Team Structure

Ruchi Kashyap, Executive Trustee
Ruchi with an exhilarating career of 18 years into development sector is heading Atmashakti since 2008. Prior to that, she has worked with SRUTI (Society for Rural Urban and Tribal Initiative). 
She has a vast experience at grass root level. Her dynamic personality, strategic thinking, passion and dedication have taken the organization to a greater level. She has the knowledge and understanding of the ground level and spends considerable time in the field. She currently manages a team of over 250 field staff.
She operates from Delhi head office.  

Delhi Core Team 

Sandhya Singh, Finance & Admin Manager
Sandhya Singh has worked with Atmashakti on a part time basis before taking up the current assignment. She has total 15 years of experience in Audit and Finance. Prior to Atmashakti Trust she worked with ‘the Other Media’ and ‘PANOS South Asia’ in development sector. 
Amir Khan, Programme Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation 
Amir Joined Atmashakti in February 2014. He did Masters in Conflict Analysis and Peace Building, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He participated in student exchange programme and a workshop organized by European Union and United nation. He also worked in a preliminary research project on social exclusion and inclusion of Muslims in India and expatriate community in Australia. It was a preliminary collaboratively research done by University of Perth, Australia and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He worked with DFID project on evaluating the impact of VDC in Nepal.
Amir has total 10 years of experience in corporate and development sector. He started his career from corporate sector, however moved to social development sector in 2011. He is supporting Delhi Core and field programme team on strategy and planning, monitoring and evaluation, research and data analysis, documentation etc, in order to create and strengthen people’s collective in different operational areas.
Santosh Kumar, Programme Manager, New Initiatives 
Santosh joined Atmashakti in August 2015.  He is post graduate in Sociology from Shobhit University, Meerut. He also did an internship of 18 months with National Centre for Advocacy studies, Pune.  He has 13 years experience with People’s Organization and Social movement. He excels in range of expertise, such as community mobilization, advocacy and policy level intervention, networking with Civil Society Organization, making and working with alliances and people’s forum.  In past he worked with Jan Adhikar Kendra, Jeewan Mashal Samiti and Programme for Social Action. He also did consultancy and fellowship in many rights based people’s forum and organizations. He is also a recipient of ‘UNV Karamveer Chakra Award’ for his contributions to people’s movement. Santosh is also a Co Founder of Dalit Shakti Sangathan in Bihar. 
Vikash Kumar, Programme Coordinator
He Joined Atmashakti Trust in September 2015.  He is a Masters in Social Work from Christ University, Bangalore (2010-12). In past he was associated with grass root organizations and Jan-Sangathan.
Sushma Sharma, Program Assistant
She Joined Atmashakti Trust in November 2014. She is a Diploma Holder in Banking and Finance, Delhi, pursuing B.COM from Delhi School of Correspondence, Delhi University. She is currently supporting finance and programme team. 
Gopal, Junior Program Assistant 
Gopal joined the Atmashakti Team in November, 2015. He is currently supporting the Finance and Programme Team. 

Odisha - State Core Team ( Bhubhneshwar )

Biswajit Mishra, Assistant Programme Manager, Project 
Biswajit has been working with Atmashakti as a Sr. Programme Executive, based in Bhubhneshwar since February 2010. He has completed his M.A in Political Science from Utkal University. He has been working in development sector for over 23 years, with experience in Project Management and Training.
Lita Rani Behra, Assistant Programme Manager, New Initiatives 
Lita has been working with Atmashakti based in Bhubaneswar since October 2011. She has completed her Masters in History and an LLM from Utkal University. Her previous work encompassing a period of nine years was extended to health related activities but she has quickly adapted to the multidimensional work she is responsible for.
Kedarnath Ranjit, Assistant Programme Manager, Training 
Kedarnath joined as a trainer, Bhubaneshwar in June 2013. He began his career in development Sector after post graduation in poverty & development from Search Bangalore in 1983. He worked 30 years in different training projects and programmes in almost every part of Odisha. During the course of his career he worked in Search Bangalore, Gram Vikas and CYSD. However after leaving CYSD in 1998 he started doing freelancing.
In between the extensive working tenure, he was exposed to different training courses or programmes and international exposures. Such as during the process of doing diploma in Grassroots Development and NGO Management, School of International Training (SIT), USA – 1993, he exposed to innovative grassroots experiments and initiatives in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ethiopia, Nepal and Srilanka.  He also facilitated several Participatory Training and Evaluation programmes for USAID, NOVIB, GRFC AID, UNICEF etc. 
Biplab, Senior Program Assistant   
He is a graduate in political Science from Utkal University, Odisha, 2013 and a post graduate diploma on Political and Economic Gandhian Thoughts and Peace Studies from The Institute of Gandhian Thoughts, Wardha, and Maharashtra.  Prior to Atmashakti Trust, he worked 1 ½ year as a community mobilizer for Jan Sangathans like Dalit Adhikar Sangathan and Ambedkar Lohia Bichar Mancha. 
Santanu Kumar Patra, Senior Programme Assistant
Shantanu has done graduation in History, 2014. He joined Atmashakti as an Office Assistant in August 2013, soon promoted as a Programme Assistant to help programme team working in different districts.  During the course of 2 years he emerged as an expertise in making data, coordination and collective information from field, managing finances of small grassroots assignments etc.
Chittarnajan Pradhan, Junior Programme Assistant, Odisha 
He Joined as a Programme Assistant in April 2015. He has done B.SC honours from Berhampur University. Currently He is supporting programme team in Odisha.
Basanta, Office Assistant, Bhubaneswar
Basanta joined as an office assistant in November, 2015. He is currently assisting the programme team in admin and logistic work.

