Team

Manvita Baradi
Manvita Baradi
Director

Manvita Baradi has over 25 years of technical experience in developing and administering programs to local governments in the areas of service delivery, local governance, urban planning, heritage management, citizen participation, capacity building of local government associations, development of urban indicators and performance measurement and international development. She has served as Director-South Asia for the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), been technical consultant for United Agency for International Development (USAID) and served as an expert on World Bank funded programs for local governance, association development and urban planning programs in post-conflict regions like Afghanistan, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. In her role as director of UMC, she provides expert guidance to the various projects undertaken by the organization. She is the Gujarat State Convener of Indian National Trust of Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). Manvita is an alumni of the senior executive institute, Darden Business School, University of Virginia, USA. And has done a summer course for local government management from University of Illinois, USA. Manvita is passionate about theatre and is a renowned name in Gujarati theatre. She has been actively involved in developmental communication using street theatre as an effective medium for communication. She has guided over half a dozen video productions on urban issues. She effectively uses her knowledge of city planning, design and theatre to work with people across age groups and knowledge skills. Manvita also serves as the Dean of School of Habitat Management at CEPT University. manvita@umcasia.org

Meghna Malhotra
Meghna Malhotra
Deputy Director

Meghna Malhotra has been working in the fields of urban governance and urban management across sectors including urban health, performance measurement, urban water and sanitation and in supporting local government associations’ development. Over the past 18 years, she has provided extensive technical support to programs in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Afghanistan. She supported the operationalisation of local government associations in India and has been the technical facilitator for several USAID supported programs for Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

Meghna currently manages the convergence program between the National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM) and Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). She also leads the team supporting SBM in Gujarat. She has facilitated climate change and urban health programs and city specific action plans. She has managed city partnerships programs which UMC-ICMA facilitated between Indian and US Cities. Well aware of the role of communication in local urban governance, she is actively involved in designing Information Education Communication and Behaviour change communication plans for local governments. She is also a visiting faculty at CEPT University.

Meghna is a graduate in Architecture and holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Planning. She is passionate about sustainable solutions which local governments can implement and has been involved in several capacity needs assessment exercises for state and local government institutions. She also took the lead in writing a manual for local governments to prepare their disaster management plans. Meghna has assisted in compiling and designing books documenting built heritage in Surat and Ahmedabad; a manual on Documentation of Best Practices, the role of an association in the transfer process and a Starter Kit on formation of Local Government Associations. meghna@umcasia.org

Xerxes Rao
Xerxes Rao
Head – Urban Planning

Xerxes Rao is an architect and urban planner with over 15 years of experience in the field of architecture and urban planning. His experience spans the area of urban planning, urban governance, project management, community participation, capacity building, training and monitoring &evaluation of projects. Xerxes has a diversified skill-set developed over time and spanning from macro to micro management. Having gained experience in Germany and South Asian region in urban planning and management his work in India and Afghanistan has given him the technical experience in managing projects related to master plans, local area plans, capacity building, urban development policy, monitoring and evaluation of programs, project management support to various governments.

Xerxes has worked with various USAID projects in India and Afghanistan. He has been instrumental in leading the projects related to preparation of master plans for Mysore, Amritsar, Srinagar, Puducherry, Bharuch, etc. He has successfully led a team of 10 Urban Planners and GIS experts who are working with Naya Raipur Development Authority to implement the development plan and smart city proposals for Naya Raipur.

He has a wide and varied experience of working with projects funded by various multilateral agencies like World Bank, USAID, ADB and various national & international government organizations. He has actively participated in training of urban planners at the SIUD, Mysore.

Xerxes has completed his architecture from Vallabh Vidyanagar following which he attained his master’s degree from University of Stuttgart, Germany. He has also done his diploma in project management from IIMA. He is passionate about sustainable solutions for cities relating to land use plans, micro level plans, local economic development, environment issues which can be implemented and replicated by cities. Xerxes is an avid runner and an enthusiastic cyclist. xerxes@umcasia.org

Anurag Anthony
Anurag Anthony
Chief Technical Officer

Anurag Anthony has 10 years’ experience of working in association with local governments. His key areas of expertise include statutory master plans, sanitation, transport and heritage. Anurag has contributed in various capacities for preparation of city sanitation plans, SWM Master Plans and DPRs, heritage documentation and management, urban design plans, municipal data management and improvement studies, urban poverty schemes, policies under the Swachh Bharat Mission and industrial area planning.

