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Prasanna Khemariya

Prasanna Khemariya is the CEO of SRIJAN.

Prasanna worked as a consultant on Aquaculture, Positive Water Balance, Soil and Water Conservation, land restoration, and Integrated Natural Resource Management before joining SRIJAN in 2012. He has 34 years of expertise in designing large-scale development projects and has rich experience in implementing rural development on farm rural livelihoods-related projects.

He started his career as Assistant Engineer with an erstwhile MP Fisheries Development Corporation. He spent almost two decades with the Government of Madhya Pradesh, overseeing and implementing various projects in livelihoods promotion, poverty alleviation, fisheries, and aquaculture initiatives in tribal areas of Chhattisgarh. He held many positions, including Project In charge of one of the sub-projects of Bhoj WetLand Project Bhopal, Technical Officer of State Land Use Board, and State Monitoring and Learning Coordinator in the World Bank-funded MP - DPIP.

He has also worked as an Investment Advisor and co-authored books on the Indian Equity Market's technical aspects.

Prasanna was engaged in consulting roles with projects supported by the Department of International Development, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), OECF (Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund, Japan), and India's MGNREGA initiatives. Over the years, he has gathered deep expertise in Policy Advocacy, Rural Livelihoods Management, Environment, Climate Change, Positive Water Balance, and Regenerative Agriculture.

Prasanna's beliefs are rooted in the holistic development of rural communities by bringing together the power of communities, technology, and innovations to ensure sustainable livelihood opportunities for the underprivileged. He is an avid reader and photographer and has a deep interest in Indian Native Trees and Environmental Issues.

Prasanna has a graduate degree in Agriculture Engineering from College of Agriculture Engineering, JNKVV, (Jabalpur) and did his Masters in Aquaculture Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, (IIT), Kharagpur