Self-Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action

Our Team

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Ved Arya

Ved Arya was elected Humphrey Fellow (1990-91), Ashoka Fellow (2007) and Aspire Fellow (2014). He is the Founder of SRIJAN, which he founded in 1997, an NGO promoting rural livelihoods across India. In 2005, he set up SIDS (P) Ltd, an international development consultancy organization credited for bringing the focus on quality human resources into government’s rural development projects. Ved has been a member of several policy-making bodies in Government of India (Planning Commission, Ministry of Rural Development). He was a member of the Steering Committee of the Planning Commission that wrote the rural development chapter of the 12th Five Year Plan. He is advisor and consultant to multilateral and bilateral agencies. Ved is an aeronautical engineer from IIT Kanpur (1979) and management graduate from IIM Ahmedabad (1981). He began his career with Tata Consultancy Services before switching over to the rural development sector. He was among the initial band of people who left the corporate sector to build PRADAN (1985-1997). As a Hubert Humphrey Fellow for the year 1990-91, he attended selected courses at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Boston University. As part of the Humphrey Fellowship, he also worked at the World Bank Headquarters, Washington, DC. He was invited to the Environmental Management course at Tufts University as a UNEP Fellow (1991).

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Prasanna Khemariya

Prasanna Khemariya , is the CEO since September, 2018. He has worked widely with Natural Resource and Watershed Management, Water Supply & Sanitation, Livelihoods Generation, Institutional Analyses, Strengthening governance, Community and Human Resources and many more. He was also associated with Government of Madhya Pradesh District Poverty Alleviation Programme as State Monitoring and Learning Coordinator. Besides, Mr. Khemariya has also worked as a researcher, policy analyst and consultant with various NGOs, donors, bilateral and multilateral agencies, and State and Central Government. Currently he is working with SRIJAN as one of the Programme Leaders. He is the co-author of “How to Make Money by Trading Charts” a book on trading in Indian equity market.

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Namita Pandey

Namita Pandey , A development practitioner by profession Namita Pandey is working with SRIJAN for last one decade. She secured B.Tech in Civil Engineering from Gobind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India (2004). Immediately after her college Ms. Pandey joined SRIJAN and started working directly with unprivileged women, Scheduled Tribes, and Scheduled Caste in the remotest areas of Rajasthan’s Tonk district. In the first six years, Ms. Pandey helped SRIJAN in establishing and developing community owned institution in the form of two hundred small SHG groups, which later were clustered together as a big independent federation that is helping its members both socially and economically. Realizing Ms. Pandey’s potential the organization soon positioned Namita in its human resource cell and in no times she leads the entire unit of her organization. Namita has developed a unique system of recruitment in SRIJAN for fresh graduates from different colleges and universities. She builds their capacities and nurtures them to work effectively as agents of change in the poorest regions of India.

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