Our Team

Consultants/Thematic Experts We Work With

Dr. Pawan Kumar Jha

Consultant / Thematic Expert

Nitya Jacob

Consultant/Thematic Expert

Dr. Prabir Kumar Dutta

Consultant/Thematic Expert

Ratna Saxena

Consultant / Thematic Expert (Child Protection)

Dr. Deepti Priya Mehrotra

Consultant/Thematic Expert
Anish Panjiyar

Anish Panjiyar

Assistant Manager – Data

Core Team

Paresh Kumar

CEO and Co-Founder

Minal Srivastava

Director – HR, Finance and Administration

Dr. K Satheesh Kumar

Regional Head – South India Operations

Rahul Jain

Advisor
Finance and Taxation

Saswati B Johri

Manager- Operations

Dr. Bindiya Narang

Program Coordinator (ECCD)

Shilpi Madnawat

Program Coordinator (Urban)

Rashi Goel

Manager
Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation

Jithu Paulson

Manager
Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation

Vrinda Gupta

Assistant Manager – Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation

Anish Panjiyar

Anish Panjiyar

Assistant Manager – Data & Field Operations

Nairita Das

Research Associate

Madhavi Nikose

Research Associate

Vandana

Executive – Admin & Accounts

Vivek Kumar

Accountant

Rashi Goel

Manager
Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation

Ms. Nairita Das

Research Associate

Madhavi

Research Associate

Dr. Pawan Kumar Jha

Dr. Jha has over 30 years extensive experience and expertise in developing sustainable technologies, their implementation, monitoring and evaluation, policy research, preparing guidelines, training & capacity building in the fields of environmental sanitation, SLWM, septage management, biogas from human wastes and other waste in urban and rural areas in India and other developing countries.
He has assisted different ministries of Government of India like Ministry of Jalshakti, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Department of Science and Technology/ DSIR (MoS&T), MoHUA, MoEFCC, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, and different state governments in India; several bilateral / international agencies like ADB, WSP- SA / World Bank, UNHABITAT, GIZ, Water Aid India, BMGF, WASTE the Netherlands, JBIC, ICEF, and BORDA, Germany.

Nitya Jacob

Nitya Jacob is a WASH policy analyst. He has more than three decades of work experience in the development sector across nine countries. He worked with numerous government and non-government bodies. He worked as the head of Policy with WaterAid India, an NGO supporting drinking water and sanitation projects in the country. He has written few book like “Jalyatra on India’s traditional water management practices”, “A Memoir of Two Toilet Inspectors” etc. Jacob also headed the water advocacy and research function at the Centre for Science and Environment, a research and advocacy NGO based in Delhi. Jacob has written and edited books and articles on India’s traditional water wisdom, rural governance and trends in rural development. His essay on water was published in an UN-sponsored publication Water Voices from around the World. He is a WASH Policy Analyst.

Dr. Prabir Kumar Dutta

Dr. Prabir Kumar Dutta is a senior TB Advisor & Public Health Specialist having working experience of more than 52 years. Dr Dutta is a chest physician currently operating out of his own private practice in Kolkata and has worked extensively in TB.
He was in-charge of conducting training on RNTCP in the districts of North-Eastern states and West Bengal during his tenure at Directorate of Health Sciences at Government of West Bengal. He has worked with Dr. Thomas Frieden the then Chief Project officer, WHO and has written the WHO working module in local language Bengali for the grass root level health workers. He holds a MBBS degree and Diploma in Tuberculosis and other diseases of chest from University of Calcutta. He is one of the founding member of the association named Chest Physician located West Bengal.

Ms. Ratna Saxena

Ratna Saxena, is a senior development professional having more than 30 years of work experience, including 21 years on issues related to child protection and child rights. She has worked with Govt. and Non- Govt. organizations like State Govt., MWCD, UNICEF, Justice and Care, NCPCR at senior levels. She has work on visualizing long-term strategy for Justice & Care and align short-term goals for influencing policies and practices in the context of Anti Human Trafficking. During her stint with MWCD, she has supported MWCD and State Governments towards implementation of monitoring system for ICPS and provided technical support to the State Governments towards development of monitoring reports.
Ratna, possess strong research and analytical skills with special emphasis on data collection and analysis tools & has solid program management and implementation experience. She’s an excellent trainer on Child rights and protection issues, on special laws such as JJ & POSCO Act and relevant central schemes. Ratna has provided psycho social support to children and families during emergencies in four states of India. She has published papers on drug abuse and child sexual abuse. She has completed her M.A in Psychology from Delhi University and also holds a Diploma in Educational-Vocational Guidance and counselling form NCERT.

