CInI’s CORE team is a fine blend of development and management professionals. Their techno-managerial expertise and wide spectrum of experience in the development sector enable the impactful implementation of the programs on the ground. 

Mala Roy

Program Leader

Mala, a postgraduate in Agriculture Science has an experience of 23 years in the Development Sector. She has expertise in working with tribal communities at the grassroots level, strengthening institutions, poultry enterprises and other livelihood prototypes, etc. She has been an integral part of the CInI since June 2010 and currently oversees the functions of grant management, Human ResourcesFinance and Accounts for the overall organization. 

Sujit K Gopinathan

Team Leader – Gujarat

A Postgraduate in Rural Development from the Xavier’s Institute of Social Studies, Ranchi, Sujit has over 27 years of work experience in implementation of intensive livelihood development programs, strategic planning, programme monitoring, evaluation and engaging diverse stakeholders. His specific areas of interest are participatory resource management which facilitates livelihood promotion and environmentally sustainable development. Currently, he heads the CInI program interventions in the state of Gujarat. 

Samir Bhattacharjee

Team Leader – Maharashtra

A graduate of forestry from the North Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology (NERIST), Samir has over 22 years of experience in Rural Development in different roles and positions. As the Regional Manager for the Maharashtra – 1, Samir leads the implementation of multi-sectoral projects in Nandurbar and Lakhpati Kisan programs in the Dhule & Chandrapur districts.  

Sirshendu Paul

Team Leader – Jharkhand

Armed with an M.Phil in Economics, Mr. Sirshendu Paul joined CInI in October 2010 and worked as the microfinance and Livelihood anchor for three years. He has been working as the Team Leader – Jharkhand since 2014. He is the backbone of the design and delivery team of the Lakhpati Kisan programme. His forte is in Rural Enterprise and Entrepreneurs Promotion as well as designing and facilitating group workshops. 

Santanu Dutta

Team Leader – Odisha

With a dynamic experience of 17 years in the rural sector, primarily in farm-based livelihoods, Santanu has initiated and developed service delivery models in the agri-domain, Hi-tech nursery enterprise and commercial drip farming through drip irrigation by smallholders during the first phase of the Lakhpati Kisan programme. He is passionate about bringing change in the local Agroecosystem through partnering with all relevant stakeholders. Santanu is a graduate postgraduate from IRMA. 

Ayan Deb

Lead – Energy

Ayan is a rural management professional from XISS, Ranchi. Ayan has been working in the development space for the last 17 years. Ayan has anchored the education portfolio at CInI and presently he leads the Energy portfolio, wherein he focuses on integrating decentralized renewable energy in the other key thematics to enable communities to meet their aspirations.  

Sonal Das

Team Leader – Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh

Sonal is an integral part of Tata Administrative Services with over 11 years of professional experience across various companies including Tata Consultancy Services, and Tata Communications and has been associated with Tata Trusts since 2018. She has led cross-functional roles panning across multiple countries, especially in the area of program management, product marketing and technology. Currently, she plays a dual role as the Team Lead – MP & CG, CInI and General Manager – Central & East Zone, Tata Trusts, working across zones and leading projects from initiation to implementation.