Dr. Rajendra Singh Gautam has acquired doctoral degree (Ph. D.) in ‘Community based Natural Resources Management from Madhya Pradesh Institute of Social Science Research & Vikram University, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India. He has over 18 years of experience of research, training and consultancy in academics and development sector especially on livelihood promotion, institutional development, value chain development, decentralized governance, community based natural resources management, ground water governance, forestry based livelihood promotion,    labour market analysis, skill and entrepreneurship promotion. 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 is also member of Steering Committee of Value Chain Capacity Building Network pro-moted by International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD) at Asia Pacific level for promotion of pro-poor value chain and market system development.

He can be contacted at: rajendrasingh.gautam@ilrtindia.org

Dr Rajendra Singh Gautam


Navin T holds M.Phil. (Political Science) from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He comes with over 18 years of research experience related to a variety of development issues. Starting his career in Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) as a Program officer, he was involved in research, planning, conceptualizing and designing projects related to youth employment. He joined BASIX Social Enterprise Group (SEG) in 2006 & served in Social Performance Management (SPM), Knowledge Services Group (KSG) and Organization Learning for Excellence (OLE) units. He was associated with projects such as Social Indicators Project (SIP), Social Performance assessment study, A Livelihood Intervention in Women’s Enter-  prise (ALIWE), Social Rating, Microfinance for Decent Work, Impact Assessment Study (2010), etc., In ILRT, he has been part of and led research   projects related to Livelihood Mapping, Subsector and Value chain studies, studies on informal sector, Evaluations of Community based Institutions and Skill based programs, Impact assessments and Action research. His core interests are in the area of Political Economy of Livelihoods,  Social aspects of Development, Rights based approaches to development and livelihood promotion, People’s Institutions and Informal Economy. He has also written papers for National and International journals and contributed columns for print and digital media. 

He can be contacted at: navin.t@ilrtindia.org

Navin T 

Associate Dean

Shashank Singh is an Agricultural Engineer with his Bachelors from Allahabad Agricultural Institute – Deemed University (2002); Masters in Agri-cultural Engineering (Soil and Water Engineering) from Junagadh Agricultural University (2005) and Masters in Agricultural and Biological Engi-neering (Natural Resources Management) from Purdue University, USA (2009). Shashank has over a decade of experience in Academics & Research. He specializes in promotion of technology based & digital solutions in Livelihood promotion. He has contributed to national and international studies, action research, trainings and publication related to Agriculture Value Chain and Market System Development, Micro-enterprise   Business Planning, Farmer Producer Organizations, Skill Development, Forestry studies, Climate Change, Watershed Modelling and Landscape Restoration.

He can be contacted at: shashank.singh@ilrtindia.org

Shashank Singh

Assistant Dean

Sreenivasulu T is a post-graduate in Commerce from University of Madras. He has over 24 years of experience in development and NGO sectors with specialization in audit, budgetary planning, financial control, taxation, FCRA, accounts, business plan development and financial management. He worked in Doshi watch company and Indian Grameen Service for 14 year. He is currently Senior Manager Head – Finance & MIS. His areas of expertise are Fund Management, Financial Management, Business Planning and Break even Analysis. He is well-versed with dealing with the financial requirements of both domestic and international Donor agencies like Intermon Oxfam, the Ford Foundation, Swiss Agency for Development Corporation, ICICI Foundation, SIDBI, NABARD, RBS Foundation, Rabobank Foundation, Solidaridad, ITC Limited, ICAR-NAIP, SFAC, Tata Trust, HUL, UNICEF, Axis Bank Foundation etc. Sreenivasulu is a proud recipient of the Chairman’s Award in 2009!

He can be contacted at: sreenivasulu@ilrtindia.org

Sreenivasulu T

Head – Finance & MIS

Anitha B is a Post Graduate in Public Administration. She has over 22 years of experience in HR, administration and secretarial work. She started her career in ICFAI Group where she handled a range of administrative functions from travel and logistics to event management; office management to correspondence and communication; maintenance of documentation to preparation of important papers relevant of governance. She has been with Institute of Livelihood Research and Training for past ten years now and other than the administrative and logistical functions, she also plays a key role in streamlining program and consulting work of the ILRT.