Anurag has academic exposure and professional experience in India, USA, UK, Italy, Pakistan and Libya. A graduate in Architecture, Anurag has a Master’s degree in Architecture (Urban Design), MSc in International Trade & Transport, London, MBA in International Business, Pondicherry and is currently pursuing Environmental Law from NLSUI Bangalore. anurag@umcasia.org

Abhijit Namboothiri
Abhijit Namboothiri
Project Associate - Surat

Abhijit, a Masters in Labour Studies and Social Protection from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and Bachelors of Commerce from Maharaj Sayajirao University is working as Project Associate in EMBRACE, Surat. His area of interest are Industrial relations, Labour Markets, and Occupational Vulnerabilities. abhijit@umcasia.org

Abinash Bairiganjan
Abinash Bairiganjan
Coordinator TSU Capacity Building, Odisha

Abinash Bairiganjan is working as Coordinator, TSU- CB, Odisha. He was born and brought
up in Bhubaneswar, Odisha and has completed his Masters of Business Administration from
Regional College of Management, Odisha. He has over 11 years of experience in the
development sector mostly in livelihood promotion and empowerment of marginalized
sections through their institution building and capacity building. He worked with
PRADAN, Livolink Foundation and NABCONS in the remote part of Odisha and Jharkhand.
He likes cooking, especially Odia food and loves to explore other cuisines. abhinash@umcasia.org

Alok Kumar Dubey
Alok Kumar Dubey
SMID-TSU-NULM

Professional with specialization in Social Policy and rich experience of working on social policies in urban & tribal poverty alleviation, nutrition, financial inclusion and conditional cash transfer domains, he had been associated with a diverse set of organizations including apex think tank of the Govt. of India (NITI Aayog), Govt. Ministries (MoWCD & MoHUA), International agency (GIZ), microfinance industry association (Sa-Dhan) and a grassroot NGO (DHAN Foundation).

Master degree in public policy from Duke University, USA; Rural Development from IGNOU, New Delhi; PG Diploma in Development Management from Tata Dhan Academy, Madurai; and bachelor’s degree in Political Science Honors from Ranchi University, Ranchi.

Alok is passionate about working on conceptualization and implementation of appropriate social policies based on rigorous research, data driven evidences and understanding of the ground realities. He is a strong advocate of deploying concurrent monitoring mechanism in all social programs for its constant monitoring and timely course correction. alok.dubey@umcasia.org

 

Alok Kumar Mahapatra
Alok Kumar Mahapatra
State Program Coordinator - Garima
Alok, a rural development professional from National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD) & PR, Hyderabad, PGDRDM in 2010 has 11 years of work experience in development sector in sectors like Skill Development, Livelihood, Tribal Development, Education, Agriculture, Irrigation and rural electrification etc. along with 5 years experience in working as consultant in Office of Chief Minister, Govt. of Odisha. Worked as Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow(PMRDF) under Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India for 3 years in naxal affected districts of Odisha. alok@umcasia.org
Anil Sathvara
Anil Sathvara
Video Editor

Anil is a audio video editor with over 12 years of experience at various news channels and Ed-tech companies. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Audio-Visual & Television Production from Gujarat Vidhyapith. Anil@umcasia.org

Arvind Kumar Singh
Arvind Kumar Singh
Head-Water and Sanitation

Arvind Kumar Singh is a development professional with over 20 years of work experience in the water and sanitation sector. He has significant experience in implementation of community based, demand driven state/national programs on safe drinking water and sanitation in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. He has worked with various state governments, national and international agencies.

Arvind coordinates and provides technical support to ‘Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban’, Gujarat, aids documentation and dissemination of innovative practices. He is an expert facilitator for local government training for the national flagship programs. He specializes in training grass root communities and SHGs/CBOs/ NGOs, district officials and senior government officers. A post graduate in Social Science (M.Sc, Applied Geography), he has a Master degree in Urban and Regional Planning. He also has a post graduate diploma in Human Resource Management from Pondicherry University. arvind@umcasia.org

D.Venkataramana
D.Venkataramana
Project Associate

D.Venkataramana has over 17 years of work experience in nutrition, health hygiene, sanitation sectors of women and children. In her long career she has worked in important capacities like as a district child protection officer in Warangal from 2011-2014, as district program officer in CARE-India and in the Women and Child Welfare Department, Warangal. A nutritionist by training, Ramana has worked in National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad as well. ramana@umcasia.org

Dhairya Chopra
Dhairya Chopra
Project Associate

Dhairya is an Architect and Urban Management professional from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. She has worked with the local government to develop strategies for improvement of urban and rural service delivery. Her key interest areas include water sanitation and hygiene, solid waste management, water conservation, urban governance and community engagement. At UMC, Dhairya works in the National Urban Livelihood Mission programme.

Dr. Pooja Biswas
Dr. Pooja Biswas
Program Coordinator

Dr Pooja is an Urban Planner with a Doctorate in Economics. She has worked intensively as a Developmental sector Professional in India and in the UK. She has a multidisciplinary background with a Master in Geography from JNU, New Delhi and Town and Regional Planning from the University of Sheffield, UK respectively. She has a PhD from Sorbonne University,Paris and her Doctoral research specialized in Heritage Economics, probing particularly the financial viability of conserving urban heritage.
Her area of interest and expertise spans the area of urban sustainability, socio-economic development, management of old historic cities; tangible and intangible heritage, poverty and inclusive urban planning. She has more than 10 years of experience as an academic researcher and in industrial positions. She has worked in various capacities, providing technical support for heritage documentation, preparation of Heritage Resource Management Plans (HRMPs) for southern cities, developing heritage modules, training and capacity building and socio-economic studies.

