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 – Associate Dean  (Eastern Region)


Avinash Kumar has 17 years of experience in the development sector. He has Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management from Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal and Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication from Ranchi University and currently pursuing his Ph.D. He has worked with International NGOs such as CARE India and also with Bhartiya Samruddhi Finance Ltd. (BSFL- an NBFC of Basix Social Enterprise Group) as Senior Manager (Operations & HR) in Jharkhand and Maharashtra. Later he worked as Project Manager for The Livelihood School on an Action Research Project.

Avinash has experience of implementing a state watershed project in Madhya Pradesh; working with ultra-poor; conducting action research projects with partner NGOs; with government agencies and with PRIs; His interests range from training and documentation to research, action research, newsletter publication and blogs. He has represented ILRT in an international experience sharing program of C-GAP in Paris and imparted training for senior officials of the Development Bank of Ethiopia. By virtue of working across the country in various states and geographies he is well versed with the local context particularly in the domain of livelihood promotion.

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Mr. T. Navin – Associate Dean (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. Manuvh– Faculty (Action Research and Policy Advocacy)


Manuvh is a management and sociology professional and has submitted his Ph.D. (Development Studies) at Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS), Hyderabad, on the topic ‘Livelihood Transition and SCSP in Andhra Pradesh’ and qualified UGC NET. His areas of specialization are sustainable livelihoods, social exclusion and inclusion theories, rural and tribal livelihoods, micro-enterprise and entrepreneurship development, research and evaluations of welfare and development programmes. He started his career with Population Services International (PSI/India) where he was involved in the implementation of Behavior Change Communications and Social Marketing initiatives. Moving to CCN, he oversaw implementation of projects of tribal livelihoods and education. After Joining NIRD & PR, he was associated with 12 research and evaluation studies funded by the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA), Planning Commission and other Government of India (GoI) bodies on the issues of livelihoods, education, wage employment and welfare programs of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. He has wide experience in project management, research and evaluations, training and development, social/community mobilization, networking, advocacy, and documentation. Manuvh has publications in national and international journals on equity and social development of scheduled caste and scheduled tribes. He is a member of Indian Sociological Society (INSOSO), New Delhi and Indian Anthropological Society (IAS), Kolkata. His interests are with livelihoods action research and policy advocacy which may contribute to the development of the downtrodden communities particularly SC/ST/Women and other vulnerable groups.

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Ms. Abhilasha Roy – Faculty (Communications)


Abhilasha is a Post Graduate in Rural Management from Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi. She has worked with Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS) as Young Professional for four years. She has a rich experience of Social Project Management both at field and conceptual levels. She has worked in the challenging environment of project implementation at the block level including in program management and policy roles and has worked extensively with senior Govt. officials and social sector entrepreneurs. Her interest lies in institution building and capacity enhancement, research, documentation including communications and knowledge building.

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