Our Executive Committee


Prof. Vishwa Ballabh
Prof. Vishwa Ballabh is a Professor in Economics area in XLRI, Jamshedpur, currently serving as President to Executive Committee of NIRMAN. Prior to joining XLRI, he was Reserve Bank of India Chair Professor at the Institute of Rural management Anand. Prof Ballabh graduated in Agriculture from Pant Nagar and holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. He has been a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and was a Visiting Scholar at the Indiana University, USA and a Visiting Scientist at the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines. He has over twenty years of teaching and research experience. His major area of research interest has been institutions and natural resource management. He is a member of several national and international professional societies in agricultural, natural resource economics and development fields. He was Vice President of Indian Society of Agricultural Economics 1996-97. He has published widely and co-edited two books titled, Farm Forestry in South Asia, Co-operative Management of Natural Resources. He is presently editing books on Droughts and Integrated Water Resource Management in South Asia : Issues, Alternatives and Futures (with Jasween Jairath), Governance of Water: Institutional Alternatives And Political Economy and Institutional alternatives and Governance of agriculture. He has also co-authored a monograph titled Organising for Rural Development. Widely travelled, Prof Ballabh has participated in several national and international conferences and has provided consultancy to several national and international development organizations such as the Ford Foundation, Royal Netherlands Embassy, UNICEF and International Water Management Institute.

Mr. Prasant Mohanty,
Mr Prasant is a founding member of NIRMAN and currently serving as Secretary cum Executive Director of NIRMAN.   He has more than 17 years of experience and had a dynamic role in influencing and advocating right’s based concerns in areas of Forestry and Sustainable livelihoods. He has been involved in development programmes dealing with institutional issues in community forestry & forest governance, sustainable livelihood interventions and policy advocacy. He has demonstrated expertise in facilitation of community forestry federations, sustainable agriculture and livelihood planning and visual documentation. He is associated with various networks within India and abroad. His academic portfolio includes MA in Development Planning & Administration. He has participated in various international conferences on Commons and Forest governance in Cheltanham in UK, Viena in Austria, Bangkok in Thailand and Dhaka in Bangaladesh. Currently, he is active in promotion of Millets based bio-diverse farming system, advocating Millets in agriculture policy and food rights programs of government.

Dr. Prateep Kumar Nayak

Dr. Prateep Kumar Nayak's primary academic and research interest has been to understand the complex human-environment interactions with particular attention to the growing impacts of change on the processes of development and sustainability across multiple scales. Through his research, he focuses on the drivers of such changes, the nature of their influence, and possible ways to deal with them. Prateep's current research investigates ‘how to achieve development that can promote human well-being while conserving the environment’ and he considers this as a way forward for achieving sustainability of human-environmental systems. He uses conceptual elements from social-ecological systems approach, complex commons, environmental justice and political ecology in his work. Prateep 's recent work examined the multi-level drivers and processes of alienation of fishing communities from their resource-base in India's Chilika Lagoon, and analysed the implications of such disconnect for social-ecological sustainability. Prior to 2004, Prateep has worked as a development professional in India for about ten years on issues around community-based governance of land, water and forests, focusing specifically at the interface of research, implementation and public policy. Prateep is currently based in the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Canada where he teaches international development and environment, and engaged in research on social-ecological change, thresholds and governance in aquatic-terrestrial systems.

Ms. Neema Pathak

Ms. Neema Pathak Broome is a member of Kalpavriksh Environment Action Group, Pune, India. She has been working on issues related to governance, management and conservation of biological diversity in India for last decade. In particular, her focus areas have been to document and popularize the management and conservation of species and habitat by rural, local communities; analysis and commenting on laws and policies related to conservation; and influencing the decision making processes related to participatory conservation of biological diversity. Some of the activities that she has been centrally involved with include - policy analysis and lobbying for appropriate changes in the laws and policies, particularly the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, Indian Forest Act 1927, The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006 and other relevant Acts, policies and government orders pertaining to ecosystem conservation and local livelihoods. She has also written a number of papers & organized a number of workshops on Community Conserved Areas in India among others. Neema has recently compiled and edited a Directory of Community Conserved Areas in India. Neema is also coordinating an international process of writing a training manual and training course on “Governance of Protected Areas” being supported by TILCEPA, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and GTZ.

Mr. Pranab Ranjan Chaudhury

Mr. Pranab is a Post Graduate in Forestry from Dr YSPUHF, Solan, HP with more than 15 years of experience; 8 years as Scientist in Indian Council of Agriculture Research; more than 7 years as independent consultant; has worked in more than 8 states in India, in Nepal and Bangladesh with the multilateral/ bilateral (JICA, World Bank, DFID, UNDP etc.) and donor funded (EC, EED, Caritas etc.) projects, with state Govt and NGOs. He has 20 International papers, 21 National conference papers, 11 peer reviewed international and national Journals, 3 Books/ chapters, 11 Working papers/ Reports, 12 popular/ technical articles and 40 TV features to his credit. His areas of expertise include Watershed Management, Forestry, Livelihoods, Farming System and Inter-disciplinary Issues. He has lead and supervised research and consultant teams for big projects, worked in multi-cultural/ethnic settings and dealt with senior functionaries of GO/NGO.

Mr. Ranjan Rout

Mr. Ranjan Rout is a development professional of 20 years’ experience in promoting livelihoods of poor and marginalised sections through micro-enterprise development.  He has long experience of undertaking assignment of National & International Development Agencies on different Livelihood & Rural Development Projects. He has considerable experience in program planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, study & action research on sustainable livelihood, micro enterprise development, water and sanitation. Acquired extensive experience on WASH, Community Centered Child Development (CCCD) – Child Protection and Child Participation, Decentralized Governance, Forest Management, promotion of NTFP based cooperatives, Land and Water Management, Watershed Development & Disaster ManagementHe has also experience in raising funds from institutional donors.  Mr. Ranjan is currently works as the Executive Director of National Institute for Development Innovation (NIDI).

Mr. Sisir Kanta Pradhan
Mr Sisir Kanta Pradhan have over 18 years of experience in Development sector. He has expertise in natural resources management, support national and regional agencies for programme development in the areas of social protections, livelihoods, democratic governance, natural resource management, water and sanitation etc.

He has also been actively engaged in facilitating the development of capacity building framework and Institutional resource book for frontline workers and senior managers on forest and common Property Resources, worked extensively on policy action related to forest, water and local governance, excelled hands on experience on shaping institutional and biophysical processes for the effective governance of local resources for better livelihood of rural communities in states like Odisha, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan and MP.

Presently, he is working as Senior Consultant-cum-Advisor to CLTS foundation Global and also providing technical support and building capacities of field functionaries of national governments, UNICEF and Global Sanitation fund in the area of livelihoods, institutional development, sanitation and natural resource management in various parts of India and across different south Asian and African Nations

He is author and co-author to many books and his Articles are published in many reputed national and international journals

Prof. Haribandhu Panda
Prof. Haribandhu Panda, presently Pro Vice Chancellor, Centurion University of Technology and Management (CUTM), Odisha, has more than 25 years of national and international experience in academics and industry. Prior to Joining CUTM, Prof. Panda worked as Director, HDF School of Management, Professor and Member of Board of Governors, Institute of Rural Management (IRMA), Anand; Technology Management Specialist at the South East Asia Technology Co., Ltd. (SEATEC), Bangkok; Assistant Chief Design Engineer at the National Thermal Power Corporation, Ltd. (NTPC), Delhi; and Senior Research Associate at the Energy Technology Division of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok. He is actively associated with a number of Civil Society Organisations in Odisha and outside. His education includes Ph.D. in Management of Technology and M. Eng. in Energy Technology from the AIT; MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi; and B. Eng. (Mechanical) from the NIT, Rourkela. He teaches NGO Management, Strategic Management, Management of Technology and Energy Management. He works broadly in technology based, market linked sustainable livelihood and local security.

Ms. Debasina Mohanty
Ms. Debasina is having Master’s Degree in Social Science from Utkal University; Bhubaneswar and has been active in social work since her college career and is currently involved on livelihood improvement through sustainable farming.

Ms. Sikha Sahoo
Ms. Sikha is having Master’s Degree in Social Science from Utkal University; Bhubaneswar and has passion for social work since her college days and was very active in NSS. She is currently involved on low-input based sustainable agriculture practices.