Core Faculty

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 also Chairs 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.

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Mr. Sanjeev Kumar – Associate Vice President (Policy Advocacy)


Sanjeev, an alumnus of IRMA, has worked as an implementer with grassroots cooperatives, NGOs and government in rural initiatives related to commodities, poverty alleviation and capacity building. He has also worked as a consultant for some time around livelihoods and poverty alleviation initiatives.  His overall exposure to rural settings has been over two decades.

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Dr. Rajendra Singh Gautam – Associate Dean (Central India)


Rajendra Singh Gautam has done doctoral research (Ph. D.) in ‘Participatory Water Resource Development and Management in Malwa Region of Madhya Pradesh’ from M. P. Institute of Social Science Research and M. Phil in ‘Environmental Crisis and International Politics’ from School of Studies in Political Science and Public Administration, Vikram University, Ujjain, M. P. His areas of interest are livelihood promotion, decentralized governance, community based natural resources management, ground water governance, NTFPs, agri-value chain development, skills and labour market, etc. He has experience of over 15 years in academics and development sector. His expertise is in qualitative/quantities research techniques, action research, livelihood mapping studies, evaluation studies, case study documentation, developing curriculum’s and organizing trainings and ToTs on aforesaid subjects. He has published research papers including case studies on various themes such as natural resource management, democratic decentralization, skill development, NTFPs based value chain development, ground water governance, etc., in national and international journals of repute. He has been associated with Institute of Livelihood Research and Training (formerly The Livelihood School) for around 10 years and engaged in research, training and consultancy activities on livelihood promotion and related issues in India and outside.

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Mr. Avinash Kumar – Regional Coordinator and Lead  Faculty (Eastern Region)


Avinash Kumar has around 12 years of experience in the development sector. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management from Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal and Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication from Ranchi University. He has worked with International NGOs such as CARE India. Avinash has worked for three years with Bhartiya Samruddhi Finance Limited (BSFL-an NBFC of BASIX Social Enterprise Group) as Senior Manager- Operations & HR in Jharkhand and Maharashtra and also as Project Manager for The Livelihood School Action Research Project Livelihood Pathways for the Poorest.

He has experience of implementing a state watershed project in Madhya Pradesh. He has experience working with ultra-poor, NGO partnership management, with government in different capacities and with PRIs. His interests range from training and documentation, newsletter publication, writing blogs and providing training to different cadre of government functionaries, rural community and NGO staff. Avinash has worked in Jharkhand, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and is fluent in Hindi and English besides having working knowledge of Bangla and Marathi.

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Mr. T. Navin – Lead Faculty (Action Research and Policy Advocacy)

NavinNavin is a Post Graduate and M.Phil in Political Science from Hyderabad Central University (HCU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) respectively besides a Post Graduate Diploma in Management of Nongovernmental Organizations (PGDMN) from Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII). Navin started his career in Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) and served for three and half years where he extensively reported, researched the areas and designed projects for building employability among unemployed youth, linkage of school dropouts with open schooling system, building technical school with community college concepts, Agricultural Training Resource Centre for building the concept of Agricultural Entrepreneurship, Mobile School for Street Children, Watershed etc., He served in BASIX in research and social performance management functions and was associated with Microfinance and SPM related researches such as Social Indicators Project (SIP), Social Performance assessment study, A Livelihood Intervention in Women’s Enterprise(ALIWE), Social Rating, Microfinance for Decent Work, Impact Assessment Study (2010), etc., He has also been part of external research assignments on Tribal issues, Suicide & Debt studies, Employment & Unemployment studies, Consumer Expenditure studies, livelihoods in Left wing extremism affected areas etc., His key skills are in the area of Research & Analytics, Project Conceptualization, Knowledge Building, Process Documentation and Donor Reporting.

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Dr. Shashidharan Enarth  – Senior Advisor, Faculty Development & Institutional Linkages (on sabbatical)


Shashidharan Enarth comes with over two decades of professional experience in Development Sector. with professional experience spread across three NGOs – LOCOST, AKRSP and DSC, he promoted holistic health programs and natural resources development programs. Working with vulnerable rural communities dependent on agriculture, he developed expertise in programs, policies related to natural resources management, livelihood systems, role of civil society as partner in development. He was also closely involved in irrigation policy reforms and introduction of participatory irrigation management in various states.

