Team CML

PARTHO SAKTI PATWARIPartho S. Patwari
Executive Director
Email: ppatwari@tatatrusts.org

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Partho brings with him a rich experience of more than 10 years in the areas of livelihood promotion, institution building, consulting and academics. He is leading CML since 2009 and guided its first phase focused on piloting various livelihood projects and capacity building. He was instrumental in evolving the strategy at CML for its current phase. As a development professional, he has worked extensively in providing technical consulting support to various NGOs/ NGO-MFIs across India and has also been involved in direct implementation. Prior to CML, he was engaged with MicroSave as a Consultant providing consulting services in areas of Institutional Assessments, Strategic Business Planning, Market Research, HR and Operations. Before this, he was associated with International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in the capacity of Project Coordinator where his key responsibility involved implementation of project components and coordinating research by collaborative partners. These stints provided Partho with excellent opportunity to be a part of a number of specialised research and consulting assignments with national and international organisations. Partho started his career with academics as a Lecturer of Economics in K.C. Das College, Guwahati and Margherita College, Margherita, Assam. His interest areas are market research, institutional development, risk-efficiency analysis and strengthening and scaling-up of livelihood initiatives. Partho holds a Masters in Economics with specialisation in Econometrics from Gauhati University and Bachelors in Economics from Cotton College, Guwahati.

Abdul Mannan ChoudhuryAbdul Mannan Choudhury
Senior Program Manager
Email: amchoudhury@tatatrusts.org

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Mr Abdul Mannnan Choudhury has joined CML, Guwahati in December 2015 as Senior Program Manager (Implementation & technical Support). He is professionally a Post Graduate in Agril. (Agri. Biotech) from AAU, Jorhat. Mr Choudhury is born and brought up at Dhubri, Assam. Before joining CML, he started his career with PRADAN in 2001, worked till November 2015. He had an extensive professional experience of working with the most disadvantageous tribal and other backward community in the ultra-poverty pockets of central India, mostly in Jharkhand. He has an in depth experience in grass root mobilization into CBOs, worked for better life and livelihoods of the community, facilitated for better utilization INRM for farm and allied activities to address food security, cash and nutrition needs. He also worked on substantial time for the organizational development and management, managed partnership and networking roles as team leader and Integrator. During his stay in PRADAN, he got an opportunity to present a paper on “Direct Seeded Rice- Sustainable Rice Production System in East India Plateau” in a workshop on conservation of Agri for small holder at Agri University Mymangsingh, Bangladesh,2014, attended a training cum workshop on “Soil Health” at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA in 2015.

He is very keen on new ideas and innovation, learning attitude from peers and others, a team builder, believe in collective action. He is very passionate to promote non-chemical based sustainable and climate resilience agriculture. In leisure time, he likes to work in kitchen garden, loves cooking, fishing, playing volleyball.

ShashankShashank Dash
Program Co-ordinator, Tripura State Initiative (TSI)
Email: shashankdash@tatatrusts.org

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A graduate in sociology honors from Ravenshaw college,Cuttack and MBA in Rural Management from Xavier Institute of Development Action and Studies(XIDAS),Jabalpur I’ve more than 11 years of diversified experience in livelihood promotion, financial inclusion, rural marketing and enterprise development. Prior to TSI-TS,CML I was working in Udyogini as State Head (MP) where I was heading multiple livelihood promotion projects through enterprise development including CSR project of ACC cement and financial literacy,MEDP and FTTF projects of NABARD running across the state. Post completion of MBA I had an opportunity of working in premiere organizations of the country like BASIX (BSFL & IGS), Birla Sunlife Insurance Co.Ltd, HDFCbank and Prerakwhere I gained significant experience of working in field of financial inclusion and livelihood promotion. During the last 11 years, I’ve managed large teams and worked closely with Govt departments, CSR department of Industrial groups and many NGO, MFI and SHG groups. I’ve visited around 18 states of India regarding various professional requirements and short term assignment which has broadened my horizon. I’m native of Cuttack, Odisha and happily married with two daughters. I love to sing, collect coins of different countries, mimicry and traveling new places.

