Prof. Raju is an alumnus (second batch: 1981 - 83) of the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA). He was a Visiting Fellow at IRMA and later joined as a Faculty in the General Management area in 1994 and continued till March 2014. Prior to joining IRMA, he worked with National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) for a brief period, and with Samakhya and Multi Co-ops' Association. He worked closely with farmers to organise co-operative structures to collectively pool, process and market farm produce. During this period, he offered comprehensive business and management training programmes, and counselling Services to PACS and producers' organizations. He was also engaged in field-based action research activities. His current interests include Participatory Governance and Management of resources, Collective Enterprises for Sustainable livelihoods, Social Entrepreneurship, Values and Ethics in Management and Development Cooperation. Prof. Raju has about ten years of field experience in Development Cooperation, followed by 20 years of academic engagement.
Prof. Krishnamurthi is a mechanical-cum-aeronautical engineer-turned management professional, and an alumnus of IIM Bangalore. During his career spanning about 44 years, he was initially associated with several design and development programmes in aeronautical and chemical engineering for about 23 years, and subsequently moved to IRMA as a Faculty member. He also had an opportunity to establish and lead Indukaka Ipcowala Institute of Management at Changa, a village near Anand. During his academic career at IRMA and Changa, he had worked with many development organisations, Government Departments and a few international donors and institutions, by providing them management support and training and developing hundreds of their executives/managers through MDPs, predominantly in the areas of Project Design and Management, Management of Agro-industrial Projects, Materials Management, and Corporate Action for Community Development. He is a regular visitor to a few premier institutions of higher education in India, and is a strong believer in the immense potential of youth, optimistic of the future of India in the hands of today's youth.
Hemnath Rao has a degree in agricultural sciences and studied at the Durham Business School for his MBA as a Nehru Fellow of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK. He earned a doctorate from the JNTU, Hyderabad for his research on the strategic management practices of Indian businesses. He served the National Co-operative Development Corporation for eight years before joining the Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI). He founded the Strategic Management Area at ASCI and was also founder Director of the Centre for Poverty Studies and Rural Development, besides serving as the Dean of Management Programmes for one term. He has designed and delivered programmes in strategic management for senior and top management of PSUs and large private sector enterprises, entrepreneurs and managers of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and for senior civil servants of All India and Central Services. Prof. Hemnath has been actively consulting with the Commonwealth Secretariat, UNDP, The World Bank, EU-CDE, SPARK and other international organisations across continental Africa and the South Pacific Region, and serves on various policy making committees of the Government of India and State Governments.
Prof. E. N. Reddy, an alumnus of Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) and A. P. Agricultural University, Hyderabad, has over 31 years of rich and varied experience as a practitioner. He had worked with several organisations like the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Dhara Vegetable Oil and Foods Company, and Mother Dairy Fruit and Vegetable Company, before joining DMI. During his association with these organisations, he had been involved in promoting and managing Dairy/Oilseeds grower's cooperatives and had served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of an integrated edible oil manufacturing and packaging unit for 'DHARA'. Prof. Reddy worked later with a Hyderabad-based company for promoting grain storage among farmers and provision of Agri. input and extension services. He also had a brief stint with an NGO working towards ecological restoration and conservation of land and water resources in the country; during this period, he had been focusing on Project performance monitoring and strengthening of organization's Systems and Procedures.
Dr. Suryabhushan brings with him nearly eleven years of experience in industry, before moving to DMI. He did his doctoral studies in economics and is an alumnus CESP, JNU. He had worked in the marketing analytics domain at Accenture Digital for more than 9 years, prior to which, he had been associated with the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy Pvt. Ltd. (CMIE) for more than a year. He had liaised with policy makers at the Ministry of Finance, Planning Commission, and the editorial team of Indian Express. Dr. Bhushan's current interests comprise Agricultural Productivity Estimation, especially in the context of parametric and non-parametric framework, and Marketing Analytics. He has published in several leading refereed journals in India, of which the most cited paper "Productivity Growth of Wheat in India: a Malmquist Approach" was published in the Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics 2005.
Prof. Aditi Thakur brings with her an eclectic mix of knowledge areas ranging from Core Engineering to Organizational Psychology and Human Resources. She is an engineer-turned management professional with a passion for making a difference in the lives of people. Prof. Aditi has worked in the Energy division with one of the largest business houses in India, and in Talent Management division of a leading IT product company before joining DMI. Her areas of research interest include Group Dynamics and Team Building, Organizational Citizenship Behaviour, Organizational Development, and HR Practices. She is a recipient of Chancellor's Gold Medal for being the University Topper during her Master's Degree in Organizational Psychology.
