About
Sehgal Foundation

Every person across rural India deserves to lead a more secure, prosperous, and dignified life. With that vision in mind, our mission is to strengthen community-led development initiatives to achieve positive social, economic, and environmental change across rural India.

With support from donors and partners, Sehgal Foundation designs and promotes rural development interventions that create opportunities, build resilience, and provide solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in India’s poorest communities.

The foundation team works together with rural communities to create sustainable programs for managing water resources, increasing agricultural productivity, and strengthening rural governance. The team’s emphasis on gender equality and women’s empowerment is driven by the realization that human rights are central to developing every person’s potential.

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As an emerging knowledge leader on rural development issues in India, the foundation team engages in participatory research, impact assessment, interactive dialogue, and community media to take informed actions and achieve sustainable results. The team collects, assesses, and reports qualitative and quantitative data across an array of development outcomes, building an archive of evidence-based research that incorporates the voices and views of rural communities and demonstrates the results.

Values

Sehgal Foundation embraces the core values of integrity, excellence, professionalism, and optimism, along with the belief that, with appropriate support from civil society organizations and the government, rural communities will be mobilized to develop their own vision for development and transform their awareness into action.

Trustees and Council of Advisors

  • SURINDER (SURI) M. SEHGAL

    Chairman of Board of Trustees

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    SURINDER (SURI) M. SEHGAL

    Chairman of Board of Trustees

    Surinder (Suri) M. Sehgal, PhD, leading international crop scientist; chair of the Board of Trustees of S M Sehgal Foundation and Sehgal Foundation, USA; founder and chair of Misr Hytech Seed, Egypt, Hytech Seed, India; founder of the William L. Brown Center for Economic Botany at the Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis, Missouri, and emeritus trustee of the Garden.

  • Edda G. Sehgal

    Trustee

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    Edda G. Sehgal

    Trustee

    Edda G. Sehgal, educated at Hohenstaufen Gymnasium, Goppingen, Germany; trustee of S M Sehgal Foundation in India and Sehgal Foundation, USA; and founder, with Suri Sehgal, and board member of Proagro Group, India, and Global Technologies Incorporated, USA (1990–1998).

  • Amitabh Kundu

    Advisor

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    Amitabh Kundu

    Advisor

    Amitabh Kundu, PhD, Chairperson, National Survey Committee for Swatch Bharat Mission, Government of India and Adviser Sri Lankan Government on Urban Statistics; former dean, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU); and former director, National Institute of Urban Affairs, Indian Council of Social Science Research and Gujarat Institute of Development Research.

  • Anita Roy

    Advisor

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    Anita Roy

    Advisor

    Anita Roy, president, Doctor on Call Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, and winner of President's Medal for Meritorious Service (2005).

  • Ben Sehgal

    Trustee

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    Ben Sehgal

    Trustee

    Ben Sehgal, PhD, member of the board of directors of Sehgal Foundation, USA, and board member of the William L. Brown Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden, USA.

  • Bhamy Shenoy

    Trustee

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    Bhamy Shenoy

    Trustee

    Bhamy Shenoy, PhD, activist with Mysore Grahakara Parishat, Pratham, and other NGOs.

  • Ganesan Balachander

    Trustee

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    Ganesan Balachander

    Trustee

    Ganesan Balachander, PhD, former director, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bangalore, India, and member of the Consortium Board of Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

  • Gensuke Tokoro

    Advisor

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    Gensuke Tokoro

    Advisor

    Gensuke Tokoro, professor (special appointment) at the Institute of Innovation Research of Hitotsubashi University (2008–2014); president and CEO of NAI, Inc. and Kyoto Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.; and board member of Institute for the Study of Panspermia and Astroeconomics.

  • Jan Leemans

    Advisor

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    Jan Leemans

    Advisor

    Jan Leemans, PhD, member board of directors, Misr Hytech Seed International, Egypt; Solynta, Wageningen, The Netherlands; and Agrosafve, Gent, Belgium; and former research director of Plant Genetic systems, Belgium.

  • Jane E. Schukoske

    Advisor

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    Jane E. Schukoske

    Advisor

    Jane E. Schukoske, BA, JD, LLM, development consultant based in USA; executive director of US-India Educational Foundation; associate professor at University of Baltimore School of Law; former Fulbright scholar in Sri Lanka; and CEO of S M Sehgal Foundation (2011–16).

  • Kamal Bawa

    Trustee

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    Kamal Bawa

    Trustee

    Kamal Bawa, PhD, distinguished professor of biology, University of Massachusetts, Boston, and founder-president of the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bangalore, India (www.atree.org).

