Our Advisory Board has luminaries from different walks of life, such as development practitioners, Members of Parliament, academicians and professionals – bringing rich and valuable experience and expertise. The Board plays a significant role in periodic review and policy guidance.
Professor Anil K. Gupta is a Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad and is also the Executive Vice-Chair, National Innovation Foundation Chaired by Adviser to Prime Minister. Prof Gupta wears many hats including the Visiting Professorship of Innovation Management in Emerging Markets, European Business School, Berlin; Fellow, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences; Fellow, The World Academy of Art and Science, California 2001; Coordinator, SRISTI. He is also the Founder and Editor of Honey Bee Newsletter- promoting people to people learning and represents the voice of creative grassroots innovators for over twenty years. Consultant to several national and international organizations, Prof Gupta has published extensively in national and international journals, books and magazines.
He has been invited to be a founding member of the LAUNCH – a global initiative, to identify and support the innovative work poised to contribute to a sustainable future and accelerate solutions to meet urgent challenges facing our society, by NASA. Recipient of numerous awards and accolades, Prof Gupta is a member of over two dozen national and international advisory committees and groups.
Mr. Swamy is one of the most respected names in the civil society sector and in public life in Odisha. Influenced by the Bhoodan movement and the Gandhian philosophy, he has over 6 decades of participation and leadership in grassroots movements. Having worked with 5 Chief Ministers of Odisha, he is currently a member of the State Planning Board and is also serving the nation as a Parliamentarian (Member of Rajya Sabha).
Dr. Patnaik is a Member of Indian Audit & Accounts Service (IAAS) and is currently the Principal Accountant General (PAG) of Kerala. He has wide experience in governance, policy making and public sector auditing, having handled critical assignments for the federal and the state government. He holds a Ph.D. from the Xavier Institute of Management (XIM), Bhubaneswar, MPA from NUS, Singaore and is a Life-member of the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), New Delhi.
Mr. Seth is an illustrious lawyer, jurist and social worker of Kalahandi district. He also currently holds the Chair of Child Welfare Committee, Kalahandi, a quasi-judicial body instituted by the government. Twice elected unanimously as the President of Kalahandi district Bar Association President, and a best-selling author of law books, he is widely regarded as one of the finest lawyers of the state.
Sujeet Kumar currently serves as the OSD-cum-Special Secretary of the Odisha State Planning Board, a very senior policy-planning position. He is also a mentor at LexMantra, a boutique business and legal Consulting firm focused on advisory services for domestic and overseas corporations, multinational companies and multi-lateral bodies. He is an ardent advocate of building bridges between law, technology and development. Previously, Sujeet worked at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva, Switzerland, and for United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and for Infosys Technologies Ltd. in India.
Sujeet studied for the mid-career Master in Public Administration (MPA) at the prestigious Harvard University. He also has the distinction of receiving the inaugural Skoll Scholarship for Social Entrepreneurship, in-order to study for his MBA at University of Oxford. Sujeet also holds Bachelor’s degrees in Engineering and Law from India.
Kalinga Kusum Foundation's mission is the socio-economic and legal empowerment of those living on the edges of society, with a special focus on children, women and tribal.