Prafulla Kumar Sahoo
Prafulla Kumar Sahoo is a renowned Social Scientist, having Post Graduate Degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences – TISS), diploma in Monitoring & Evaluation from Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA, USA, certificate on Total Quality Management (TQM) – from Team Technology, USA, Training on Strategic Planning & NGO Management & Development from Cranfield School of International Management, United Kingdom. He is engaged in development sector more than 38 years. He has expertise in Governance and Civil Society Building, Panchayat Raj Institution, NGO Development and Management, Organizational Development and Institutional Building, Policy Analysis and Strategic Planning and Poverty Reduction Strategies. He is the Director of Schumacher Centre Board, New Delhi and Member of CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Johannesburg. He was the Member of National Consultative Committee on “National Youth Policy”, Govt. of India. He has held the office as Chairman of Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS). He was International visitor (NGO Expert) to the USA on invitation of the United States Information Agency under US Government and addressed several Institutions and Foundation in USA. He has widely travelled and addressed various International and National forums and foundations in many countries. Associated with UN declared Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and addressed at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on “Strengthening Civil Society and UN Reforms” in 2005. He has guided several Policy and Action Research Studies on Education (Literacy Mission), Youth, Women, Tribal, Environment, Development and Good Governance, etc and also has immensely contributed towards Financial Literacy, Micro-finance and Micro-Enterprise domains. He is the Chairman and Co-founder of CYSD
MENTOR AND CO-FOUNDER
Shri Jagadananda is a Social Activist and Civil Society Leader. He demitted the office as the State Information Commissioner, Odisha to advance the Right to Information (RTI) agenda in the State in August 2013 and was a member of the State Planning Board of Odisha, following his active campaigning for people-centric decentralized planning. He is the President of the National Social Watch (NSW), a broad-based coalition of civil society organizations; He was a Member of the Committee on State Agrarian Relations and the Unfinished Task in Land Reforms formed by the Union Ministry for Rural Development, Government of India. He has held offices as Chairperson, Voluntary Action Network India (VANI), the largest national network of social development agencies in India, Chair of Credibility Alliance, a national forum for promotion of accountability norms for Civil Society Organizations and currently the Chair of Sa-Dhan, a national network of Community Development Micro Finance Institutions with wide membership spread across the country. In 2005, he was offered a senior visiting fellowship at CIVICUS-World Alliance for Citizen Participation, and worked on the issues of legitimacy, transparency and accountability within civil society at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. His publication ‘Civil Society Legitimacy and Accountability’ is widely available in French, Spanish, Arabic and English languages. His other publications include “Organization Behaviour” a framework for Non-Governmental Development Organisations and an Organisation Self-Assessment tool for NGOs’ (OSANGO).
Prof. Anup Kumar Dash
Professor Dr. Anup Dash is an internationally acclaimed Sociologist, and formerly, Professor of Sociology, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. He held the Ambedkar Chair as Professor (a Chair created by the Government of India at the National Institute of Social Work and Social Sciences). He is a core researcher; its application has enriched development research immensely. His areas of interest are: Social and Solidarity Economy; Gender, Poverty and Microfinance; Socially Responsible and Impact Investing; Non-Profits and the Third Sector; Citizenship and Governance; Globalization and Peripheral Communities. He has been a visiting Professor at the Universities of Bremen, Germany (on a EU fellowship) and Osnabrueck, Germany (on a DAAD fellowship), The Arbetslivscentrum, Stockholm (on a Swedish Institute fellowship), a Ford Foundation fellow at the Management Development Institute (Microfinance) at the University of New Hampshire (USA), Research Advisor to UN Interagency Task Force in the construction of the Youth Development Index for the Government of Maldives. He chaired and led workshops on Results- Based Governance and Accountability at the CIVICUS World Assemblies held in Glasgow (UK) for three years in collaboration with the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations. His contribution through the Global Research on Improving Impact of Microfinance on Poverty coordinated by three British universities (IDS at the university of Sussex, University of Bath, and Sheffield, and supported by the Ford Foundation ,USA, involving about thirty partners all over the world) has been highly influential in shaping the Social Rating and Social Performance standards among the Development Finance Institutions at the global level. He also contributed a chapter to its final publication: Money with a Mission: Managing the Social Performance of Microfinance, London, ITDG Publications (2005). He was invited to the Conference of the International Association of the Investors in Social Economy held in Montreal/Quebec, Canada, where he played a key role in the formation of the Social Finance Observatory. He was invited to contribute to the “Think Piece” commissioned by the International cooperative Alliance (ICA), Brussels on the occasion of the declaration of “The International Decade of Cooperatives” by the UN. He contributed to the UNRISD/ILO debates on Social and Solidarity Economy in Geneva. More Recently, He was a SSTC fellow of the ILO and was invited to speak on “Social and Solidarity Finance: Tensions, Challenges and Transformative Potential” in Geneva (May 2015), and was invited as a SSTC fellow by the ILO as a panelist to its 5th Academy on Social and Solidarity Economy in Johannesburg (South Africa) in July 2015.
Prafull Kumar Das
Prafull Kumar Das was a Senior Manager in a National Bank since last 25 years. Besides that, he is involved in advancing the Micro Finance activities in the state. He is associated with a number of Civil Society organizations and passionately contributes in development sector voluntarily.
Shanti Devi Devi received the Jamanalal Bajaj Award in the year 1994. She was associated with the ‘Bhoodan’ movement and has worked with AcharyaVinobaji. In 1961, she became the Secretary of Utkal Navajeevan Mandal and in 1964 founded ‘SevaSamaj’, for imparting education to tribal girls. She became the President of Orissa Prohibition Congress. She is also associated with a number of Gandhian institutes.
Tulasi Munda, (Padmashree)
Since last 43 years, Tulasi Munda has been associated with tribal development activities and working towards the all round development of tribals. She has received the prestigious PADMASHREE Award for her relentless work for the development of tribals. She is a strong supporter of Gandhian philosophy. She has been widely recognized as a great tribal leader.
Prof. (Smt) Prabhat Nalini Das
Prof. Prabhat Nalini Das is an eminent academician from Odisha. She had served as an English professor at Lady Shri Ram College, Ranchi University andUtkal University. She has also been the Director/Dean of the Humanities Division at IIT Kanpur, and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the North Eastern Hill University, Shillong with independent charge of its Kohima campus in Nagaland. She earned her M.A. in English at the University of Allahabad, where she topped the university with three gold medals. She earned another Masters in English at the University of Minnesota as a Fulbright Smith-Mundt Scholar and topped that university as well. Prof. Prabhat Nalini Das has been a pioneer in resuscitating the Orissa Ikat Saris and southern Orissa’s Berhampur Silk Saris, as well as Tussar Saris. So prized and rare is her collection of saris that part of it was requested for display at The Smithsonian during the Festival of India in the USA, in 1985. Together with her husband, Prof. Bidhu Bhusan Das, she supported and patronized Odissi dance and music, and Oriya theatre, right from the early 1950s. Prof. Prabhat Nalini Das has also translated several major Oriya works into English.