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Executive Director

Jashodhara Dasgupta

(Executive Director)
Jashodhara is a senior policy advocate, training expert and researcher with over 31 years of experience working on women’s health and rights issues in northern India, as well as nationally and internationally. She co-founded the women’s health organization SAHAYOG in 1992 and led it for 12 years with a unique combination of community-based participatory approaches, research and high-level policy advocacy, drawing upon a strong background in feminist approaches to women’s health issues. She has also co-founded and worked with other feminist groups such as AALI and HUMSAFAR in Lucknow, UP. In the two decades post-ICPD, Jashodhara has emerged as one of the leading civil society advocates on rights based approaches to reproductive and maternal health, and has anchored several civil society advocacy platforms, such as Healthwatch Forum, the National Alliance for Maternal Health and Human Rights, and the International Initiative on Maternal Mortality and Human Rights; as well as served as Convenor for the Medico Friend Circle. She has conducted several studies and has published papers in books and peer-reviewed journals. As a public health policy advocate, she has been invited by the Government of India through the erstwhile Planning Commission to serve on the high-level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage; as well as been engaged with the National Human Rights Commission (India), the Human Rights Council (OHCHR, United Nations), and the Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health.


Dr Monica Banerjee

( Director Programs )
Monica's work for 18 years at the foundation comprises fostering voluntary action, particularly in rural and remote areas, to recover the agency of ordinary people. She leads NFI’s programs on Elementary Education, Community Health, Peace and Justice including the northeast desk. Her role involves engaging with different stakeholders in philanthropy. She contributes to development and social change discourses based on experiences in catalyzing (unequal) social relationships. Her research interests and publications include (and are not confined to) Civil Society and Voluntary Action, Gender and Rural Development. A post graduate in Agricultural Sciences, Monica received her Ph D on Gender and Rural Local Governance from IIT, Delhi in 2004; she was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Civil Society , LSE in 2006.

Barsha Poricha

( Director Programs )
Barsha Poricha is working with NFI since 1999. She works here as Programme Director. She is an Urban and Regional planner from CEPT, Ahmedabad and also holds a Masters Degree from Delhi School of Economics. She has over 14 years of experience working on issues of governance, urban poverty and youth in the development sector. Her core areas of interest and work are furthering pro poor and citizen centric governance mechanisms and poverty issues in urban and peri urban settlements. In the course of her work, she has worked closely with NGOs, civil society organizations, government and individuals who are involved in similar works.

Gitanjali Das

( Programme Manager )
Gitanjali is currently working as Programme Manager, handling the Livelihoods Security portfolio. After her Rural Management from XIM, Bhubaneswar, she has been working with development sector for approximately 11 years primarily in the thematic area of Livelihood Promotion. Prior to joining NFI, She has worked with PRADAN, BASIX, KGVK and Indo-Swiss Project Odisha. During her 3 years association with PRADAN, she was anchoring the Programme Coalition Network of 14 organizations, called Vikas Bazar Net in Jharkhand. She has experience in programme design and management, livelihood promotion, value chain development and capacity building.

Neelay singh

( Programme Officer )
Neelay Kumar Singh is working as Program Officer, Livelihood Security in NFI. He has an experience of 5 plus years in development sector and has worked intensively in the area of livelihood in northern India. His expertise lies in implementing national level flagship program on livelihood like MGNREGA and IWMP in close partnership with government. Prior to joining NFI, he had worked with Charities Aid Foundation, All India Artisans and Craft workers Welfare Association and Foundation for Ecological security- Rajasthan, after completing his Post-Graduation in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi.

Mr Joy Chakravorty

( Programme Officer )
Joy is currently working as Programme Officer assigned for the Livelihoods Security portfolio. He is having 9 years of work experience in social sector (experienced of working in the states of West Bengal, Delhi, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Tripura, Mizoram , Arunachal Pradesh, HP, Uttarakhand ) in the domains of rural livelihood (flagship programme on livelihood like NRLM-MKSP, Convergence with MGNREGS, EU funded Livelihood for STGs); Financial Inclusion & Business Development with NABARD; Governance & UN research projects; policy advocacy with major stakeholders; Convergence with government line departments and strengthening of local governance (PRIs). Prior to joining NFI, he has worked with NABFINS (Subsidiary of NABARD); CEC, IIPA, IIDS & STEPS of Delhi & Loka Kalyan Parishad of West Bengal.

Mini Kakkar Singh

( Senior Programme Officer )
Mini Kakkar Singh is a Senior Programme Officer with the National Foundation for India. She has been associated with the foundation for the last eight years and coordinates the Citizens and Society portfolio and the Development Journalism programme of the foundation. Before joining the foundation she worked briefly with IBM. She studied Sociology from the Delhi University and later Human Resource Management from Institute of Management Technology.


