Board of Directors

Nandita Ray

Nandita Ray is a qualified Chartered Accountant and member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Considerable part of her professional association spanning over 35 years has been for the social sector holding very senior level positions for various organizations as well as an independent consultant. She began her professional career at Hindustan Lever Limited Bombay in the year 1970 and since then she has been holding official position of difference cial organizations viz., MD – Mahila Super Bazaar- Andhra Pradesh; Director – Outreach, Karnataka, Trustee – Samakhya etc., During the past 35 years she has been engaged as Consultant (Independent and Associate) for various national and international organizations engaged in development sector namely World Bank, NoviB, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC/IC, Central Social Welfare Board, and Centre for Economic and Social Studies.

Rupa Mukerji

Rupa Mukerji holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management, Institute of Rural Management. Her professional career began in the year 1989 as a Marketing Specialist with Development Alternative (DA). For 11 years she was Director in TARU a consulting firm engaged in providing professional services to development agencies. She joined Intercooperation 2004 as National Delegate and then was Chief Executive Officer. She has extensive experience in project design and evaluation experience with bilateral agencies such as DFID, AusAID, GIZ; UN organisations and private foundations. Her thematic competencies are in natural resource management, adaptation to climate change, disaster risk reduction, livelihoods and gender balanced development. She is also one of the lead authors for the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (Working Group 2).

She is currently with HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, Zurich as Co-Head Advisory Services / Member of the Management Board.

K.V. Sreeram

K.V. Sreeram is a Commerce Graduate with specialization in Financial Accounting, Auditing, Taxation and Company Law matters. He has done his MBA for Financial Managers from Manchester Business School, UK. He was heading the Audit Department of M/s. Narayanan, Patil and Ramesh a leading Chartered Accountancy firm in Bangalore for over 11 years. He joined Intercooperation in 1998 heading the Finance Department and was responsible for overall financial management of SDC/IC Projects spread across different states in India. In 2007 he has moved to Switzerland and was with Intercooperation, Bern as Financial Controller. Currently he is with HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, Bern as Coordinator International Accounting.

Padma Kumar

Padma Kumar is a MSc. (Tropical Animal Production and Health) from University of Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K. He was with Malabar Regional Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union as Manager and with Malabar Rural Development Foundation as Chief Executive Officer. He joined SDC/IC Programme – CALPI, New Delhi in 2002 as Programme Officer and later shifted to Hyderabad to join Intercooperation as Programme Coordinator – Livestock and Livelihoods. He was responsible for steering a research on livestock environment interactions in the watershed context in India and developing collaborative partnerships to facilitate policy advocacy; backstopping a communication (electronic and non-electronic) platform in association with the LEAD Initiative of FAO. Currently he is working as Senior Programme Manager – ELKS with International Livestock Research Institute, Hyderabad.

Geeta Unnikrishnan

Geeta Unnikrishnan is a Post Graduate in Psychology and had pursued research on adjustment problems of women in distress. She was formerly associated with DFID as Social Development Adviser for almost 12 years. She is a Social development specialist with over 20 years of experience internationally and in India working with government, NGOs, bilateral and multilateral agencies. She has worked extensively across a range of policy areas and demonstrated expertise in applying social analysis including gender analysis for development of actionable strategies, their implementation, monitoring, and impact assessment.

Felix von Sury
Honarary Advisor

Felix von Sury, a Swiss citizen, has extensive experience in international and development cooperation. He served for 13 years in the SDC, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Swiss Foreign Ministry, where he was among others Country Director for Nepal and Division Head for Eastern Europe. From 2000 until 2011 he was Executive Director of Intercooperation, a major Swiss development NGO active mainly in the fields of renewable natural resources, agriculture, forestry and climate change. Since 2012 von Sury works as a free-lance consultant.
Felix von Sury did his MSc and PhD from ETH Zurich, specializing in pasture agronomy. Long-term professional assignments took him to Peru, Australia and India.
Felix von Sury is engaged in community affairs. He is the chairman of the planning and environment commission of the city of Solothurn. He is member of the board of IISD, the International Institute of Sustainable Development, and a member of the stakeholder committee of EAWAG.

Joy Elamon
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Elamon has an MBBS (Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery) and is Masters in Public Health (MPH). He has over 25 years of experience in development sector, of which 15 years have been specifically in local governance, decentralized planning and decentralization.

As the CEO he is responsible for IC’s portfolio of projects, acquisitions, staff capacity development and partnerships with government, NGOs and the donor community. In addition to being the CEO of Intercooperation, he also works as Senior Advisor (Local Governance) for HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation.

Dr. Elamon was part of the People’s Plan Campaign of Kerala, and worked specifically on the design of the programme and capacity building. Has been a trainer and was the Chief Programme Coordinator of SDC’s CapDecK Programme (Capacity Development for Decentralization in Kerala). He has conducted many evaluations and studies, mainly on decentralization, local governance, service delivery, HIV and women’s health. He facilitated the preparation of the Operational Strategy for Capacity Development for Decentralisation in Kerala and the analysis of Decentralized Administrative System in Kerala. He had been on assignments related to local governance and rural development in many countries especially the South and South East Asian countries. His recent work include the Mid Term Evaluation of the GoI-UN Joint Programme on Convergence, Preparation of a Guiding document on TNA for Panchayati Raj, Assessment of Non-governmental Support System for Local Governments, Analysis of Decentralization and Equity in Child Rights and Compilation and preparation of training materials and modules on decentralization and local governance for various courses in Lal Bahadur Shastry National Academy of Administration. Before joining ICSD, he had been the moderator of the Decentralisation Community of UN Solution Exchange as well as the moderator for Maternal and Child Health Community. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Community Builder award from UNDP (UN Solution Exchange) in 2007 and is recently included in the UNDP Democratic Governance Roster of Experts in Local Governance and Local Development.