Mr. Manab Chakraborty

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Manab Chakraborty has joined ICSD as the new Chief Executive Officer. Over the last 25 years, Manab had worked in various positions as NGO manager, UN civil servant, consultant, social entrepreneur, and facilitator. Academically he has done his MSc Environmental Economics from University College London, UK; MA Agriculture & Rural Development from Institute of Social Studies, Holland and MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Chicago and Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology, Hong Kong.

Prior to joining ICSD, Manab worked as an independent consultant to social enterprises and development finance institutions. He worked for many international organizations such as UNDP, UNEP, World Bank, IFAD, ADB, EU, SIDA, USAID, DFID, GIZ, and PLAN. His expertise is in microfinance, microenterprise development, natural resource management, renewable energy lending, agricultural value chain, institutional development, local staff capacity building and social impact assessment, and finding market-based solutions for the poor. Manab has managed a broad range of projects related to microfinance, social performance management, market research, product design, designing training toolkits, feasibility and project appraisal work, among others.

Climate Change and Environment

Devanshu Chakravarti

Chief Operating Officer

Devanshu Chakravarti has joined us as Chief Operating Officer. He is a development professional with more than 18 years of experience. He did his post graduation in Forest Management (PGDFM) at Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal. He is a Bachelor of Technology (Agricultural Engineering).

He has worked in different capacities with a Government agency, not for profit organizations, a bilateral project and most recently with a developing consulting firm. He has worked in the domains of natural resource management, rural livelihoods, agricultural value chains, climate change adaptation, skill development, community forestry, and decentralization. The functional areas of expertise are project management, project design monitoring and evaluation, research and capacity building. He is hands on with both implementation and consulting assignments. He has experience of working in different parts of India, most recently his engagement being with projects in Northeastern India. He has experience of leading teams comprising mix of senior and junior professionals on assignments as also of leading an office.

Dr. Rajeswar Jonnalagadda

Senior Subject Specialist – Climate Change and Environment

Rajeswar Jonnalagadda, is working as Senior Subject Specialist – Climate Change and Environment. His thrust areas “mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into public policy” and “establishing linkages between Low-Emission Development and Inclusive Growth”.

Prior to joining Intercooperation, he worked for more than five years as Director (Training & Research) of the Center for Climate Change and Disaster Management at Dr.MCR Human Resource Development Institute, Hyderabad, India – a governmental administrative training institute. He was responsible for designing and developing training & research modules on Mitigation and Adaptation measures against climate change. Earlier, for about twelve years, he worked as an Academic Editor and Consultant for UNESCO’s global project, the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), then based in Oxford. During the same period he also worked as a Research Fellow for a UNESCO collaborated Research Institute in Abu Dhabi – UAE, on Systems Approach to Integrated Water and Energy Resource Management. Prior to that, he did his Post-Doctoral research at Center for Ecological Sciences of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He pursued his M.Sc. and M.Phil. in Life Sciences from the University of Hyderabad and Ph.D. in Life Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India.

Rahul Thampi

Programme Coordinator-Climate Change and Environment

Rahul Thampi is a Post Graduate in Social Work with Health, Development and Disaster Management as core research specialisations from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). He has his graduation in Psychology, Journalism and World Literature (Triple Major).

He was working with Toxics Link, an environmental research and advocacy group based in New Delhi for close to four years, specialising in the theme of waste management, prior to joining ICSD as Project Coordinator – Climate Change and Environment. He has been involved in research & advocacy teams that have contributed significantly to the domains of Municipal Solid Waste Management and Bio Medical Waste Management. He has also been actively involved in the capacity building of regulators and Civil Society Organisations(CSO’s) on these themes.

In ICSD, Rahul is primarily involved in developing projects aimed at building strategies for implementing renewable energy technologies in difficult terrains. He is also coordinating an ongoing Biogas project aimed at reducing GHG emissions and dependency on firewood among the populace of the TERAI ARC region in Uttarakhand.

