Board of Governors

Dr Dilip Kumar – Chairman

Dr Dilip Kumar

He is retired Vice-Chancellor of Central Institute of Fisheries Education. He is a fisheries / aquaculture professional with over thirty five years of experience. He has worked with ICAR, FAO, UNDP, IFAD,UNOPS, and NACA in India, South and Southeast Asian countries and briefly in East African countries in various capacities. He has contributed to various studies on small-scale aquaculture, artisanal fisheries, community empowerment; institutional strengthening in the fisheries sector. He was Chairman of working Group on Fisheries for the preparation of XII five-year plan constituted by the Planning Commission, Government of India. He also prepared the ‘vision document for development of fisheries and aquaculture for the states of UP and Bihar’. He also drafted fisheries sector development policy and investment plan for Nepal. Recently he worked for FAO in Myanmar for the formulation of “National Plan of Action for Poverty Alleviation and Rural Development in Myanmar through Agriculture”. Currently he is assigned by NITI Ayog to Chair a Sub-group for the development of guidelines for Livestock and Fisheries Sector Insurance. 



Ms.Seemantinee Khot – Director

Ms. Seemantinee-KhotShe is Head of Suzlon Foundation and Global Head for CSR for Suzlon Group of Companies Seemantinee has over three decades of experience in the development sector, 20 years of direct implementation with NGOs, 5 years of Bilateral Aid and UN and 6 years of CSR with leading wind energy company, Suzlon. Her experience and interests includes strategic planning and managing comprehensive development programs, coordinating multi-stakeholder analysis and policy research, and facilitating use-focused and learning oriented evaluations of development programs, both in India and overseas. Her experience of executing and monitoring grass-root level development programs, strengthening community based organizations and empowering them to promote sustainable natural resource management comprises a significant part of her current profile. Suzlon Foundation, headed by her, is aligned to the vision of the Suzlon Group of Companies. Her focus has been on ensuring that business policies and practices support sustainability as the guiding principle so as to contribute towards creating a better world for all. She leads CSR policy formulation and programmes for all companies in the Suzlon Group, the world’s third largest wind power company with a market cap of $7 billion. She is a champion of Inclusive Growth and Participatory Development. Her focus has been and remains on increasing engagement of marginalized communities in planning and implementation of development programs so that there is equity and justice. Under her leadership, Suzlon has won CSR best practice awards by Aaj Tak, FICCI and CMO Asia. She did MASW at Tata Institute of Social Sciences in 1982 and BA (Psychology) from University of Pune in 1980.


Prof. K.V. Raju – Director

Prof. K.V. RajuHe is presently Director of Development Management Institute (DMI), has a PG Diploma in Rural Management from IRMA, Anand, Gujarat, India. Completed courses, like Rice Mill Management Programme organised by Post Harvest Technology Centre of Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India and Cooperative Studies organized by Coady International Institute, Canada. He worked with Multi Coops’ Association (MCA) and IRMA, ANAND. He served in long term research projects with Rural Livelihood Systems and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in Semi-Arid Areas of India and Growing Rural-Urban Disparities in India. He served as a member of various Consultation Projects. He contributed chapters in various publications and Presented Papers related to Ethics and Values, Enhancing Livelihoods and Cooperation and Development.


Mr Bankim Chandra Nigam – Director

Mr Bankim Chandra Nigam

He is a retired Indian Forest Service (IFS) Officer of 1980 batch. Prior to his retirement, he was Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) and Head of the Forest Force (HoFF), Jharkhand. He has also served as the special secretary in the departments of Welfare, Water Resources, Forests and Environment and Managing Director of Jharkhand State Scheduled Castes Development Corporation (JSSCDC). During his tenure as the Managing Director of JSSCDC, he laid the foundation of welfare activities of the corporation for the targeted group of people. Besides this, while in the Welfare Department, he has also worked as the nodal officer of IFAD assisted Tribal Development Programme. He has also worked in close association with the Pradan for developing and executing a prototype of development scheme for the sustainable economic empowerment of the tribal population of Jharkhand. He has keen interest in the sustainable governance of Forests and of the people residing in the fringe areas.


