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 Executive Committee :
Dr. Madhu Sarin

Ms. Madhu Sarin is the President of Vasundhara’s Executive Committee (EC). Since the early 1980s, she has worked on rural development planning, participatory and sustainable forest management, gender justice and women’s empowerment, combining grassroots work with advocacy for policy changes at the state and national levels. Ms Sarin has written extensively on these issues, with papers published in international and national level books and journals. She was a member of the drafting committee and Technical Support Group appointed by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, for the Tribal and Forest Dwellers (Forest Rights) Bill. She is also actively associated with the National Campaign for Survival and Dignity. In addition to being on the governing board of several NGOs in India, such as Vikram Sarabai Centre for Development Interaction (VIKSAT), Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), and Sutra, she also serves on the boards of Regional Community Forestry Training Center (Bangkok) and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UK. She has an extensive understanding of issues relating to forests, tribal land rights, and forest governance in Odisha; and provides extensive advisory inputs to Vasundhara’s interventions.

Ms. Madhu Sarin
48, Sector 4, Chandigarh
Phone:  09814004449, +911722741420
Email: madhu.sarin1@gmail.co

Prof. Premananda Panda
Prof. Premananda Panda is associated with the HDF School of Management. He is the former Member Secretary, Academy of Tribal Language and Culture and former Director of SCSTRTI Govt. of Odisha, and is currently functioning as Vice-President of Vasundhara. He was also a Professor and Head of Department of Anthropology, Sambalpur University and has a teaching experience in Anthropology and Management at Post Graduate and MTI level of more than three decades and about two decades respectively. He has been associated academically with more than 35 universities and 15 research institutes in India and 4 universities abroad. He has completed his Ph.D from Sambalpur University and masterís degree in Anthropology from Utkal University. His experience includes Administration in Govt. and Private organisations, Teaching, Research and Training & Development. He has published seven books and more than 60 papers in books and journals of national and international repute.

Prof. Premananda Panda
Qrs – SB 23, Aryaa Village,
Dumuduma, Phase – IV, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Phone: 91-9437261934

Dr. Neera M. Singh

Dr. Neera Mendiratta Singh is a founding member of Vasundhara and is currently functioning as the Member of its Executive Committee (EC). She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. She has longstanding association with community forestry issues in Odisha and India. Her experience includes research on self-initiated community forestry initiatives, gender and equity issues, and policy advocacy and networking around forest-based livelihood issues. She has an interdisciplinary social sciences Ph.D. from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree in Forestry Management (India) and B.Sc (Mathematical Statistics) (India).

Ms. Neera Mendiratta Singh
Founder Member
27 Parkland Road
Toronto, ON M1N1Y7
Email: neera.singh@gmail.com, neera.singh@utoronto.ca

Dr. Geetanjoy Sahu
Geetanjoy Sahu is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Science, Technology & Society, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. His research and teaching interests include environmental jurisprudence, environmental regulation and policy, forest rights and governance, the political economy of public policy and institutions, and environmental movements.
He earlier served as Post-Doctoral Associate at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment and Development (CISED), Bengaluru. He holds PhD in Political Science from the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bengaluru and MPhil from the Hyderabad Central University (HCU), Hyderabad. In 2010, he was selected for the Erasmus Mundus (EMEA) Scholarship from European Union and was associated with Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-Information Department, ITC, Netherlands as a Visiting Fellow. He was awarded the Justice E S Venkataramaiah Memorial Prize in recognition for his best PhD Thesis in Public Administration for the period 2005-2009 at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, 2010. In 2007, he was awarded SARAi Fellowship from the Centre for the Study of Developing Society (CSDS), New Delhi as a young PhD student to work on Urban Environmental issues.
He served as a member of various government committees in different capacities. He was a member of Environmental Sub-Group of Kerala State Planning Commission in Preparing the Draft Paper for the 13th Planning Commission, Government of Kerala in 2016. He was part of Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India, New Delhi Committee to discuss the requirement of notification to make the accreditation system for environmental consultants in India mandatory or not in 2016. and also member of Department of Planning and Development, Government of Odisha, Committee to discuss planning activities for the State of Odisha (2013-2014). In addition to this, he is a member of Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE), New Delhi, and anchors the research activity of Community Forest Rights-Learning Advocacy (CFR-LA)- a civil society group that works on community forest rights in India.

Dr. Geetanjoy Sahu
Assistant Professor,
Centre for Science, Technology & Society School of Habitat Studies
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Deonar, Mumbai-400088
Phone: 91-22-25525375, 9619584969

Mr. Tushar Dash


Mr. Y.Giri Rao
Executive Director
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 very poor, the underprivileged and the vulnerable. He is currently the Executive DirectorĖcum-Secretary of Vasundhara, Odisha (a research and policy advocacy organisation) with which he has been associated since 1995. Mr. Rao has a Bachelors degree in Commerce with specialisation in Economics, and a Masterís degree in Rural Development. He started his career with Gram Vikas and later on joined Vasundhara in 1995. He coordinated various projects as a programme officer. He was initially involved in research on institutional issues, and was actively associated with various peoplesí fora and groups advocating on forestry issues in Odisha. He has served as member in many committees constituted by the State and Central government. Presently he is part of State CAMPA Committee and State Audit Advisory Committee.

Ga-84, Niladrivihar,
(Near Army Housing Welfare Organisation)
P.O. Sailashree Vihar,
Bhubaneswar - 751021, Odisha
Phone:91 9437110915
Email: ygirirao@vasundharaorissa.org

Ms Puspanjali Satpathy
Pushpanjali handles documentation and publication work for Vasundhara and represents in EC as Treasure of Vasundhara. She contributes to the wider dissemination of our learning and research findings through her writings. In addition, she is also a part of the organisationís Community Empowerment Initiatives, the FRA Task Force and the Livelihood team. Associated with Vasundhara from 2003, Pushpanjali has emerged as an analyst of the organisationís interventions and strategies for almost all thematic teams. Along with a Masters Degree in Political Science, she also has a B.Ed. degree.

Flat No 403, Jayadev Tower
Jayadev Vihar,
Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Phone:91 9437241220
Email: puspanjali@vasundharaorissa.org

Ms. Ranjita Pattnaik
Staff Representative
Ranjita joined Vasundhara in May, 2008. She is a science graduate and holds a Masters degree on Computer Application as well. Her past experience includes as a faculty in various academic institutes like APTECH, Roland institute of Information and Technology for four years and also worked as a software developer in BSNL for two years. Before joining Vasundhara she was also worked in other NGOs like LIPICA, Ekta Parishad and Living Farm. In Vasundhara she has been involved in data analysis, documentation and also the field facilitation process related to the implementation of Forest Rights Act.She represents in EC as the staff representative of Vasundhara.

Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Phone: 63700953261

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