Anand Kumar BolimeraChief Executive Officer
Anand is the Chief Executive Officer at Change Alliance. In the past, he was heading the Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programme, one of the largest civil society programmes of Department for International Development (DFID) in India. He also worked as the Country Director of Christian Aid, UK India country programme. He has over two decades of extensive experience in strategic planning, programme development & design, programme implementation & partnership management, multi-stakeholder engagement and impact assessment. He led several humanitarian response programmes, which includes relief, rehabilitation and resettlement. He has worked with bilateral aid institutions and civil society organisations on long term development programmes, emergency responses, pro-poor market and enterprise-based development initiatives. He has been actively engaging with the private sector in promoting inclusive policies and diversity.
P.V. NARAYANANDirector - Development Advisory and Operations
P V Narayanan is Director for Development Advisory and Operations in Change Alliance Private Limited. Heis a seasoned and committed social impact professional with a blend of valuable experience in corporate roles and development sector assignments. In his long career spanning over 20 years, he has had the opportunity to serve organisations in diverse sectors. He has worked on projects with private sector, non-governmental organisations and government, in areas encompassing health, environment, energy, public private partnerships and corporate social responsibility, holding positions of high accountability. During his role as a Sector Specialist for Private Sector with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), he played a foundational role in implementing nationally the public private partnerships/private sector initiatives for National AIDS Control Organisation, a role that he found deeply satisfying working on a public health project, which gave him the opportunity to work directly for the nodal body on policy as well as implementation. He played a central role in establishing the CSR function and the corporate foundation atDalmia Bharat Group – a sugar and cement leader, starting several key initiatives across multiple locations, leading to community satisfaction, reputation and the organisation’s first CII ITC Sustainability Award. Prior to leading the CSR initiatives, Narayanan was part of the corporate strategy team at Dalmia Bharat, entrusted with delivering the McKinsey designed Portfolio of Initiatives which was overseen directly by top management and covered more than 15 corporate initiatives across businesses and functions. He also made significant contribution in rolling out the group’s organisational values. He served the French multinational Alstom as its group head for CSR covering Alstom’s energy and transport businesses, in addition to managing Alstom Foundation’s initiatives in south Asia region. Following the takeover of Alstom’s energy businesses by US multinational General Electric (GE), he moved on to lead CSR for GE in South Asia region. During his stint with Alstom and GE, he worked with the top management and Boards of multiple companies in the group. Working with several key stakeholders, he significantly contributed to GE’s efforts on corporate social responsibility, sustainability initiatives and employee engagement. He holds a Master of Science degree in International Marketing Managementfrom Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University (UK), Postgraduate Diploma from Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) andMBA from Canadian School of Management.
Semeda StevesHead of Programmes
Semeda is one of Change Alliance’s focal points for gender empowerment, livelihoods and health projects. She is a highly skilled trainer in the field of gender and organisational policy development. Having spent more than 28 years in the development sector, Semeda has worked on the issues of domestic violence and women’s rights, the rights of slum dwellers, human trafficking and, HIV and AIDS. Empowered with a vast experience in programme design and management, nurturing partnerships, grant management, accompaniment, monitoring and adhering to compliances and donor reporting, she is currently managing and heading programmes pan India.
Avinav KumarHead of Programmes
Avinav is a seasoned development professional with extensive experience of working in the social sector for past 16 years on multiple issues concerning the marginalised and socially excluded communities. He brings a strong understanding and work experience of integrated development issues and a multi sectoral exposure in his professional journey. He has been associated in implementation and management of large – scale development programmes right from grassroots to international NGOs in multiple states. During his association with Change Alliance, Avinav has been associated with the Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programme, an initiative of the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), where he held multiple responsibilities. As Head of Programmes for PACS he led the designing of programme interventions and strategic campaigns for the seven states of PACS and managed their effective implementation with 225 Civil Society Organization partners and other stakeholders. Avinav also conceptualized and led the knowledge management portfolio of the PACS programme, synthesizing learning and experiences from the seven years of the programme. He holds a post-graduate qualification in Forest Management from India Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal and presently works with Change Alliance as Head of Programmes, based in Bhopal.