Abdul_HamidAbdul Hamid
Senior Program Manager
Email: ahamid@tatatrusts.org

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I, Abdul Hamid, joined CML on 7th March 2016 as a Senior Program Manager under the Implementation and Technical Support vertical. I am basically from Guwahati and my journey in the development sector started in 2007 when I joined PRADAN as a fresh graduate from Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat. I worked there for 7 years till May 2014. During that period I was based at Jharkhand and my engagement was with the poor tribal and other backward communities of the area for their social, economical and spiritual change. The approach to bring the changes enriched me with diversified grass root experience of community mobilization, institution building, grooming of social capital and direct implementation of different farm based and allied activities. In April 2015, I joined Syngenta India Limited, an agriculture based MNC, as a project officer to head one of their project, named “Project NIRMITI” under Food Security Agenda, in 6 districts of Assam and continued there until I joined CML. During the period of my engagement in the project, I got direct exposure to the agriculture sector of Assam and my experience of entrepreneurship development in rural agriculture market got strengthened. According to me, my core competency lies in implementation, institution building and linkage establishment. My favorite pass time is going for a long drive driving by my own and travelling is my passion. I am an Agriculture graduate with specialization in Agriculture Engineering and Soil science from Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat.

chaniniChanini Lokho
Senior Program Manager
Email: clokho@tatatrusts.org

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Chanini is looking after Skills and Enterprise component at CML. She has experience in the field of skill development and self employment, capacity building, and education. Before joining CML, she worked at Tata Consultancy Services as Systems Engineer and at the National Institute of Rural Development as a Project Manager in setting up Rural Self Employment Training Institutes across the country. Though she started her career as an engineer in the IT sector, she chose to work in the development sector as her passion lies working with the community and travelling. She is also a post graduate in Rural Development Management from NIRD, Hyderabad and has an MPhil in Planning and Development from IIT-Bombay. In her spare time, she likes to read, write articles garden, and cook.

KautillyaKautillya Basumatary
Senior Program Manager
Email: kbasumatary@tatatrusts.org

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Kautillya Basumatary is a graduate in Agricultural Science from Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat and a Masters in Social Work from TISS, Mumbai. His last assignment was as a Program Officer at TISS, Mumbai in the Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellowship (PMRDF) Scheme, a scheme of the GoI, Ministry of Rural Development. He was previously working in Assam State Rural Livelihoods Mission Society (NRLM) as a District Functional Expert. He is working with the Rural Community engaging with them through Social Mobilization, Institution Building and Capacity Building especially through women Self Help Groups (SHGs). His areas of interest also include Sustainable Livelihoods, Environment, Education, Health & Mental Health and Disaster Relief and Psycho Social Care. He is currently based in Assam, India.

SudiptSudipt SG
Senior Program Manager –CML

CEO –LPSS
Email: ssankar@tatatrusts.org

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Prior to joining CML, Sudipt SG was a Chief officer – Sales & Operation at NEPL India – (Its one of the Blue-chip PE Portfolio company in Retail), where he addressed Retail (Brick and Mortar & E Retail)  Operation ,P & L strategy, sales, and consumer practice areas. He has also worked in few Private Equity Portfolio organization in Europe & UK as a Senior Financial & Business Operation Officer. Sudipt is a Management Graduate in Retail from NIFT, & General Management Graduate from LSEPS-London.

