Past Deans

Mr. Vijay Mahajan  


BASIX Group CEO and Chairman , was educated at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (1970-75); the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (1979-81); and at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, USA (1988-89).  He co-founded PRADAN in 1983, Sa-dhan in 1998 and APMAS in 2000. He has co-authored a book “The Forgotten Sector” on the rural non-farm sector and written over 50 articles on rural livelihoods, development and micro-finance. He is a member of the Committee on Financial Inclusion, the Microfinance Equity and Development Fund and is also on the Board of CGAP, the global microfinance apex.  He was selected as “Outstanding Social Entrepreneur” by the Schwab Foundation of the World Economic Forum, Davos, 2003.


Dr. S S Tabrez Nasar – Dean


S S Tabrez Nasar has over three decades of experience in international development. He has a Ph.D in Life Sciences and having spent his initial years in teaching, he moved on to an international NGO, the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) with headquarters in the Philippines. There he was involved in a variety of projects and programs ranging from Aquaculture to Agriculture and Natural Resources Management to developing and implementing international, national and grassroots training courses and managing ‘communications and publications’. After serving IIRR for over a decade, he joined an Inter-Governmental Organization – the Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-Governmental Organisation (BOBP-IGO) where he served for over two years. He then moved on as an Advisor to the Ministry of Planning and Finance, Government of Timor Leste. Tabrez came back to India and extended support to development organizations as a consultant before moving on to Basix as the Head of Operations and HR (Eastern India) for Bhartiya Samruddhi Finance Ltd. He later moved on to Basix Consulting and Training Services Ltd. Among other things, he also heads the Basix Academy for Livelihood and Micro-enterprise Promotion (B-A-LAMP) which has conducted over 130 program benefiting more than 3,000 professionals from across the globe. His interest lie in training, capacity building, livelihood promotion, writeshops and entrepreneurship promotion.

He was Chairs of the Steering Committee of a Regional Training Network (RTN) of IFAD supported program on ‘Promoting Pro-poor Value Chain and Market system Development’ in seven countries – India, China, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Viet Nam, Lao, Cambodia and the Philippines.

Tabrez has been engaged with programs in India, the Philippines, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Viet Nam, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh, Thailand, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Mozambique other than being exposed to several short-term activities (including consultancies) in over a dozen countries across the globe.


Dr. Sankar Datta 


Who has around three decades of development sector experience, was founder & Past Dean, The Livelihood School (now the Institute of Livelihood Research and Training), Hyderabad and Director, Indian Grameen Services, Hyderabad. He has completed his Post Graduation in Rural Management from IRMA and Doctorate in Agriculture Economics from Sardar Patel University, Gujarat. He worked with Madhya Pradesh State Co-operative Oilseeds Grower’s Federation (OILFED), PRADAN and IIM-Ahmadabad, before joining the faculty of Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) for five years. Dr Datta has been involved in extending professional services for rural development activities, specially focusing on livelihood promotion, working with micro-enterprises for over two decades. He has designed and delivered courses on livelihood promotion, institution building and value chains. He worked as Professor at Ajim Premji University Bangalore. Dr. Datta was a member of the Planning Commission Task Group responsible for drafting rural employment section of the 12th Five Year Plan. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Management of Agriculture (CMA) of IIM-Ahmedabad and is currently working as an independent consultant on various livelihood projects.