Prof B. Venkatesh Kumar       

Chairperson and Professor, Center for Public Policy Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences


Prof B Venkatesh Kumar is the Chairperson of CALEM, TISS. He is Professor and Chairperson at the Centre for Public Policy and Governance, and the Director of the National CSR Hub at TISS.  He is also the Chairperson of Higher Education Leadership Academy, TISS and Course Director for the One Week In service Training for All India Services Officers sponsored by the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India. He is also Member, National Project Approval Board, Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), National Coordinator, RUSA Technical Support Group and Visiting Scholar, Center for Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania. Prof Venkatesh Kumar earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Mumbai, and is a recipient of numerous awards. Currently he is a Visiting Scholar at Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania.

Misimi Kakoti

Consultant


Misimi Kakoti is a consultant with the National Higher Education Resource Centre. She came on-board the NHERC team in July 2018 and has been working on policy research and advocacy, content development, and capacity building in the field of higher education  in India. She has a bachelor’s degree in Geography from Miranda House, University of Delhi and an MA in Development Studies from Ambedkar University Delhi. She has previously worked with ActionAid India.

Pratiksha Khanduri

Programme Specialist


Pratiksha is a Programme Specialist at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Prior to her current role at the NHERC, she worked on the National Water Mission, a program by Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India. She was also part of the conceptualization and implementation team for National Digital Literacy Mission at NASSCOM Foundation. Pratiksha has been the recipient of a Fellowship by U.S. State Department, KCCI fellowship by UNICEF and was also awarded the prestigious K.N. Raj Fellowship at the Delhi School of Economics during her postgraduate education.

Shambhavi Singh

Senior Programme Manager


Shambhavi is a Senior Program Manager at Tata Institute of Social Sciences. She joined TISS in 2016, and has since worked on higher education and school education reforms. Her research interests include: Leadership, System level policy reforms in K-12 and Higher Education, and Corporate Social Responsibility. She has completed numerous research cum intervention and organizational transformation efforts in national and international not for profits. Shambhavi is involved in various aspects of the organization of education leadership programmes under CALEM and HELA, including preparation of content and compilation of resources and pool of resource persons.

Upali Bhattacharya

Consultant


Upali Bhattacharya has a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Sociology from Lady Shri Ram College for Women and Delhi School of Economics respectively.
She had received the Krishna Raj Summer Fellowship while doing her Masters, which entailed conducting field work and ethnographic research of the weekly markets which take place in Delhi. After doing her Master’s, she interned with SEWA Bharat and worked with ActionAid India.

Komal H. Mayekar

Administrative Manager


Komal H Mayekar is an Administrative Manager for the past four years with National CSR Hub. She is a Commerce Graduate. She works in the office of Director-National CSR Hub. She is involved in administration related work in training and capacity building in National Higher Education Resource Centre (NHERC), Centre for Academic Leadership and Education Management (CALEM), Higher Education Leadership Academy (HELA) Forums, All India Service In-Service Training Course for officers of Indian Administrative Service etc. She also works as a Nodal Officer for Rashtriya Uchhatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) of Maharashtra State Government.

Komal has twenty-one years of experience in administration and co-ordination related work in Training and Capacity building in Indian Institute of Capital Markets (UTI Institute of Capital Markets) as Officer Executive. She also worked for Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd, and Chowgule Industries Ltd.

Vaishali Gajbiye

Administrative Manager


Vaishali Gajbiye is an Administrative Manager at National CSR Hub and looks after the Administrative and Financial matters of the Hub. She has a Bachelor in Commerce and has 8 years’ past experience in handling a number of administrative responsibilities to provide support in terms of administrative and clerical work so that the operations of an office runs in a smooth fashion. She is also involved with the coordination and implementation of office procedures and frequently has been entrusted responsibility for specific projects and tasks and, in some cases, oversees and supervises the work of junior staff. Her personal interests include painting, listening music and travelling.