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Abhijeet is an earth observation expert specializing in geospatial analytics and hazard models. The scope of his work ranges from learning representation, geoscience, computational neuroscience to social sciences. He has over seven years of experience comprising of teaching and research in higher education setup with interdisciplinary outlook. His academic and professional affiliations include Faculty of Geoinformation Sciences and Earth Observation, Netherlands and University of Delhi. He is an active contributor to open source initiative and self-taught ignorant physicist.
Akanksha Bipin Naygandhi
kanksha is a research associate working with Prof Ashwini Chhatre on projects related to development initiatives in rural India. A detailed study was conducted on how Business Correspondents facilitate financial transactions using the AEPS (Aadhar Enabled Payment System) technology in remote villages. She is also working on the Indian Food System for Improved Nutrition (INFUSION) Project, to study how can intake of nutritious foods become more accessible and affordable to the most vulnerable communities.
She has done her B.Sc. in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata and her M.A. in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has worked for 5 years at corporate like Infosys and HSBC as a data analyst. Her past experience of exploratory data analysis and building machine learning models comes in handy when dealing with anything related to data.
She loves to trek and do all sort of adventure activities.
Apurva N S Duddu
Apurva holds a Masters degree in Natural Resources and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and has been associated with ISB as a Research Associate (RA) since the last one year. She has been actively working on Forest related datasets and currently is a part of the Forest Governance team. She has played an instrumental role in- Setting up of Socio-Ecological Monitoring System, Project Monitoring System and CFR
Avijit holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce from Calcutta University. Before joining the Forest Governance team as a Project Specialist, he was associated with Vikalp Social Organisation where he worked with forest dependent Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dependent working people across Uttar Pradesh, parts of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. He has extensive experience in training communities in the process of claiming rights as per FRA, building awareness about FRA Rights, etc.
Devanshi is an experienced research scholar, currently working as a Research Associate at Bharti Institute of Public Policy, ISB Hyderabad under the SLU grant. She is working on the project titled ‘Institutional Networks and Self-Adaption’ under the supervision of Prof. Ashwini Chhatre, Prof. Harry Fischer and Dr. Divya Gupta.
With a bachelor’s in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, and master’s in Development Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Devanshi has worked previously with Swaniti Initiative and Centre for Digital Financial Inclusion at IFMR. Skilled in Qualitative and Quantitative research methods, and statistical data analysis, Devanshi is passionate about development economics and public policy research.
Sr. Research Fellow
Divya Gupta has worked extensively on natural resource governance issues for almost ten years. Her research is multi-disciplinary in nature and operates at the intersections of several fields within the human dimensions of natural resources. These include forest policies and politics; collaborative forest governance across government agencies, NGOs, citizens, and industries; equitable resource distribution; sustainable development; and climate change discourse.
Divya got her Ph.D. in Environment and Natural Resources from the Ohio State University. Her undergraduate degree is in Botany and masters degree in Environmental Studies, both from University of Delhi.
Durga has completed her post-graduation from Institute of Rural Management Anand. Prior joining ISB, she has worked with National Dairy Development Board as a Deputy Manager; with Annapurna Microfinance Ltd. as a Corporate Social Responsibility manager; Odisha Police services; Centre for good governance Hyderabad, Panchayati department of Odisha. Her experiences are primarily in the domain of poverty alleviation, women and child development, and livelihood promotion.
Hemanth Guthala holds a master’s degree in Quantitative Economics from Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi and Bachelors in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. He is currently working with the Forest Governance team on the Project management tool and research on sustainability issues. Prior to this, he had worked as a consultant for Deloitte USI.
Nitisha is an experienced Project Associate with a demonstrated history of working organizations like Apple and Google. She has worked in different domains with skill sets spanning, General Management, Project Management, Customer Service and Microsoft Office. She has a degree in Aviation and Hospitality Industry.
