Trustee and Principal Advisor, BAIF

Educational Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Technology - Mechanical Engineering
    1972-1977, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management
    1978–1980, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Professional Experience:

  • President & Managing Trustee, BAIF Development Research Foundation, a national level organization working on Rural Development and applied research with over 5 million families in 12 states of India.
  • Has over 40 years’ experience in Natural Resource Management and Rural livelihoods. Worked on Village Production Systems, Appropriate Technology, Agribusiness and nurturing Farmer Producer Organisations.
  • Was involved in Institutional Development of BAIF into a multi-sectoral development organization and as a Resource Institution.
  • Served as an expert on various Committees of State and Central Government, NABARD, National and International Agencies. Serves as a Member of the Governing Boards of BAIF Development Research Foundation and its Associate organizations, and a number of other development organisations.

Awards / Recognitions:

  • Awarded the “Distinguished Alumnus Award 2011” by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in recognition of outstanding contributions to Rural and Community Development.
  • Awarded the “Maha – Intrapreneur Award 2013” by Praj Industries Ltd. at the hands of Dr. Anil Kakodkar.
  • Decorated as “Commander in the Order of Agricultural Merit” by the Minister of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry, Government of France (2016)
  • Published / Presented over 25 papers at National / International conferences.