Governing Board


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.

Mr. UjjalGanguly (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.

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.

Ms. 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).

Ms. 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.

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.

Mr. Abinash Pattnaik

Abinash is currently working as an Associate Operation and handling Katni, Madhya Pradesh Operation of Udyogini.

Mr. Aniket C Jayaswal

Aniket is a Post Graduate in Rural Development and is well versed in PRA, RRA and other participatory tools. Currently he is handling the dual responsibility of NRLM – MGNREGA convergence & Food and nutrition security program at Jharkhand.

Ms. Anusuya Dutta

Anusuya has social background and did her Master in Social Work from Visva Bharati University, West Bengal. Anusuya was hired by Udyogini in 2010 through a campus placement and served in our Uttarakhand project as an executive for documentation work initially and later graduated to other roles like being a grassroots trainer and mobilization person. Anusuya joined BHUMI as volunteer from August 2013 to March 2015. She worked in their Lakshya project. Since last 6 months, Anusuya was working with PRAYATN – a grass root NGO working on the issues of human rights, education, empowerment of women. The organizations works in Rajasthan, M.P, U.P & Odisha and Anusuya worked as a Sponsorship Relation Manager.

Mr. Arvind Kumar Singh

Arvind has Master Degree in Management (MBA), Commerce (M. Com), Economics (MA) and CA (Inter). He has 14 year rich experience in Financial Management, Budgeting, NGO Accounting, Financial reporting, Statutory Compliance (FCRA, Income Tax Service Tax etc.) and Team Management. He has attended Basic and advanced Lab of Human Behavior by ISABS and successfully completion 3 module programme on “Leadership for change- Building in house capabilities of civil Society Organisation” Change in Leadership by HID Forum, Bangalore.

Mr. Bijoy Kumar Satapathy

Bijoy Kumar Satapathy has a post graduate in social work and over 29 years of experience in development sector. He was one of the pioneers who dovetailed WEMTOP during the initiation of Udyogini in 1992. Presently he is leading WSHG program at Khunti, Jharkhand where he is running a consortium of 6 partner NGOs under the banner of Udyogini.

Mr. Brij Mohan Kandpal

Brijmohan holds a Post Graduate degree in Agriculture. He has 24 years of experience of designing & executing Value Chain based Enterprises targeted at poor women & men in different parts of India. He is also an excellent trainer and has an ability to communicate complex ideas and frameworks in an easily comprehensible style.

Mr. Chaitanya K. Ganjhu

Chaintanya is an award winning Lac entrepreneur of Jharkhand. With over 12 years of experience in Lac sector and its value chain, he is recognized as a subject matter specialist for Lac in India.

Ms. Neha Rose Toppo

Neha is Forestry graduate from Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh and currently working with Udyogini as an Associate Operation – Lac.

Ms. Deepika Anshu Bara

Deepika Anshu Bara, a Post Graduate in Social Work from Banaras Hindu University and having immense exposure in the areas of youth development and women empowerment. She has a mass communication and video production background and has won first prize ( category: Public Service Announcement) in the film festival-“CYNOSURE-13” held in St. Xaviers College, Ranchi. Currently she is handling the responsibility of Women Literacy Program as an Associate Operations at Ranchi, Jharkhand. Her area of interest involves documentation, photography, planning ,monitoring and handholding support. Deepika has also worked in Shiv Nadar Foundation, CSR project of Hotel The Taj, Varanasi and Don Bosco Youth and Educational Services, Ranchi.

Ms. Manna Swati Beck

Manna has a postgraduate degree in Rural Management, XISS, Jharkhand and is Associate Operation Manager-MEL with Udyogini handling operations of Food & Nutrition Security Project in Jharkhand and responsible for ensuring food and nutrition security through vegetable cultivation. Manna has also worked with Reliance Foundation, Bharat India Jodo and National Institute of Disaster Management, New Delhi.

Mr. Nikhil R Sanga

Nikhil has a master degree in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Services, Ranchi with specialization in Gender in Development. With more than 10 years of experience in Development sector including 6 years in enterprise, he has been designated as team leader for Jharkhand. As a Team leader, his current responsibility includes strategic planning, execution, monitoring and fund raising for the integrated model of Jharkhand.

Mr. Pawan Kumar

Pawan Kumar has 24 years experience working with NGOs, donors and government institutions. He has led assignments in projects funded by donors such as the World Bank, IFAD and government projects. His areas of expertise include Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Knowledge Management, natural resource management, gender and strengthening community institutions.

Mr. Prithvi Rawat

Prithvi Singh has a master degree in Commerce and Economics and has over four years experience in handling accounting and office administration.

Mr. Santosh Bhardwaj

Santosh Kumar is an athlete with zeal to live and work in Rural India. He has a degree in Rural Management from Indian Institute of Rural Management (IIRM), Jodhpur. In Udyogini he is leading the enterprise operations benefitting 3000 women producers in Mandla, Madhya Pradesh.

Mr. Saurabh Sharma

Saurabh has Bachelor’s degree in commerce and worked as an accountant in Chartered Accountants firms. His area of expertise is Tax and firm accounting. Currently he is sharing the accounts and admin responsibility at Jharkhand.

Ms. Swati Bhengra

Swati Bhengra is a post graduate in rural development and associated with Udyogini as associate operations and facilitates the women literacy program where she trains school drop-outs women in Women Literacy Centres and making them functionally literate. She has worked with and NGO Samvad prior to joining Udyogini.

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.