  • Murli Dhar Asthana

    Advisor

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    Murli Dhar Asthana

    Advisor

    M. D. Asthana, multiple former positions in the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) in Haryana government and the Government of India; director of the Council for Social Development (January 2001–December 2004).

  • Nishat Farooq

    Advisor

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    Nishat Farooq

    Advisor

    Nishat Farooq, former director, State Resource Centre, Delhi, including the National Nodal Centre for Gender Planning; independent consultant for literacy and lifelong learning, UNESCO, NFUAJ (Japan); and Quality Assurance Committee member, NLMA, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

  • Rajat Jay Sehgal

    Trustee

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    Rajat Jay Sehgal

    Trustee

    Rajat Jay Sehgal, executive vice president of Sehgal Foundation; former managing director of Hytech Seed India Private limited; former managing trustee and executive director of S M Sehgal Foundation.

  • Raman K. Sehgal

    Advisor

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    Raman K. Sehgal

    Advisor

    Raman K. Sehgal, MBA, managing director and member of the Board of Directors of Misr Hytech Seed International, Egypt, and member of the Board of Directors of Hytech Seed, India.

  • S.K. Vasal

    Advisor

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    S.K. Vasal

    Advisor

    S. K. Vasal, PhD, plant breeder and geneticist from CIMMYT, World Food Prize laureate, and recipient of Dr. M. S. Swaminathan Award for leadership in agriculture.

  • Suhas P. Wani

    Trustee

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    Suhas P. Wani

    Trustee

    Suhas P. Wani, PhD, Research Program director, Asia Region, and director, ICRISAT Development Center, ICRISAT, Patancheru, Telangana, India (www.icrisat.org).

  • Takafumi Matsui

    Advisor

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    Takafumi Matsui

    Advisor

    Takafumi Matsui, PhD, professor emeritus, University of Tokyo, and director of the Planetary Exploration Research Center at Chiba Institute of Technology.

Rural Development (Gurgaon)

  • Ajay Kumar Pandey

    MPhil, chief executive officer

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    Ajay Kumar Pandey

    MPhil, chief executive officer

    Jindal Global Law School founding faculty (OP Jindal Global Univ., India), clinical legal education master’s/Fulbright scholar (Vanderbilt Univ. Law School, Nashville, TN), international law master’s (Center International Legal Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru Univ., New Delhi); Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE) steering committee. Email: a.pandey@smsfoundation.org

  • Anjali Godyal

    PGDip, director, Projects

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    Anjali Godyal

    PGDip, director, Projects

    Rural management diploma (Institute of Rural Management, Anand, Gujarat); rural community development project management in water, agriculture, and governance. Email: a.godyal@smsfoundation.org

  • Anjali Makhija

    MA, director, Strengthening Village-Level Institutions

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    Anjali Makhija

    MA, director, Strengthening Village-Level Institutions

    Social work master’s (Delhi School of Social Work), economics degree with honors (Delhi Univ.); capacity building in education, reproductive and child health, women’s empowerment and panchayati raj institutions. Member of Internal Complaints committee of Marks & Spencer, Mosaic India Ltd and Super Group PIC Email: anjali.makhija@smsfoundation.org

  • Aparna Mahajan

    MBA, director, Partnerships and External Relations

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    Aparna Mahajan

    MBA, director, Partnerships and External Relations

    Master's in business management and development (Kurukshetra Univ.); bachelor's in economics (Kurukshetra Univ.), honorary life member of All Ladies League and Sehgal Foundation Gender Committee chair; partnerships, strategic alliances, and collaborations with multi stakeholders; CSR; and sustainability. Email: a.mahajan@smsfoundation.org

  • Arti Manchanda Grover

    PGDip, program leader, Communications

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    Arti Manchanda Grover

    PGDip, program leader, Communications

    Journalism degree and business journalism and communication diploma (Delhi Univ.); development communications and community radio. Email: arti.manchanda@smsfoundation.org

  • Arvind Rana

    BA, project leader, Agricultural Development

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    Arvind Rana

    BA, project leader, Agricultural Development

    Rural development program planning and implementation; value addition and innovative packaging, commodity procurement, strategic planning and value chain management, and agribusiness operations. Email: a.rana@smsfoundation.org

  • B.R. Poonia

    MA, program leader, Strengthening Village-Level Institutions

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    B.R. Poonia

    MA, program leader, Strengthening Village-Level Institutions

    Rural sociology master’s (Univ. of Udaipur); community development and capacity building in health, education, and governance advocacy in rural communities. Email: br.poonia@smsfoundation.org

  • Bhawna Mangla

    MSc, senior research associate, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

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    Bhawna Mangla

    MSc, senior research associate, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

