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Governing Body

Dr. Sandhya Goswami, Vice Chairperson

Ms. Goswami has done her MA and MPhil from JNU, Delhi and PhD from Gauhati Univeristy. She was a Professor and also served as the Head of Department of Political Science Department of Gauhati University. She has authored various books like Language politics in Assam, Northeast India: Development Communalism and Insurgency, (co-authored), The Troubled diversity : The Political Process in North Eastern India edited, She has also published several research papers in National and International Journals, contributed several chapters to edited volumes and also writes in local Newspapers on contemporary issues. Ms. Goswami is a member of various professional bodies like Indian Political Science Association, North East India Political Science Association, North East India History Association and Lokniti (Programme for Comparative democracy) Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Mr. Manoj Kumar Basumatary, Treasurer

Mr. Basumatary is a graduate from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. He is the Co-founder of Symbiotic Foods Pvt. Ltd. and also acting as its CEO. Symbiotic Foods is a unique Social Enterprise established to promote Pig Rearing and currently working in the value chain of Piggery sub-sector. He is a pioneer in establishing Pig rearing as a profitable livelihood opportunity and currently acclaimed as a trendsetting Social Entrepreneur. Prior to starting his own social enterprise, he worked as a Chief Manager in for State Bank of India (SBI) in New Delhi for 15 years and also worked as a Partner in Udayachal Ventures for 3 years.

Mr. Pushpadhar Das, Member

He is a graduate from St. Stephens’ College, Delhi and has done his PGDM from IIM Bangalore. He is a Member of Gramya Vikas Mancha, Nalbari and also an Advisor to Sitajakhala Dugdha Utpadak SSL, one of the oldest and successful milk cooperative of NE. He is well known as an agri-entrepreneur with vast knowledge and skills on village level (farm machinery bank, multi-cropping, crop-diversification, dairy, pisciculture, and SRI). Mr. Das has led the MIS implementation at ASOMI and also been offering consultancy on Contract Farming of medicinal and aromatic plants as well as horticulture crops.

Ms Olee Bora, Member

She has completed her graduation from the University of Allahabad and MBA from Gauhati University. She has also done PGDM in Training & Development from the Indian Society for Training & Development (ISTD), New Delhi. Ms. Bora is currently working with North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd. (NEDFi), Guwahati as a General Manager since 1996. She is also a director in NEDFi Trustee Lt. (NTL) and NEDFi Venture Capital Ltd (NVCL). She is a Nominee Director in Kanaklata Mahila Urban Co-Operative Bank and a few other NBFCs and Societies assisted by NEDFi. She has been a Resource Person to a number of NGOs and Institutes. Prior to joining NEDFi in 1996, she worked as Personnel Officer in Bongaigaon Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd. (BRPL), presently IOCL and The Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI). She is also associated with the MBA Department of Gauhati University and Tezpur University as External Expert. She has presented and published papers in national and international conferences.

Mr. Biren Bhuta, Member

Born and brought up in Mumbai. Schooling in Mumbai. Graduated as a production engineer from Bharti Vidyapeeth’s College of Engineering, Pune. Pursued a post-graduate diploma in management (PGDM) from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata (IIM Cal). Started a career as a corporate banker with Standard Chartered Bank in Chennai. Switched careers to become a television journalist with NDTV in Mumbai. Consulted Tata steel in rural development in Bastar in Chhattisgarh. Worked with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Odisha on a project to mitigate impacts on Olive Ridley turtles. Worked as chief of CSR of Tata Steel for the last seven years in Jharkhand and Odisha.

Dr. Chandana Goswami, Member

Professor Chandana Goswami is the Dean, School of Management Sciences at Tezpur University. Earlier she was Director of Internal Quality Assurance Cell, and also was the Head, Dept. Of Business Administration.  She did her MBA and PhD from Gauhati University, FDP from IIM Ahmedabad and was a British Chevening fellow in 2004. She is involved with teaching and research at Tezpur University and has taught for more than 25 years. She has produced eight PhDs so far.  She has presented research papers within the country as well as abroad.  Additionally she is a corporate trainer and has conducted trainings for Powergrid, Numaligarh Refinery, Oil India … to name a few. Very shortly she will be leaving for USA to attend “Leadership for Academicians program” sponsored by the Ministry of HRD, Govt. Of India.

Mr. Pradyut Bhattacharjee, Ex-Officio, SeSTA

Pradyut is a Bachelor in Technology in Computer Science from Assam Engineering College, Jalukbari. He has been working in the grassroots for the last 16 years in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and the North-East India. He has extensive experience of working on Social Mobilisation, Capacity Building and Institution Building and mentoring young development professionals. He has worked with Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN) as Team Leader and presently working as the Executive Director of Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA). He has worked on value chain of various commodities. He has long experience of working on institution building, social mobilization. He has also engaged in promotion of Women Farmers Producers Collectives like cooperatives and Producer Companies owned and governed by women. He is also empanelled as national resource person of National Rural Livelihood Mission.

Mr. Debasish Nath, Ex. Officio

Debasish is completed his MA in Mass Communication and Journalism and PGD in Human Resource Management. He is working in the development sector for the last 8 years. He is integrating different teams and also integrating the livelihood theme and looking after fund mobilization within SeSTA. Prior to joining SeSTA I was working as an executive in PRADAN and placed at Kalahandi district of Odisha.