board & team

Our Governing Board sets the strategic direction and ensures
that our work remains responsive to community needs.

Veena Joshi

Member

An expert in the field of rural and renewable energy, Veena has in the past worked with Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Tata Energy Research Institute, Delhi. Having served on the advisory groups for UNDP and Shell Foundation, she brings to Gram Vikas more than 30 years of experience in institutional development. Veena has a PhD in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. She joined Gram Vikas Society in 2019.

Sanjeev Nayak

Member

Sanjeev Nayak is an entrepreneur in Information Technology, and a Trustee of the Silicon Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. He joined Gram Vikas Society in July 2016.

Pradosh Chandra Mohanty IRS (Retd.)

Member

Pradosh Chandra Mohanty retired as the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Andhra Pradesh in 2018. He joined Gram Vikas Society in 2019.

Namrata Chadha

Member

Namrata Chadha is a lawyer by profession and advisor to various nonprofits, public and private institutions. A national and state level awardee for her work on women and child development, she was formerly a member of the Odisha State Commission for Women, and is on the POSH Committee of eight institutions including State Bank of India and Mindtree Technologies. She joined Gram Vikas Society in 2019.

Meena Gupta, IAS (Retd.)

Member

A retired 1971 Indian Administrative Services officer of Odisha cadre, Meena Gupta occupied senior positions in the Government of Odisha and the Government of India in the areas of health, labour, tribal affairs, and environment and forests. She has been a member of Gram Vikas Society since July 2016.

Debiprasad Mishra

Member

Debiprasad Mishra was a Professor at the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), Gujarat, India and served as the Executive Director of Gram Vikas from July 2015 to September 2017. He has been with Gram Vikas Society since 1998.

Damodaran Thankappan

Member

Damodaran Thankappan is a well-known trade union leader and social worker, who has been a part of Gram Vikas Society since 1984.

Biren Bhuta

Member

Biren Bhuta brings to the Gram Vikas Board multi-sectoral expertise from his various stints in Standard Chartered Bank, NDTV, and International Union for Conservation of Nature. In the recent past, he was the Chief of CSR, Tata Steel in Jharkhand and Odisha. He is a graduate of Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata. Biren joined Gram Vikas Society in 2019.

Ananta Mahapatra

Member

Ananta Mohapatra is a noted theatre personality from Odisha, founder of the Utkal Rangmancha Trust and is associated with several cultural initiatives in the State. He has been a member of the Gram Vikas Society since 1999.

Ram Sankar

Treasurer

A Chartered Accountant, exporter, and businessman working in the leather industry, Ram Sankar has been with the Gram Vikas Society since 2008. He is credited with the first book published in India on Accounting and Financial Management of NGOs.

Joe Madiath

Chairman

The Founder of Gram Vikas, Joe is a globally recognised social entrepreneur and served as its Executive Director till 2013. He has been a part of various consultative committees of the Government of Odisha and Government of India. Joe has received several national and global recognition for his work including the Social Life Time Achievement Award by Godfrey Phillips Red and White Bravery Awards (2006), Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurs, and was selected as one of the Outstanding Social entrepreneurs by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Geneva.

Our team combines a commitment to the communities with expertise, empathy and hard work to enable the rural poor to live a dignified life. We are a group of 300+ strong loyalists - 83% of us have spent our lifetime working with Gram Vikas.

Urmila Senapati

Senior Programme Manager

Sukanta Bhattacharya

Programme Manager

Sojan K.Thomas

Senior Consultant

Sangita Patra

Thematic Manager

Rutambhara P. Mishra

Thematic Manager

Ratnakar Shaw

Cluster Manager

Ranjan Kumar Pattnaik

Chief Accountant

Pratap Chandra Panda

Thematic Manager

Nirmal Kumar Panda

Project Manager

Narahari Rout

Cluster Manager

Laxminarayan Panda

Cluster Manager

Kailash Chandra Sahu

Cluster Manager

Joseph Kalassery

Project Manager

Gangadhar Panigrahi

Senior Programme Manager

D.P. Debashis Hota

Manager, Human Resources and Administration

Chinmaya Mishra

Project Manager

Chandramohan Patnaik

Finance Manager

Biswajit Sahu

Cluster Manager

Ashutosh Bhat

Thematic Manager

Apurva Vijay Ghugey

Thematic Manager

Liby T Johnson

Executive Director & Ex-Offico Secretary to the Governing Board

Partners

DONORS

Our donors are corporates, foundations, bilateral agencies and individual philanthropists, who support solutions across our diverse areas of work and institutional development.

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GOVERNMENT

Long and synergistic partnerships with state and national governments help us achieve scale and maximise the reach of benefits among the rural poor.

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KNOWLEDGE PARTNERS

Collaborations with knowledge partners support technology solutions, improved service delivery and capacity building of teams and local institutions.

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