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Dharmendra Chandurkar
Dharmendra Chandurkar
Co-founder and Chief Knowledge Officer

Dharmendra Chandurkar, a co-founder of Sambodhi, is also its Chief Knowledge Officer. It's a position that reflects his long-standing interest in academia, especially in supporting social science research.

Dharmendra is the leading force behind Sambodhi's commitment and annual investment in research and professional development.

In his 15-year career, Dharmendra has straddled roles across academia and the development sector as a leader, professional trainer, and researcher. He has several publications and research papers to his credit. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Kadambari Anantram
Kadambari Anantram
Vice President - Research and Advisory Services

A socio-economist by training, Kadambari has over 12 years of practitioner-research experience in natural resource sustainability, agriculture, education, and skilling space.

Kadambari's work has primarily involved combining grassroots research with quantitative and qualitative data analysis to design and evaluate programmes.

She has post-graduate degrees in Environment Economics and Development Studies from the University of Sussex and Sociology from the University of California, Riverside. Kadambari is also a recipient of the prestigious Chevening scholarship.

Kishor Purohit
Kishor Purohit
Assistant Vice President - Business Development

Kishor Purohit is an Assistant Vice President - Business Development at Sambodhi. In his current role, he advises the organization on major partnerships, exploring and pursuing new opportunities.

With every new partnership, he gained insight that solidified his reputation as a go-to within the business development team.

Today, Kishor works like a champion of engagements, talking with clients, understanding their needs, and pulling in various subject matter specialists from around the vast Sambodhi network of consultants and experts.

Kultar Singh
Kultar Singh
Chief Executive Officer

Kultar Singh co-founded Sambodhi in 2005, guided by a belief that data-driven insights would be a valuable tool to help organizations and institutions change the way they make decisions.

An entrepreneur at heart and an expert on the use of data and evidence for decision-making, Kultar is also an avid writer and a passionate speaker.

As a monitoring and evaluation expert, he brings to Sambodhi a background of global thought leadership. This has successfully guided several pioneering research designs developed by the organization.

Nitin Sharma
Nitin Sharma
Chief Strategy Officer

A co-founder of Sambodhi and its Chief Strategy Officer, Nitin Sharma, believes in driving institutional change through innovation, thought leadership, and effective strategies.

Nitin oversees Sambodhi's negotiations with governments and multi-lateral entities across the development sector globally.

Nitin also advises the training and capacity building division at Sambodhi. He has been part of the leadership team that has consolidated Sambodhi's position as a leading name in professional capacity building services.

Sudhanshu Malhotra
Sudhanshu Malhotra
Vice President - Strategy and Partnerships

As a Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships, Sudhanshu drives strategic planning, global operations and shapes development initiatives across diverse markets.

He is one of Sambodhi's global faces and thrives on exploring new business models and ensuring that Sambodhi's clients and partners receive services of international standards.

He oversees the setting up of new systems and processes for effective client relationship management, project effectiveness, delivery excellence, quality assurance, and leadership development.

Sudhanshu has a master's from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Analysis Design and Management of Information Systems.

Swapnil Shekhar
Swapnil Shekhar
Co-founder & Director

Swapnil Shekhar is Co-founder and Director at Sambodhi. With 20+ years of experience in international development, Swapnil leads Sambodhi’s vision of generating data and evidence-driven impact.

In addition to driving large-scale evaluations for global philanthropies, public sector, and development organizations, Swapnil also leads Sambodhi’s strategic and business direction.

Swapnil's leadership has been key in the transformation of Sambodhi into a fast-growing global enterprise. He is also a Rockefeller Foundation Global Fellow (2015).

Currently, he is steering Sambodhi’s latest venture in advanced analytics, aiming to promote data science and technology in the policy and development space.

Rajib Nandi
Rajib Nandi
Vice President – Knowledge Management & Capacity Development

As Vice President – Knowledge Management & Capacity Development, Rajib Nandi ensures that Sambodhi upholds the highest-quality research standards and develops a top-notch evaluation infrastructure.

Rajib brings over 24 years of experience implementing impact evaluations and working with global organizations.

Rajib's footprint is spread across multiple sectors, including gender and development, women and work, solidarity economy, livelihoods, and political ecology.

He is the founder and co-leader of the Evaluation Community of India (ECOI). He is also a prestigious member of the Community of Evaluators - South Asia (CoE - SA) and the International Evaluation Academy (IEA).