ABHISHEK MAZUMDERAbhishek Mazumder
Program Manager
Email: amazumder@tatatrusts.org

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With CML, Abhishek has been associated with Capacity Building Vertical since its inception and looks after NGO partners from Nagaland and Manipur, in addition to playing important role in overall planning and functioning of the vertical. His main responsibilities include identifying potential NGO partners, providing on-site guidance, facilitating trainings, identifying fellows and providing mentorship to them. His key strengths include contextual understanding of his assigned states, organizing events, documentation and training. Right from his undergraduate days, Abhishek has been actively engaged with varied socially-oriented initiatives, from initiating and continuing an annual magazine “Adhyayan” to acting as the Placement Representative of Deptt. of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Guwahati (IITG). In his leisure time, Abhishek loves travelling and likes to strum his guitar. Abhishek completed his Masters in Development Studies from IIT Guwahati and is a Graduate in Economics from Cotton College.

NIMISHA KATAKEENimisha Katakee
Program Manager
Email: nkotoky@tatatrusts.org

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Nimisha is associated with Capacity Building Vertical of CML where her key responsibilities include managing on-site and off-site trainings to the partner NGOs, assisting them in strengthening processes and systems, conducting researches in livelihood promotion, managing fellows and internships. She is looking after the NGO partners from Meghalaya and Tripura as Relationship Manager. Prior to CML, Nimisha had a short stint of six months with Confederation of Indian Industry, Guwahati, where she served as the regional anchor for the Northeast Young Indians (Yi) initiative of CII, a platform of young entrepreneurs of Assam. Her strong areas are trainings, market research and organizational assessment. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Assam Institute of Management, Guwahati with specializations in Human Resource Management and Marketing and is a Graduate in Economics from Cotton College, Guwahati.

RajashreeDasRajashree Das
Program Manager
Email: rdas@tatatrusts.org

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With the background of Masters in Mass Communication from Tezpur Central University, Rajashree brings with her more than 4 years of experience in the field of development communication. With CML, Rajashree wants to nurture her understanding and get acquainted with the work and aspirations of the people in the livelihood sector. In her current role, Rajashree is engaged in planning and M&E of MKSP project under implementation in seven districts of Assam. Before joining CML, Rajashree was working with National Rural Health Mission, Bongaigaon, Assam as a District Media Expert with the focus on planning and managing the communication strategies. She was also associated with Catholic Relief Society (CRS), Caritas India, Unicef and Women Development Society (WDC) during her tenure as the Regional Program Coordinator with “North East Diocesan Social Service Society”, Guwahati. Strong interest areas of Rajashree are photography, documentary making, travelling, meeting people, and tasting any indigenous food. She believes in regular workout, positive thinking, healthy diet and accepting risk and challenges. She holds a bachelor degree in English from Cotton College, Guwahati.

AnupamaAnupama
Program Manager
Email:  anupama@tatatrusts.org

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Anupama is a Postgraduate in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, with the specialization in “Community Organization and Development Practice”. She also has a Bachelor in Social Work from TISS, Tuljapur Rural Campus. She has started her career with CML where she is a part of Knowledge Management team with additional responsibility of assisting Capacity Building vertical. During her Master’s course, she has interned with known development organizations like ‘Poorest Areas Civil Society’ and ‘Urmul Sethu’, which provided her a good understanding of social sector, its issues and skill gaps. She believes that in order to strengthen marginalized section of population, it is most important to strengthen their traditional livelihoods. She loves travelling, interacting with people and cooking.

brijinderBrijinder Singh Anand
Program Manager (Sports)
Email: bsanand@tatatrusts.org

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"Brijinder, works hard and tries not to take himself too seriously. He is passionate, ambitious and an energizer. A perfect ambassador for an energy drink or the energizer bunny for Duracell. Having grown up in New Delhi, Bombay (we all know its Mumbai, but Bombay sounds way cooler) and Pune, we’ll all assume he a just another city boy but he has worked in the tribal areas of Odisha for nearly 2 years in the areas of sports education and community engagement. He is a sports enthusiasts and a die-hard supporter of Arsenal F.C. and Chicago Bulls basketball team. Currently in CML, he is handling the Sports Division specializing in the areas of football (it’s not soccer, it’s FOOTBALL) and boxing. He is also an alumni of Loughborough University."