Dr G N Qasba – Director

Dr G N Qasba

He has M.Sc and Ph.D from Centre of Research for Development, University of Kashmir, Srinagar. Besides he has post doctoral experience in Applied Agricultural Research from BARC, Trombay, Mumbai and University of New Hampshire, New Hampshire USA. After a very brief tenure as the faculty member of SK Agricultural University, Shalimar, Dr Qasba joined Civil Service. He has held very prestigious assignments (for over 27 years ) in the area of Rural development, promotion of livelihoods, skill development, Non convention Energy, Agro Industries, Tourism, Urban development, medical Education and Cooperatives. The areas of specialisation include, micro finance, Dairy / poultry development, banking and finance, rural livelihoods, entrepreneurship dev, tourism, small and micro Agricultural enterprise, human resource dev, general Administration, Adamn Hospital and tertiary care health establishments, material management, Urban planning and City administration. Some of the assignments held by Dr Qasba include: (a) Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation; (b) Vice Chairman, Srinagar Development Authority; (c) Registrar, Cooperatives, Jammu & Kashmir; (d) MD, J&K Tourism Development Corporation; (e) MD, J&K Agro Industries Development Corporation; (f) Director, Bureau of Public Enterprise, Finance Department; (g) Chief Executive J&K Energy Development Agency; (h) Mission Director, J&K State Rural Livelihoods Mission; (i) Chief Operating Officer, DDGKY, HIMAYAT, J&K; and (j) Joint Director and Chief of Materials Management, SK Institute of Medical Sciences.




Mr. Sattaiah Devarakonda – Director

Mr. SattiahHe is an MBA from Osmania University in 1988. He had undergone Entrepreneurial Development Programme and did set up a Micro Enterprise in 1992. Given the financial constraints, he opted to join Basix in 1996 and worked with field operations during the early year of the establishment of Basix. He later established Micro insurance, Corporate HR Divisions, built systems and developed Operations and HR manuals for BSFL, the flagship company of Basix. He led Corporate HR and Insurance as Sr. Vice President. Subsequently, he took up the role of COO of BSFL during the illustrative performance years during Sept 2008 to July 2010. In Sept 2012, he took charge of Basix Sub-K iTransactions Ltd. as CEO & MD and achieved turnaround bringing the enterprise into profits by March 2014. He had taken an additional role at B-ABLE as ED in Sept 2015 and as CEO & MD in Sept 2016. He has been instrumental in turning around B-ABLE into a profit making, strong and process oriented institution by September 2016. He has developed deeper understanding of economic activities and their profiling to create a resource book on Livelihoods. He has attended Management Development Programmes at IIM Ahmedabad. Presently he is the CEO & MD of BASICS Limited, the holding company of the Basix Social Enterprise Group.


Prof. K. Seeta Prabhu, Ph.D – Permanent Invitee

Prof. K. Seeta PrabhuShe is a leading exponent of the human development approach, is currently Tata Chair Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She is also Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellows Scheme of the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. From 2001 to 2013, she was with the United Nations Development Programme’s India country office and played a key role in preparation of human development reports and implementation of policy recommendations therein at various levels in government. Prior to this, Seeta was a Professor of Development Economics at the University of Bombay and was engaged in teaching and research on themes ranging from social security, health, gender, poverty, budget analysis and human development. She has published several books and articles in leading national and international journals on these themes. She has been an Advisor to the Indian Planning Commission, National Commission of Women, Reserve Bank of India, State Governments, and several multi-lateral and bilateral agencies. She was also a member of the Ministry of Rural Development’s advisory group on poverty and Ministry of Tribal Development’s advisory group on Tribal Human Development Report. Currently Seeta is a member of the Governing Council of the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR)