Our Team


NIRMAN has a multi-disciplinary team of professionals with  extensive sectoral experience in millets based bio-diverse farming, rural development, land tenure,  forest governance, community empowerment and issues related to food security. NIRMAN also hires the services of consultants/subject specialists as and when required.

Mr. Prasant Mohanty,
Prasant is a founding member of NIRMAN and currently serving as Secretary Cum Executive Director.  He has more than 18 years’ experience in rural development and had a dynamic role in influencing and advocating right’s based concerns in areas of Forestry and Sustainable agriculture. He has been involved in development programmes dealing with institutional issues in community forestry & forest governance. He has demonstrated expertise in facilitation of community forestry federations, promotion of sustainable agriculture and millets based bio-diverse farming systems. He is associated with various networks within India and abroad. His academic portfolio includes MA in Development Planning & Administration.

Mr. Ramesh Chandra Naik
Ramesh has more than 19 years’ experience in rural development. Currently, he is serving as the Program Coordinator of NIRMAN. Commencing his career within the health sector, in his initial 9 years of work, Ramesh developed intuitive eagerness to bring innovation in the systemic approaches relating to food, nutrition & other associated fields. He is an expert process facilitator in creating community owned models of sustainable farming practices. He has been involved in a large number of development projects and has acquired extensive experience in Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Farming, Community Forest management and Women empowerment process.

Mr. Balabhadra Mishra
Balabhadra is a post graduate in rural management from IRMA, Anand and has 15 years of experience in a national level organization and also was leading a state team. His expertise lies with watershed development, landscape planning, collective enterprise and livelihood programme design. He is looking after the programme design on landscape management and collective enterprise.

Mr. Kanna K. Siripurapu
Mr. Kanna is a conservation and development professional with special focus on the community-based forest resource governance and indigenous agriculture systems in Odisha, India. He is a Masters and M.Phil., graduate from Andhra University, India, and Masters graduate from University of Maryland, USA. He has more than ten years of experience in academic research and project development. He is interested in studying the “political ecology” of natural resource and food production systems in India. He is also the editor of the book “The Semantic of CFM – People’s Narration” and published few significant research articles on democratic decentralization of natural resource governance and community-based forest management in Odisha. He likes promotion of eating healthy, organic food, using fair-trade products, and environmental conservation by practice and networking. Currently he is working as Senior Program Officer with NIRMAN.

Mr. Chandra Sekhar Routray
Chandra has completed a Master’s in Social Work. He has 17 years’ experience working with coastal fishery communities.  . He has formed and managed Self Help Groups, Self Help Co-operatives, livelihood restoration programs and enterprise development. He has also contributed to the promotion of Value added products in the fishery sector in Orissa and the sustainable management of alternative livelihoods in marine fishing villages. Currently, he is working as Program Officer and looking after livelihood improvement of small holder farmers through sustainable farming practices.

Mr. Aditya Pratap Singhdeo
Aditya is a post graduate in Social work. He has 6 years’ experience building community institutions, implementation of MGNREGS & Forest Right Act, organic farming, reviving millet based farming and management of local natural resources. His passion is to work with tribal communities towards improvement of their quality of life through millets based farming systems.

Ms. Shusri Sangeeta Das
Shusri is a Post Graduate in Rural Development from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. She has two years experience in advocacy on revival of Millets, a Conservation and Management of Community Forest Resources under Forest Right Act. Currently, she is working as Programme Officer of NIRMAN and looking after additional responsibility of Human Resources Management of the organisation. Before NIRMAN, she has worked as an intern and got exposure with livelihood improvement of rural women. Her passion is to work with adivasi and small holder farmers.

Mr. Gopabandhu Behera
Gopababdhu is a graduate with Economic Honors from Utkal University and a Post Graduate Diploma from IGNOU. He has more than 15 years’ experience in community forestry with a focus in institutional building of the federation of community forest management groups. Currently, he is working as Program Associate and assisting with the documentation of bio-diversity and traditional knowledge of communities.

Mr. Santosh Kumar Parida
Santosh has 6 years of experience with forest dwelling communities on rights settlement under the Forest Right Act (FRA). He is very good at community mobilization and facilitating claim filing of customary used land and community forest resources under FRA. At present, he is deeply involved in the effective implementation of FRA in the Nayagarh and Rayagada districts of Odisha.

Ms Anita Jena 
Anita hails from a farming community and has a strong belief in the approach of the Organization. Anita is a self- motivated person who is engaged in promotion of organic ways of SRI, home garden, crop improvement and conservation of agro-biodiversity particularly with school children, teachers, women groups and farmers. She is working as Field Coordinator and her academic portfolio includes a  B.A. in Humanities.

Ms. Sabnam Aferin
Sabanam is a graduate in social studies from Utkal University having a P.G. Diploma in computer Application. She has 4 years’ experience in sustainable agriculture and household nutrition and child right programs. She works as a Community Organiser.

Mr. Kailash Kadraka
Kailash is a graduate in social studies from Berhampur University. He has 2 years’ experience in community mobilization and facilitation of claim filing of tribal and other forest dwellers under the 2006 Forest Right Act.

Mr. Ratan Kumar Jena
Ratan is currently working as an Accounts and Administrative officer with NIRMAN. He has completed his Graduate degree in commerce from North Orissa University and also recently completed a M.B.A. He has over 6 years’ experience working in the development sector.

Mr. Prashant Palei
Prashant Palei is a graduate in commerce from Utkal University. He has over 4 years’ experience in Accounts and logistics management. Currently he is working as an Accountant and looking after the logistics of the organization.

Mr. Kailash Chandra Sahoo
Kailash has more than 13 years’ experience in agriculture and rural development. He has a Master’s degree in social science, from Utkal University, Odisha and profound knowledge of both conventional and organic farming, indigenous agricultural systems and practices. He gained significant understanding and knowledge of the sustainable indigenous agro-ecological systems through his close association with the tribal communities of Odisha, which he constantly improves and applies for promotion of sustainable agriculture practices. Having long years of experience in community mobilization and institution building, he always strives to bring innovation in institution building. Kailash is working as Program Officer at NIRMAN.

Mr. Badal Kumar Nayak
Badal is working as a Program Officer at NIRMAN. He has completed Master’s degree in Social Work from Nagpur University, Maharashtra, India. He has 6 & half years’ experience of working in several developmental organization on Health & Nutrition He has experience in managing livelihood projects, where he was involved in planning and management of all kind of field level activities including management of field staffs, building community institutions, enhance their capacity to bring out solutions for the existing problems with forming and facilitate of village level institution and collective groups like SHGs, Women Groups & GKSs etc.