Odisha - Zonal Core Team 

Jogesh Raju, Zonal Manager, South Odisha  
Jogesh brings in 13 years of vast experience in Project Implementation, Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation and Reporting & Documentation. Most of his experience revolves around rural marketing, rural livelihoods, formation and management of community-based organizations like Self Help Groups, Farmer Associations, Farmer Federations, and Village Development Committees. He excels in liaising and working in convergence with various Government Departments. He is equipped with the knowledge on various Government schemes.  
Asish, Program Executive, Koraput 
Asish Kumar Behera has an experience of more than 12 yrs in the development sector. Before becoming a part of Atmashakti from December – 15, he has served in various organizations of National and International repute. He has very strong hold on project management, behaviour change communication, reporting & documentation. He is a graduate in commerce from Berhampur University and is continuing his masters in Social Work.
S.Gunabati. Programme Coordinator, Koraput.
Gunabati has been into the development sector since 9 years. She is an expert in mobilizing, organizing and forming women groups. She is also experienced in managing child centric programs at the grassroots. She is a part of Atmashakti from August – 15. She holds a Masters degree in Sociology from IGNOU. 
Janaki bala Sahoo. Programme Coordinator. Koraput.
Janaki is the new team member of Atmashakti. Before coming to Atmashakti, she has served for various local organizations for more than 7 years. Most of her experience is in relation to Rural Health and HIV AIDS. She also specializes in writing scripts, direction and enacting street plays on various local and current issues. She holds a masters degree in social work from Utkal University.
Kalyani Das, Programme Executive, Sundergarh 
Kalyani joined Atmashakti in September 2014.  She has a grass root experience of 20 year in Community mobilization, Planning and Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Networking and Advocacy etc. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development. Currently is working on different programme assignments in Sundergarh.
Prasanna Pradhan , Program Executive, Malkangiri 
He joined Atmashakti in November 2015 in Malkangiri district.  He has a master degree in Social Work. He has 13 years of experience in grass root organizations with an expertise in rural water and sanitation. He worked 8 years in Gram Vikas on water and sanitation issues at grass root, with the role and responsibilities of doing Monitoring and Evaluation, Planning, Documentation etc. 
Biswanath Bag, Junior Program Executive, Sambalpur
Biswanath joined Atmashakti in February 2015.  He has an expertise of working with grass root organizations on Agriculture and Irrigation. Currently He is posted in Sarda, Western Odisha, Wherein a different right based approach is adopted to develop entire Panchayat by converging different government schemes.
Rina, Senior Program Assistant, Sundergarh
Rina has Joined Atmashakti team as a Field Coordinator in 2014 in Boudh District, Harbhanga Block.  However she has been transferred from Central Odisha to Hemgir, Western Odisha. She is currently supporting Sundergarh Team on different programmes.
She has total 7 years experience in teaching and social development sector. Prior to Atmashakti Rina worked 2 years in Adivasi Manch, a People’s Forum in Ganjam District, working on MNGREGS, F.S.A and Land Rights. She is known for her courage on challenging Patriarchy and old power structures in her native Panchayat and Block. She also contested a Panchayat election as a Sarpanch but defeated by only 3 votes.

Uttar Pradesh Core Team ( Sonbhadra )

Ravi Gupta, Programme Executive 
Ravi Joined Atmashakti Trust, Sonbhadra Team, and Uttar Pradesh in March 2015. He brings in 15 years of vast experience in Project Implementation, Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation and Reporting & Documentation. Most of his experience revolves around Child labour and Rehabilitation, rural livelihoods, Health and Education. He excels in liaising and working in convergence with various Government Departments. He has a range of expertise in planning, monitoring and evaluation, training and documentation of running grassroots programmes. He is also equipped with the knowledge on various Government schemes.  
Pankaj Guatam, Programme Coordinator
Pankaj joined Atmashakti team in February 2015.  He has done M.A in Social Work from Banaras Hindu University. He has a grass root experience of 2 years with Gramin Vikas Samiti, a people’s forum in Jaunpur. 

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