Shri S.P Tucker IAS (RETD)
Shri S.P Tucker IAS (RETD.) is the Chairman and Chief Mentor of Poverty Learning Foundation (PLF). As the (Special) Chief Secretary to Government of Andhra Pradesh, he played a pivotal role in building vision for the newly formed state, setting up the Vision Management Unit, designing Smart Village and Smart Ward Programme and initiating measures for achieving double digit growth. In his previous role as the Executive Vice Chairman of Economic Development Board, Government of Andhra Pradesh, CEO of Strategic Institute for Transforming Andhra Pradesh. He played an instrumental role in fostering strategic networking and at the same time envisaged innovative and best practices. In his 35+ years of service, he is trusted to be one of the finest administrators and policy practitioners. He has pioneered designing and implementing projects on poverty reduction through woman self-help groups, livelihoods-based watershed programmes and participatory irrigation management. He is also known for his efforts in fostering convergence, people-centric approaches and governance reforms.
Dr. Joseph Plakkoottam
Dr. Joseph L. Plakkoottam, is a Senior Fellow with PLF. His current research interests include climate change and water management, and sustainable legacies of development projects. Joseph has over four decades of professional experience in project design and management, monitoring and evaluation, agriculture and livelihoods promotion, participatory irrigation and groundwater management, sanitation and hygiene education, organization analysis and perspective planning, and training and capacity building. He has managed the research, documentation, communication, and dissemination tasks of several multi-lateral projects.
Educated in India and the USA in Sociology and Planning, he was awarded an East West Center degree study fellowship and an EWC-University of Hawaii joint-doctoral internship. He has taught graduate students, advised research scholars, and organized short-term courses, seminars and workshops. He has co-authored several research and evaluation report and has extensive editorial experience. He was the task leader or member of a number of international project evaluation missions.
N.L Narasimha Reddy
N.L Narasimha Reddy is the Chief Executive Officer & Programme Director - Governace & Institutions at Poverty Learning Foundation. His current areas of research are Monitoring and Evaluation and Poverty and Inclusion. He is the one of the founding members of the organization and has played a significant role in leading the organization. He currently leads the organization on strategic work on development management and is actively engaged in organizational development. He has actively engaged in working on creating grassroot innovation, institutional development, design and demonstration of sustainable development projects, action research and policy formulation in varied capacities.