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 Executive Committee :
Ms Neera M. Singh
Ms. Neera M. Singh is a founding member of Vasundhara, and is currently functioning as President of the EC. She is presently working as an Assistant Professor in University of Toronto, in the area of Geography and Programme in Planning. She has been engaged for several years with community forestry issues in Odisha and India. Her experience includes research on self-initiated community forestry initiatives, gender and equity issues, and policy advocacy and networking around forest-based livelihood issues. She has completed herPh.D. from Michigan State University apart from Masters Degree in Forestry Management (India) and B.Sc (Mathematical Statistics) (India).

Ms. Neera M. Singh
Founder Member
Flat No. 2/26, VIP Enclaves
Gangotri Apartment, Chandrasekharpur
Email: neera.singh@gmail.com, singhne1@msu.edu

Prof. Premananda Panda
Prof. Premananda Panda is associated with the HDF School of Management, the former Member Secretary, Academy of Tribal Language and Culture and former Director of SCSTRTI Govt. of Odisha, and is currently functioning as Vice-President of Vasundhara, Bhubaneswar. He was also former Professor and Head Department of Anthropology, Sambalpur University has a teaching experience in Anthropology and Management at Post Graduate and MTI level for more than three decades and about two decades respectively. He has been associated academically with more than 35 universities and about 15 research institutes in India and 4 universities abroad. He has completed his Ph.D from Sambalpur University apart from master degree on Anthropology from Utkal University. His experience includes Administration in Govt. and Private organisation, Teaching, Research and Training & Development. He has published seven books and more than 60 papers in books and journals of national and international repute.

Qrs – SB 23, Aryaa Village,
Dumuduma, Phase – IV, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Phone: 91-9437261934

Ms Madhu Sarin
Ms. Madhu Sarin is the member of Vasundhara’s Executive Committee (EC). Since the early 1980s, she has worked on rural development planning, participatory and sustainable forest management, and gender justice and women’s empowerment, combining grassroots work with advocacy for policy changes at the state and national levels. Madhu has written extensively on these issues, with papers published in international and national level books and journals. She was a member of the drafting committee and Technical Support Group appointed by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, for the Tribal and Forest Dwellers (Forest Rights) Bill. She is also actively associated with the National Campaign for Survival and Dignity. In addition to being on the governing board of several NGOs in India, such as VikramSarabai Centre for Development Interaction (VIKSAT), Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), and Sutra, she also serves on the boards of Regional Community Forestry Training Center (Bangkok) and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UK. She has an extensive understanding of issues relating to forests, tribal land rights, and forest governance in Odisha; and provides extensive advisory inputs to Vasundhara’s interventions.

Ms. Madhu Sarin
48, Sector 4, Chandigarh
Phone:  09814004449, +911722741420
Email: madhu.sarin1@gmail.com

Dr. (Ms). V. Rukmini Rao
Dr. Rao is a dedicated social and rural development activist working with women at many levels of Indian Society but particularly with the poor, the underprivileged and the vulnerable. She has a high media profile and credibility in Andhra Pradesh and in India in general on these issues. She is currently Executive Director of the Centre for World Solidarity (CWS) and on the Boards of the Deccan Development Society (DDS) and Gramya (Gramya Resource Centre for Women, which she founded). She also worked for many years with Saheli (Saheli Women’s resource Centre) in Delhi.

Gramya Resource Centre for Women
12-13-440,Street no 1, Tarnaka
Secunderabad 500017.India
website: http://www.gramya.org.in
Phone: 0091-40-42601382
Mobile: 0091-9440860271
E-mail: vijayrukminirao@gmail.com

Ms.Sumi Krishna Chauhan
Sumi Krishna, an independent environment-development researcher and gender consultant, Former President of the Indian Association for Women’s Studies, has over 35 years of experience at the field, programme and policy levels. Her interests include the gender dimensions of biodiversity and natural resource-based livelihoods in rural and tribal areas; local knowledge systems and resource rights; participatory governance through community institutions; inter-disciplinary research methodology; and capacity-building for young professionals. She has served as guest faculty/adviser at various institutions and universities, and earlier worked for several years in development communication. She is a founder-moderator of the e-group ‘jivika’ on livelihood and gender. Her major publications include Environmental Politics: People’s Lives and Development Choices; Restoring Childhood: Learning, Labour and Gender in South Asia; and the edited volume Livelihood and Gender: Equity in Community Resource Management.

103 Farah Court, 185 Fifth Main
Deffence Colony, Indira Nagar,
Bangalore - 56
Phone: 9845545524, 8025200716

Mr. Manas Ranjan Mishra
Executive Director
Shri Manas Ranjan Mishra started his working life in Vasundhara in 1996. After the stint of three year he joined Action-Aid India and subsequently work as Director Social Audit for Department of Panchayatiraj, Odisha from 2012 to 2014. From 2014-2016 he work as a consultant and social audit and participatory planning in the MGNREGA division of Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. He rejoined Vasundhara in March 2016.

Mr. Manas Ranjan Mishra
Po. Patasundarpur, Bhodal
Phone: 9910770420
Email:-manas.odisha@hotmail.com, manas@vasundharaorissa.org

Mr. Hemanta Shoo
Mr. Hemanta has joined Vasundhara on 1.1.2014 and he loves to work at the interface on community forest management, forest food, legal and socio-ecological aspect forest governance and management, biodiversity conservation, ethno-biology studies and interdisciplinary research. He has been worked on floristic, wild edible and medicinal and aromatic plants survey of special habitats in Similipal Biosphere Reserve, Satkosia wildlife sanctuary, Baisipalli sanctuary and other biodiversity rich areas under different projects funded by MoEF Govt. of India operating at Regional Plant Resource Centre, Bhubaneswar. In addition, He has been involved in NERC research project entitled “integrate forest ecosystem services with pro-poor governance in India” across different governance regime in Odisha. Currently he is actively involved in CFR governance and management process and human well beings. He has submitted his Ph. D. thesis to Utkal University and published more than 15 research papers in books and journals of national and international repute. He represents in EC as Treasurer.

Plot no-148, Paiknagar
Bhubaneswar - 751003, Odisha
Phone: 9556876848
E-mail: hemant@vasundharaorissa.org, biohemanta@gmail.com

Ms. Puspanjali Satpathy
Staff Representative
Ms. Pushpanjali joined Vasundhara in 2005 and she handles documentation and publication work for Vasundhara. She contributes to the wider dissemination of our learning and research findings through her writings. In addition, she is also a part of the organisation’s Community Empowerment Initiatives, the FRA Task Force and the Livelihood team. Along with a Masters Degree in Political Science, she also has a B.Ed. degree.

Jayadev Tower, Qr.No-403, Jayadev Vihar,
Po-RRL, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Phone: 9437241220

Mr. Bibhore Deo
Staff Representative
Mr. Bibhore Kumar Deo has completed his master degree in Rural Development from Utkal University as well as post graduation diploma in Remote Sensing and GIS from Utkal University. He joined Vasundhara on 25th Feb. 2014 as a Research Associate and currently working as a programme associate where he is assigned to work community forest rights with the team, FRA task force. His responsibilities include project proposal development, project coordination, budget tracking, training and capacity building, learning documents preparation, report writing, liaison with govt., partnership with CSOs and sangathans. He represents in EC as the staff representative. He has published two learning documents namely, Recognition of Community Forest Rights; Experiences from Similipal Tiger Reserve and Recognition and Mapping of Community Forest Resource Rights. He also provides legal and technical support to administration as well as non-profit organizations.

At-Kandhal, Po-Nakchi,
Dist - Angul, Odisha
Phone: 9938484671

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