She can be contacted at: anitha.b@ilrtindia.org

Anitha B

Asst. Manager – HR & Admin

Raja Babu M has a Masters in Business Administration and done Diploma In Multimedia Animations with specialization in 3D animation. He brings with him over a decade experience in Multimedia and IT administration. Raja Babu specialises in development of corporate and marketing communication material which includes designing of promotional material such as pamphlets, brochures, business cards, newsletters, company diary, publication material, annual reports, audio and video-clips etc and maintains Websites of all the entities of BASIX SEG. He has also been playing an important role in developing e-learning multi-media material and developing e-learning portal for ILRT. He played a keyrole in developing a massive open online course (MOOC) on Farmer producer organizations (FPOs). He is expert in user interface (UI) and website design and development. He has also supported in developing Apps for BASIX SEGs. Since 2009, Raja Babu has been extending IT administration and Mulitimedia related support to the entire BASIX group. Prior to joining Basix, he served in Government sector as Technical assistant and in-charge of district operations for over two years.

He can be contacted at: rajababu.m@ilrtindia.org

Raja Babu M

Asst. Manager – IT

Rajkumar Prajapati has done Master in Commerce (M. Com) in Applied Economics and Business Management, B. Com in Accounting and Business Management with specialization – Advertising Sales & Sales Management and PGDCA. He has over 13 years of experience in development and corporate sectors with a specialization in accounts and financial management, project monitoring, business plan development, and a part of the training and research team. He is managing books of accounts, MIS & data updating, audit, taxation. He has been involved in Research, Training and Consulting assignments on Livelihoods.

He can be contacted at: rajkumar.prajapati@ilrtindia.org

Rajkumar Prajapati

Senior Executive – Accounts &  Program

Yogendra has done Masters in Social Work (Rural Development) and post – graduation diploma in water, sanitation & hygiene from TISS. He has worked in both rural and urban settings on the issues of sanitation, feacal sludge and septage management, solid waste management, social security, community engagement, health and education. He has engaged in various training programmes of government officials and community members on building civic leadership, sanitation and solid & liquid waste management from last 4 years.

He can be contacted at: yogendra.k@ilrtindia.org

Yogendra Katewa

Project Manager

Sourav has completed the Master’s degree in Agriculture, Rural Development from Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University and Post-Graduation Diploma in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) from TATA Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). Presently, he is working in Bihar in the   Solid & Liquid Waste Management [SLWM] program of UNICEF. Recently, he has accomplished the Young Professional (YP) tenure with UNICEF, Bihar in WASH domain. He has four years of professional experience in the field of Agriculture, Agri. Business Development, Organic farming and research, WASH along with different activities related to sustainable development by developing cost-effective farming models.

He can be contacted at: sourav.mohanta@ilrtindia.org

Sourav Mohanta

Deputy Manager

Reshma Borkar has completed her Masters in Rural and Urban community, Pune University (PG Diploma in Water Sanitation and Hygiene, Tata Institute of Social Sciences). She has 3 years’ experience working with Yardi Software India Pvt. Ltd and UNICEF in collaboration with Swachh     Bharat Mission. Professional contributions towards these organizations include design and development of innovative communication modules on WASH, advocacy with government counterparts. She has worked with in Health domain with Government of Madhya Pradesh & supported in development of initial report of ‘National Quality Assurance standards’ national assessment, documentation of good practices, campaigning.

She can be contacted at: reshma.borkar@ilrtindia.org

Reshma Borkar

Deputy Manager

Chhatrapati Devkar is a development professional and started his career after completing Bachelor’s and Master’s of social work with specialization in Rural Development from Tata Institute of Social sciences, Mumbai, 2015. Chhatrapati’s core working areas are rural development issues. He has worked with various institutions, starting from Dilasa Janvikas Pratishthan, Aurangabad, in 2016. Later, he worked with Yuva Mitra Nashik as Project coordinator working with the SHGs. He had worked with Letz Dream Foundation in partnership with Rajasthan Grameen Aajiveeka Vikas Parishad and the Haryana State Livelihood Mission as Programme Associate till 2021. Currently, he is based at Nashik.