( Programme Officer )
Radhika is a Programme Officer at NFI for the Sustainable Development Goals project. She has​ been working in the development sector since 2010, particularly working on project design and implementation in the areas of Governance, Women's Empowerment and Leadership Building with young people and grassroots communities. She has previously worked with SEWA Bharat, Youth Ki Awaaz and The YP Foundation. Before NFI, she was working with the action/2015 campaign as the Campaign Officer to create awareness on the SDGs process. She is a graduate from Delhi University in Political Science Honors.

Ipsapratibimbita Sarangi

( Programme Officer )
Ipsapratibimbita Sarangi is working as a Programme Officer in livelihood security portfolio. She has nearly 10 years of experience in development sector with the organizations like PRADAN, CARE India and NRLM. Her area of expertise are in planning and implementing large scale livelihood projects, capacity building of CBOs, financial inclusion and grooming of development professionals. She is a post graduate in Mass communication with a PG Diploma degree in Disaster Management.

M K Gualnam

( Programme Officer )
Mr.Gualnam holds Bachelor in Geography from Manipur University and Master in Social Entrepreneurship from TISS. Before joining NFI, he worked for a development consulting firm for two years. He traveled widely across India to understand the magnitude of poverty and ways of intervention. Prior to that, he worked for The Shipping Corporation of India-TISS’ CSR Project for one year. He is adventurous, loves travelling and spends time with family. He takes pride in calling himself as a man from the hills where the Shiroy lily grows on earth and the bamboo flower blooms.

Ms. Kasmita Basing

( Programme Assistant )
Ms. Kasmita Basing is working as a Programme Assistant for the Urban-Local Governance and Accountability Portfolio. She holds Bachelors in Planning degree from School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh and Masters in Planning degree from CEPT University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Before joining NFI, she had worked as an Urban Planner in a semi-governmental organization- All India Institute of Local-Self Government for the Smart City Raipur Proposal project on contract based. Her interest areas are Impact Assessment Studies and Sustainable Development Planning.


Amita Pal

Amita Pal, Ph.D in biophysics, is working as consultant with NFI since August, 2009. Before joining this organization, she served BBC World Service for 12 years as Audience Relation Officer in the division of Audience Research & Marketing, New Delhi Office. Prior to that, for 5 years she worked as Information Officer, Bioinformatics, Delhi University, South Campus.

Sathyasree Goswami

( Consultant YIF )
Sathyasree Goswami’s works as a consultant for the Youth Innovation Fund, that entails working through grant-making towards supporting and facilitating innovations on Reproductive and Sexual health intervention amongst young people in India. She has been working in the field of sexuality both as an implementer and a trainer for the past 7 years. She has been a development practitioner, researcher, trainer, and organization evaluation team member, gender for over 18 years. She has been the founder of Rural Volunteers Centre- an NGO in Assam, Payana- a community NGO of sexual minority community in Bangalore; promoter of Foresee social entrepreneurs- a social business based in Bangalore India.


Moon Dutt

( Manager Finance )
Joined the National Foundation for India in December 2002 after having studied and worked in the UK from 1971 to 2002. During this time he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and subsequently went on to do a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the London Business School. During his stay in the UK he worked for the multinational car hire company Hertz, credit card company American Express, international Bank of America and Rediffusion Ltd, in various managerial capacities in the UK and Europe. Prior to his return to India he was the part owner and partner of a firm of Chartered Accountants in the UK.

Santosh Kumar

( Accounts Assistant )
Santosh Kumar is a working with NFI since 1993. He is currently working as Accounts Assistant. Prior to NFI he has also worked with NS Leasing and Financing Company.

Sachin Sharma

( Accounts Assistant )
Sachin Sharma has joined NFI in July 2016 and has 4+ plus years’ experience in Finance and Accounting in NGO sector and has worked with Action India and Women Power Connect as an Accounts officer.

Administration and HR

Rumana Nizami

( HR & Admin Officer )
Rumana Nizami has joined NFI team since August 2016 as HR and Admin Lead. She has a rich experience of 14 +years in Administration, HR, Operations, Banking, Finance and Accounts with Corporates. Before NFI she has worked with Genpact, Bank of America and ICICI Bank.

Khilanand Joshi

( Driver cum Receptionist )
Khilanand Joshi is a working with NFI as Driver cum Receptionist since 1993. Prior to NFI he has worked with Shipra Hotel and Bindal Agro Limited.

Mohammad Raza

( Office Attendant 1)
Mohammad Raza is a working with NFI since 1997 as Office Attendant. He handles overall office support work. Prior to NFI he has worked with IGNOU and Limca.

Rohtash Kumar

( Office Attendant 2)
Rohtash Kumar is a working with NFI since 1996 as Office Attendant. He handles office support work. Prior to NFI he has also worked with Capitol Developers Pvt. Ltd.

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