    Economics master’s with gold medal (TERI Univ.), economics degree with honors (Univ. of Delhi); development research in rural development, agriculture, water, governance, and sanitation. Email: b.mangla@smsfoundation.org

  • Chander Shekhar

    MBA, manager, Accounts

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    Chander Shekhar

    MBA, manager, Accounts

    Finance master’s (Amity Univ., Noida); accounting, payroll management, taxation, and statutory compliance. Email: c.shekhar@smsfoundation.org

  • Debika Goswami

    MA, program leader, Governance and Policy Advocacy

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    Debika Goswami

    MA, program leader, Governance and Policy Advocacy

    history master’s (Presidency College, Univ. of Calcutta), “Non-Farm Activities and Rural Development in Developing Countries” (Univ. of Rome, La Sapienza); grassroots research and rural governance. Email: d.goswami@smsfoundation.org

  • Deepali Vaish

    MSc, research associate, Development Research and Policy Initiatives

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    Deepali Vaish

    MSc, research associate, Development Research and Policy Initiatives

    Economics ​post graduation (​TERI university​)​, specialization in environment and resource economics​; i​nter disciplinary research in agriculture and natural resource management. Email: d.vaish@smsfoundation.org

  • Devika Batra

    PGDip, manager, CSR and Fundraising

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    Devika Batra

    PGDip, manager, CSR and Fundraising

    Multi-sector grassroots development of rural communities, project management, corporate partnerships, training, and personnel management. Email: devika.batra@smsfoundation.org

  • Gurpreet Singh

    BCom, accountant

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    Gurpreet Singh

    BCom, accountant

    Commerce degree (Delhi Univ.); accounting, bookkeeping, and data entry. Email: g.singh@smsfoundation.org

  • Hari Bhagwan Sharma

    PhD, documentation consultant, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

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    Hari Bhagwan Sharma

    PhD, documentation consultant, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

    Agriculture botany doctorate (CCS Univ., Meerut, and Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal); research in land development in salt-affected areas in forestry and with small and marginalized farmers in agricultural development, watershed management, and natural resource management. Email: hbsharma69@gmail.com

  • Jagdish Prasad

    BA, manager, Administration

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    Jagdish Prasad

    BA, manager, Administration

    Senior management and administration; operational management, statutory compliance, and office building maintenance. Email: j.prasad@smsfoundation.org

  • Lalit Mohan Sharma

    MTech, director, Adaptive Technologies-Water

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    Lalit Mohan Sharma

    MTech, director, Adaptive Technologies-Water

    Civil engineering graduate (Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi); master’s in management and systems (Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi); water management technology research, development, and implementation. Email: lalit.sharma@smsfoundation.org

  • Malvika Khitha

    MA, assistant program leader, Strengthening Village-Level Institutions

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    Malvika Khitha

    MA, assistant program leader, Strengthening Village-Level Institutions

    Women’s studies master’s (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad), sociology degree with honors (Univ. of Delhi); grassroots work with women and gender issues. Email: m.khitha@smsfoundation.org

  • Manoj Sharma

    MBA, manager, Information Technology

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    Manoj Sharma

    MBA, manager, Information Technology

    Master’s in information technology management (Sikkim Manipal Univ.), BA in IT (Delhi Univ.); information technology in profit and nonprofit sectors. Email: m.sharma@smsfoundation.org

  • Navneet Narwal

    MA, program leader, Governance and Policy Advocacy

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    Navneet Narwal

    MA, program leader, Governance and Policy Advocacy

    Law degree (Delhi Univ.), English master’s (Punjab Univ., Chandigarh), MBA (Sikkim Manipal Univ.), journalism diploma (Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, Chandigarh); grassroots policy training. Email:n.narwal@smsfoundation.org

  • Niti Saxena

    MSc, director, Development Research and Policy Initiatives

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    Niti Saxena

    MSc, director, Development Research and Policy Initiatives

    Human development master’s (Lady Irwin College, Delhi Univ.); social science research includes qualitative research and participatory development. Email: niti.saxena@smsfoundation.org

  • Padmavathi S

    MA, professional assistant to the CEO

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    Padmavathi S

    MA, professional assistant to the CEO

    International studies master’s (Stella Maris College, Chennai); communications, PR and marketing, and business development. Email: padmavathi.s@smsfoundation.org

  • Pankaj Gaur

    MBA, accounts officer

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    Pankaj Gaur

    MBA, accounts officer

    Finance master’s (Amity Univ.), master’s in commerce and social studies (Agra Univ.); accounting, financial, and project reporting. Email: pankaj.gaur@smsfoundation.org