Langhu HringjangamLanghu Hringjangam
Associate Program Manager
Email: hlanghu@tatatrusts.org

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Langhu has started her professional career with CML where she is a part of capacity building vertical and has special interest to assist partner organisations from her home state, Manipur. She has a Post Graduate Degree in Social Work from Bosco Institute, Dibrugarh University, Jorhat, with family and child welfare as the area of specialization. While undergoing her post-graduate degree, she travelled across India documenting the YaR (Young at Risk) project. She was also engaged for a month-long survey for schools in Chandel District under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan programme. Being born and brought up in a village, Langhu feels that in spite of continuously striving for development, villagers are hard-pressed to utilise their life optimally owing to skills or knowledge gaps. Since childhood, she has craved to do something meaningful for these people. Her aim to work with a respectable and competent organization and to become a change-agent has brought her to the field of development sector through CML. Langhu has also done a nursing course of 18 months duration from Hyderabad.

RituparnaRituparna Nath
Associate Program Manager
Email: rnath@tatatrusts.org

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Rituparna is a Postgraduate in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, with specialization in “Community Organization and Development Practices”. Hestarted working in the development sector with CML wherein he is a part of the team in CML’s regional office in Tripura contributing towards the works of implementation and monitoring of different programmes undertaken by the organization. While during his study in TISS, he has done internships in reputed development sector organization like ‘ICCo India, New Delhi’ which helped him in getting an in-depth understanding of the social sector with primary focus on issues such as sustainable livelihood, Community Development, etc. Prior to joining TISS, Rituparna has a three and half years of experience in the IT sector.

PranjalPranjal Saxena
Associate Program Manager
Email: pranjal.s@cmlnortheast.com

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Pranjal is a post-graduate from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati, with specialization in ‘Community Organisation and Development Practice’. He did his Bachelors from Hans Raj College, University of Delhi in Chemistry.

He has extensive work experience at various landscapes across the country & Nepal and has undertaken couple of research/ surveys during his course of study at TISS with national/international NGOs, and government agencies. He has always taken keen interest in extracurricular activities, lead the team and work in team. He is an enthusiast, passion driven individual who has held positions of all throughout his life. He is associated with ICJB and volunteers at several other social organizations across various landscape sharing his experience. His association with NSS provided him a platform to organize and led campaigns/events on Child Education, Plantation, Recycling of waste paper and so on & so forth for years. He also has experience of organizing and managing national/international seminars, talks of great leaders such as Maj. General GD Bakshi and Mr. AK Doval. He is actively involved with the field of blood donation, connecting the needy to the resources.

He has a traveler’s heart and an eye for photography that has pushed him to travel 27 states of our country.

Pinki Ghosh
Associate Program Manager
Email: pinki.g@cmlnortheast.com

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With the experience of working with TRLM (Tripura rural Livelihood Mission) as a DC(District Coordinator) at Udaipur, Gomati District for 7 months Pinki is now working at Tripura State initiative-Tata Trust & CML at Sepahijala District as an Associate Program Manager. She has done her graduation in BBA (Finance) from ICFAI University, Tripura in the year 2011 and post graduation in MBA (Finance & Marketing) from ICFAI University, Tripura in 2013.

As a person she has strong interpersonal skill and an ability to get along with people. She is optimistic & enjoy challenges. She believes in character values, vision & action. Considers mistakes as learning and is eager to find solutions.

Bishwa Debbarma
Associate Program Manager
Email: bishwa.d@cmlnortheast.com

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His professional career took off while he joined Tripura Bamboo & Cane Development Centre (TRIBAC). His assignment was capacity building among women inhabiting rural and semi urban areas - imparting training on Agarbatti making. He helped “Indigenous Tribe Craft Research Group” in their endeavor with bamboo furniture. He worked with a flagship project of Government of Tripura (GoT) viz JICA. The job involved preparing Micro Plans for Joint Forest Management Committees, formation of SHGs and overall monitoring. He worked with Indo German Development Cooperation as a Business cum Cluster Development Coordinator. His last assignment as a Block Project Coordinator was with the North East Rural Livelihood Project. He has completed his graduation in Commerce from MBB College, Tripura and continuing study of Master in Social Work in IGNOU. Other skills are having like PRA methodology and documentary film making.