Ganesh Parida
Ganesh Parida
Senior City Co-ordinator

Having experience of more than 25 years in the Development Sector with various positions and capacities in NGO and INGO in the fields like livelihood, School WASH, DRR WASH, Urban WASH, Faecal Sludge Management (FSM), Participatory Governance, Education, Natural Resource Management, Project Planning & Implementation, M&E, Documentation and Capacity building etc.  Has broad understanding on Community Management and pro-poor Community Centric initiatives and experience in working at implementation as well as at management level. ganesh@umcasia.org

Jagruti Bhatt
Jagruti Bhatt
Curriculum Developer

Jagruti Bhatt is a devoted educator with over 13 years of experience in the field of education
striving to help students providing in depth understanding about the subject matter and to sharpen their
learning potentials. Her diverse skill set inculcated over time working in designing course
curriculum and implementing innovative instruction methodologies to match high standards. She has developed effective audio-visual learning material catering to academic needs of learners during pandemic. Jagruti has completed her Post graduate degree in Physics from Saurashtra University along with Higher
Diploma in Software Engineering from private institute. She attained Bachelor of Education from Indira
Gandhi National Open University. Jagruti@umcasia.org

Jay Shah
Jay Shah
Program Manager

Jay is working as Program Manager for more than 6 years with UMC. He provides technical support for implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) in Gujarat with a focus on water and sanitation. His area of interest includes Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) technologies for better management and treatment of waste water.

Jay has contributed and played a key role in various projects of UMC related to sanitation. He holds a Masters’ degree in Infrastructure Planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Gujarat Technological University. jay@umcasia.org

Jayshree Bhavsar
Jayshree Bhavsar
Office Assistant

Jayshree Bhavsar is associated with UMC from last 10 years. She assists Accounts and HR team in addition to maintaining the data entry and organization’s library. She is a commerce graduate with 22 years of experience in handling office operations. She has previously worked as clerk and accounts assistant with an architectural firm. She has the knowledge of voice mixing, editing and providing voice-overs due to her stint with the radio station of Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) Ahmedabad. jayshree@umcasia.org

Jeeban Jyoti Mohanty
Jeeban Jyoti Mohanty
Social Entrepreneurship Development & Microfinance – Specialist

Dr. Jeeban Jyoti Mohanty is an enterprising professional dedicated towards making the financial system work for the deprived section and the entrepreneurial communities. He has worked for over 14 years in areas, viz. development finance (Microfinance, micro pension and micro insurance), microenterprise development, digital financial services, research and analysis.

Previously, Dr. Mohanty was associated with Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) overseeing the Technical Assistance (TA) component of the bank. He has also worked with E&Y LLP as a State Mission Manager – Financial Inclusion and Micro-enterprise in National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM); NABARD Rural Micro Pension Programme in Odisha at Invest India Micro Pension Services (IIMPS); and DHAN Foundation on SHG Bank Linkage Programme.

Academically, he holds a Ph.D. in Economics, PG Diploma in Development Management and MA in Rural Development. Additionally, he holds a Diploma in United Nations and International Understanding from Institute of U.N. Studies and Project Management for Managers from IIT, Roorkee. He has published more than 20 research papers and articles on financial inclusion, microenterprise development, micro pension and microfinance in both National and International journals. Jeebanjyoti@umcasia.org

Jhanvi  Shah
Jhanvi Shah
Project Associate

Jhanvi Shah is an urban planner with a keen interest and strong dedication towards achieving
equitable development and attempting to reach sustainability goals. She worked closely with slum communities on housing, sanitation, and urban homeless shelter projects, where she was responsible for coordinating a team, monitoring and evaluating, communicating, and meeting critical time deadlines. At UMC, she works on sanitation workers safety project.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and pursued a Post-Graduate in Urban
Infrastructure Planning from CEPT University. Jhanvi@umcasia.org

Kaninik Baradi
Kaninik Baradi
Strategic Initiatives Officer

Kaninik Baradi is an engineer exploring ways in which better management and technology can scaffold each other and build better cities. He graduated from the 2019 batch of the Faculty of Technology undergraduate program at CEPT and since then has taught at CEPT, and IIT-Gn. He has contributed to program design, social mobilization, institution building, municipal data management, e-learning, urban poverty schemes, and heritage documentation projects. His key skills are communication for diverse audiences, bridging the gap between designers, engineers, and end-users, and data analysis and interpretation. Kaninik has received international academic exposure in the United States of America, Australia, and the United Kingdom. kaninik@umcasia.org

Karunamoy Agnihotri
Karunamoy Agnihotri
Chief Financial and Administration Officer

Karunamoy Agnihotri has been an integral part of the UMC team since 2007. With core specialization in finance, accounts, procurement, logistics, general and contract administration, he has over 20 years of experience in financial management and administration of donor funded programs. He has vast experience of working for non-governmental organizations, including prominent organizations like Janadhar.