Dr. Deepti Priya Mehrotra

Dr. Deepti Priya Mehrotra is a researcher and social scientist with multi-disciplinary academic training and interests. She has established professional expertise in Gender, Education, Adolescence and Child Rights, with a strong track record over the past three decades. Associated with a number of INGOs, NGOs and educational institutions , she works in varied capacities including consultancies for research, evaluation, documentation, editing, writing, training and curriculum development, to grassroots engagement, teaching and advisory roles, in the non-profit sector as well as with schools and universities.
Recent consultancies include work with UNFPA, CorStone, Oxfam-India, Aga Khan Foundation, Action Aid, TARSHI, GIWA, Magic Bus Foundation, Pravah and Study Hall Educational Foundation.
Deepti has a number of publications to her credit: including papers, articles, chapters in edited volumes; independent books (such as a biography of peace activist Irom Sharmila, a book on Single Mothers, and a social history of folk theatre–all published by Penguin Books); as well as published reports (as with Oxfam, Plan, Aga Khan Foundation).
She has taught at Delhi University and TISS-Mumbai (as Visiting Faculty) and at Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra (as Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Political Science).

Anish Panjiyar

Anish completed Bachelors in Education (B.Ed.) from CRSU, Haryana after completing his Bachelor in Science (B.Sc.) from Lalit Narayan Mithila University and currently pursuing M.Ed. through distance learning. Anish brings around 3 years of experience in the area of social research where he has handled large scale data and field operations. Anish is proficient in data analysis and adept in using analytical software like SPSS and STATA. He helps the team at DevInsights developing data collection / survey applications like CS Pro, ODK, Survey CTO, KOBO ToolKit, mWater.

Paresh Kumar

During the last two decades in his career, Paresh has made many contributions to research, monitoring and evaluation in the social development sector. Paresh has co-authored the book “Is it really Clean–creating a WASH Index”. He has published his research work in international journals like The Lancet Global Health, Social Science & Medicine, Implementation Science, AIDS Education & Prevention, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre. Paresh is the architect of an innovative BCC model called M4DTM (Music for Development).
He has spearheaded several Measurement, Learning and Evaluation (MLE) grants funded by Government, trusts, foundations, INGOs, bi-laterals and other development partners in the area of public health, nutrition, livelihood, education, child rights and WASH. Paresh has travelled the length and breadth of India that has given him a remarkable feel for the pulse of the real India. The early stage of Paresh’s life was marked with disciplined education, cricket, a rich vein of the creative life and with powerful essence of music and culture. Whenever he finds time, he enjoys strumming his guitar, composing songs or jingles. He has keen interest in Urdu and Hindi literature and loves writing poems and shayari.

Minal Srivastava

Minal is one of the co-founders of DevInsights, who brings on board skills of planning and coordinating administrative procedures and systems and devising ways to streamline processes. She has actively been involved in recruiting personnel and allocate responsibilities and as well office space. She is keen observer with eye on details and provide insights to ensure maximum efficiency within the organization. Her professionalism, sincerity, optimism, quality and timeliness are her key strengths. Minal is a commerce graduate with around 10 years of experience in the service sector including banking and automobile sectors. She has in past worked with Toyota & HSBC group. She is brilliant cook and loves feeding and pampering people with her sumptuous delicacies.

Dr. K Satheesh Kumar

Dr. Satheesh has around two decades of professional experience in the field of Social Research and worked with various donor and social research agencies across India. He has led several national and state level research assignments funded by reputed donors such as World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, IFPRI, NACO, CDC-Atlanta, USA, CIFF-UK, etc. He is specialized in, Designing and implementing Baseline survey, Impact assessment and process monitoring; Communication strategies for targeted interventions; Poverty alleviation, Livelihood development and women empowerment; Corporate social responsibility and Shared value creation strategies; Data analysis, interpretation and reporting.
Satheesh is a PhD in Social Work from University of Madras. Based out of Chennai, with strong networks with other South states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Satheesh handles the South India operations of DevInsights. He is a passionate social worker with great admiration for music and art.

Rahul Jain

Rahul Jain is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) with more than 10 years of experience in program finance, accounts & MIS, financial viability analysis for new projects, implementation of systems and processes. Rahul ensures efficient and effective use of the project resources ensures that all project operations are in full compliance with DevInsights policies and Indian law.

Saswati B Johri

Saswati completed her post-graduate degree in History from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She brings in more than 15 years of experience working in the social development sector. She has made significant contributions in the thematic areas of education, skill development, and public health.  Prior to joining DevInsights, Saswati has worked with various organizations including Udayan Care, Parivar Seva Sanstha, CASP to name a few.

In her free time, Saswati Loves to read, make friends and write on her blog on various pressing issues of society. She wants to keep working to bring about positive changes in society.

Dr. Bindiya Narang

Dr. Bindiya Narang is a Post Doctorate in Social Work from Jamia Millia Islamia University and has over a decade long experience in the development space. She has been involved in a range of assignments and consultancies for a number of NGOs and INGOs on a plethora of projects centered on rural livelihoods, public health, women and gender issues, life skills, early childhood care and education, emergent literacy etc. She is inclined towards community organization and ethnographic research.

She is adept in content creation and documentation, and has a fair share of research publications in national and international peer reviewed journals of repute. Her flair for writing and creative expression also reflect in her ability to paint and write poetry.

Shilpi Madnawat

Shilpi Madnawat, an Architect and a Post Graduate in Environmental Planning from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, has been working on various aspects of urban development for over a decade. She has a keen interest in urban research, strategy and policy formulation and government advisory on urban planning, management and development.

