Governing Body

The Executive Committee consists of leading women professionals:

Ms. Rita Sengupta (Chair): Rita is a Post Graduate in Psychology from Delhi University. She has more than 25 years of experience in Entrepreneurship Training (National/International) Research and Consultancy with specialization in Human Process Training, Gender Development & amp; Curriculum Design. She was a key designer of the celebrated Udyogini curriculum and deliver methodology for its Training of Enterprise Support Teams and Grassroots.

Mr. Arvind Kumar Malik (Secretary Ex-officio and CEO): Arvind has a degree in Forestry Science from GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, and has advanced training in human rights. He has over 20 years of experience in the development sector in leading NGOs such as Chirag, WWF-India, and FES. He spent the last two and half years as Regional Rural Development Manager, Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan. Prior to going to Afghanistan, Arvind was heading operations in Udyogini for 8 years. His area of expertise are participatory rural appraisal, poverty and livelihood analysis, research and field application, natural resource management, rural energy and strengthening of market systems to build viable value chains and business development services for rural poor.

Ms.Kajri Misra (Member): Kajri has a PhD in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University, USA and she is faculty member in rural management at the Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubhaneshwar. Her areas of interest in research and action are: Governance and Decentralization, Institutional Design for Participatory Planning and Management and Gender and Development.

Ms. Sumita Ghose (Member): Sumita Ghose is the founder and managing director of Rangsutra, an artisan-owned social enterprise. Prior to setting up Rangsutra, Sumita lived and worked in different parts of rural India for many years- mostly in Western Rajasthan with the URMUL Trust, working with rural communities for social change and economic development. Sumita has a Masters Degree in Economics from Mumbai University. She was a Fulbright scholar in the US, where she completed a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution. Sumita has also been a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship for Leadership and is among the first batch of the CII – Aspen India Fellows. Sumita was named Senior Fellow of the Synergos Institute, USA, in 2012.

Dr Preetam Khandelwal (Member): Dr. Preetam Khandelwal is currently Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi. She has done MA and PhD in Psychology. She has over 3 decades of experience in teaching, research, training, and consulting. The Indian Society of Training and Development also conferred her with the ‘Best Woman Trainer’ award in 1987. She was also awarded the Goldman Sachs full scholarship to participate in the Entrepreneurship Education Colloquium on Participant-Centered Learning (EECPCL) at Harvard Business School, Boston in 2008. She is an accredited Entrepreneurship Motivation Trainer from the National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD) and a professional member of the Indian society of applied behavioral Science (ISABS).

Varsha Mehta (Member): – Varsha has a degree in Forestry Management from IIFM, Bhopal. She has over two decades of work experience with rural communities and organisations working towards the objective of poverty alleviation through improved governance and strengthening rural livelihoods, with an emphasis on sustainable and participatory management of natural resources, particularly forests, land and water. Her major contributions have been in the areas of participatory planning, capacity building, formation and strengthening of community institutions, and M&E. Over this period, she has worked with government and non-government organizations, donor agencies, research institutions and consulting firms, international banks and multi-lateral & bilateral development agencies.

Ujjal Ganguly (Member): – Ujjal is currently an Independent consultant working on issues of livelihood, institutional capacity building, policy and governance. He has done Bachelors and Masters in Economics and also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management, Anand. His key work areas are Public Private Partnership, Policy advocacy and networking with bilateral and multilateral donors, public institutions, civil societies and Government departments, designing large scale livelihood programmes with market and institutional linkages, sustainable enterprise based livelihoods especially for the underprivileged & training and capacity building of people’s institutions.

Udyogini has a distinguished Chair Emeritus, Bimla. N. Bissell, Bimla Bissell is founder member and former Chair of Udyogini. She was with the World Bank for over two decades handling external relations and media in their New Delhi office. She is associated with a number of educational and craft related initiatives in India. She is on the board of the All-India Artisans and Craft Workers Association.