  • Parth Gohel

    PGDip, project leader, Water Management

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    Parth Gohel

    PGDip, project leader, Water Management

    Rural management diploma (Institute of Rural Management Anand, Gujarat); bachelor’s degree in civil engineering (Nirma Univ., Ahmedabad, Gujarat); design, plan, and execute watershed projects. Email: p.gohel@smsfoundation.org

  • Pawan Kumar

    MSc, program leader, Adaptive Technologies-Agriculture

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    Pawan Kumar

    MSc, program leader, Adaptive Technologies-Agriculture

    Agriculture economics master’s (G. B. Pant Univ. of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar), forestry, science policy, and management master’s (Oxford Forestry Institute, Oxford Univ.); agricultural development, watershed management, and natural resource management. Email: pawan.kumar@smsfoundation.org

  • Pooja O. Murada

    PGDip, director, Communications

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    Pooja O. Murada

    PGDip, director, Communications

    English honors (Delhi Univ.), bridge marketing program (Tuck School of Business); communications diploma (S. P. College of Communications and Marketing); brand management, marketing, and development communications, and community radio. Advisor and India coordinator to India Development Coalition of America and governing board member of Community Radio Association. Email: poojamurada@smsfoundation.org

  • Pradeep K. Mehta

    PhD, director, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

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    Pradeep K. Mehta

    PhD, director, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

    Economics doctorate (Mysore Univ. Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore), planning and development master’s (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay), economics MA and BA with honors (Punjab Univ., Chandigarh); rural development, agriculture, water, governance, research, and evaluation. Email: p.mehta@smsfoundation.org

  • Prasant Mohanty

    MA, project leader, Agricultural Development

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    Prasant Mohanty

    MA, project leader, Agricultural Development

    Social work master’s (TISS, Mumbai), graduate engineer (Utkal Univ.); planning, implementation, and monitoring of development programs for smallholders, women farmers, and vulnerable rural communities. Email: p.mohanty@smsfoundation.org

  • Ramesh Kapahi

    PGDip, chief financial officer

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    Ramesh Kapahi

    PGDip, chief financial officer

    Finance and marketing diploma (Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, Delhi); internal auditing, company finance, and administrative leadership functions. Email: r.kapahi@smsfoundation.org

  • Richa Saxena

    MSc, research associate, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

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    Richa Saxena

    MSc, research associate, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

    Anthropology master’s (Amity Institute of Anthropology, Amity Univ.), life sciences BSc (Zakir Hussain College, Univ. of Delhi), anthropologist and research fellow in clinical studies (New Delhi Birth Cohort); cohort studies and qualitative research. Email: r.saxena@smsfoundation.org

  • Rukhsat Hussain

    MA, senior research associate, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

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    Rukhsat Hussain

    MA, senior research associate, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

    Human rights master’s (Aligarh Muslim Univ.); research and training, qualitative and quantitative research. Email: r.hussain@smsfoundation.org

  • Salahuddin Saiphy

    MSc, project leader and specialist, Water Management

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    Salahuddin Saiphy

    MSc, project leader and specialist, Water Management

    Applied geology master’s, hydrogeology diploma (Aligarh Muslim Univ., Aligarh), environmental monitoring and impact assessment diploma (Jamia Hamdard Univ., New Delhi); design, implementation, and monitoring of rainwater harvesting and water management projects. Email: s.saiphy@smsfoundation.org

  • Sam Kapoor

    MS, manager, Partnerships and External Relations

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    Sam Kapoor

    MS, manager, Partnerships and External Relations

    Instructional design and technology master’s (California State Univ.), business computer IS degree (Minnesota State Univ.), AA degree (Minnesota State Univ., Akita, Japan), Japan Area studies certification; training and development. Email: s.kapoor@smsfoundation.org

  • Saurabh Sood

    MA, senior research and policy associate, Development Research and Policy Initiatives

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    Saurabh Sood

    MA, senior research and policy associate, Development Research and Policy Initiatives

    Sustainable development practice master’s (TERI Univ.); research on climate adaptation strategies implemented across semiarid sites in India; adaptive rural technologies, livelihoods, impact evaluation, and needs assessment. Email: s.sood@smsfoundation.org

  • Saurabh Srivastava

    PGDip, program leader, Strengthening Village-Level Institutions

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    Saurabh Srivastava

    PGDip, program leader, Strengthening Village-Level Institutions

    International business management diploma and sustainable development practices diploma (Birla Institute of Management Technology), pharmacy degree (Uttar Pradesh Technical Univ.); capacity building of village-level institutions in health, education, and governance. Email: s.srivastava@smsfoundation.org

  • Siprian Kiro

    MBA, project associate, Projects

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    Siprian Kiro

    MBA, project associate, Projects

    NGO management and marketing management master’s (Institute of Management and Development, The Global Open Univ.); PGP, Rural Management (IMD); degree in social science sociology? (Univ. of Dayton, Ohio); documentation and repository management for donor projects. Email: k.siprian@smsfoundation.org