VIKAS CHOUDHRY
VIKAS CHOUDHRY
Vice President – Public Health Practice

Vikas is a social epidemiologist by training with extensive experience in strengthening health systems, promoting sexual and reproductive health, and the rights of young people.

As Sambodhi's Public Health Expert, he is committed to designing M&E frameworks, leading multi-disciplinary teams, and leveraging context-driven evidence to drive meaningful change in the health sector.

Vikas has worked with a wide array of organizations, including academia, UN agencies, philanthropic foundations, multi-lateral agencies, National and State Governments, and policy think tanks.

Vikas is a medical graduate and holds a Ph.D. from Lund University, Sweden. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarship from the EU.

Vijay Avinandan
Vijay Avinandan
Assistant Vice President - Research

As Assistant Vice President - Research, Vijay is responsible for strengthening the evaluation capability within Sambodhi and overseeing the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems and technologies.

Vijay has 9 years of M&E experience in the domains of Public Health and Nutrition, Food Security, and Livelihoods in India and East Africa.

An expert on the use of data and evidence for decision-making, Vijay brings an impressive background in global development and coalition building.

Kezia Yonzon
Kezia Yonzon
Assistant Vice President – Research

As Assistant Vice President - Research, Kezia leads diverse project teams to deliver innovative research and advice clients working in Public Health, Education, and Livelihoods.

Kezia is passionate about data-driven decision-making and has successfully completed several studies in India, Cambodia, and Nepal.

With 8 years of experience, Kezia is the technical lead in designing and executing impact evaluations and applying mixed methods analytic approaches to inform policy decisions.

Abhishek Sharma
Abhishek Sharma
Assistant Vice President - Research

Driven by the belief that technology is instrumental in revolutionizing data collection and data-driven change, Abhishek has developed innovative techniques to measure the impact of large-scale programs.

As Assistant Vice President - Research, his role involves working at the forefront of research and evaluations to enable evidence-based decisions. He has worked extensively throughout South Asia.

In his career spanning over seven years, he has led numerous research and evaluations and has cross-sector experience in livelihoods, public health, renewable energy, education, and humanitarian response.

Anubrata Basu
Anubrata Basu
Assistant Vice President - Research and Communication

As Assistant Vice President - Research and Communication, Anubrata works at the intersection of research and communication and helps translate information into insights.

Anubrata plays an active role in creating a values-based culture and deepening Sambodhi's global visibility. She is passionate about amplifying social impact by promoting evidence-based approaches.

She has extensive experience in program management, strategic communications, and international development throughout South Asia and East Africa, with a focus on gender, public health, and education.

Saikumar C. Bharamappanavara
Saikumar C. Bharamappanavara
Assistant Vice President - Research

Saikumar C. Bharamappanavara is an Assistant Vice President - Research at Sambodhi and has more than 10 years of experience in development and international research.

At Sambodhi, he captures data on social capital dimensions and fosters meaningful relationships with like-minded organizations.

Saikumar holds master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Ghent, Belgium, and the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. He has also been selected as German Young Ambassador.

Akashi Kaul
Akashi Kaul
Assistant Vice President - Research

As Assistant Vice President - Research, Akashi plays a key role in setting the overall direction of high-impact interventions and building strategic partnerships with key stakeholders.

Akashi is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion and has extensive experience designing evaluation methodologies.

She has served on the board of Washington Evaluators and as the secretary of the Multiethnic Issues under the American Evaluation Association. She has a Ph.D. in Education Policy from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Biswaranjan Baraj
Biswaranjan Baraj
Assistant Vice President - Research

As Assistant Vice President – Research, Biswaranjan is at the frontline of developing and executing impactful projects and creating long-term strategic plans to enable evidence-informed decision-making.

Biswaranjan has extensive cross-sector experience in livelihood, rural and urban development, education, WASH, e-governance, and public policy.

In 2019-20, he was nominated to lead CSR, volunteering, and diversity and inclusion activities of Nielsen in South Asia, where he successfully demonstrated his leadership skills.

