Prof. Vijay Kumar
Prof. Vijay Kumar is the Chief Executive Officer and 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 Strategic Planning and Portfolio Development, in addition to leading the vertical on Childhood and Youth and under his leadership the team is working on policy-linked research to examine the social protection of children. He has previously served as Deputy CEO of Smart Andhra Pradesh Foundation; Professor in UNICEF-CESS Division for Child Studies Young Lives International Study of Childhood Poverty, Oxford Department of International Development, Save the Children India Research head in Catalyst Management Services Pvt, ltd, and Senior Fellow in CD Deshmukh IMPART Centre (RBI Chair) in Council for Social Development, Ministry of HRD.
His research studies are supported by national and international organizations including - UNICEF India, DFID UK, World Bank Washington DC, UNDP India, Ford Foundation India, OXFAM GB, British Petroleum Energy Corporation UK, ILO-IPEC India, Family Health International, ODI, National Aids Control Organization - India, BMGF, HIV AIDS Alliance India, Clinton Foundation, LEPRA India, BPRC UK, NHK TV Japan, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Women and Child Development - Government of India, National Commission for Women, National Commission of Labour - Government of India.
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, monitoring and impact evaluation and teaching.
N.L Narasimha Reddy
N.L Narasimha Reddy is the 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. P. J. Ram
Dr. P. J. Ram is a Senior Consultant at Poverty Learning Foundation. He has extensive national and international experience as an academic and public servant. Prior to academic career, Ram was an officer of Indian Economic Service, trained and worked at different ministries. His research interests are broadly in areas of sustainable and inclusive development, fiscal economics and empirical macroeconomics.
He did his PhD from Kansas State University, USA, and was a faculty member at different universities including Monash and Deakin in Australia and was an honorary visiting researcher at University of Akron Ohio, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and University of Hyderabad. He was also Professor at Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad.
Ram has published several papers, book chapters, edited books, discussion papers, reports and policy papers including papers in journals ecological economics, journal of development studies, development policy review, international journal of social economics, journal of economic and social measurement, applied economics letters, international journal of environmental studies, and other journals. His papers are highly cited by researchers worldwide. He presented several papers at different international conferences, participated in collaborative research projects and acted as referee to several international journals.
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.
Shandilya Adipudi is a technology entrepreneur with 14 years of experience in the analytics space. He has previously worked in a variety of domains such as F&B, Retail, CPG, CRM with several Fortune 100 companies and with 4 start-ups in their journey to scale an idea to a working enterprise solution. His expertise is in helping organisations achieve digital transformation and develop a data-driven culture. He is currently working to create a niche in the social & development sector, through enabling a Technology Enabled Analytics Approach for CSR spends.
Madhuri Newale is a management graduate with over 24 years of experience in rural development projects in over 9 states in India. Her expertise is in designing and implementing robust monitoring and evaluation and learning systems for projects and programs and generating learnings for strategic planning and dissemination. She has rich multi-sectoral experience and in working with multiple agencies has contributed to her work in bringing cross-sector understandings leading to effective contribution to reform initiatives. Some of her important assignments include developing M&E system for AP Vision 2029. She has a Masters in Management Science from University of Pune.
Rama Sen is a development practitioner with 18 years of teaching experience in Delhi Public School, Hyderabad and Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Nivedita Vidya Mandir School, New Delhi. She has earlier worked as consultant for 4 years with Voluntary Health Association of India, New Delhi, Action Aid, India, Plan International, India and AVARD / Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi on issues such as tribal and women community health development, income generation through women SHGs and marketing of handicraft / handloom products in the states of Tripura, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. Rama has done her Masters in Anthropology with specialization in human biology, human genetics and cultural anthropology from University of Delhi, Delhi and B.Ed in Science and English and Certificate in Computing from Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi.
Sree Pruthvi B
Sree Pruthvi B is a Senior Research Associate 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.
Raja Priyatham T
Raja Priyatham T is a Research Associate at Poverty Learning Foundation. He holds a Master's Degree in Development Studies from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati and a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences from Osmania University. His current research is focused on Childhood, Adolescents and Youth. He has previously interned with National Human Rights Commission and at National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and worked on the topic of Child Sexual abuse. His broader research interests include Science Technology and Society.
Dr. Vijay Kumar P
Dr. Vijay Kumar P
Dr. Vijay Kumar P is a Research Associate at Poverty Learning Foundation. He holds a Ph.D in Rural Development from S.K University, Ananthapur. His current area of research is in the Childhood and Youth vertical with focus on the project of State Action Plan for Child Marriages in AP and Telangana. He has previously worked as a Field Supervisor in A.P Planning Board on the project of Evaluation of Government Schemes and prior to that he worked in various capacities at the field level with Institute of Health Sciences, CESS and Shaila Project Services.
Varshita S is a Research Associate in Poverty Learning Foundation. She holds a Masters degree in Development Studies. She has previously worked on livelihoods in informal economies with National Institute of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and on issues of skill development. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from JNTU, Kakinada.