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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.

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.


( 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.



Ms Sujatha P.V

( Manager Finance )
Joined the NFI India in November 2018 as Finance Lead. She has experience of 13 years with National and International Organizations in the area of Core Accounting, Legal and Statutory Compliance, Grant Management & Partnership Management. Before NFI she has worked with Landesa- Rural Development Institute, Room to Read, Deepalaya and National Councils of YMCAs of India. She is a Post Graduate in Commerce from Calicut University Kerala, with MBA Finance from Amity University, Delhi.

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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