Action Climate Today

Mr. Rishu Garg

Team Leader – ICSD

Mr. Rishu Garg is working with ICSD as Team Leader – Chhattisgarh for the DFID funded Action for Climate Today (ACT) Project.
He is a post-graduate in Forest Management from Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal. Rishu has 15 years of experience and his expertise is in mainly in Natural Resource Management and Livelihoods.
Prior to joining IC, Rishu was working with United Nations Development Program, New Delhi as Technical Expert (NRM & Livelihoods). At UNDP he led the development of resource materials (including elementary books and advance reading material) on Animal husbandry, Water Resources, Agriculture and Forests, Biodiversity and Climate Change. He provided technical inputs to Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India on Sanitation, Drinking Water, Livelihoods and Natural Resource Management and provided handholding support to states on developing state Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) guidelines. He has earlier also worked with InsPIRE Network for Environment, New Delhi as a Senior Program Officer (NRM).

Mariamma Sanu George (Nirmala)

Team Leader – CPGD-CCIP

Ms. Mariamma Sanu George (Nirmala): She is currently working as Team Leader –Kerala for CPGD-CCIP Programme (DFID supported Climate Change Innovation Programme to provide technical support to the Government of Kerala for implementation of State Action Plan on Climate Change).
Academically she has completed her Ph.D in the area of deliberative democracy and governance in Decentralisation; M.Phil in Applied Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and M.A in Economics from Kerala University.

She has more than two decades of work experience in development sector spreading across the areas of governance, gender, climate change adaptation and capacity building. She had undertaken assignments for The World Bank, ADB, SDC, UNDP, UNICEF, Lal Bahadur Shastry National Academy for Administration, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of Kerala, Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) and Kerala State Biodiversity Board.

Mr. Rizwan Uz Zaman

Team Leader – Climate Change and Environment

Mr. Rizwan Uz Zaman: Working as the Team Leader – Assam for CPGD-CCIP (DFID supported Climate Change Innovation Programme that aims to provide support for implementation of State Action Plan on Climate Change). He has done his Masters in Geography and specialised in Natural Resource Management, Environment and Ecology and Physical Geography. Further he joined his PhD from Jamia Millia Islamia on Rural Urban Economies.​ He has over 13 years of experience in Policy Networking (government and corporate), Campaigns, Sustainable Development, Climate Change, Habitat process and housing technology, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). He worked with Development Alternatives and played a key role in the organisation of the Lok Awaas Yatra – a journey for the people’s habitat. TARAgram Yatra – an annual international event organised by DA to generate awareness and disseminate effective strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation.  He was also associated with the climate change capacity building programme for the semi-arid Bundelkhand region in collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Ms. Naman Gupta

Team Leader – Climate Change and Environment

Ms. Naman Gupta: Working with us as Maharashtra State’s Team Leader for the CPGD-CCIP (DFID supported Climate Change Innovation Programme that aims to provide support for implementation of State Action Plan on Climate Change). She is a Pre-doctorate in Environmental Plant Physiology and Masters in Environmental Sciences. She has completed PG Diploma in International Business from Symbiosis Institute and Research fellowship in International Climate Policy from Hamburg Institute of International Economics, Germany. She has been working in the climate change and energy related area for past 14 years. Prior to this, Naman was handling the climate change & energy related work at the British High Commission Mumbai. She worked in similar areas with organizations like Ernst & Young, German International Cooperation, Delhi Metro Rail Cooperation and Centre for Environment Education.

Mr. Pankaj Kumar

Team Leader – Climate Change and Environment

Mr. Pankaj Kumar has joined IC as Team Leader – Bihar for the CPGD-CCIP Programmes based in Patna, Bihar. He is a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law and has done his M.Sc. (Environment Management). Prior to this assignment he was working with IL & FS Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. He comes to us with more than 10 years of experience in imparting technical support for environmental investigative, consultative and remedial projects involving air, water and soil, Waste management, EIA, Environmental Compliance, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001,GHG accounting (ISO 14064), climate change & CDM, Verified Carbon Standard, Gold Standard & Social Carbon Standard.