  • Sneha Kaushal

    PGDip associate, CSR and Fundraising

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    Sneha Kaushal

    PGDip associate, CSR and Fundraising

    Engineering degree and diploma in forestry management (Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal); communication, documentation, and reporting, assist in fundraising. Email: s.kaushal@smsfoundation.org

  • Sonia Chopra

    MA, communications associate

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    Sonia Chopra

    MA, communications associate

    Degrees in library and information and in political science (Delhi Univ.); content development for Hindi publications, database management, and community radio. Email: sonia.chopra@smsfoundation.org

  • Susmita Guru

    MPhil, social scientist, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

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    Susmita Guru

    MPhil, social scientist, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

    Sociology specialization in human ecology (Jyoti Vihar Univ., Odisha); social research and program implementation in the development sector, social issues studies affecting marginalized groups in India. Email: s.guru@smsfoundation.org

  • Vikas Jha

    PGDip, PhD, director, Governance and Policy Advocacy

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    Vikas Jha

    PGDip, PhD, director, Governance and Policy Advocacy

    Doctorate (Jawaharlal Nehru Univ., New Delhi); policy studies diploma (SOAS, University of London); policy analysis in development sector, governance and advocacy, capacity building, community mobilization, social accountability. Email: v.jha@smsfoundation.org

Crop Improvement Research (Hyderabad)

  • Asutosh Sarangi

    MS, research associate

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    Asutosh Sarangi

    MS, research associate

    Genetics and Plant breeding master’s (Banaras Hindu Univ., Varanasi). Email: a.sarangi@smsfoundation.org

  • G P Shravan Kumar

    BA, accounts and administration officer

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    G P Shravan Kumar

    BA, accounts and administration officer

    Commerce degree (Sardar Patel College/affil. Osmania University). Email: gp.shravan@smsfoundation.org

  • Ganesh Baburao Patil

    MS, special project scientist

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    Ganesh Baburao Patil

    MS, special project scientist

    Microbiology master’s (Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad). Plant genomics and molecular breeding. Email: g.patil@cgiar.org

  • Lakshman Gupta

    MS, research associate

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    Lakshman Gupta

    MS, research associate

    Genetics and Plant Breeding master’s (JNKVV, Jabalpur). Email: l.gupta@smsfoundation.org

  • Md Ekram Hussain

    MS, research associate

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    Md Ekram Hussain

    MS, research associate

    Genetics and Plant Breeding master’s (JNKVV, Jabalpur). E-mail: e.hussain@smsfoundation.org

  • P. Vani Sekhar

    MSc, principal scientist

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    P. Vani Sekhar

    MSc, principal scientist

    Genetics and plant breeding master’s (ANGRAU, Hyderabad); technology management in agriculture diploma (Univ. of Hyderabad); extensive plant breeding in the field. Email: p.vanisekhar@smsfoundation.org

  • S V Manjunatha

    PhD, scientist

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    S V Manjunatha

    PhD, scientist

    Plant pathology doctorate (Univ. of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru); cereal pathology work at ICRISAT, Hyderabad. Email: sv.manjunatha@smsfoundation.org

Rural Development (Gurgaon)

  • Ajay Kumar Pandey

    MPhil, chief executive officer

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    Ajay Kumar Pandey

    MPhil, chief executive officer

    Jindal Global Law School founding faculty (OP Jindal Global Univ., India), clinical legal education master’s/Fulbright scholar (Vanderbilt Univ. Law School, Nashville, TN), international law master’s (Center International Legal Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru Univ., New Delhi); Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE) steering committee. Email: a.pandey@smsfoundation.org

  • Anjali Godyal

    PGDip, director, Projects

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    Anjali Godyal

    PGDip, director, Projects

    Rural management diploma (Institute of Rural Management, Anand, Gujarat); rural community development project management in water, agriculture, and governance. Email: a.godyal@smsfoundation.org

  • Anjali Makhija

    MA, director, Strengthening Village-Level Institutions

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    Anjali Makhija

    MA, director, Strengthening Village-Level Institutions

    Social work master’s (Delhi School of Social Work), economics degree with honors (Delhi Univ.); capacity building in education, reproductive and child health, women’s empowerment and panchayati raj institutions. Member of Internal Complaints committee of Marks & Spencer, Mosaic India Ltd and Super Group PIC Email: anjali.makhija@smsfoundation.org

