Chief Executive Officer
Kuldip has been associated with many grassroots organizations and has significant experience managing high-impact projects supported by Governments and national and international agencies. He has more than twenty years of diverse experience in the development sector. His area of expertise lies in managing high-impact, large-scale projects, partnership building, resource mobilization, capacity building, and team building. For the last eight years, Kuldip has been instrumental in shaping the programmatic vision for BRLF in various roles. As Chief Operating Officer – Programs, he has successfully implemented state partnership projects in West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Maharashtra. He deeply understands the issues related to the Central Indian Tribal Belt and believes in impactful collaborations with civil society, government, and institutions for sustainable development.
With a Master’s in social work, he has previously worked with the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation as a National Coordinator of the Natural Resources Management division. He is a founding member of Gram Gaurav, a grassroots NGO based in Rajasthan.
Senior Program Officer and Technical Advisor
Dr. Sumit Roy has been working in Rural Development for over two decades. He has expertise in Watershed Management (NRM), Livelihood Development, Groundwater management, Non-Pesticide Management (NPM), Micro level mapping techniques with GIS, MIS development, and Project management (Monitoring and Evaluation). Sumit has completed a Master’s in Geography from Calcutta University and Doctorate in Watershed Management on Decision Support Systems from Viswa Bharati, Santiniketan in West Bengal. He has implemented and executed projects on Watershed Research, Watershed Management and Development, and Livelihood development projects with the tribal community through sustainable CBOs development. He has experience managing an organization as Executive Director.
Arvind has completed his master’s degree in Agriculture System Management from IIT Kharagpur. He brings more than thirteen years of rich and dynamic experience in rural livelihoods. His critical expertise lies in managing livelihood programs in rural areas, NRM-related works, planning, execution, and monitoring of the programs managing & implementing soil & water conservation works, horticulture, and agricultural activities in the field with the active participation of the community. Before joining BRLF, he successfully worked with IIEC and SRIJAN.
Jankee is a development professional with four years of enriched experience working with UNDP and the Rajasthan SRLM. She has completed her Masters in Women Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. Before joining BRLF, she worked with the rural and tribal communities on various projects to upscale the existing development models across all verticals. Her positive outlook with utmost integrity defines her professional way of life.
Lead – Capacity Building
Ramesh has seventeen years of experience in the development sector, working on micro-entrepreneurship development, grant management, resource mobilization, team management, partnership management, and M&E of development programs. He worked with Tata Sustainability Group as a Program Manager. Ramesh completed his Master of Science (Ecology and Environment) and Post-Graduation in Rural Development.
Belal, having over five years of experience in the sector with a master’s degree in Social Work from NIT- Allahabad, has a diverse background working with national and international organizations. Before BRLF, Belal worked with SRIJAN and Village Invest. He has worked with tribal communities for livelihood enhancement, capacity building, farm and non-farm intervention, and establishing microfinance institutions, value chains, and entitlements.
Vijay has completed his bachelor’s in social work from Jamia Millia Islamia, and a master’s in social work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati (Assam). Before joining BRLF, he worked with Magic Bus India Foundation, wherein he gained knowledge in the standardized monitoring process and dealing with government officials. As a Facilitator with BRLF, he has stayed along with students of the Certificate Program in Rural Livelihoods (CPRL) and extensively mentored them throughout the course.
Senior Research Executive
Pritha is a policy researcher working mainly on the issues of the rural sector. Her area of focus has been input subsidies and farm investments in Indian agriculture for the most part. Pritha holds a Master’s degree from the Department of Economics, University of Calcutta, and an M.Phil. (Economics) from Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Before joining BRLF, she worked with the Centre for WTO Studies at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) and the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER).
Senior Executive – MIS
Diksha has around six years of experience in the rural development sector. Before joining BRLF, she worked with SRIJAN and Rajasthan State Rural Livelihood Mission. She completed her graduation from Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology in Computer Engineering, after which she moved to the development sector to follow her passion.
Director: Strategic Partnerships & Resource Mobilization
In addition to a master’s in English Literature and Social Work from Osmania University, D S Rao holds MSc in Management of NGOs from the London School of Economics. DS has gained about three and half decades of work experience in the NGO sector in India. He started his NGO career with the Village Education and Development Society (VDS), a grassroots NGO in Pavagada, Tumkur district of Karnataka. He also worked with the Rural Industrial Consultants Association promoted by FAIR, the Catholic Health Association of India (CAHI), CARE India, Plan International, and HLFPPT, a Trust promoted by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GoI. Over the years, he has gained expertise in program management, grant management, partnership management, and resource mobilization.
Communication and Project Integration Officer
Mukesh is a communication specialist with over 15 years of rich experience leading strategic communications with several National and International organizations. With a master’s in Journalism and Mass Communication, Mukesh has worked with non-profits such as Bharti Foundation, IGSSS, Trickle Up, Pravah, etc. He has led and implemented brand management, external and internal communications, web and social media management, and online and offline campaigns to raise funds and awareness. A photography enthusiast, Mukesh is very passionate about sharing impact stories using visual communication tools and media.
Manager – Finance and Accounts
Sushil has more than fourteen years of qualitative experience managing various aspects of Accounts & Finance functions with several reputed national and international organizations. He holds an MBA degree with a specialization in finance. His tasks at BRLF include but are not limited to annual audits, statutory compliances, MIS, budget preparation, and finalization of accounts up to the Balance Sheet. He has previously worked with Prayas, DCCW, CIMMYT, and WWF-India.
Assistant Manager Finance & Accounts
Amit has completed his master’s degree in Finance and Post Graduate Diploma in NGO Management from Annamalai University. He has a decade of experience working with various development sector organizations, including the American India Foundation, ASK India, IGSSS, and Katha. He got expertise in handling Income Tax, budgeting, Donor Management & reporting, Grant Management, etc.
Pravakar has more than eight years of experience in Financial Planning, Budgeting, Accounting & Reporting in the Social sector. He did his MBA (Finance) from Biju Patnaik University of Technology, Odisha, and before joining BRLF, he worked with DEF and PRADAN.
Nand Lal has completed B. Com from CMJ University, and a one-year diploma in Office Management from YMCA Delhi. He has a decade of experience in account and finance roles in various development sector organizations, such as PPES, IGSSS, and Childline India Foundation Delhi.
Admin and IT Officer
Ravi is a highly motivated professional who is competent at multi-tasking with a decade of experience in office administration. He has been associated with BRLF since its inception. Ravi has significant experience working with the Government of India at the Planning Commission. He has completed his bachelor’s degree in Science from RML Awadh University, Faizabad.
Office Support & Maintenance Executive
Paulus is highly energetic and performs all day-to-day office tasks to the highest standards. He has been associated with BRLF since 2014. He is always keen to learn new things and performs all his duties with a smile.