Uttam PrasadUttam Prasad
Manager, Accounts & Finance
Email: uprasad@tatatrusts.org

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At CML, in addition to taking care of accounting and financial management functions, Uttam also acts as the resource person on these areas to partner NGOs. Towards this, he has the responsibility of developing training modules, delivering trainings and on-site assistance in managing accounting systems. Prior to CML, Uttam worked with National Rural Health Mission as Accountant cum Block Program Manager where his key responsibilities entailed managing block level program in addition to handling accounts. Before NHRM, he had worked with Max New York Life Insurance Company as enroller for a new product. Uttam started his career with Mohan’s Group handling Event Management and Accounting for two years. He is a Graduate in Commerce from J. B. College, Jorhat with specialization in Accountancy. He has also a Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) from INNOVATE Institute, Guwahati.

ManojSahaManoj Saha
Accounts & Finance Executive

Email: manojsahacml@gmail.com

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Manoj brings along a work experience of 8 years in relevant field in both government as well as non-government sector. Prior to CML, he worked as an Accountant Executive and CA Article Assistant in M/S Rajendra Leela & Associates firm for 3 years. His another 5 years of experience comprises of working as an Internal &Statutory Audit Assistant and compilation of Accounts of various organisation such as ASDC for OBC, Assam Human Right Commission, Assam State Housing Board, NERIWALAM Tezpur, DRDA audit in{Nagaon, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Kamrup(R)}, Sarba Sikha Abhijan Audit Kokrajhar, Sivsagar and Golaghat. Manoj is a B.Com graduate and is a student of CA Finalist(ICAI).

simantaSimanta Kashyap
Accounts & Finance Executive
Email: simanta.k@cmlnortheast.com

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Simanta is a B.com graduate with specialization in accountancy from Guahati University and have joined CML as Accounts & Finance Executive. His journey in accounting sector began when he had joined as a Tax consultancy firm as Accounts Assistant in the year 2014. Prior to CML, he have worked as an Accountant in Syngenta India Limited, an Agriculture based MNC, under the "Project NIRMITI". During leisure hours, he enjoys bike riding with my friends. Simanta is also a final year student of M.com.

SubrataSubrata Bhowmik
Admin cum Accounts Officer
Email: subrata.b@cmlnortheast.com

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Subrata has over four an half years of experience in Field Sector and Accounts. Before joining CML he worked in various Projects as an Accountant and Block Development Officer. Started career with Axis Securities Ltd as an Asst. Accountant. In his current stint, Subrata looks after all the Accounts and Admin related work in CML Regional office in Agartala, Tripura. He has a clear, logical mind with practical approach to problem solving and a drive to see things through to completion. Subrata Bhowmik is a Post Graduate in MBA, specialisation in Finance and Marketing from International School Of Business (ISB) Kolkata IndiSmart Group.

MUKTA EKKAMukta Ekka
Admin Officer
Email: cmladmin@tatatrusts.org

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Mukta Ekka is having more than five years of working experience in the development sector. Before joining CML, she was working with Purva Bharati Trust where her major responsibilities were organizing trainings and workshops, documentation, event management, office management and accounts. Before Purva Bharati Trust, Mukta had four years of experience under Capacity Building Programme in North East Diocesan Social Forum as Documentation-in-Charge and Programme Coordinator. Her job responsibilities included handholding support to the partner organizations and developing systems of 15 partner NGOs of North East Region. Mukta also worked with Reliance Telecom Pvt. Ltd, Rajshekhar Construction Pvt. Ltd and United Bank of India in varying roles like office assistant and data entry operator. Hard work and self-discipline are her key strengths which helps her in managing admin functions at CML. Mukta is a Graduate in Arts from Dibrugarh University in 2004.