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

Nitya Jacob

Consultant/Thematic Expert

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

Rashi Goel

Manager
Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation

Manika Tomar

Manager Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation

Jithu Paulson

Assistant Manager
Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation

Rakshith Y D

Executive – Monitoring, Learning, & Evaluation

Deepak Kumar

Admin Assistant 

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).

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.

Rashi Goel

Rashi is an Economics graduate from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University. After completing her Masters in Economics from Madras School of Economics, Rashi had a short stint with a leading IT service company. While working there, she found her calling and realized that it is just the social development sector that she identifies with and wishes to make a career in. During her graduation, she interned with a couple of NGOs and cherishes that experience the most.
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.

Manika Tomar

Manika is an Economics graduate from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi and a post graduate in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. She has a keen interest in the development sector and has previously interned at Indian Development Foundation specializing in the informal labor sector trends in income in India. She has undertaken academic projects focusing on money supply and plastic money, gender and sports, sports diplomacy.
Manika has two years of professional experience across various themes like Communications, Public Health, Livelihood, Education, and Women Empowerment etc. wherein she worked with clients like IDRC and DFID in the past. Her work with DFID and IDRC has equipped her with great understanding of disability, technology, health information systems and Sexual and reproductive Health of women.

Jithu Paulson

Jithu Paulson is committed and passionate about working for the marginalized sections of the society. He understands that research is fundamental for the right interventions and has an aspiration to make evidence-based interventions and policies. After his graduation in Physics, he took the path of social science and pursued a Master’s in Sociology.
He worked as an Intern for District Administration, Kozhikode & EY after his post-graduation. Also, he completed a certificate program in Public Policy from the Indian School of Public Policy, New Delhi. 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.

Mr. Rakshith Y D

Rakshith Y D has joined the team after completing his Masters in Development Studies from Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. His areas of interest includes development research and reporting, livelihood, local governance and political economy. His background is also in journalism and mass communication and has worked as an intern reporter for The Hindu and Citizen Matters in Bengaluru.
Rakshith is motivated to use his skills of research and writing on implementations of projects, policies and schemes and how it impacts various communities living across the country. He is also cricket enthusiast and has participated in several university level debates and quizzes.

Deepak Kumar

Deepak is the go-to person for almost all the administrative / logistics related tasks at DevInsights. He is currently working as Admin Assistant. Deepak joined DevInsights in 2018 as a support staff and quickly started showing interest in other administrative tasks and also started offering help to researchers in doing small jobs using computers. Before joining DevInsights, he worked with State Bank of India as Office Support Staff for more than five years. Deepak is a fun loving and very happy-go-lucky person by nature and has a deep passion for Cricket. In his free time, you can find him watching greatest epics and movies.