Prafulla Kumar Sahoo
Prafulla Kumar Sahoo is a renowned Social Scientist, having Post Graduate Degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences – TISS), diploma in Monitoring & Evaluation from Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA, USA, certificate on Total Quality Management (TQM) – from Team Technology, USA, Training on Strategic Planning & NGO Management & Development from Cranfield School of International Management, United Kingdom. He is engaged in development sector more than 38 years. He has expertise in Governance and Civil Society Building, Panchayat Raj Institution, NGO Development and Management, Organizational Development and Institutional Building, Policy Analysis and Strategic Planning and Poverty Reduction Strategies. He is the Director of Schumacher Centre Board, New Delhi and Member of CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Johannesburg. He was the Member of National Consultative Committee on “National Youth Policy”, Govt. of India. He has held the office as Chairman of Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS). He was International visitor (NGO Expert) to the USA on invitation of the United States Information Agency under US Government and addressed several Institutions and Foundation in USA. He has widely travelled and addressed various International and National forums and foundations in many countries. Associated with UN declared Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and addressed at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on “Strengthening Civil Society and UN Reforms” in 2005. He has guided several Policy and Action Research Studies on Education (Literacy Mission), Youth, Women, Tribal, Environment, Development and Good Governance, etc and also has immensely contributed towards Financial Literacy, Micro-finance and Micro-Enterprise domains. He is the Chairman and Co-founder of CYSD
MENTOR AND CO-FOUNDER
Shri Jagadananda is a Social Activist and Civil Society Leader. He demitted the office as the State Information Commissioner, Odisha to advance the Right to Information (RTI) agenda in the State in August 2013 and was a member of the State Planning Board of Odisha, following his active campaigning for people-centric decentralized planning. He is the President of the National Social Watch (NSW), a broad-based coalition of civil society organizations; He was a Member of the Committee on State Agrarian Relations and the Unfinished Task in Land Reforms formed by the Union Ministry for Rural Development, Government of India. He has held offices as Chairperson, Voluntary Action Network India (VANI), the largest national network of social development agencies in India, Chair of Credibility Alliance, a national forum for promotion of accountability norms for Civil Society Organizations and currently the Chair of Sa-Dhan, a national network of Community Development Micro Finance Institutions with wide membership spread across the country. In 2005, he was offered a senior visiting fellowship at CIVICUS-World Alliance for Citizen Participation, and worked on the issues of legitimacy, transparency and accountability within civil society at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. His publication ‘Civil Society Legitimacy and Accountability’ is widely available in French, Spanish, Arabic and English languages. His other publications include “Organization Behaviour” a framework for Non-Governmental Development Organisations and an Organisation Self-Assessment tool for NGOs’ (OSANGO).
Prafull Kumar Das
Prafull Kumar Das was a Senior Manager in a National Bank since last 25 years. Besides that, he is involved in advancing the Micro Finance activities in the state. He is associated with a number of Civil Society organizations and passionately contributes in development sector voluntarily.
Shanti Devi Devi received the Jamanalal Bajaj Award in the year 1994. She was associated with the ‘Bhoodan’ movement and has worked with AcharyaVinobaji. In 1961, she became the Secretary of Utkal Navajeevan Mandal and in 1964 founded ‘SevaSamaj’, for imparting education to tribal girls. She became the President of Orissa Prohibition Congress. She is also associated with a number of Gandhian institutes.
Tulasi Munda, (Padmashree)
Since last 43 years, Tulasi Munda has been associated with tribal development activities and working towards the all round development of tribals. She has received the prestigious PADMASHREE Award for her relentless work for the development of tribals. She is a strong supporter of Gandhian philosophy. She has been widely recognized as a great tribal leader.