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)  and DFID UK. She has also authored strategy notes on Financial Inclusion for the Bharati group and authored the section on Payments Banks in the State of the Sector report - Inclusive Finance 2018. Currently, Devahuti works as an independent consultant engaged with different for/non profit entities broadly in the strategy development, program design and M&E space.

Laxmi Vadapalli

Laxmi Vadapalli

Laxmi comes on-board with an experience of 16 years across the thematic areas: Natural Resource Management, Climate change and Agriculture.  She has worked with CSRs like APMDC Foundation and was involved in knowledge management, monitoring and evaluation, content development, anchoring training and capacity development programs. She also has rigorous experience in qualitative research starting from designing a methodology to strategising data collection to data analysis and report writing. She is empanelled as Rehabilitation Expert in the Expert Group constituted by the Telangana Government and evaluated over a dozen Social Impact Assessment reports submitted to different Collectorates in the state. In her stint with the government agencies, her primary concern has been the plight of the Project Displaced Families (PDFs) and Project Affected Families (PAFs) 

Dr. Richa Singh

Dr. Richa Singh

Dr. Richa is a professional with 13+ years of experience across CSR, healthcare, social entrepreneurship, and consulting domains. She is a proud army kid & risk-taker. Post her graduation in Dental Surgery (BDS) she has obtained several certifications, including 'CSR & Value Creation' from Audencia Nantes School of Management, GRI certificate for Sustainability Reporting, and Professional Diploma in Financial Management.  Dr. Richa has Managed vertical P&Ls and led end-to-to project implementation in intrapreneurial roles across organizations - NGOs, MNCs, UN agencies.  Given her excellent communication skills, she has represented her organizations in many roundtable conferences and CSR forums as a speaker and jury member. She has been advising and mentoring high-growth social impact ventures. In 2018, she was honored to be selected in the Global list of ‘100 most impactful CSR leaders’ by World CSR Congress.

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