During his doctoral programme at University of British Columbia on decentralization and democratization of development progress, he studied the conditions that strengthen the capacity of community based organizations to be robust self-governed peoples institutions. Shashi has also provided his consultancy services to the World Bank for their projects in Nigeria, Tanzania and India. His current area of interest is to explore institutional mechanisms that deliver sustainable benefit streams to chronically poor communities and regions through intersection of science and technology, political processes, entrepreneurship and responsible citizenship. Shashi has also designed and implemented capacity building programmes and learning systems for various practitioners from civil society as well as government agencies. Shashi is currently located in Vancouver (Canada) developing a collaborative program on policy research and exchange of scholars between BASIX Group and Liu Institute of Global Issues at University of British Columbia.

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Mr. Shashank Singh – Senior Faculty

ShashankShashank is an Agricultural Engineer and had MS in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University in 2009 and M.Tech in Soil and Water Engineering (Agricultural Engineering) from Junagadh Agricultural University, Gujarat- 2004. Shashank had worked at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in a World Bank project on Arid Area Technology Development – (Dew Harvesting) – 2004-2007. The project was awarded IDM World Bank Prize in 2005. He had also worked as Head of Department, Agricultural Engineering at MIT Bulandshahr (MITB; near Delhi-NCR) – 2011-2013. He developed projects on Organic Farming, and GIS modeling at MITB. Shashank’s core working area is Watershed modeling, GIS & Remote Sensing and application of hydrological techniques for anthropogenic use.

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Mr. Nikhil Arlikatti – Faculty  


Nikhil Arlikatti has varied skill set with experience in the Corporate Sector and the Development Sector. He majored in Political Communication, with a minor in Corporate Communication as part of his Post-graduate degree from Manipal University. Nikhil has worked with Volkswagen India in their communication department, following which he moved to Delhi to work as a Program Coordinator with the Association of Skills and Training Provider, a policy advocacy body within the vocational skills space under the PMKVY. He then moved on to work as a Program Coordinator at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in their Forest program, where he discovered his penchant for research in the environment and rural livelihood. Nikhil holds a keen research interest in the NTFP space, by drawing market linkages and establishing value chains between the private sector, government, and the community. Nikhil’s experience with WRI has provided him with exposure and opportunities to work with the forest department, several other NGOs, and donor agencies.

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Wanda Mary Lamare – Assistant Manager  


Wanda has a Post Graduate Degree from Visva Bharati University, West Bengal in Rural Development studies with specialization in Women Studies. Her Master’ thesis was on “Perception of Development in Ballavpur Village of West Bengal” and her internship Project was on “ Study on the implementation of various Government Schemes in Bolpur Block”. She has 4 years of experience in the development sector starting her career with Udyogini, as Enterprise Promotion Executive in Mandla District, Madhya Pradesh. She then moved to Meghalaya as a Programme Coordinator with FMA-Outreach a State level organisation for Under Privileged Women and Child . Her last stint before joining ILRT was as District Coordinator in the Department of Social Welfare ,Government of Meghalaya which is implementing the National Mission for Empowerment of Women under the Ministry of Women and Child Development.Her Key Areas of Interest include Training (with a future objective of becoming a Master Trainer), Women Empowerment and Gender issues, Livelihood Development and Environment.

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Praveena K – Faculty Associate


Praveena is a post graduate in Computer Application (MCA) and Management (MBA) from IGNOU and Gitam Universities respectively. As a Senior Executive with rich experience in layout and design related works, she strengthens ILRT in the areas of bringing out study or reference material, marketing tools such as pamphlets, brochures etc., for various training programs of the institute. Besides playing an anchor role in setting the syllabus and developing courseware, she has successfully handled classroom sessions on IT for the B-A-LAMP’s flagship program “Triploma in Microfinance and Livelihoods” during 2008-12. She has also played an important role in organizing ‘Refresher Programs’ not only for the staff members of the Academy but for those from Basix Social Enterprise Group also during the said period. With overall experience of around eleven years now, Praveena is working on E-learning programs of ILRT.

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