He has also worked for the Indian School of Micro Finance for Women (Ahmedabad), Mott MacDonald (UK), CARE India etc. Karan’s key tasks include setting up budgets, monthly forecasts, cash flow, financial planning and analysis, accounting and administrative systems for monitoring and control of day-to-day transactions, FCRA and donor reporting overseeing banking functions and interacting with donors. He is CWA from the Institute of Cost and Works Accountant of India. He has cleared inter-CA of the Chartered Accountants of India. karan@umcasia.org

Krishna Patel
Krishna Patel
Research Associate

Krishna is a passionate social worker with strong grass root exposure. She holds a Masters’ in Social Work and Bachelor’s degree in Arts from Gujarat University. At UMC she is actively engaged in community related work and ensures data accuracy for the USAID supported project MISAAL. Krishna’s core area of interest includes water and sanitation. krishna@umcasia.org

Lopamudra Das
Lopamudra Das
Coordinator, TSU - Capacity Building, Odisha

Lopamudra Das has joined as the City Co-ordinator for Bhubaneswar for the convergence program of SBM & NULM. She has almost 11 years of experience in both Private and Government sector. Prior to this, she was working for the AMRUT project as the Team Leader\Urban Planner for Cuttack Municipal Corporation and then moved to the State level and monitored for the all 9 AMRUT cities of Odisha. Related to her qualification she completed 5-year integrated MBA(HR & Mkt) from Utkal University, Odisha in 2004 and then moved to Bangalore. There she worked with Wipro Technologies as Training Associate for 3 years and again moved back to Bhubaneswar and worked for a software company as Asst.Manager HR for 3 years. She loves to work in areas where one can connect more closely to the group of people for whom we are working. lopamudra@umcasia.org

Madhusmita Sahoo
Madhusmita Sahoo
Community Co-ordinator
Madhusmita Sahoo is working as a Community Coordinator in UMC at Bhubaneswar for the Convergence programme of SBM and NULM. Having 2 years experience in development sector, is a MSW pass out from B. J. B Autonomous College, Bhubaneswar. After completing studies she (a) worked on rights of the disabled persons as a programme Manager with ” Odisha’s first visually impaired OAS officer” (b) Worked on Sexual reproductive health project (c) Worked as a field Coordinator in CFAR under UMC project titled ” Establish and support sanitation entrepreneurs of informal sanitation workers SHG and ALF and (d) Worked as a Field Executive and trainer in Innodust Techsolution Pvt. Ltd. under NSDC. madhusmita@umcasia.org
Manorama Mallick
Manorama Mallick
Community & Training Coordinator
A Graduate from Rama Devi Women’s University and MSW from Utkal University has 12 year experience of livelihood sustainability, DRR, vulnerability assessment, CIG formation, policy changes, PRA Tools demonstrate, life skill trainer for women and adolescent age groups, writing script for awareness program, SHG formation, govt schemes linkages etc. Women empowerment and entrepreneurship for women and vulnerable people. Rights and advocacy for them. Also have experienced both government and non-governmental organizations, also working in rural, tribal, urban areas with all age groups. manorama@umcasia.org

Mansi Sureka
Mansi Sureka
Project Coordinator

Mansi is an Urban designer from CEPT University, Ahmedabad with experience as an architect. At UMC, she is a part of the Ahmedabad World Heritage City Trust projects, and is keen to improve quality of life for people with a bottom up approach and people oriented design solutions. She has also assisted in framing the Gender sensitive affordable housing guidelines for the Asian Development Bank. Her interests lies in betterment of public life, observing people and their interaction with the city.  mansi@umcasia.org

Mithika Mathew
Mithika Mathew
Project Associate
Mithika is part of the National Urban Livelihoods Mission Technical Support Unit in Delhi. Her graduate thesis was a study on urban local governance and service delivery, and she is particularly interested in equity and citizen participation in governance and development. She has done her Bachelor of Architecture in NIT, Calicut, and Master of Urban Management in CEPT, Ahmedabad.

mithika@umcasia.org

Mrinalini Singh
Mrinalini Singh
Project Associate

Mrinalini is working under USAID supported MISAAL in Sambalpur, Odisha and provides technical assistance to the urban local body. Prior to UMC she has worked as a consultant in Jharkhand under the ‘Zilla Swachh Bharat Prerak Program’. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Architecture from School of Planning and Architecture and Master’s in Urban Regional Planning from CEPT University. mrinalini@umcasia.org

Narendra Kumar Swain
Narendra Kumar Swain
Coordinator, TSU - Capacity Building, Odisha

A Master’s Degree in Social Work from Utkal University, Odisha has diverse experiences. Ability to conduct assessments and provide help to wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic,
cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds, utilize community resources and provide education to those in need. Also has experience in different projects of Govt of Odisha & international
organization. narendra@umcasia.org

Nikita Popat
Nikita Popat
Senior Program Coordinator

Nikita is a development sector professional with about 4 years of work experience in WASH sector. A graduate in Engineering, Nikita has a masters’ degree in Urban & Regional Planning with specialization in Infrastructure planning. She has contributed in various capacities in preparation of WASH assessment tools, preparation of city based WASH improvement plans, worked as technical consultant in Swachhta Sarvekshan, Swachh Bharat Mission, and supporting innovations in WASH. nikita@umcasia.org

