Our Team

Vijay Mahajan, Director

Mr. Vijay Mahajan is an internationally known Indian rural development professional, social entrepreneur and a policy analyst. He is the founder of reputed organizations such as Pradan NGO and the Basix Social Enterprise Group.  He has also served on the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India Rangarajan Committee on Financial Inclusion and the Raghuram Rajan Committee on Financial Sector Reforms. He has published over 20 papers in prestigious Indian and international journals, contributed chapters in 15 academic books and has authored over 70 papers/articles in the area of rural development, livelihood promotion and employment, microfinance, financial inclusion, social innovations and entrepreneurship. He is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad and Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi, and was mid-career Fellow at the Princeton University, USA.

Dr Bhalchandra Mungekar, Eminent Sadbhavna Fellow

Dr Bhalchandra Mungekar is an Economist, Educationist, Social Worker and a former Rajya Sabha member. He specializes in agricultural economics and is an expert on Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. He has been a Vice-Chancellor of the Mumbai University and has served in the Planning Commission, the Agricultural Price Commission of India. Dr Mungekar has also been the Chairman and President of Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Simla.

Vijay Pratap, Senior Visiting Fellow

Mr Vijay Pratap has been a leading figure in the formation of several political and civil society platforms over the last five decades. He was founder member of Lokayan, recipient of the Right Livelihood Award (1985); South Asian Dialogues on Ecological Democracy (Harit Swaraaj Samvaad); and Solidarity Committee on Nepali Democracy in 2005.

He also led many international forums including Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, formed in Finland in 1998; Convenor of the committee in India in 2002 which brought the World Social Forum, the largest gathering of civil society actors, to Mumbai in 2004. He has also been associated, with the PUCL, Citizens For Democracy, Network Institute on Global Democracy, Aman Biradri and the Socialist Manifesto Group. He was the chief editor of Lokayan’s hindi journal and co-editor of the english journal, has written and edited several articles in newspapers and journals on socialism of the future as well as three books on democracy from a civil society perspective, two of which have been translated into Nepalese. He is an alumnus of Delhi School of Economics.

Dr. Somnath Ghosh, Senior Visiting Fellow

Dr. Somnath Ghosh, recently retired as Professor & Founding Dean (Academics) at Indian Institute of Management, Kashipur. He held regular faculty positions at three other Indian Institutes of Management at Lucknow, Bangalore and Indore, as well as other management institutes. He worked as a Consultant to the World Bank, Government of India, large corporate organizations like NTPC, Coal India, Union Carbide and social enterprises like Mahila Abhivruddhi Society, Andhra Pradesh (APMAS), and the Rashtriya Gramin Vikas Nidhi (RGVN). He was Visiting Fellow, Cornell University (USA) where he worked with Professor William Foote Whyte, the legendary researcher, scholar and author in Cornell’s Program for Employment and Workplace System (PEWS). Dr Ghosh carried out his doctoral work on comparative industrial relations of Germany and India.

Dr. Sushree Panigrahi, Senior Fellow

Sushree is a sociologist, specialised in cultural studies primarily related to gender, media and refugees. She did her graduation from Stella Maris, Chennai and moved on to JNU for her Masters, MPhil and Ph.D in sociology. Sushree has worked with national and international organisations and published articles on gender and media, media and minority and also refugee crisis. She also worked on several research projects on HIV and AIDS and women empowerment initiative with special emphasis on female foeticide and sex selection.

Prasanth Regy, Senior Fellow

Prasanth Regy is a Senior Fellow at RGICS. Previously, he has worked at the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India, the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, World Bank, and Indian Grameen Services (part of the BASIX group). He has worked on projects related to judicial system reforms, bankruptcy, warehousing, rural livelihoods, microfinance, SME credit, and health. He has also developed enterprise software at Oracle.

He is trained as a mechanical engineer from IIT Bombay, and as an economist (Masters in Public Administration and International Development) from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Mona Dixit, Senior Fellow

Mona Kothari-Dikshit is a livelihoods and microenterprise development professional. She has 25+ years’ experience in livelihood promotion focused on rural areas, agriculture & non-farm enterprise, and community-led organisations. She has worked with Sewa Mandir NGO, Switzerland Agency for Development Cooperation, Sir Ratan Tata Trust, BASIX Social Enterprise Group, and TRIFED (under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, GoI). She has worked and led in roles spanning institution development, research and policy advocacy, program implementation and program funding. Mona has worked extensively across India, and intensively in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. She has exposure to international development programs in China and Indonesia. From 2010-2018, she was an independent Board Member of Sarvodaya Nano Finance Limited, a women-led NBFC operating in Tamil Nadu. Mona completed her post-graduation from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) Gujarat and graduated from the Ethiraj College, Madras University.

Jeet Sanwal, Associate Fellow

Jeet is a post-graduate in Sociology and also has a PG Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication. More than 11 years, he extensively worked on social mobilisation, networking, grass root advocacy, research and campaigns with different civil society organisations , NGOs and research organisations addressing issues of the poor and marginalised.

Yuvraj Kalia, Associate Fellow

Yuvraj Kalia is an Associate Fellow at RGICS, where he leadsGovernance and Development theme. He hasworked on policy advisory for International Finance Corporation on promoting sustainable housing in India. He has also worked on a governance project aimed at enhancing property tax revenues and increasing citizen participation for Tumakuru Smart City Limited. Apart from that, he has been involved with implementation research projects and instructional design. Previously, he worked as a Senior Engineerin tenderingand contractsat Larsen &Toubro Ltd.

Yuvraj holds a Master of Public Policy degree from National Law School of India University, Bangalore and a Bachelors degreein Civil Engineering from Thapar University, Patiala. His Masters thesis focused on comparative analysis of policy regimes and its impact onregulatory legislations in states of Karnataka and Kerala with regard to their health policy.

Jagmeet Singh, Research Assistant

Jagmeet Singh is a post-graduate in Economics from Madras School of Economics. He has interned with National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), a leading think tank & Rate Gain, a Travel Analytics firm. He was also involved in a study with All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS).

Subhrali Kachari, Junior Policy Associate

Subhrali Kachari graduated with Economics Hons from Banaras Hindu University and pursued her post graduation in Modern History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has worked in Delhi forum as a campaigner.

Piyush Kumar, Junior Policy Associate

Piyush Kumar holds a master’s degree in Media governance from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. His research interests include media policy, political communication, electoral policy and policy advocacy.

Vinod Kumar Verma, Logistic Support

He has joined RGICS/ RGF in 1997 and provides logistic support.