  • Aparna Mahajan

    MBA, director, Partnerships and External Relations

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    Aparna Mahajan

    MBA, director, Partnerships and External Relations

    Master's in business management and development (Kurukshetra Univ.); bachelor's in economics (Kurukshetra Univ.), honorary life member of All Ladies League and Sehgal Foundation Gender Committee chair; partnerships, strategic alliances, and collaborations with multi stakeholders; CSR; and sustainability. Email: a.mahajan@smsfoundation.org

  • Arti Manchanda Grover

    PGDip, program leader, Communications

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    Arti Manchanda Grover

    PGDip, program leader, Communications

    Journalism degree and business journalism and communication diploma (Delhi Univ.); development communications and community radio. Email: arti.manchanda@smsfoundation.org

  • Arvind Rana

    BA, project leader, Agricultural Development

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    Arvind Rana

    BA, project leader, Agricultural Development

    Rural development program planning and implementation; value addition and innovative packaging, commodity procurement, strategic planning and value chain management, and agribusiness operations. Email: a.rana@smsfoundation.org

  • B.R. Poonia

    MA, program leader, Strengthening Village-Level Institutions

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    B.R. Poonia

    MA, program leader, Strengthening Village-Level Institutions

    Rural sociology master’s (Univ. of Udaipur); community development and capacity building in health, education, and governance advocacy in rural communities. Email: br.poonia@smsfoundation.org

  • Bhawna Mangla

    MSc, senior research associate, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

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    Bhawna Mangla

    MSc, senior research associate, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

    Economics master’s with gold medal (TERI Univ.), economics degree with honors (Univ. of Delhi); development research in rural development, agriculture, water, governance, and sanitation. Email: b.mangla@smsfoundation.org

  • Chander Shekhar

    MBA, manager, Accounts

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    Chander Shekhar

    MBA, manager, Accounts

    Finance master’s (Amity Univ., Noida); accounting, payroll management, taxation, and statutory compliance. Email: c.shekhar@smsfoundation.org

  • Debika Goswami

    MA, program leader, Governance and Policy Advocacy

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    Debika Goswami

    MA, program leader, Governance and Policy Advocacy

    history master’s (Presidency College, Univ. of Calcutta), “Non-Farm Activities and Rural Development in Developing Countries” (Univ. of Rome, La Sapienza); grassroots research and rural governance. Email: d.goswami@smsfoundation.org

  • Deepali Vaish

    MSc, research associate, Development Research and Policy Initiatives

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    Deepali Vaish

    MSc, research associate, Development Research and Policy Initiatives

    Economics ​post graduation (​TERI university​)​, specialization in environment and resource economics​; i​nter disciplinary research in agriculture and natural resource management. Email: d.vaish@smsfoundation.org

  • Devika Batra

    PGDip, manager, CSR and Fundraising

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    Devika Batra

    PGDip, manager, CSR and Fundraising

    Multi-sector grassroots development of rural communities, project management, corporate partnerships, training, and personnel management. Email: devika.batra@smsfoundation.org

  • Gurpreet Singh

    BCom, accountant

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    Gurpreet Singh

    BCom, accountant

    Commerce degree (Delhi Univ.); accounting, bookkeeping, and data entry. Email: g.singh@smsfoundation.org

  • Hari Bhagwan Sharma

    PhD, documentation consultant, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

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    Hari Bhagwan Sharma

    PhD, documentation consultant, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

    Agriculture botany doctorate (CCS Univ., Meerut, and Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal); research in land development in salt-affected areas in forestry and with small and marginalized farmers in agricultural development, watershed management, and natural resource management. Email: hbsharma69@gmail.com

  • Jagdish Prasad

    BA, manager, Administration

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    Jagdish Prasad

    BA, manager, Administration

    Senior management and administration; operational management, statutory compliance, and office building maintenance. Email: j.prasad@smsfoundation.org

  • Lalit Mohan Sharma

    MTech, director, Adaptive Technologies-Water

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    Lalit Mohan Sharma

    MTech, director, Adaptive Technologies-Water

    Civil engineering graduate (Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi); master’s in management and systems (Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi); water management technology research, development, and implementation. Email: lalit.sharma@smsfoundation.org

  • Malvika Khitha

    MA, assistant program leader, Strengthening Village-Level Institutions

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    Malvika Khitha

    MA, assistant program leader, Strengthening Village-Level Institutions

    Women’s studies master’s (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad), sociology degree with honors (Univ. of Delhi); grassroots work with women and gender issues. Email: m.khitha@smsfoundation.org

  • Manoj Sharma

    MBA, manager, Information Technology

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    Manoj Sharma

    MBA, manager, Information Technology

    Master’s in information technology management (Sikkim Manipal Univ.), BA in IT (Delhi Univ.); information technology in profit and nonprofit sectors. Email: m.sharma@smsfoundation.org