Pankaj B
Pankaj B
Program Manager, TSU - Capacity Building, Odisha
Pitambar Polei
Pitambar Polei
Community Co-ordinator

Post Graduate in Social Work course from Killing University, Raipur, India. Have a total 5 years of experience in the social work sector including an experience in the field of Women empowerment role of Health and
Livelihood facilitator in the NULM project of SUDA conducted by VISHWA JEVEEN SEVA SANGHA, Bhubaneswar. Also have an experience of working in different slums of Bhubaneswar. Worked in Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) as block coordinator at Ganjam for 2 years, facilitated different youth and women specific programme committee and 2 years experience at SOPVA, Bhubaneswar in women hygienic related programme.pitambar@umcasia.org

Pooja Geeta Auropremi
Pooja Geeta Auropremi
Project Associate
Pooja Auropremi is an architect-planner with a keen interest in environment and infrastructure planning. She holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada. She has worked with the Government of Odisha on various infrastructure projects. She is currently supporting the Government of Tamil Nadu for the Sanitation Worker’s Safety Program as part of the Technical Support Unit of UMC based in Chennai.
Pranati Das
Pranati Das
Program Lead, TSU - Capacity Building, Odisha
Pranati Das is the State Programme Coordinator – NULM in Odisha, who oversees UMC’s technical support to Government of Odisha for the DAY NULM and SBM Convergence interventions in the state. Pranati has more than 10 years of demonstrated experience in managing development programmes in international not-for-profit organizations and UN Agencies – UNFPA and UNDP. Pranati expertise in thematic areas of women’s land and habitat rights, gender equality, socially smart city interventions, livelihoods, skill development and vocational education, and has led technical support to governments in Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. Pranati has also managed advertising and communications for 12 years in the for-profit sector including media.
Master in Economics, a post graduate in Business Management from Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar, and a certificate in Communications from Duarte Academy, San Francisco (USA), Pranati is an avid traveller and trekker, who takes interest in exploring nature. pranati@umcasia.org
Pratyusha Jain
Pratyusha Jain
Project Associate

Pratyusha holds a master’s degree in Urban Housing and is an Architecture graduate. She has experience in managing and consulting architectural and conservation projects. She has also worked extensively to comprehend the trade-offs involved in today’s urban difficulties that cities and their inhabitants face. She has always been drawn to the gravity of metropolitan centers and the dynamics of urban edges. She conducted research for “Smart Cities and Academia Towards Action and Research (SAAR),” a collaborative project of NIUA and SCM, during her post-graduation. At UMC, she is working on Project Implementation Manual (PIM) and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Climate Resilient and Environmentally Sustainable Health Care Facilities.

Prerana Somani
Prerana Somani
Program Manager

Prerana Somani has more than 7 years’ experience of working in the field of Public Health. Her key areas of expertise include WASH including Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), maternal child health and nutrition. She has a diverse experience of working with multilateral organizations like UNICEF and The World Bank, Government, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), academia and Corporate bodies. She has provided technical support to community-managed health & nutrition program in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, facilitated implementation of Swachh Bharat Swacch Vidyalaya in the states of West Bengal and Gujarat. She has also supported Government o Gujarat for developing and implementing Safe Menstrual Hygiene Management Program and State Action Plan for Comprehensive School Safety Program.

At UMC, Prerna coordinates with national, state and city level stakeholders for ensuring safety, equity and dignity of sanitation workers. Passionate about environmental issues, Prerna is a graduate from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine where she pursued MSc Public Health (specialisation in Environment & Health) and was awarded the Chevening Scholar by Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK. Prerna also holds an MBA degree from the prestigious Institute of Rural Management, Anand. Prerna has also volunteered with WaterAid UK to undertake a ‘Study on ssessing user-friendliness of existing Personal Protective Equipment for use by sanitation workers in hot tropical countries.’ prerna@umcasia.org

Priyabrata Panda
Priyabrata Panda
Project Associate

Priyabrata is a development professional with 4.5 years of experience in diverse sectors like Sanitation, Skill Development, Financial Inclusion, Community Mobilization, Capacity Building, livelihood in various roles ranging from Monitoring & Evaluation, Team Handling etc. He has worked with Ministry of Drinking water and Sanitation towards implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen in Uttar Pradesh & Odisha .He was a part of core team of state consultants who contributed to achieve Uttar Pradesh ODF .His strategy and team management also helped Mayurbhanj district of Odisha to achieve ODF. He also worked in Rajasthan with State Rural Livelihood Mission for Poverty eradication by empowering women through SHG. During the tenure of SRLM, he has played a major role as a District Manager & State Resource Trainer of convergence project with MGNREGA. Priyabrata is an Engineering graduate and also holds an MBA from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB). Now he is working under USAID supported MISAAL in Sambalpur, Odisha and provides technical support to the urban local body. priyabrata@umcasia.org