He can be contacted at: chhatrapati.d@ilrtindia.org

Chhatrapati Devkar

Project Manager

Rajesh is an Agriculture graduate and had PGDABM from Mumbai University, 2011. He has worked at Aries Agro Ltd.,Mumbai as Extension officer, a Micronutrient company (2011-14). He has also worked as an Agriculture marketing expert for the Agriculture department at Sindhudurg district wherein he had developed projects on SHG and FPOs for world bank project (2015-18). Adding to it he also worked as District business development and marketing manager at District deputy registrar office, Thane (2018-20).

He can be contacted at: rajesh.k@ilrtindia.org

Rajesh Khirari

Project Manager

Rajesh Krushna Gavit a graduate in B.SC Agriculture and Post-Graduation in Agri Business Management from Garware Institute , Mumbai University, Maharashtra . He has experience of 7 years in the field of agriculture management. He is presently based at Silvassa Cluster, Dadar and Nagar Haveli.

He can be contacted at: rajesh.g@ilrtindia.org

Rajesh Krushna Gavit

Project Manager

Bijeyant Mahan Gaurav a Development sector professional with 8+ years of proven experience in advocacy, management, and implementation of large-scale development projects primarily in the areas of Water and sanitation, Health, SWM and Other domains. He is currently working at Ujjain, MP in UNICEF supported project. He has Completed MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, Sathyabama University, Chennai and PGDWASH from School of Rural Development, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

He can be contacted at: bijeyant.gaurav@ilrtindia.org

Bijeyant Mahan Gaurav

Deputy Manager

Ashok Khade has completed M.A in Social Work (Livelihood and Social Entrepreneurship) from Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai – 2020 and bachelor’s in social work from Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work, Mumbai – 2016. Ashok has worked with YUVA (Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action) where he played role of a community organizer, and facilitated child learning center, facilitated and made an adolescent children’s group and organized community level programs in 2016-2018.

Ashok Khade

Field Coordinator

Vinayak is a Agri. Professional completed his degree in horticulture from Dr. B.S.K.K.V. Dapoli in 2009. Vinayak has worked as Livelihood Officer at Mahila Arthik Vikas Mahamandal in Ratnagiri & Sindhudurga district of Maharashtra for 5 years and as Coordinator in Raigad district for SWADES foundation in Maharashtra. He has also worked as District Coordinator for MACP’s FPO project in Ratnagiri district and GSDA’s watershed project in Pune district of Maharashtra as an Agri-expert.

He can be contacted at: kumbar.y@ilrtindia.org

Vinayak Yashawant Kumbhar

Field Coordinator

Asmita Jadhav is an M. A in Social Work specialised in Women Centred Practice from TISS, Mumbai. Her past profile includes positions such as senior research investigator in NIRRH- ICMR and District coordinator in Jah Sahas Foundation. She was awarded the best fieldwork award in 2017 from the College of Social Work Nirmala Niketan and Dr. Minakshi Apte Research Scholarship for her fieldwork in TISS in 2018. Her area of interest includes women and children’s issues, mental health, rural development, research, and the unorganized sector.

He can be contacted at: asmita.d@ilrtindia.org

Asmita Jadhav

Field Coordinator

Uttam Kumar is a graduate in Social Science and a certificate course in Solid Waste Management from IGNOU. Currently a 2nd year student of MARD. He has worked with the community in both rural and urban areas on health, nutrition, sanitation, ODF, livelihood, education, maternal and child care, solid and liquid waste management, social engagement, capacity building and behavior change For the last 16 years, he has been doing training and hand holding spotting work as a state level trainer in various trainings of government officer, PRI member, FLW, master trainer, and swachhagrahi

He can be contacted at: uttam.mallik@ilrtindia.org

Uttam Kumar Mallik

Field Coordinator

Sachin Ashok Shanwar a graduate in B.Sc. Agriculture from Dapoli University,Ratnagiri, Maharashtra. He has over 3 years of experience in Agriculture field. He is presently based at Silvassa Cluster, Dadar and Nagar Haveli.

He can be contacted at: sachin.s@ilrtindia.org

Sachin Ashok Shanwar

Field Coordinator

Erica Quintall is a post graduate degree holder in Masters of Social Work from Mumbai University. She has two years’ experience in the social work field

She can be contacted at: erica.quintall@ilrtindia.org

Erica Quintall

Field Coordinator

Rajubhai Mahala a graduate in B.A. and B.Ed. from Pune University, Maharashtra.

