"It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed." – Charles Darwin

Core Team

Omar Pervez (Founder & Director)

Omar has 16+ years of corporate experience in functional finance, project management, process mapping, trainings, and evaluations. He has worked in various capacities, in different sectors, in companies of varied sizes and maturity – ranging from startups to multi-nationals and fortune 500 companies. In his individual capacity as a freelance consultant, he has helped numerous organizations streamline their processes and come up the learning curve.

Ritu Srivastava (Research & Evaluation Director)

As a technologist, Ritu has over 14+ years of experience in the development sector specifically the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) domain, using digital technology towards sustainable development of underprivileged communities / marginalized sections of society. She has extensive experience and expertise in project and process management, monitoring & evaluations, project design and implementation, program development for bilateral and multilateral funding for NGOs, strategic alliances; fund-raising proposals, media strategy, knowledge management and research.

Team Members

Lucky Tamang (Project Head, Learning & Development)

Lucky has over 6 years of work experience in private and social development sector. She is an expert in Event management with excellent organizational and planning skills. She has worked for various initiatives on ICT4D and Capacity building with different private and development sector and government organizations.  She also holds a good experience in business development research activities and other consulting services.

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Advisory Board

Jayalakshmi Chittoor (Independent Consultant on Knowledge Management, Writing and Change Management)

She has extensive experience in consulting with government, private and bi-lateral agencies. She was consultant at the Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, in the Research and Development Statistics Division (1987-89). Consultant to TIFAC, setting up the Expertsbase and expertisebase online information system in 1989. Founder Board Member of Energy Environment Group, a grassroots NGO in Una, HP, India (1983-2002). Also served as elected Treasurer and Director for the society for two terms. Worked in National Coordination Unit for Beijing 95 – the UN Conference on Women, as Information, Documentation and Media specialist to prepare Indian NGO participation in the UN Conference (1993-96). Worked with National Foundation for India (1996-mid 98) as Programme Officer, Development Communications. First as Assistant Coordinator (1998-99)and later as Networking Specialist (1999-2002) with Mountain Forum ( an institutional process for an essentially online network of networks. Worked with IDRC’s Bellanet programme ( as Senior Programme Specialist (2003-04)and later as Regional Asia Advisor (Consultant), as a team member of the dgroups programme ( Working currently as Programme Coordinator and previously as editorial consultant for i4d monthly print magazine ( and Digital Learning magazine ( since April 2004. Also heading a team on ICT4D programme, entitled i4d at the Centre for Science, Development and Media Studies (CSDMS:, undertaking research, programme management and corporate planning.

Dr.K.K.Upadhyay (An alumnus of Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA))

Dr. K. K. Upadhyay, an alumnus of Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), is a seasoned professional with over three decades of experience across government, not-for-profits and corporate.
He has pioneered several innovative successful models that exist in the development sector today; including Mother Dairy Fruits and Vegetable – “Safal”; an integrated rural water supply, sanitation project for 1000 villages and 10 towns in Rajasthan – “Aapni Yojana”; Bastar Integrated Development Project for Royal Danish Embassy and Health of the urban poor program for USAID/ PFI.

He has been an expert with Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, was on board of National Trust, Jan Sthirta Kosh, Global Compact Network. He has conducted and commissioned research studies for USAID, UNDP and IIED London. Dr. Upadhyay headed the FICCI Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence.

Augustine Veliath (Chairman of the India Board of Non-Violence Project Foundation)

Winner of the Karuna Maitry Award 2002 from the Budha Mission of India and ‘Man of the Year’ Award 1990 from Lions International Mumbai, Augustine has more than 40 years of experience as communication strategist, writer, publisher and mentor of which 23 years were with UNICEF (core member of the national communication team) contributing to and leading many UNICEF movements including child survival revolution, child rights movement, global movement for children and universal immunization program. He is currently the Chairman of the India Board of Non-Violence Project Foundation based in Geneva. He started his journey as a journalist with Indian Express, the Century and Manas Publications, was part of Voluntary Health Association of India and Catholic Health Association of India as Head-Communications, and lead the national campaign on infant nutrition resulting in the Government accepting the infant food code. As a media advisor with the Department ( now Ministry) of Women and Child Development, he helped produce many award-winning films on ICDs and children issues.

Subramanian Narayan (Management Consultant, Leadership Coach, Trainer)

Certified Coach, Trainer and Speaker at John Maxwell Team (Founders circle), Subramanian has worked closely with John Maxwell and Marshall Goldsmith, putting his 22+ years of experience at Dow Chemicals as finance controller to good use. He runs his own consulting firm Renergetics Consulting Pte Ltd based in Singapore, and serves as director at Savoy Global WLL (Qatar) and Unova Training and Consulting Pvt. Ltd (India). An MBA in Strategy, Organization Effectiveness and Six Sigma from Hentley Business School, he serves as a keynote and motivational speaker, being invited to speak at regional / international conferences and corporate events on a wide variety of topics including leadership, employee engagement, health & wellness, communication, productivity & Six Sigma

Charmaine Fernandes Sharma (Business Consultant)

An MBA in Marketing with a sound background in Economics, Mrs Charmaine Fernandes Sharma has worked extensively in the field of Biotechnology and has been awarded with Achievement Award in Biotechnology at Asia Pacific Convention of Entrepreneurial Women in 2002. As Co-Founder and Partner of Observing Ecotech, she is working on a pilot project with the government of Goa for treatment of physical waste. She is also member of India Sanitation Coalition. Her interests lie in the field of sustainability and waste treatment, green products, biotechnology as well as with researchs and industries involved in the development and commercialization of sustainable technologies. She has been an entrepreneur since 1992 and business consultant since 2000 with keen focus on devising and developing a market for new and innovative products that did not have a precedent in terms of market acceptance or common marketing practices

R.P.S Khurana

A qualified Chartered Accountant and a Company Secretary, Mr Khurana is a treasure house for knowledge with experience in excess of 25 years.

Rajeshree Dutta Kumar (Programme Consultant – Government Relations, Alliances and Communications)

Rajeshree has about 15 years of experience in strategic alliances and communications in education, elearning and governance domains. She has worked with various companies in improving their communication strategies and alliances. She is also Co-Founder of Plan My School. Rajeshree holds doctoral degree in Humanities and Social Sciences (Developmental Theories) from IIT Delhi.


Sarbani Banerjee Belur (Senior Project Research Scientist and Program Manager in the Gram Marg)

Presently working as a Senior Project Research Scientist and Program Manager in the Gram Marg: Rural Broadband project at the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay, she did her Ph.D. in Population Studies from the Population Research Centre of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands preceded by MSc in Population Studies from the University of Groningen, Masters in Population Studies from International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai and Masters in Sociology from University of Hyderabad. She is IEEE India chair for work-streams ‘Affordability’ and ‘Accessibility’ as part of the Industry Connections (IC) Digital Inclusion through Trust and Agency (DITA)

Sushil Singh (Founder – Sushil Singh & Associates, Chartered Accountants)

Sushil Singh is Founder of firm, Sushil Singh & Associates. He has more than a decade experience in Practice as Chartered Accountant and experience of handling large clients. He is certified IFRS professional and practices insolvency law. He is also member of Business Network International (BNI)

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