Purva Patel
Purva Patel
Program Coordinator

Purva is an architect – urban designer. At UMC she is a part of  Ahmedabad World Heritage City Trusts project (AWHCT), which focuses on making Heritage zonal plans and framing urban design guidelines for the walled city. She is also working on assembling publications related to the heritage of Ahmedabad. Her background in designing has taught her to approach issues in a multidisciplinary manner. She is fascinated by cities for their history and culture, environment and people that define them, and is keen to broaden her understanding in similar lines of thoughts.  Purva@umcasia.org

Rabindra Nahak
Rabindra Nahak
District Co-ordinator (Ganjam)

Rabindra has 19 years professional experience in the development sector for Program & Project Management, partnership management, and Community development. He has provided technical support to Govt. of Odisha for the reform initiative of MGNREGS, PDS, Skill development, Land Rights and Livelihood. Extensive experience of working with Government at state and district level for execution of development projects like health & nutrition, disaster response, safe Migration, and Capacity building of Govt. Officials, service providers of government, Staff, NGO partners, SHGs & PRIs. A Masters in Social Work and MBA-HR from Eiilm University. rabindra@umcasia.org

Rakesh Vasavda
Rakesh Vasavda
Senior Accounts & Administration Manager

Rakesh Vasavda has been maintaining the accounts and finance reports since the inception of UMC. With 15 years of experience in accounting and finance management, he assists the senior finance manager in preparing financial MIS, budgets, setting out financial and administrative procedures. He is also responsible for book keeping, file maintenance, issuing cheques and vouchers for the organisation projects and programs. Rakesh holds a first-class degree in Commerce from the Gujarat University. rakesh@umcasia.org

Ramchandra Samal
Ramchandra Samal
City co-ordinator, Garima

Ramachandra has over 14 years of experience in field of Adolescent Health & Nutrition, Menstrual Hygiene Management(MHM), Child Health & Nutrition, Primary & secondary Education, Child Right & Protection program with national & international funding and implementing agencies in state of
Jharkhand and Odisha.He holds Master degree in Social Work, Post graduate certificate in Ambedkar Philosophy and Development of Weaker section and Certificate in Human Rights from IGNOU.
ramchandra@umcasia.org

Rashmita Patel
Rashmita Patel
Team Lead, Odisha State

Rashmita is a development professional with more than thirteen years of experience working with the Government of India, different state governments and with national and international development organisations. She has worked across sectors of urban management, with a focus on gender mainstreaming, social Inclusion and inclusive sanitation.
Rashmita holds a post-graduation degree in English language and social work and a MBA in rural management from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar. She has also worked in areas of water-sanitation in Srilanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. rashmita@umcasia.org

Riya Rajesh
Riya Rajesh
Project Associate

Riya is an architect holding a postgraduate degree in Urban Management from CEPT University. Her interests are aligned with the SDGs of the UN and have been keen on working towards achieving these goals. She has participated in graduate-level research studying the effectiveness of various participatory spaces in local governance in Kochi, Kerala, and developed guidelines for other states to adopt their model. Riya was a founding member of the ICMA Student Chapter at CEPT and has served as its Chief Operating Officer. She has also received ICMA’s Local Government Early Career Service Certificate for her demonstration of a strong commitment to local government. At UMC, Riya works with the Technical Support Unit of the National Urban Livelihood Mission in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Delhi. Although a passionate professional, her spirit is nomadic and she loves to travel and hike. riya@umcasia.org

Sakshi Sharma
Sakshi Sharma
Project Associate

Sakshi is an Architect and Urban Planner, keen to explore towards building better cities and challenges faced at Urban level. She has specialized in Urban Infrastructure Planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. Her major interests are inclined towards Climate Change and Sustainable Development. Prior to Joining UMC, she has been a part of Climate Smart Cities Project and iNUMBER Project i.e. iNtegrated Urban Model for Built Environment Energy Research, (supported by Department of Science & Technology). At UMC She is contributing to preparation of Climate Action Plan for Chennai. She also has exposure to work on various residential & Institutional projects as an architect. sakshi@umcasia.org

Sarbeswar Singh Sahoo
Sarbeswar Singh Sahoo
Co-ordinator-TSU Capacity Building

Sarbeswar is a development professional over 18 years of experience in the sector in a progressive
responsible capacity, specialized in project management, monitoring & evaluation,
networking and partnership building, training and advocacy.
He has worked with various national and international organization with the projects
focused on empowering youth and women about their rights and entitlements, land
rights, livelihood, Natural Resource Management, child education, nutrition, skill
development training. Sarbeswar@umcasia.org

Shashwat Sethi
Shashwat Sethi
Project Coordinator

Shashwat is an architect and holds a masters’ degree in urban planning from CEPT University Ahmedabad. At UMC, he contributes in providing support to Jodhpur ULB with a focus on WASH, sanitation mapping and heritage management.