She has worked on projects like Enabling Strategic Master Plan of Delhi and Formulation of Knowledge Product on Co-creating Public Spaces within Urban Neighborhoods with National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA). She has also been associated with the Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC) where she contributed towards Rationalization of Norms and Guidelines for Vehicular Parking for Educational Facilities, Developing Signage Guidelines for Public Spaces – Parks and design ideas for Enabling of Safe Public Spaces in Delhi.

Free time for her is about gardening, paper quilling, nature walks and travelling.

Rashi Goel

Ms. Rashi Goel is a research professional and holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Madras School of Economics. She currently works as Manager- Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation with DevInsights. During her tenure here, she has been involved in multiple baseline and impact evaluation studies, in various capacities, with organisations like McGill University, PATH, CRY, AKF etc. Her area of expertise lies in public health, education and child rights related projects. She is adept at developing study tools, secondary research, data analysis, drafting reports and overall management of the project. She previously worked in the Data Science and Analytics department of Cognizant Pvt Ltd.
Fond of reading and observing societal behaviors, Rashi is keen on doing her bit for the society. With a knack of learning new things, she enjoys dealing with data sets, theories and exploring new econometric techniques to gain better insights. In her leisure time, you can always find her binge-watching shows and movies.

Jithu Paulson

Jithu is a research professional and holds a Master’s degree in Sociology and Post Graduate Diploma in Policy, Design, and Management. He has been involved in multiple baselines and impact evaluation studies, in various capacities, with organizations like PATH, Hand in Hand, CRY, AKF etc. He previously worked with Composite Regional Centre for Persons with Disabilities, a statutory body of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. He also worked with Lung Care Foundation and Ernst & Young as a Research Intern.
He is passionate about WASH, child labor and child protection issues. Jithu Paulson is committed and passionate about working for the marginalized sections of the society. After his graduation in Physics, he took the path of social science and pursued a Master’s in Sociology. Before joining DevInsights, he worked as an Intern for District Administration, Kozhikode & EY after his post-graduation. When he is free, he likes to enjoy football and its tactical analysis. Football and Lionel Messi influenced his life and personality. He also finds comfort in life by traveling around in a bike.

Vrinda Gupta

Vrinda holds a master’s degree in International Relations from The University of Edinburgh (Batch of 2017) and a Bachelor degree in Economics from Delhi University. She wrote her thesis on the socio-economic empowerment of women and testing the efficacy of equal education as a means of achieving that in India She holds immense experience across various verticals of public health, inclusive but not limited to disability, SRHR, HIV, and family planning. She has worked in policy advocacy and government communications space as well. She has worked for various national and international organisations and engaged with multilevel stakeholders. Her exposure has equipped her with the right skills and rich experience. She is adept at project management, research, field management, and efficiently operating direct line of communications with the client. Her expertise in data analysis lies in qualitative data.

Vrinda holds keen interest in international relations and the social development field especially women empowerment, maternal and child healthcare, education, WASH and sanitation. In her leisure time, she likes to read non-fiction novels, paint, play chess and badminton, and study topics related to her field.

Narita Das

Nairita Das is a master’s in Public Health from Manipal Academy of Higher Education. She currently works as a Research Associate at DevInsights. She is also a Registered Nurse graduated from KIIT University. Previously, she has worked as a Clinical Instructor at Neotia Academy of Nursing, Kolkata. She holds a keen interest in Nursing and public health especially in health policy. In her leisure time, she loves to watch movie, dance and listen to music.

Madhavi

Madhavi’s interest in Green building & development, waste management and city mapping started from the days of her bachelors. She holds a bachelor degree in Planning from School of Planning and Architecture Bhopal and did her masters in Urban Policy and Governance from TISS Mumbai. She works as a Research Associate at DevInsights. Before joining DevInsights she worked as a research intern at Janaagraha.

She is determined and optimistic in nature and is always ready to learn new things. She is a fitness freak and a wanderer. She is also a volunteer in People for animals Bhopal and loves working for stray dogs and animal protection.

She likes to spend her free time with her pets and other fur babies. She feels glad to be a part of DevInsights.

Vandana

Vandana completed her Masters in Commerce (M.Com.) from Kanpur University. After completing her Masters she worked as junior teacher and later as admin executive with an academic institution. At DevInsights, she works with the Admin and Accounts department and is responsible for all administrative and accounting needs for the teams and projects that organisation handles. She also contributes towards the human resource and infrastructural management of the organisation. She has a great liking for sweet-tasting foods and very fond of cooking.

Vivek Kumar

Vivek Kumar is young, committed, energetic, hard-working and a self-motivated professional who completed his Bachelors in Commerce from Lalit Narayan Mithila University. Prior to joining DevInsights, he had a long stint with a CA firm where he gained skills related to auditing and compliances. Vivek in hands-on on GST and TDS computations and filing returns.

Vivek possesses excellent organizational, problem-solving, project management and communication skills. Vivek is a cricket enthusiast and loves listing to music.