Prof. Sukhadeo Thorat was born on July 12, 1949 in village Mahimapur, District Amravati (Maharashtra), India. He did B.A from Milind College of Arts, Aurangabad (Maharashtra), M.A. in Economics from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad Maharashtra, and M.Phil/Ph.D in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Diploma in Economic Planning, Main School of Planning Warsaw, Poland. The University of Kalyani, Kalyani (W.B.), Avinashilingam University for Women, Coimbatore (T.N.), Fakir Mohan University, Balasore (Orissa) and Gulbarga University, Gulbara (Karnataka), Rani Durgawati University, Jabalpur, Karnataka State Open University, Mysore honoured him by conferring D.Litt on 26.04.2007 and 01.09.2007, 23.02.2008, 06.07.2008, 14.10.2008 and 06.3.2009 respectively.
Areas of Research: Agricultural Development, Rural Poverty, Institution and Economic Growth, Problems of Marginalized Groups, Economics of Caste System, Caste Discrimination and Poverty, Human Development, Human Rights Issue, Thoughts of Ambedkar, Slums, Education etc.
Prof. K. Seeta Prabhu, Ph.D, a leading exponent of the human development approach, is currently Tata Chair Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She is also Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellows Scheme of the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. She is a member of the Governing Council of the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) and a permanent invitee to the Governing Board of the Institute of Livelihood Research and Training (ILRT), Basix group, Hyderabad.
From 2000 to 2013, she was with the United Nations Development Programme’s India country office and played a key role in preparation of human development reports and implementation of policy recommendations therein at various levels in government. Prior to this, Seeta was a Professor of Development Economics at the University of Bombay and was engaged in teaching and research on themes ranging from social security, health, gender, poverty, budget analysis and human development. She has published several books and papers in leading national and international journals on these themes.
Seeta Prabhu has been an Advisor to the Indian Planning Commission, National Commission of Women, Reserve Bank of India, State Governments, and several multi-lateral and bilateral agencies. She was also a member of the Ministry of Rural Development’s advisory group on poverty and Ministry of Tribal Development’s advisory group on Tribal Human Development Report. She has also served on committees under the National Commission for Women and was a member of the Planning Commission Steering Committee on Women’s Empowerment and Child Rights for the XII Plan
An MBA in professional education, she has three decades of experience in microfinance, rural finance including micro-enterprise finance, micro insurance, community based financial institution(SHGs and Federations), project design, monitoring and evaluation , institutional assessment and gender. She started her career with NABARD and gradually moved to freelancing in India, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. As a freelancer she has worked with agencies like IFAD, UNOPS, GTZ, KFW, NOVIB, ILO, DFID, SDC, SIDBI, NABARD and some leading NGOs in India. She was a member of the Task Force formed by Government of Maharashtra on Micro-Finance. Besides, she has been contributing in the fields of knowledge building in the sector by writing articles and books.
Prof. Himanshu is an Associate Professor in Economics in the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Prior to this, he has taught at the Centre for Study of Regional Development, JNU. He is also a visiting fellow at Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi and an Associate at India Observatory, LSE. His areas of research include issues related to poverty, inequality, employment, food security and agrarian change. His current research interests revolve around measurement of poverty and inequality in India. He has been involved with various government committees including Expert Group on Measurement of Poverty (Tendulkar committee), National Statistical Commission and Ministry of Rural Development. Himanshu writes a fortnightly column on issues related to development in MINT. He has received the Sanjay Thakur Young Economist Award of the Indian Society of Labour Economics and Personnalité d'Avenir of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prof. Himanshu received his PhD in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Prof. Himanshu is currently involved in three major research projects at CSH. He is leading the sixth round of survey of Palanpur, a small village in Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh. He is also involved in the multi-disciplinary research project NOPOOR. Currently he is also evaluating the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. This involves resurvey of 24 villages in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Biraj Swain works on the intersection of poverty, public policy and citizen-state engagement in South Asia, HECA (Horn East and Central Africa) and globally. She is an educator, writer, media-watcher and podcaster. Currently she is part of the Feminist Task Forum, New York and Consulting Editor, NewsLaundry and adviser to the US based health agency IntraHealth International.
She has taught at the UN University Tokyo, UNESCO-MISARC, SLU Uppsala-Sweden, Rotary International Peace Centre and Pondicherry Central University-India, National Law University Odisha etc. She is also creator and host of the fortnightly explainer series, Global Summits: Where are we going? on NewsLaundry. She has also curated and co-edited the IDS journal, Standing on the threshold: Food Justice in India, available on Wiley-Blackwell. She is co-author, Nourishing the Indian Tribal with Unicef India.
She holds a Masters in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics and is trained in English Journalism from IIMC and Human Rights Law from National Law School, Bangalore. She is a WISCOMP fellow of His Holiness Dalai Lama Foundation, CALP fellow of Oxfam International and Law and Poverty Programme Fellow of OMCT France-People’s Watch. She has been member of the curriculum framing committee of Govt of India’s Ministry of HRD’s NIOS programme. She has also been jury member of India’s official International Children’s Film Festival in 1987.