  • Navneet Narwal

    MA, program leader, Governance and Policy Advocacy

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    Navneet Narwal

    MA, program leader, Governance and Policy Advocacy

    Law degree (Delhi Univ.), English master’s (Punjab Univ., Chandigarh), MBA (Sikkim Manipal Univ.), journalism diploma (Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, Chandigarh); grassroots policy training. Email:n.narwal@smsfoundation.org

  • Niti Saxena

    MSc, director, Development Research and Policy Initiatives

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    Niti Saxena

    MSc, director, Development Research and Policy Initiatives

    Human development master’s (Lady Irwin College, Delhi Univ.); social science research includes qualitative research and participatory development. Email: niti.saxena@smsfoundation.org

  • Padmavathi S

    MA, professional assistant to the CEO

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    Padmavathi S

    MA, professional assistant to the CEO

    International studies master’s (Stella Maris College, Chennai); communications, PR and marketing, and business development. Email: padmavathi.s@smsfoundation.org

  • Pankaj Gaur

    MBA, accounts officer

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    Pankaj Gaur

    MBA, accounts officer

    Finance master’s (Amity Univ.), master’s in commerce and social studies (Agra Univ.); accounting, financial, and project reporting. Email: pankaj.gaur@smsfoundation.org

  • Parth Gohel

    PGDip, project leader, Water Management

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    Parth Gohel

    PGDip, project leader, Water Management

    Rural management diploma (Institute of Rural Management Anand, Gujarat); bachelor’s degree in civil engineering (Nirma Univ., Ahmedabad, Gujarat); design, plan, and execute watershed projects. Email: p.gohel@smsfoundation.org

  • Pawan Kumar

    MSc, program leader, Adaptive Technologies-Agriculture

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    Pawan Kumar

    MSc, program leader, Adaptive Technologies-Agriculture

    Agriculture economics master’s (G. B. Pant Univ. of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar), forestry, science policy, and management master’s (Oxford Forestry Institute, Oxford Univ.); agricultural development, watershed management, and natural resource management. Email: pawan.kumar@smsfoundation.org

  • Pooja O. Murada

    PGDip, director, Communications

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    Pooja O. Murada

    PGDip, director, Communications

    English honors (Delhi Univ.), bridge marketing program (Tuck School of Business); communications diploma (S. P. College of Communications and Marketing); brand management, marketing, and development communications, and community radio. Advisor and India coordinator to India Development Coalition of America and governing board member of Community Radio Association. Email: poojamurada@smsfoundation.org

  • Pradeep K. Mehta

    PhD, director, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

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    Pradeep K. Mehta

    PhD, director, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

    Economics doctorate (Mysore Univ. Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore), planning and development master’s (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay), economics MA and BA with honors (Punjab Univ., Chandigarh); rural development, agriculture, water, governance, research, and evaluation. Email: p.mehta@smsfoundation.org

  • Prasant Mohanty

    MA, project leader, Agricultural Development

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    Prasant Mohanty

    MA, project leader, Agricultural Development

    Social work master’s (TISS, Mumbai), graduate engineer (Utkal Univ.); planning, implementation, and monitoring of development programs for smallholders, women farmers, and vulnerable rural communities. Email: p.mohanty@smsfoundation.org

  • Ramesh Kapahi

    PGDip, chief financial officer

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    Ramesh Kapahi

    PGDip, chief financial officer

    Finance and marketing diploma (Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, Delhi); internal auditing, company finance, and administrative leadership functions. Email: r.kapahi@smsfoundation.org

  • Richa Saxena

    MSc, research associate, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

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    Richa Saxena

    MSc, research associate, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

    Anthropology master’s (Amity Institute of Anthropology, Amity Univ.), life sciences BSc (Zakir Hussain College, Univ. of Delhi), anthropologist and research fellow in clinical studies (New Delhi Birth Cohort); cohort studies and qualitative research. Email: r.saxena@smsfoundation.org

  • Rukhsat Hussain

    MA, senior research associate, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

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    Rukhsat Hussain

    MA, senior research associate, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

    Human rights master’s (Aligarh Muslim Univ.); research and training, qualitative and quantitative research. Email: r.hussain@smsfoundation.org

  • Salahuddin Saiphy

    MSc, project leader and specialist, Water Management

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    Salahuddin Saiphy

    MSc, project leader and specialist, Water Management

    Applied geology master’s, hydrogeology diploma (Aligarh Muslim Univ., Aligarh), environmental monitoring and impact assessment diploma (Jamia Hamdard Univ., New Delhi); design, implementation, and monitoring of rainwater harvesting and water management projects. Email: s.saiphy@smsfoundation.org