Santosh Kumar SharmaSenior Practice Lead & Head – Impact Advisory
Santosh works with Change Alliance as the Senior Practice Lead & Head of Impact Advisory. He has more than two decades of experience in impact evaluations, research, M&E, programme planning, knowledge management and strategy development across India and Asia. His expertise involves different thematic areas including child rights, education, RCH, nutrition, water & sanitation, livelihood, skill development, land rights, poverty, gender, inclusion, etc. Prior to his current role, Santosh has worked for International and national organizations such as Christian Aid, CARE India, Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), PACS and ChildFund India in senior and leadership positions. Santosh’s skills includes – 1) Design, Implementation and Management of large-scale research and evaluations studies: selecting fitting research design, sampling, conceptualizing tools, training & field work management, quantitative & qualitative data management and analysis. 2) Conceptualization and management of M&E system: Developing M&E framework and its sub-components with stakeholder consultation, developing capacities & tools for organizations, guiding software development for MIS and providing feedback mechanism for data validations and disseminations, aligning and authenticating the data through comparative and concurrent evaluations. 3) Programme Designing and Log frame development: problem analysis, developing theory of change, developing indicators, conducting consultations, compiling and creating a robust Log frame, developing programme design. 4) Knowledge management: Developing tools and approaches to capture data evidences to exchange learning, challenges and recommendations.
Dr. Archana Shukla MukherjeeSenior Manager - Gender, Diversity & Inclusion
Dr. Archana Shukla Mukherjee, Senior Manager – Gender, Diversity & Inclusion Dr. Archana Shukla Mukherjee works as Senior Manager – Gender, Diversity and Inclusion with Change Alliance. She is a Social Anthropologist having doctoral degree in “Women in Local Governance among Padhars, the Primitive Tribal Group of Gujarat” from University of Delhi. She has over ten years of experience in Gender, inclusive programming, CSR strategy, stakeholder mapping and engagement, community development, partnership management, sustainable supply chain management. She is leading Gender Equality and Promoting Responsible Migration (source to destination) in Garment Supply Chain to ensure safe migration, safe workplace, promoting gender equality, Prevention of Sexual Harassment (PoSH) at Workplace, compliance of Interstate Migrant Act in India. She is working with multiple leading apparel brands, factories, implementing partners, experts, communities and British High Commission. She has also represented Change Alliance and received Sandvik India Gender Award 2019 under Social Venture Category. She helps organisations to have gender sensitive policies and functional & strengthened Internal Committee (IC) as per Sexual Harassment at workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013. She has trained several Internal Committee members, senior management, mid-level managers, supervisors and workers on PoSH, grievance redressal mechanisms and understanding the roles and responsibilities to ensure safe and happy workplace. Besides that, Archana has provided training on CSR, Companies Act 2013 (section 135- CSR), NGO-business partnership, Affirmative Action, Human Rights and Business Responsible Reporting, etc. and is an invited trainer at Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA).
Arti VermaProgramme Lead
Arti works as a Programme Lead with Change Alliance. She holds a Masters in Women’s Studies from Lucknow University and is a development professional with more than 11 years of rich and varied experience in the areas of grants & partnership management, evidence based advocacy, campaigning, policy engagement and capacity building in northern states of India. Previously, Arti has worked as the State Manager for Bihar for the Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programme with Change Alliance. She has led the interventions of PACS Programme in Bihar on multiple issues and made substantive contributions. In her career, she has worked on issues related to Gender, Youth, Education, Governance, and Livelihood with a special focus on Social Inclusion.
Johnson TopnoProgramme Lead
Johnson Topno works with Change Alliance as a Programme Lead. He holds an MBA degree in Rural Management from Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi, Jharkhand and has a strong command over Partnership Programme Management (PPM) as well as organisational monitoring, evaluations and process review. In the past, he has worked as a State Manager for PACS - DFID programme in India. He is a committed development professional with 17 years of experience, engaged in a wide spectrum of conceptual programme design and management in leadership positions. Besides that, Johnson has worked with Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), a national level organization, for more than 10 years and led many initiatives in Andhra Pradesh.