Rajubhai Mahala

Field Coordinator

Survind kumar is a graduate in science from V.K.S University. He has worked with the community in both rural and urban areas on sanitation and livelihood for last 6 years. He has worked as a district coordinator, district master trainer and conducted various training of PRI member,FLW and swachhagrahi and provided handhold support to the same.

He can be contacted at: survind.kumar@ilrtindia.org

Survind Kumar

Field Coordinator

Ajay Harijan has completed Bachelor of Arts in English from Gujarat University, Silvassa. He is associated with Bharat Scout and Guide as a state ABC Coordinator. He is a state awardee at Bharat Scout and Guide. He is presently based at Silvassa Cluster, Dadar and Nagar Haveli.

Ajay Harijan

Field Coordinator

Sheetal Chauhan has completed Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Gujarat University, Silvassa. She is associated with Bharat Scout and Guide and a state awardee. He is presently based at Silvassa Cluster, Dadar and Nagar Haveli.

Sheetal Chauhan

Field Coordinator

Dinesh G. Mahala Completed Diploma in Agriculture from Vangaon Virewadi College, Palghar, Maharashtra. He is presently based at Silvassa Cluster, Dadar and Nagar Haveli.

Dinesh G Mahala


Santosh is an Agriculture graduate from Nashik University, 2021. He has worked for Inter Co-operation Social development India as Field Executive. He has also worked as Agriculture Expert at Sindhudurg district in Primove India PVT (2016-18) where, he was engaged in SHG Training and mobilization of producer group, preparing business plan, formation and registration of Producer Company. He also worked at BASIX as a Project Co-ordinator (2019-20) and was engaged in training of SHG, PG Formation and training , mobilization of PG, FPO registration, Market linkages etc.

He can be contacted at: santosh.c@ilrtindia.org

Santosh Chalke

Field Executive

Angel Protim Dutta, is an enthusiastic social worker based in Assam. He is post graduate in Social Work specialized in community development from the Assam Kaziranga University.

He can be contacted at: angel.dutta@ilrtindia.org

Angel Protim Dutta

Research Associate

Extended Faculty

Dr. 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.

Dr. Shashidharan Enarth


Sanjeev Kumar, an alumnus of Institute of Rural Management Anand (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.

Sanjeev Kumar


Dr. U. S. Sharma, has done Ph.D. in “Genetic approach to conserve some endangered Pteridophytes: Isoetes and Psilotum” from Department of Genetics, Barakatullah University Bhopal. M.Sc. in Botany from, School of Study, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. He also obtained Post Graduate Diploma in Environment Management (PGDEM) from Environmental Planning and Coordination Organization (EPCO), Bhopal. He is having experience of more than 25 years of rural development by Natural Resource Management and livelihood strengthening of deprived communities through science and technological applications. Action research in the area of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) and developed micro-enterprises. He is associated since last 25 years with a reputed S & T based non-government organization Madhya Pradesh Vigyan Sabha, engaged in developing technologies for rural development, conducting action research, survey, development of scientific temper, implementation of various projects funded by various agencies like Department of Science and Technology (DST), NABARD, UNDP, MAPCOST, State Biodiversity Board etc. He has published research papers and case studies related to Biotechnology, NTFP based micro-enterprise, value addition of NTFPs, Biodiversity conservation, conservational plant genetics etc. His areas of interest are Biodiversity conservation and rural livelihood, Science and Technological interventions for sustainable utilization of NTFPs including honey and medicinal plants, Biotechnology for rural development, promotion of techno-enterprise and Agro-ecological practices of farming.

Dr. U. S. Sharma


Avinash Kumar,is a Post Graduate in Forestry Management from Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) Bhopal and Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication from Ranchi University. The thematic areas in which he has worked include Natural Resource Management, Financial Inclusion, Governance, Value Chain and Market System Development, mentoring support for institution development viz. Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), Producer Groups (P.G.s), Self Help Groups (SHGs), NGO Partnership. He has expertise in conducting studies, impart trainings, case study documentation, curriculum development, action research. In his 22 years of work experience he has worked with grass root level NGOs, International NGO, Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR), Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs), academic and research institution, urban enterprise promotion. He has experience of working in eight states of India. Among the important studies conducted by him are “Doubling the Farmers Income: Issues and Strategies for Assam” for NABARD, Livelihood Recovery Plan for 2019 Maharashtra Floods Recovery Report for UNDP. He has represented Institute of Livelihood Research and Training (ILRT) in an international experience exchange program on ultra-poor organized by C-GAP and Ford Foundation in 2012 at the World Bank office in Paris. Imparting training to the officials of Development Bank of Ethiopia on Financial Management is one of his overseas assignments. At present Avinash is the founding Director of an urban enterprise Mitratulya Samadhan Seva Pvt Ltd (www.mitratulya.com).