Ravindra Sudam Chunarkar
Ravindra has completed his Graduation from Government Collage of Engineering, In Instrumentation. He is a part of ‘NIRMAN’; youth for purposeful life, held by ‘SEARCH’ organization, Gadchiroli. He has about Five Years of Experience in development sector. Initially he got ‘Kar Ke Dekho’ fellowship from ‘NIRMAN’ and started working in Palghar District, with ‘VAYAM’ organisation, work was based on grooming ground leaders, implementation of PESA, FRA, MGNAREGA and other rights. He has also worked with Government of Maharashtra as a Chief Minister Rural Development Fellow at MVSTF, in the Domain of convergence of government scheme and acted as a catalyst between the administration and people. His working village won the ‘Smart Village’ award. He also worked with ‘AAA’ organisation for strengthening Gramsabha’s in Korchi. He has worked on Forest Governance Project of TISS as Research Officer. He has also implemented the research study on Mendha, India’s First CFR recognition village, about their Pre and Post analysis of FRA.
Sanjoy completed his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Burdwan in 2009. Post completion he worked as an intern for the RRAN project. Currently, he is working as a Research Coordinator in the Forest Governance team. His job involves traveling to Madhya Pradesh (Dewas and Khandwa), Odisha(Malkangiri), West Bengal (Bankura), Maharashtra(Nashik), and Jharkhand (Chattarpur) for various data collection activities and GIS mapping of forest area. He has developed polygon of more than 130 forests across states and created a land-use map of 20 villages of West Bengal.
Shreya has 4 years of experience in the business world in domains such as marketing, strategy, technology, and Innovation. Her expertise spans across business unit process optimization, organization set-up, business plan, corporate strategy, digital transformation, business launch and expansion etc. At BIPP, She is working in Forest Governance team.
Shreya has completed E-MDP from IIM Kozhikode, MBA from IBS Hyderabad, and Bachelors in Arts (English) from St. Xavier's College. In addition to being an academic rank holder and SIP Award Winner (Toyota), She is a National Award Winner for designing marketing strategy for a project of Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan. Before Joining ISB, Shreya has worked in Amazon and Zomato. Shreya had her own start-up venture of business consulting which provided solutions to existing business problems. She enjoys exploring new places and trying new cuisines.
Sr Research Fellow
Surya Kandukuri is an engineer coupled with 7+ years of experience as a Data Consultant and Project Lead in the realm of Databases, Data Mining, Data Acquisition – scraping, APIs and Web Services, Data Visualization, Data Journalism, Statistical Modelling, Open Data, Government Partnerships and Relations. His key areas of work include implementation of Open Data Policy of IT E&C Department, Government of Telangana since its inception, various partnerships with government/quasi-government organizations, and private organizations. He is also an alumnus of ISB’s Advanced Management Program in Business Analytics (AMPBA). His research interests lie in Agriculture, Employment, History. He enjoys philosophy, photography, art, and music.
Corporate Engagement Specialist
Sushma is a part of the Forest Governance team at BIPP for establishing market linkages. Her work involves identifying industry/corporate requirements and opportunities and integrating with local/community-led enterprises for the forest based industrial raw material; thereby making forest communities an integral part of the industry value chains.
She holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi and has completed the Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy at ISB. Her experience, prior to this role, has been in the private sector; across FMCG, Mutual Funds and Telecom sectors in product & project management, strategy and business operations’ roles; she co-owned, built & managed her startup, a portal that helped its users invest their money in Mutual Funds most suited to them.
Her desire to do good work in the social impact sector is what brings her to her current role at ISB.
Yashashree has more than 3 years of experience that includes working as a science educator in the DST funded Science Express Climate Action Special, Project Officer at Centre for Environment Education, Ahmedabad and Project Fellow at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. She has completed her BSc (Hons.) Zoology, MSc Environmental Sciences and MPhil. Environmental Science and Sustainable Development. Her theses work includes quantification of carbon and provisioning ecosystem services in the Western Ghats and assessment of soil moisture estimation tool (STM2). She also completed certification courses in climate change and environmental law and policy as well as PgDiploma in Urban Environment Management and Law. She has joined Prof. Ashwini Chhatre in the Tenure Facility project as a Project Specialist to engage the corporate sector for endorsing CFR, prior to this she worked on ecological assessment of linear infrastructure to propose mitigation measures.
Yamini holds a Master's degree in Social Work with a specialization in Women-centered practice from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and a Bachelor's in Home Science with Development Communication and Extensions from Delhi University. She has worked with the Indian Political Action Committee as a Field Campaign Associate for West Bengal Assembly elections 2021 followed by a research fellowship with BIPP-ISB and Collectives for Integrated Livelihoods, Tata Trusts.