He has worked on urban development projects with the ULBs in the states of Chhattisgarh and Telangana for their respective State Finance Commissions. He has also worked on National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) along with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and has assisted on projects of UNICEF and MHRD looking at WASH compliance in schools. He has worked as an architect professionally in Hyderabad and Auroville and has also been associated briefly as a faculty with JNAFAU in Hyderabad. shashwat@umcasia.org

Simanchal Pradhan
Simanchal Pradhan
Project Associate - Ganjan + Berhampur (BBSR)

Simanchal Pradhan has 12 years professional experience in the development sector for Program & Project Management, Monitoring & Evaluation, Livestock based Livelihood Promotion, Sustainable agricultural practices, Capacity Building of Producer group, Micro Enterprise, Financial Inclusion, Market linkage in goat and Poultry, Women Empowerment, Community Mobilization, Community Engagement, addressing rural health issues. He has provided technical support to Govt. of with coordination to district administrations for the reform initiative of MGNREGS, Skill development and Livelihood. Extensive experience of working with Government at state and district level for execution of development projects like health & nutrition, disaster response, safe Migration, and Capacity building of Govt. Officials, service providers of government, Staff, NGO partners, SHGs & PRIs. simanchal@umcasia.org

Snehal Ingole
Snehal Ingole
Project Associate

Snehal is an urban planner and holds the degree of Bachelors in Planning from COEP, Pune with a specialization in Urban Infrastructure Planning from CEPT university, Ahmedabad. During her academics she has done research on Vulnerability Assessment to Flood risk in the slums of Pune and GHG Reduction from Effective Municipal Solid Waste Management for Surat city. Her major areas of interest include WASH services, waste management, climate change, land use planning, and public policy.

Soumya Darshan Mohanty
Soumya Darshan Mohanty
City Co-ordinator - Garima

Soumya Darshan Mohanty is associated as City Coordinator for Garima Scheme at Cuttack. He has overall 10 Years of experience working with Corporate as well as Development Sectors. Managed projects such as SBM(Gramin), DDUGKY, Jaga Mission; SBM(Urban) at ULB, District; State Level capacities. He holds Post Graduate Degree in Planning & Entrepreneurship from Indian School of Business & Economy, Bhubaneswar. He was also part of the Zila Swachh Bharat Prerak Fellowship. soumya.m@umcasia.org

Soumya Mishra
Soumya Mishra
State Program Co-ordinator - Garima

Soumya Mishra, has 12 year experience of working in areas of academics, research and as a development professional. Previously, she has been engaged with diverse communities including informal settlements, Transgender, Persons with Disabilities, elderly, adolescent girls and boys and has contributed in bridging the gap between the policies and the implementation in respective communities. Has rich knowledge of project planning, development, documentation, overall project coordination and management in securing support from decision makers and duty bearers, to tracking the activities for development of the community. She has worked closely with Govt Departments, particularly, Corporations, Women and Child Development and Health and family welfare Department as a vital component in her previous assignments. These also included – association with the IBI group, working as the interface between the urban planning agency (Bhubaneswar Development Authority) and the local citizen forums (wards, associations, societies, clubs, etc.), enabling community engagement through micro-level planning.  Her education has been in Rural Management and Sociology.

Soumya currently is a part of State team for managing the Garima scheme as a part of TSU with Housing and Urban Development Department, Bhubaneswar. soumya@umcasia.org

Suchismita Priyadarshini
Suchismita Priyadarshini
Associate, TSU - Capacity Building, Odisha

Suchismita is associated with the National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM) and Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana (DAY) convergence program at UMC. She is responsible for implementation of DAY-NULM convergence in Paradeep, Odisha.

Prior to UMC, she has worked with Gram Vikas Organisation as village coordinator in Mayurbhanj district, Odisha for two years. She has Master’s in Social Work from RTM University, Maharashtra and Bachelor’s in Social Work from Utkal University. suchismita@umcasia.org

Sweta Delwadia
Sweta Delwadia
Project Associate

Sweta Delwadia is an urban planner with keen interest in the field of urban development and urban governance. She has worked on governance of small and medium towns of Gujarat during her academics and has understanding of functional and financial framework of urban local bodies. She has explored the ways of assessing financial performance of small and medium sized towns of Gujarat. She has worked on a research study of urban transport for MoHUA prior to joining UMC.

She holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. Her major interest areas include infrastructure development, land development, urban governance and spatial data analysis and management. sweta@umcasia.org

Vaidehi Gohil
Vaidehi Gohil
Project Associate

Vaidehi is a learning professional having an inclination towards urban planning and infrastructure development. She has specialised in Infrastructure Planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. She has extensively worked with government at various levels to develop strategies for improvement of urban and rural service delivery. During her engagement with CEPT Research and Development Foundation, she participated in preparation of Integrated Cluster Action Plans for selected clusters in Gujarat as a part of the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rurban Mission. vaidehi@umcasia.org

Vinay Parmar
Vinay Parmar
Administration Associate

Qualification – B.Com Graduate from Gujarat University.
Work Experience – 16 Years in UMC, Ahmedabad.
Area of Interest – Always wanted to learn new things, which is useful in skill Development.
vinay@umcasia.org

Vinay Patel
Vinay Patel
Senior Program Manager

Vinay Patel is an expert in municipal accounts, finance, income tax and auditing, Vinay has more than 16 years of experience in the field of urban finance and accounts. His key areas of expertise include municipal accounts (conversion of cash to accrual), assessment, finance, FOP preparation and taxation. Vinay assists to capture financial information from the field. He has assessed the municipal finance for the City Sanitation Plan and Solid Waste Management Master Plan for Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation; and prepared a financial operating plan for the City Development Plans for 7 cities of Madhya Pradesh.

