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.
Dr. Vijay Kumar
Dr. Vijay Kumar is the Program Director of the Childhood and Youth Centre at Poverty Learning Foundation. His specialized research is in using Implementation Science for better results (Evidence for Effectiveness), His current responsibilities including leading the vertical on Childhood and Youth and under his leadership the team is working on Young Lives International Study of Childhood Poverty. He has previously served in varied capacities in organizations including Smart Andhra Pradesh Foundation, UNICEF-CESS Division for Child Studies, Young Lives International Study of Childhood Poverty, Oxford Department of International Development, Save the Children India, Catalyst Management Services and IMPART Centre (RBI Chair) in Council for Social Development, Ministry of HRD.
He has provided leadership in over 65 policy-lined research studies and evaluations, published 55 papers/chapters/working papers and edited/authored 11 books and presented research works in 78 national and international conferences. He holds a doctorate in Social Anthropology and has over 30 years of experience in research and teaching.
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.
Sree Pruthvi B
Sree Pruthvi B is a Research Manager at Poverty Learning Foundation. Her current area of research is in the Poverty and Inclusion vertical with focus on policy challenges of internal migration in India and developmental challenges. Her areas of interest include livelihoods, poverty, inequality and developmental issues. She holds a masters in Rural Development and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and a Bachelors in Commerce (Hons) from M.O.P Vaishnav College, Madras University. She also holds a certificate in Cost and Management Accountancy. Her previous work experiences involve working with rural communities on creating sustainable livelihood activities and project management with Mahila Abhivruddhi Society (APMAS) in Hyderabad.
Harshita Sakhamuri is a Research Associate at Poverty Learning Foundation. Her current area of research is in the Childhood and Youth Vertical on understanding the legal and institutional provisions of child marriages in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Her other research interests include health and education and gender-based policies. She holds a masters in Development Studies and a Bachelors in Social Sciences from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Her previous work experience includes working on district level vision planning with the Planning Department of Andhra Pradesh.
Akshita Kanthala is a Research Associate at Poverty Learning Foundation. Her current area of research is in the Childhood and Youth Vertical with a focus on Water and Sanitation Facilities provision in rural schools. Her other research interests include education and community engagement. She holds a masters in Public Policy from United Nations University, Netherlands and a Double Bachelors in Anthropology and Business Management from University of Connecticut. Her previous work experience includes working on issues of youth education and women empowerment.