  • Sam Kapoor

    MS, manager, Partnerships and External Relations

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    Sam Kapoor

    MS, manager, Partnerships and External Relations

    Instructional design and technology master’s (California State Univ.), business computer IS degree (Minnesota State Univ.), AA degree (Minnesota State Univ., Akita, Japan), Japan Area studies certification; training and development. Email: s.kapoor@smsfoundation.org

  • Saurabh Sood

    MA, senior research and policy associate, Development Research and Policy Initiatives

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    Saurabh Sood

    MA, senior research and policy associate, Development Research and Policy Initiatives

    Sustainable development practice master’s (TERI Univ.); research on climate adaptation strategies implemented across semiarid sites in India; adaptive rural technologies, livelihoods, impact evaluation, and needs assessment. Email: s.sood@smsfoundation.org

  • Saurabh Srivastava

    PGDip, program leader, Strengthening Village-Level Institutions

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    Saurabh Srivastava

    PGDip, program leader, Strengthening Village-Level Institutions

    International business management diploma and sustainable development practices diploma (Birla Institute of Management Technology), pharmacy degree (Uttar Pradesh Technical Univ.); capacity building of village-level institutions in health, education, and governance. Email: s.srivastava@smsfoundation.org

  • Siprian Kiro

    MBA, project associate, Projects

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    Siprian Kiro

    MBA, project associate, Projects

    NGO management and marketing management master’s (Institute of Management and Development, The Global Open Univ.); PGP, Rural Management (IMD); degree in social science sociology? (Univ. of Dayton, Ohio); documentation and repository management for donor projects. Email: k.siprian@smsfoundation.org

  • Sneha Kaushal

    PGDip associate, CSR and Fundraising

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    Sneha Kaushal

    PGDip associate, CSR and Fundraising

    Engineering degree and diploma in forestry management (Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal); communication, documentation, and reporting, assist in fundraising. Email: s.kaushal@smsfoundation.org

  • Sonia Chopra

    MA, communications associate

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    Sonia Chopra

    MA, communications associate

    Degrees in library and information and in political science (Delhi Univ.); content development for Hindi publications, database management, and community radio. Email: sonia.chopra@smsfoundation.org

  • Susmita Guru

    MPhil, social scientist, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

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    Susmita Guru

    MPhil, social scientist, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

    Sociology specialization in human ecology (Jyoti Vihar Univ., Odisha); social research and program implementation in the development sector, social issues studies affecting marginalized groups in India. Email: s.guru@smsfoundation.org

  • Vikas Jha

    PGDip, PhD, director, Governance and Policy Advocacy

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    Vikas Jha

    PGDip, PhD, director, Governance and Policy Advocacy

    Doctorate (Jawaharlal Nehru Univ., New Delhi); policy studies diploma (SOAS, University of London); policy analysis in development sector, governance and advocacy, capacity building, community mobilization, social accountability. Email: v.jha@smsfoundation.org

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  • Asutosh Sarangi

    MS, research associate

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    Asutosh Sarangi

    MS, research associate

    Genetics and Plant breeding master’s (Banaras Hindu Univ., Varanasi). Email: a.sarangi@smsfoundation.org

  • G P Shravan Kumar

    BA, accounts and administration officer

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    G P Shravan Kumar

    BA, accounts and administration officer

    Commerce degree (Sardar Patel College/affil. Osmania University). Email: gp.shravan@smsfoundation.org

  • Ganesh Baburao Patil

    MS, special project scientist

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    Ganesh Baburao Patil

    MS, special project scientist

    Microbiology master’s (Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad). Plant genomics and molecular breeding. Email: g.patil@cgiar.org

  • Lakshman Gupta

    MS, research associate

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    Lakshman Gupta

    MS, research associate

    Genetics and Plant Breeding master’s (JNKVV, Jabalpur). Email: l.gupta@smsfoundation.org

  • Md Ekram Hussain

    MS, research associate

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    Md Ekram Hussain

    MS, research associate

    Genetics and Plant Breeding master’s (JNKVV, Jabalpur). E-mail: e.hussain@smsfoundation.org

  • P. Vani Sekhar

    MSc, principal scientist

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    P. Vani Sekhar

    MSc, principal scientist

    Genetics and plant breeding master’s (ANGRAU, Hyderabad); technology management in agriculture diploma (Univ. of Hyderabad); extensive plant breeding in the field. Email: p.vanisekhar@smsfoundation.org

  • S V Manjunatha

    PhD, scientist

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    S V Manjunatha

    PhD, scientist

    Plant pathology doctorate (Univ. of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru); cereal pathology work at ICRISAT, Hyderabad. Email: sv.manjunatha@smsfoundation.org