Avinash Kumar


Satish Chandra Mishra, is a development professional with 30 years of experience. He has done BSc and MSc (Soil Science) in Agriculture from Chandra Shekhar Azad Agriculture University, Kanpur in 1988. He has worked with various organizations such as – Sanjay Gandhi Seva Sansthan; N.M. Sadguru water and development Foundation; The Livelihood School (BASIX); Indian Grameen Services (BASIX); Center for Advanced Research and Development (CARD); and Vrutti Livelihood Resource Centre. He has expertise in Community mobilization; Natural Resource Management focusing on Livelihoods; FPO Promotion and Market linkage.

Satish Chandra Mishra


Dr Braja S. Mishra, an MSW and PhD in Development Studies , has about three decades of pan India work experience in diverse areas and capacities (including leadership positions) in different organizations- Govt of India , NGO, INGO, CSR, Academic institutions. His latest regular engagement was with Kaziranga University of Assam as Professor and Dean in the School of Social Sciences. He was an empanelled Livelihood Expert in the SEED Division of Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt of India (2011-16), and Member of Youth Policy Drafting Committee, Govt of Odisha, 2013. He has participated in various knowledge sharing programmes overseas – Bangladesh, Thailand, Jordan, Japan, and Taiwan. At present he is a consultant in a project of Ministry of Tribal Affairs and UNDP in Odisha. His core competency lies in Evaluation, Impact Assessment and Policy Studies. He is associated with a number of grass root level livelihood promoting agencies and at present he is the President of Koraput Farmers Association, and honorary Professor with Council of Analytical Tribal Studies, Koraput, Odisha. He has a number of national and international publications to his credit.

Dr Braja S. Mishra


Dr. Amit Tiwari has done doctoral research (Ph. D.) in “Political Awareness And Roll of Electronic Media: A Study of Ujjain City” from M. P. Institute of Social Science Research (An Institute ICSSR Ministry of Education, Govt. of India.). He has also conferred with M. Phil degree with the dissertation “Nagariya Chunavo me Matdan Vavyahar ko Prabhawit Karne wale Karak; Ujjain ke Vishesh sandarbh Me” from School of Studies in Political Science and Public Administration, Vikram University, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. His main areas of interest are Tribal Livelihood, Elementary Education, Sanitation Issues, Rural Development, Electronic Media and Political Awareness, Child Right and Agricultural Value Chain development He has experience of over 14 years in the research and development sector. He has a good understanding of qualitative/quantitative research techniques. He has associated with several National level Monitoring and evaluation studies, action research, case study documentation. He has been allied with (Since 2006) in M. P. Institute of Social Science Research (An institute of ICSSR, Ministry of Education, Govt. of India.) Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. He has worked in over 142 international and national level research projects

Dr Amit Tiwari


Shailesh Mujumdar is a qualified development professional with 29 years varied work experience in not for profit, private and government sectors in WASH (Rural and urban), Livelihoods and NRM. He has implemented and supervised several projects, conducted a number of evaluations, developed M&E frameworks for grassroots to national levels and carried-out many trainings, research & studies. In development sector he has worked in varied organizations and positions including government from grassroots to National/program level, including National NGOs (VIKSAT/NFD,FDRA, Basix) and International agencies (Helpage India, PACS-DFID (MC/CMS), Save the Children, UK, Wateraid/ DFID (MPWASH). In private sector, he has extensive work experience in green development and EMP. He has worked in Madhya Pradesh Jharkhand, Delhi and Gujarat including work exposure of Maharashtra, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. He is a associated faculty with ILRI for last 5 years and involved in livelihoods and water management programmes.

Shailesh Mujumdar