Rural Economy

Mustak Khan

Head – Rural Economy

He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development Management from IRMA –1995 and a B.Sc in Agriculture science. He is working as Head – Rural Economy and in charge of the office in Hyderabad.

Khan has a total experience of 30 years in handling agribusiness and livelihoods in urban and rural priority sector development. He has an in-depth knowledge in planning project related strategies comprising of schedules, budgets, design management, resource planning in livelihoods support interventions. He has special skills lie in value chain management for sustainable farming system.

The major assignments he has undertaken include promotion of oilseed business through grass root cooperative in Western Odisha, organic value chain for tribal coffee with product placement in international market, enhancement of skills and technology for the Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SME) in cashew and essence (Kewara) industries, organic value chain of cashew, mango, basmati rice and ragi and projects related to water management, water shed management and agro commodity development.

Ashish Srivastava

Programme Coordinator – Rural Economy

Ashish Srivastava is working as Programme Coordinator – Rural Economy and as State Coordinator for Project offices in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in ICSD with Uttarakhand as his base. He is a post graduate in agriculture (plant breeding and genetics) from Chandra Shekhar Azad University, Kanpur and has done management development program on value chain from Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA). He has over 15 years of experience in Organic Value Chain Development and Climate Change issues in agriculture. He has worked in close association with small and marginal farmers and worked with renowned organisations like Uttarakhand Organic Commodity Board, Naandi Foundation, Morarka Foundation and Ecosphere.

Abhijeet Dabhole

Project Coordinator – Rural Economy

Abhijeet is a Science Graduate (Horticulture) with a Post Graduate Diploma in Agri-business Management. He is presently working as Project Coordinator – Rural Economy and State Coordinator for Goa and Maharashtra. He has expertise in handling commercial activities and organic certification for SPOs (Cashew Processing Co-operatives) and facilitating organic and fair trade certification. Currently he is based in Chiplun, Maharashtra.

Sanjay Shah

Office Executive

Sanjay Shah has joined as Office Executive at our Uttarakhand State office from 1st March 2015. He will be assisting State Coordinator
(UP, Uttarakhand and Bihar). He has vast experience in handling office administration and is based in Haldwani, Nainital District.

Ms. Jyotsna Bhatt

Field Coordinator-Rural Economy

Ms. Jyotsna Bhatt has joined us a Field Coordinator-Rural Economy for our WAPRO Project (Water Production for Food Security) in Uttarakhand. She is a B.Tech from Uttarakhand Technical University. She has done assignments in Tapovan Vishnugad Hydro Power Project and National Thermal Power Corporation (Joshimath, Uttarakhand).

Arvind Pandey

Project Coordinator – Rural Economy

Arvind Pandey has joined ICSD as Project Coordinator for our Biogas Project in Uttarakhand. He has done is Post Graduation in Arts with Rural Sociology and Community Development as core areas. Prior to joining ICSD, he had worked with Uttar Pradesh State Spinning Company Limited for about eight years as Field Supervisor.

Mr. Surender Singh Bhakuni

Field Coordinator – Rural Economy

Mr. Surender Singh Bhakuni joined ICSD as Field Coordinator in the project Sustainable Production of Organic and Fair Trade Rice in India Project in April 2012.
He is a Graduate in Political Science with vast experience of working with farmers. He worked in Sawjal Pariyojana, Diversified Agriculture Support Project, Uttarakhand Organic Commodity Board, Sarvodaya Ashram and Shri Suraj Chemicals Pvt. Ltd before joining ICSD
His operational area is Ramnagar and Kotabag blocks in Nainital district of Uttarakhand.

Mr. Jagdeesh Pant

Field Coordinator – Rural Economy

Mr. Jagdeesh Pant joined ICSD as Field Coordinator in the project Sustainable Production of Organic and Fair Trade Rice in India Project in May 2012. He is a graduate with Political Science, Economics & Environmental Sciences. He works closely with the small and marginal farmers for promotion of organic farming. His operational area is Betalghat block in Nainital district & Chaukhutiya block in Almora district in Uttarakhand.

