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Advisor, Policy Advocacy, Livelihoods, Project Designing, and Management

Dr. Rakesh Malhotra holds the degrees of M.Sc. (Dairying); Ph.D. (Public Administration);  D. Lit. (Public Administration). He has experience of more than 37 years in the development sector through policy advocacy, strategic planning, project management, governance, vocational skills, financial inclusion, community institutions, capacity building, and research. He had the privilege of having worked as  – State Head, UNDP, Madhya Pradesh; Lead – Financial Literacy & Capacity Building in NRLM; Project Director, Rajasthan Grameen Aajevika Parishad, Rajasthan;  Head, Domestic Consulting Division of BASIX,  Managing Director of Rajasthan Mission for Livelihoods; and in NABARD and BIRD for more than 22 years. He is the Senior Visiting Faculty to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and also the Chairman of Innovations in Development and Empowerment Alternatives.

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Advisor, Management & Start-ups

Mr. Rajen Parikh is a Techno-Commercial Management professional with a combined 35 years of Global Industry/Entrepreneurial experience, covering virtually all aspects of key management functions. KRA’s cover Leadership, Strategy, Business Development, Global S&M, Alliances & Partnerships, Digital Transformation, Advisory& Interim Management. Rich history of work with NCR Corp,AT&T GIS and Founder & CEO of Orion Software Services serving global/Indian MNC’s.Active Mentor/Guide/ Product Innovator in the Start-up Ecosystem experienced in the complete Life Cycle [ Concept to Creation to Market Traction] of the process, and offering services to Startups in various stages of their journey.

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Dr. Manoranjan Sharma, Chief Economist, Infomerics Ratings is former Chief Economist, General Manager, and Chief Learning Officer, Canara Bank. Extensively travelled both in India and abroad, he is globally recognized as an expert in the Indian economy, banking, MSMEs, MFIs, financial inclusion, etc. He has made presentations and Chaired sessions at national and international Conferences, Terrapinn PteLtd. (Singapore); Marcus Evans (Malaysia); Naseba (Paris/Dubai).

Nominated a member of Advisory Councils across geographies, including, Member, Governor’s Advisory Council, Rajasthan; Chancellor’s Nominee on Board of Management, Kota University, he has 300 publications and six widely acclaimed books, viz., Global Financial Meltdown; Leading Issues in Indian Economy; Studies in Money, Finance and Banking; India’s Transforming Financial Sector; Dynamics of Indian Banking; and Indian Economic Policies and Data.