board & team

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

Ananta Mahapatra


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.

Biren Bhuta


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.

Damodaran Thankappan


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

Debiprasad Mishra


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.

Joe Madiath


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.

Meena Gupta, IAS (Retd.)


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.

Namrata Chadha


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.

Pradosh Chandra Mohanty IRS (Retd.)


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

Ram Sankar


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.

Sanjeev Nayak


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.

Veena Joshi


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.

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.

Ambika Prasad

Manager Administration

Apurva Vijay Ghugey

Thematic Manager

Ashutosh Bhat

Thematic Manager

Basanti Devi

District Manager

Bhawani Shankar Dash

District Manager

Biswajit Sahu

District Manager

Chandramohan Patnaik

Finance Manager

Chinmaya Mishra

Project Manager

D.P. Debashis Hota

Manager Human Resources

Gangadhar Panigrahi

Senior Programme Manager

Jannatun Begum

Junior Manager

Joseph Kalassery

Project Manager

Jyotsna Tirkey

Thematic Manager

Kailash Chandra Sahu

Thematic Manager

Laxminarayan Panda

District Manager

Liby T Johnson

Executive Director & Ex-Offico Secretary to the Governing Board

Narahari Rout

District Manager

Nirmal Chandra Mohanty

Project Manager

Nirmal Kumar Panda

Project Manager

Omkar Sudhir Deshpande

Thematic Manager

Pratap Chandra Panda

Thematic Manager

Ranjan Kumar Pattnaik

Chief Accountant

Ratnakar Shaw

District Manager

Sangita Patra

Thematic Manager

Sarat Chandra Mohanty

District Manager

Sukanta Bhattacharya

Programme Manager



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



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



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