Core Team

Abha Kumari
Abha Kumari
Senior Manager - Research
Abishek R Nippani
Abishek R Nippani
Deputy Manager – Research
Aishwarya Sivaramakrishnan
Aishwarya Sivaramakrishnan
Manager – Research
Aman Kumar Singh
Aman Kumar Singh
Research Associate
Aniket Marne
Aniket Marne
Research Associate
Anisha Anson
Anisha Anson
Manager - Research
Anuradha Saigal
Anuradha Saigal
Manager - Research
Arshiya Bhutani
Arshiya Bhutani
Deputy Manager – Research
Debapriya Chanda
Debapriya Chanda
Deputy Manager – Research
Deepti Narsawat
Deepti Narsawat
Deputy Manager – Research
Elizabeth Lyn
Elizabeth Lyn
Deputy Manager - Research
Karan Mehta
Karan Mehta
Deputy Manager - Research
Kaustav Ghosal
Kaustav Ghosal
Deputy Manager - Research
Lakshmi Soma
Lakshmi Soma
Manager - Research
Mahima Taneja
Mahima Taneja
Senior Manager - Research
Manmeet Kaur
Manmeet Kaur
Deputy Manager – Research
Navin Kumar
Navin Kumar
State MLE Manager – Research
Nilay Sagar
Nilay Sagar
Research Consultant
Nitin Lokhande
Nitin Lokhande
Senior Project Manager - MSRLM
Nivedita Roy
Nivedita Roy
Senior Manager - Public Health Practise
Prachi Pravin Karkhanis
Prachi Pravin Karkhanis
Senior Manager - Public Health Practice
Priti Bharadwaj
Priti Bharadwaj
Senior Consultant - Research
Priyadarshini Krishnaraj
Priyadarshini Krishnaraj
Deputy Manager - Research
Raji Sharma
Raji Sharma
Deputy Manager - Business Development
Rashi Agrawal
Rashi Agrawal
Deputy Manager - Research
Rishabh Bhattacharya
Rishabh Bhattacharya
Manager - Research
Shikha Rana
Shikha Rana
Senior Manager - Research
Shipra Prakash
Shipra Prakash
Manager - Research
Shubham Gupta
Shubham Gupta
Senior Manager - Research
Shubham Pathak
Shubham Pathak
Deputy Manager – Research
Sreeresmi Remadevi
Sreeresmi Remadevi
Manager - Public Health
Srushti Joshi
Srushti Joshi
Deputy Manager – Research
Sumaira Khan
Sumaira Khan
Deputy Manager - Public Health
Susmit Biswas
Susmit Biswas
Manager - Research
Swati Palanivelu Vijaya
Swati Palanivelu Vijaya
Senior Manager - Research
Varsha Rajagopalan
Varsha Rajagopalan
Deputy Manager - Public Health Practice
Vinod K. Hariharan
Vinod K. Hariharan
Senior Manager - Research
Vivek Warade
Vivek Warade
Project Manager - POCRA

Human Resource and Operations

Shafique Ahmad Khan
Shafique Ahmad Khan
Assistant Vice President – Field Operations

As Assistant Vice President - Field Operations at Sambodhi, Shafique plays a pivotal role in ensuring, improving, and escalating Sambodhi's field presence all over the world.

With a career spanning 25 years, Shafique brings deep experience in planning and executing regional and international field operations.

He is at the forefront of nurturing and evaluating our nimble field teams and supervising the collection of high-quality data sets from remote locations with near real-time efficiency.

Shruti Chaturvedi
Shruti Chaturvedi
Assistant Vice President - Human Resource

Shruti is an Assistant Vice President - Human Resource, and in this capacity, she leads growth, creates HR roadmaps, drives HR functions, and promotes culture-building at Sambodhi.

She firmly believes that human capital is the greatest asset of an organization and the key to success is in nurturing talent.

At Sambodhi, Shruti helps shape critical strategies/policies and has led an organization-wide transformation that has resulted in Sambodhi's strong talent pool.

Sudhiranjan Biswal
Sudhiranjan Biswal
Assistant Vice President - Administration

Always committed to his team, Sudhiranjan Biswal, the Assistant Vice President - Administration, has his beliefs grounded in the notion of staying up to date with competitive approaches.

With a well-defined focus on leadership, he brings forth the most suitable corporate methods in planning and implementing administrative activities at Sambodhi.

Sudhir has held the position of a leader in Administration for almost fifteen years, centered on driving business results by working at the intersection of strategy, performance, and culture.

Akshat Goyal
Akshat Goyal
Senior Manager - Human Resource
Debjyoti Roy
Debjyoti Roy
Deputy Manager - Human Resources