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Mr. Y.Giri Rao
Mr. Y. Giri Rao is a social and rural development practitioner, having more than two decades of experience of working with various tribal communities of Odisha particularly with the ultra poor, underprivileged and vulnerable, with which he has been associated since 1995. Mr. Rao has a Bachelors degree in Commerce specializing in Economics and a Master’s degree majoring in Rural Development. He started his career with Gram Vikas and later on joined Vasundhara in 1995. He coordinated various projects as a program officer. He was initially involved in research on institutional issues, and was actively associated with various peoples’ forum and groups advocating on forestry issues in Orissa. He served as member in many committees constituted by the State and Central government.
ygirirao@vasundharaorissa.org, ygirirao@vasundharaorissa.org

Mr. Hemant Ku. Sahoo

Mr. Hemanta has joined Vasundhara on 1.1.2014 and he loves to work at the interface on community forest management, forest food, legal and socio-ecological aspect forest governance and management, biodiversity conservation, ethno-biology studies and interdisciplinary research. He has been worked on floristic, wild edible and medicinal and aromatic plants survey of special habitats in Similipal Biosphere Reserve, Satkosia wildlife sanctuary, Baisipalli sanctuary and other biodiversity rich areas under different projects funded by MoEF Govt. of India operating at Regional Plant Resource Centre, Bhubaneswar.  In addition, He has been involved in NERC research project entitled “integrate forest ecosystem services with pro-poor governance in India” across different governance regime in Odisha. Currently he is actively involved in CFR governance and management process and human well beings. He has submitted his Ph. D. thesis to Utkal University and published more than 15 research papers in books and journals of national and international repute. He represents in EC as Treasurer. hemant@vasundharaorissa.org

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