Governance and Social Development

Dhirendra Tiwari

National Coordinator

Dhirendra Tiwari, National Coordinator, GPDP project, is a Social Work Graduate from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai with specialization in Urban and Rural Community Development. Dhirendra comes with over 20 years of experience in various sectors and thematic areas of development.
Dhirendra began his career with Education sector and moved on to managing Community Development initiatives in tribal district of Chhattisgarh. He managed Health and Nutrition project implemented through Government arm Women and Child Development Department through CARE India. He Led the planning process of District through GoI UN Joint Convergence Programme and closely looked at planning processes through Backward Region Grant Fund, LWE affected area’s plan and Decentralised District Plan and innovated planning process with focus on outcomes around Millennium Development Goals. Dhirendra has gained adequate exposure on key thematic areas like Health, Nutrition, WASH, Child Protection and Education. Coordinated a team of professionals deployed in districts and supported the last leg of Integrated District Approach and gained insights into line management and liaison with multiple stakeholders through assignment with UNICEF. He has also led project dealing with complex emergency situation through Health and Nutrition project in Chhattisgarh’s civil strife affected Abujhmar region. Prior to this, Dhirendra Was engaged reforming Pedagogy and Teacher training to bring out desired changes in primary education.

Sanjeev Dwivedi

Field Coordinator

Sanjeev Dwivedi, working as a Field Coordinator in GPDP project is Post Graduate in Sociology, having more than 15 years of rich experience public health management and other development issues at various levels. He comes with rich experience in management of grassroots projects, government partnership & liaison, research and Capacity Building. He ample experience of working with WCD, Health and Panchayati Raj Department. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Sanjeev Dwivedi worked as Vaccine Logistic & Cold Chain Manager at Alwar, Rajasthan in the UNDP/SAMS Supported eVIN/UIP Programme.
He has worked on issues of women empowerment especially adolescent girls &boys, reproductive &child health RTI/STI,HIV/AIDS, Community Mobilization, Polio Eradication, ICPS, Panchayati Raj Department, Child Right, and Education. He has also worked in Lucknow Doordarshan Kendra as a script Writer in “Krishi Darshan” Program.

Finance and Administration

R. Sreelatha

Manager– Administration

Sreelatha is working with Intercooperation Social Development (ICSD) India since 2006 and assist the CEO and programme staff in preparation of reports, presentations, documents and other external communication for programmes, workshop and meetings.

She is a commerce graduate with a three year diploma in commercial and computer practice and has more than 15 years of experience in performing secretarial and administrative functions for corporate sector as well as non-profit organisation. Apart from communication and coordination, Sreelatha also supports the IT team by providing periodical inputs on the organization’s website.

Previously, she has worked for corporate companies like GVK Industries Limited, Xerox Limited and Bommidala Group of companies.

S. Madhuri

Manager – Finance

Madhuri is working with ICSD since 2006 and is based in Hyderabad. She has more than 10 years of experience in accounts and finance departments of development sector. She has done her Post Graduation in Commerce from Andhra University and Masters in Business Administration (Finance) from Sikkim Manipal University.

Madhuri is responsible for maintaining and documenting apart from liaising with bankers for ensuring smooth flow of funds to various levels of organization. She also plays a role in preparing annual budget based on inputs from the different groups and ensures proper and effective financial reporting for the purpose of audits. As the Accounts Officer, Madhuri monitors and analyzes the operational budget and expenditures of all projects/programmes and inform project responsible, file holders and CEO accordingly. She also ensures all compliances under FCRA, Income Tax Act, Companies Act (Sec 25), Service Tax and others as applicable.

Support/House Keeping Staff

M. Shoba

Shoba has been with us since the inception of Intercooperation Social Development India. She is working as Office Assistant.

P. Venkatamma

P. Venkatamma has been with us since the inception of Intercooperation Social Development India. She is working as office assistant and as house keeping staff.