He worked as program assistant at City Managers’ Association Gujarat (CMAG) where he worked for the Gujarat Municipal Accounting Reform Project. He was involved in working with 159 urban local bodies of the state to prepare Balance sheet on accrual based double entry accounting system. He has supported in financial operating and modeling for Jodhpur Heritage Management Plan (HMP).

He has also gained technical expertise in WASH through working in this sector since 10 long years. Moreover, he has acquired wide knowledge on local governance as he is involved in supporting Government of Gujarat for Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban for solid waste management; providing guidance and support for ODF, ODF+, ODF++ to ULBs. He is also a part of the technical support and program management unit at Commissionerate of Rural Development, for Swachh Bharat Mission-Garmin in ODF Sustainability and preparing Solid Liquid Resource Management (SLRM) plan for 14,057 GP and 18,000 villages of Gujarat.

He has completed a certification course in Malaysia on FSSM and has gained international exposure through his recent visit to Pearland and Houston in United States of America for study tour under city to city partnership program under MISAAL project. vinay.p@umcasia.org

Vinod Kumar
Vinod Kumar
State Program Manager, Tamil Nadu

Vinod Kumar is a professional social worker with 17+ years of experience. His experience spans across livelihood, education, WASH and disaster risk mitigation / response sectors and specializes in end-to-end project cycle management that includes project design, implementation, monitoring and donor/stakeholder relations. Vinod has earned his Masters in Social Work (Community Development) degree from Loyola College, Chennai and Bachelors in Humanities from the same college . He is certified as community-based micro financing professional by COADY international institute, SA8000 social auditor by Social Accountability International, Advanced Diploma in Software Technologies by Boston Computers and master trainer for Defensive Driving by NEBOSH. He can converse well in Tamil, Hindi, English and Telugu languages.

At UMC Vinod is the State Programme Manager and part of the Technical Support Unit (TSU) of the Govt. of Tamil Nadu that supports the ‘Safety and Dignity of Sanitation Workers’ Project.

Vishwa Mistry
Vishwa Mistry
Project Associate

Vishwa Mistry is an Urban Planner and holds the degree of Bachelor of Urban Planning & Master of Urban and Regional Planning from CEPT University. Her key interest areas include local governance, water conservation & sanitation, spatial data analysis and management, urban forestry and local area planning. She has done research on the institutional and financial framework of water supply and sanitation in small and medium towns of Maharashtra as well as assessing the performance of Gujarat’s Municipal Corporations in the context of good governance.

Vishwa has done research on urban transport for Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). She along with her team has also won an award in the National level competition of Make in India Hackathon 2016 for the concept of ‘Equitable Streets.’ She has also worked with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and The Ahmedabad Project on developing an urban forest in the city by utilizing vacant plots and they have recently converted one vacant plot into an urban forest by planting 6000 trees. Currently, she is working for the MISAAL project. vishwa@umcasia.org

Anoop Kumar Malhotra
Anoop Kumar Malhotra
IT / Administration Consultant

Mr. Anoop Malhotra has formerly served in PSU – Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL). He has over 37 years of experience. During his tenure with BHEL he worked in departments like Sales and Public Relations. While working in sales he has handled major contract for supply of Electric Traction Equipment to Indian Railways and Control Equipment to Power Projects and as spokesperson BHEL, Bhopal in Public Relations Department. His role involved liaising with National and State Press and Media, editing, printing and publishing of various in-house brochures, leaflets, journals, publications, image building, hospitality and protocol, organizing events etc. The most important being planning of BHEL Golden Jubilee celebration. He has widely contributed in visualising and compiling ‘Abhidrishti’ – a collection of speeches by Late Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, the First Prime Minister of India during his visit in 1959, 1960 & 1963 at BHEL Bhopal plant.

One of his most revered contributions during his service was designing, development and implementation of the first online Commercial Management System at BHEL Bhopal on ICIM Main Frame computer using TPMS over dedicated network spread throughout the plant. For the same he was nominated by top management as the Task Force member for implementation of BHEL wide online systems and was also recommended for the National Shram Veer award for his contribution to IT in BHEL. He has also worked in Madhya Pradesh State Public Health Engineering for its Rural Water Supply Scheme aided by World Bank.

At UMC, Mr. Malhotra is working towards strengthening IT based applications and updating internal systems, processes to structure organisational growth.anoop@umcasia.org

Munindra Joshi
Munindra Joshi
Heritage Consultant

Munindraji worked with Gujarat State Archaeology Department for 32 years in a variety of roles ranging from exploration assistant, technical assistant, superintendent archaeology, head of office (Saurashtra region), assistant director, head of office (North Gujarat Circle). At UMC, his field experience and expertise provide guidance to the team involved in the heritage survey projects. Munindraji holds a Master’s degree in Indian Culture from the Gujarat University. munindra@umcasia.org