Pragyan MohantyProgramme Lead
Pragyan works as a Programme Lead with Change Alliance. Prior to this she was managing the Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programme in Madhya Pradesh. She is a post graduate in Social Work with specialization in Women and Child Development. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies on Gender Analysis of Government Programs and Policies for Women Empowerment. She has an extensive experience of working on gender and women’s rights issues for more than 14 years. Her key expertise lies in gender based program planning and monitoring, facilitating gender training (specific focus on violence against women, health, and adolescent reproductive and sexual health), designing and implementing gender campaigns, personal safety trainings for women and girls. She has led many gender campaigns and has facilitated number of gender trainings for a varied group of people including civil society organizations, government departments college students. She also carries rich experience of managing large-scale projects with multiple thematic focus. She has been intensely engaged with the civil society organizations in Madhya Pradesh and Odisha implementing the PACS programs by extending technical supports for effective implementation of the projects working with socially marginalized groups on social inclusion. She brings with her experience of consolidating and documenting learning experiences and producing a variety of learning and communication materials such as newsletters, booklets and organization reports and processes.
Dheeraj Daniel HoroConsultant
Dheeraj Daniel Horo works with Change Alliance as a Consultant. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi, Jharkhand. His experience spans more than a decade in community mobilisation, community engagement processes, liaison, networking, project management, partnership and grant management. Prior to his association with Change Alliance, Dheeraj has worked with Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS) on ‘Community Leadership Program’ in association with the National Health Mission (NHM) where his role was to provide technical support to partner organisations responsible for field implementation. He has had an association with the CSR initiatives of Usha Martin Ltd., Ranchi, Jharkhand as an Assistant Manager (Education and Training).
Swati works as a consultant with Change Alliance. She is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years of experience in the finance domain, in a multi-cultural, multi-dimensional and multi-sectorial environment. In the initial 7 years of her career, she had worked with for-profit corporates. Later, she headed the finance of the PACS - DFID programme. Swati’s key strengths are grant management, legal compliances, risk management, devising policies and procedures for large scale grant programmes and ensuring their implementation and strategic management of finance to achieve best value for money
Meenakshi GandotraResearch Associate
Meenakshi Gandotra works as a Research Associate in in the M&E team at Change Alliance. Her education has been in Psychology ( Bachelors) and in Social work (MSW). With eight years of experience, her major strength lies in program management, capacity building and monitoring fieldwork, qualitative and quantitative research analysis and impact assessments. She has worked on the thematic areas of Gender, WASH, Education and Skill development with various national and International organisations at Change Alliance and otherwise. She is a fellow ‘changemaker’ in the She Creates Change Program of Change.org Foundation and is certified Master trainer for “Developing Young Women as Social Entrepreneurs,” through IIMK and British Council. She is comfortable in verbal and written communication in English, Hindi and Marathi; in addition to, that, she possesses a basic understanding of Punjabi and Gujarati language.
Ajit Kumar LenkaResearch Associate
Ajit Kumar Lenka has completed Ph. D from Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has completed M.Phil. from JNU. He has completed his Master degree in discipline of Sociology, PG Diploma in Rural Development from Pondicherry Central University. He has also cleared UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) in sociology. He is the recipient of Jawaharlala Nehru Fellowship, 2018. His area of specialization is social exclusion, community health, provision of water and sanitation services in urban slums. His research focus on the policy issues and concerns of sanitation workers and question of their children’s education. He has published in International Journals and Books. He has presented many research papers in seminar and conferences. He is having an extensive experience of working at grass root level with the community and in-depth understanding of the issues of gender and caste. As a member of UGC, ICSSR and UPO-II funded projects he has worked in a wide range of field settings across India and interacted with government officials on policy and provision issues in the area of community health and sanitation.