Jaya Kritika Ojha is an Assistant Professor at DMI. Prior to this she was an Assistant Professor at The M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara. Jaya is a Ph.D. from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee. Her Ph.D. work focuses on Empowerment of Women Artisans through Capacity Building Training. She obtained her first master degree, M.Sc. in Human Development and Family Studies from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India. She has been a scholar of the India-Italy Development Cooperation and completed her second masters in Development Studies from the 'La Sapienza' University of Rome, Italy with special focus on Non-Farm Activities and Rural Development in Developing Countries. Jaya has been a recipient of University Gold medal for her bachelors from Rajasthan Agriculture University, Bikaner. Jaya has published several research papers in the journals of national and international repute. She has also presented research papers in different international- national conferences and seminars. She has been actively involved in documenting development issues through audio-visual mediums. Jaya has previously worked with PRADAN, SRIJAN, SEWA Academy and URMUL Trust, the livelihoods promotion organisations in India. She is also associated with Desert Resource and Research Centre, Bikaner.
Prof. Amrita Dhiman hold a Bachelor degree in Agriculture from G. B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar and PGDM with specialization in Agri Business Management from VAMNICOM, Pune. She has been awarded Chancellor's Gold Medal for being the all-round best graduating student of GBPAUT. She is also a recipient of Gold Medal for being topper of her PGDM batch at VAMNICOM. She brings with her an extensive field experience and understanding of working with corporates to government institutions including district administration for more than 7 years. She started her career with a field job of Marketing & Recovery officer with State bank of India. Post masters through campus placement she joined Karvy Comtrade Ltd. at Hyderabad and established herself as a Research Analyst for agri commodities. While working with Mahindra & Mahindra Limited at Mumbai, she has been involved in strategic planning, implementation, corporate communication, marketing and branding activities. Prior to joining DMI, she has been working with District Administration in Gaya as a Prime Minister's Rural Development Fellow (PMRDF). As PMRDF she has functional in a lot of schemes like MGNREGA, IAY, SBM, PMAGY, NSAP etc. The most explicit role played is of documenting the initiatives, taken up in the district for improved governance and outreach. Different articles written by her about the initiatives have also been published in government newsletters/websites like "Kaam Mango Abhiyan" in Samriddhi newsletter of RDD. A number of articles written by her has been published in Invest & Harvest & The Finapolis.
Mallika is a Ph.D.* in Consumer Behaviour from IIT Kharagpur. Apart from her passion for teaching, she is a prolific writer with four management books and one work of literary fiction to her name. While her management books serve as prescribed textbooks at several institutes/universities across India, her literary fiction on 'Gender Vulnerability' was nominated for The Hindu Best Fiction for 2014. She is also a regular columnist for Swarajya magazine with a dedicated column in every issue, where she writes about burning socio-cultural and socio-political issues. She also contributes articles to different media houses that span web-based blogs, magazines and newspapers. She has over 7 years of teaching experience and about 2 years of corporate experience. Prior to joining DMI, she has taught at Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar, S. P. Jain Center of Management Dubai and IIT Kharagpur. She has also served as visiting faculty for training administrative officers, at Gopabandu Academy of Administration Bhubaneswar. She also serves as an Advisory Board Member on the Sahoo Foundation for Global Development and as a Panelist on the WHO's Network of Experts of Psycho-Social Working Conditions in Developing Countries.
Prof. Geetika Varshneya an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management Rohtak has an extensive research, teaching, and industrial exposure. Prior to joining the Fellow Programme in Management (equivalent to Ph.D.) in the Marketing area at IIM Rohtak, she worked with corporates for more than four years. She obtained her Master’s degree in Fashion and Apparel from the National Institute of Fashion Technology Bangalore. She holds a B. Tech degree in Textile Technology. She has contributed to several reputed National and International conferences organized by prominent international associations like INFORMS. Her research papers have appeared in several leading International journals such as Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Journal of Strategic Marketing, Marketing Intelligence & Planning and Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management. She has also contributed to several case studies; some of the cases written by her have been published in the Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies and IIM Ahmedabad Case Centre. Her research interests broadly include farm/non-farm livelihoods and market-oriented value enhancement.