General Body

Mr. Arvind Kumar Malik (CEO)

Arvind has a degree in Forestry Science from Pantnagar Agriculture University and advanced training in human rights. He has over 20 years of experience in the development sector working with some leading national and international NGOs. He spent two and half years as Regional Rural Development Manager, Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan between 2011 to 2013. Arvind was recognized as Ford Fellow in 2015, a global fellowship organized by Ford Motor Company and 92 Street Y, USA.

Ms. Rita Sengupta (Chair)

Rita is a Post Graduate in Psychology from Delhi University. She has more than 25 years of experience in Entrepreneurship Training (National/International) Research and Consultancy with specialization in Human Process Training, Gender Development & amp; Curriculum Design. She was a key designer of the celebrated Udyogini curriculum and deliver methodology for its Training of Enterprise Support Teams and Grassroots.

Ms. Bimla. N. Bissell (Chair Emeritus)

Udyogini has a distinguished Chair Emeritus, Bimla. N. Bissell. Bimla Bissell is founder member and former Chair of Udyogini. Emeritus is an honorary title given to her in recognition of her continued support since the beginning and dedication towards the organisation. She was with the World Bank for over two decades handling external relations and media in their New Delhi office. She is associated with a number of educational and craft related initiatives in India. She is on the board of the All-India Artisans and Craft Workers Association.

Ms. Preetam Khandelwal (Member)

Dr.Preetam Khandelwal is currently Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi. She has done MA and PhD in Psychology. She has over 3 decades of experience in teaching, research, training, and consulting. The Indian Society of Training and Development also conferred her with the ‘Best Woman Trainer’ award in 1987. She was also awarded the Goldman Sachs full scholarship to participate in the Entrepreneurship Education Colloquium on Participant-Centered Learning (EECPCL) at Harvard Business School, Boston in 2008. She is an accredited Entrepreneurship Motivation Trainer from the National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD) and a professional member of the Indian society of applied behavioral Science (ISABS).

Ms. Varsha Mehta (Member)

Varsha has a degree in Forestry Management from IIFM, Bhopal. She has over two decades of work experience with rural communities and organisations working towards the objective of poverty alleviation through improved governance and strengthening rural livelihoods, with an emphasis on sustainable and participatory management of natural resources, particularly forests, land and water. Her major contributions have been in the areas of participatory planning, capacity building, formation and strengthening of community institutions, and M&E. Over this period, she has worked with government and non-government organizations, donor agencies, research institutions and consulting firms, international banks and multi-lateral & bilateral development agencies.

Dr. Sumana Chakravertty Datta (Member)

Sumana has a Ph. D in Renewable Energy from Centre of Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and M. Sc. in Physics from Delhi University. She is member of Indian Chapter of International Centre for Theoretical Physics. Sumana has more than 28 years of expertise in Corporate Social Responsibility, Renewable Energy and Environment, Livelihood, Health, Survey & Planning, Research, Product Development, Transfer of Technology and Evaluation & Monitoring. She has authored many papers for national and international journals.

Ms. Madhu Bala (Member)

Ms. Madhu Bala has a degree in MA Hindi from Delhi University. She has nearly two decades of work experience in gender sensitization, training and implementation. Since 2007, developing modules and conducting training on women’s issues including Gender, Patriarchy, Violence against Women, Sexuality, Women and Law, and Masculinity with urban, rural and tribal women members and leaders of collectives and federations; professionals from NGOs and CBOs, police personnel, the Transport Department, protection officers, as well as with multi-national and other private sector organizations. She has been working for Jagori Women’s Resource Centre for more than a decade. She is also an ICC member for several organizations and institutes.