Andrea Seale

Andrea sealeInternational Development expert, long standing experience with consulting with Blueprint Fundraising and Communications & currently as the Deputy CEO of David Suzuki Foundation. Andrea has worked with leading nonprofit organizations to build loyal communities of supporters and communicate campaigns with flair. She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communications from McGill University and a Diploma in Public Relations from Mount Royal University. Andrea has taught nonprofit management, communications and donor development to hundreds of organizations. As a volunteer, she has served on the board of Vancity Community Foundation, Modo (a pioneering car sharing co-operative) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.



Bhaskar Parichha 

Bhaskar-ParichhaBhaskar is a Bhubaneswar-based author. He was part of the total literacy campaign of the early nineties which was based on the Ernakulum model of 100 per cent literacy. He has also been into development issues and has a long experience in documenting and communicating pro-people issues. A documentary film maker for Doordarshan, he has done a series of programs on development. He has also produced and directed a TV series on relief and rehabilitation of the 1999 Super Cyclone in Odisha.



Charudutta Panigrahi

“Sight is the ability to see things as they are, and vision is the ability to see things as they could be”. Charudutta has always followed the above dictum and in the midst of mushrooming NGOs in Odisha and India, he envisioned a Social Change Organisation where professionally qualified, widely experienced, dynamic thought patrons can come together and form a working secretariat; a blend of vision and action. FIDR has shaped up as a fast growing, pioneering development organisation which harnesses technologies for the underserved, implements out-of-box projects, develops tailor-made monitoring and evaluation practices and more significantly partners with the communities to adapt to changing dynamics of development. Change is the only constant and FIDR helps build the capacities of its’ primary stakeholders to understand their own needs better, independently manage their own lives and help themselves reach higher orbits in life. This is strong enough to trigger changes at a broader society sphere. With management, law, commerce qualifications from institutes of repute, Mr. Panigrahi has worked as senior professional at the national and international levels in diverse themes. He writes regularly for dailies, journals, blogs on as diverse topics as health, budget, music and revolutions. Constant learning and innovation are his tenets.

Debi Prasan Patnaik

Devi-PattanaikDebi is a Chartered Accountant by profession with financial monitoring, audit and review in the development sector as his specialized field. Over the years, he has built a formidable reputation in transparent and innovative program assessments, which includes development of tools and training of researchers and field managers. He been the consultant for review and audit of CARE sponsored Nutrition & Health programme and CASHE (Microfinance programme) since 2002.He is an expert in micro finance intervention, survey, strategy and monitoring in the underdeveloped regions of Orissa, a field that is dear to him and that has kept him engaged since the last ten years. He has been working with the Knowledge Centers supported by NASSCOM Foundation and Microsoft, Skill development and placement programs, being implemented by FIDR.



Richard Palmer

RAP (1)Richard studied for a degree in Education at Nottingham Trent and has taught children from 3 – 18 years old in a number of Schools.  In January of 2004 Richard became Head of The Junior School at St Christopher and in January of 2007 Richard became the overall Head of St Christopher. St Christopher is a registered charity and educates over 500 children with a number coming from a variety of countries.
In addition to being the Head of St Christopher, Richard is a committee member of The Society of Heads having been Chairman for the Academic Year 2013-2014. This is a Society of over 100 Heads of Independent Schools. He has also been a Director of The Independent Schools Council. He is also a School Inspector with the Independent Schools Inspectorate and he is a Fellow of The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Rita Soni

Rita SoniFrom the Class of 1992, Stevens Institute of Technology, and also alumnus of International Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, is a prominent lead among the Indian diaspora in the US, has worked with American India Foundation and as the past CEO of NASSCOM Foundation has worked towards strengthening the efforts of the IT Industry towards inclusive growth and bridging the gaps between private sectors and non-profits to contribute to the cause of social development.




Rwitwika Bhattacharya

Black and white ritu (1)She is the founder and CEO of Swaniti Initiative, a non-profit that delivers development solutions to elected officials across India. Prior to Swaniti, she worked at the World Bank as an associate where she was researching and developing policy solutions on issues of livelihood and job creation. She is a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School’s Master’s in Public Policy program and has a bachelor’s in Political Science and Economics from Wake Forest University. Her publications include Frontiers in Development Policy (World Bank), A Primer on Labor Policies (World Bank) and Global Business School Network (Harvard Business School).



Satyabhushan Dash

Satyabhushan-DashSatyabhusan Dash is currently working as an Associate Professor in Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow. He is a Ph.D. from Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT, Kharagpur and a graduate engineer from the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Orissa. He has been awarded Canadian Studies Doctoral Research Fellowship for Doctoral Research in Management in 2001. During his Ph.D. study, he had worked as a Visiting Doctoral Research Fellow at I.H. Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba, Canada. He has executed several research projects in India, USA and Canada. Dr. Dash is the Chairperson in Center for Marketing in Emerging Economies.




Subhajyoti Ray

Subhajyoti-RayHaving worked with the Reserve Bank of India & ESSEC France, Dr. Ray is presently the Dean of Xavier Institute of Management, a premier management & research institution in India. Dr. Ray is an accomplished member of the educational fraternity in India. He has been associated with RBI, managing data analysis, data warehousing and research. In 2009, He is a PhD from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, with specialization in electronic governance. His teaching interests lie in business statistics and analytics. He has been a visiting faculty to many global and national institutes- Antwerp Management School Belgium and IIM Ranchi.



Zubair Kabir

zubair kabirA graduate in Medicine (MBBS) from India and MD in Public Health Medicine, Dr. Kabir has worked as a Senior
Resident in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and as a primary care physician in Odisha, before completing both Masters (MSc) and PhD in Trinity College, Dublin. His post-doc positions in Trinity, Tobacco Free Research Institute Ireland, and in Harvard School of Public Health were primarily focused on non-communicable disease epidemiology and tobacco control in particular. He has been a NCI-HRB joint cancer research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and possesses a joint affiliation as a Visiting Scientist with the Centre for Global Tobacco Control, Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Kabir is on the editorial board of the BMC Public Health, International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health (IJERPH), and is also Editor-in-Chief of an Open Access specialist journal- Tobacco Use Insights. Dr. Kabir is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH), United Kingdom, a member of the American College of Epidemiology (MACE) a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (RSTMH). He sits on the Membership Board of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


Siddhartha Behera – Director

Sidhharth-BeheraOperating out of the headquarters in the Bhubaneswar office, he comes with rich experience in social enterprise and has been involved in a leadership role in the Products and Services sectors. With an eye for details he has been able to strengthen the programmes of FIDR through research, presentations, programme development and expansion. Programme development is his forte and he has been constantly endeavoring to push the programmes to achieve higher limits of quality and delivery benchmarks.