Meet Our PeopleRAJESH PATEL, CEO
Mr. Rajesh Patel is a graduate in Agriculture and a post graduate in Biotechnology. Mr. Patel joined J K Trust in the year 2000 as a Rural Development Officer. He has monitored the operations of the Trust’s projects in different States like Bihar, Rajasthan, Haryana and Chhattisgarh. A star performer throughout his career, gradually he rose to the position of the Chief Executive Officer of the Trust. Prior to this, he was working as a Director, spearheading the operations of the Trust for the entire North India. He has attended a ‘Short term course on Participatory Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Managing for Impact’ from Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen UR, Netherlands in 2013.
SURENDRA KUMAR CHANDRAKAR, Country Director
Mr. Chandrakar is a Dairy Technologist from College of Dairy Technology, Raipur. He started his career with Raymond Ltd in the year 1990 as a Trainee Dairy Technologist. From Raymond, he moved to J K Trust and is currently holding the designation of Country Director, spearheading the projects of the Trust in Eastern India.
SHRIKANT H. DESHPANDE, Senior Director
Mr. Shrikant Deshpande is an Agriculture graduate from Mahatma Phule College of Agriculture, Pune and a PGDM from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Mr. Deshpande Joined J.K. Trust in 2003. Prior to this he worked with DE-NOCIL (A joint venture company of DOW Chemicals, USA & NOCIL, India) for 12 years where he handled market development and sales operations.
Mr. Manish Kumar Jain, DGM – Finance
Mr. Manish Kumar Jain is a Chartered Accountant and post graduate in Commerce from MDS University, Ajmer. He is having rich experience of around 10 years in the field of Financial Planning and Accounting and is strong in setting up robust & productive systems.
MEDHA DIWANJI, DGM – HR & Admin
Mrs. Medha Diwanji has completed her Post Graduation in Human Resources from Xavier’s School of Management. She has around 12 years of versatile experience before joining J. K. Trust. She joined J.K. Trust in 2001, and is currently holding the position of DGM – HR & Admin.
VIJAYRAJ BHOSALE , Sr. Manager – IT
Mr Vijayraj Bhosale is a Science graduate from Shivaji University, Kolhapur and MCA (Master in Computer Applications) from IGNOU. He is ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) certified IT professional. He has over 15 years of experience in the area of IT Infrastructure Management, Project Management, Developing Business Applications and Management Information Systems. He joined J.K. Trust in 2011 as IT Manager. Prior to joining J K Trust he was working with Shriram Value Services Pvt. Ltd. as Sr. Project Lead.
ARUN UPADHYAY, Senior State Project Manager - Odisha
Mr. Arun Upadhyay is a Post Graduate in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi. He joined JK Trust Gram Vikas Yojana, Odisha in July 2011 and is presently holding the position of Senior State Project Manager.
Prior to joining J.K. Trust, he has worked with ORMAS, Panchayati Raj Dept., Govt. of Odisha as Dy. Chief Executive & Zonal Manager. He has also worked with CAPART, MoRD, Govt. of India as Young Professional during 1990-92. The rich experiences of around 25 years in Development Sector mostly in leadership positions with Central and State Governments as well as with NGOs and Corporate place Mr. Arun in a unique position to deal with subjects like Livelihoods Promotion, Skilling, Women Empowerment, Strategic Planning and Operations Management and facilitate Community Development.
SOMNATH ROY CHOWDHURY, State Project Manager - Maharashtra
Mr. Somnath is a science Graduate from Kolkata University and an MBA from Vidhyasagar University-West Bengal. He has around 25 years of experience and has worked with Schering Plough USA, MSD (MNC Pharmaceutical companies) and Indian Immunological Ltd. (NDDB) where he was Manager – Marketing and was heading the operations of IndiaGen. He joined J K Trust in 2011 as State Project Manager.
Dr. VINOD A. PATIL, State Project Manager - Maharashtra
Dr. Vinod Patil has done Master of Veterinary Science from Maharashtra Animal & Fisheries Science University (Veterinary Collage- Nagpur). He has devoted more than 4 years for the development of rural communities in Gujarat and MP with DFID- KRIBHCO- Gramin Vikas Trust. Dr. Vinod Patil is working with JK Trust from 2004 onwards as State Project Manager.
Dr. RANVEER SINGH, State Project Manager - Rajasthan
Dr. Ranveer holds doctorate on the topic of ‘Poverty Alleviation’ from Dr. R.M.L. Avadh University Faizabad. He has over 30 years of versatile experience in both for profit and not for profit sectors. He was working as Assistant General Manager, CSR with Suzlon Energy Ltd. prior to joining J.K. Trust in 2015.
SHIV SHANKER SINGH, State Project Manager – Haryana
Mr. Shiv Shanker Singh is a post graduate in Agriculture from G. B. Pant University of Agri. & Tech; Pant Nagar. He has also done one year leadership course from Bombay Natural History Society & short International course on “Governance of Forest, Nature & People” from Wageningen UR, Netherlands. He has over 22 years of work experience with various organizations into Social Innovation & Sustainable Rural Livelihood leading towards Rural Transformation. He was working with Reliance Foundation as Project Director prior to joining J K Trust in 2015.
SANJEEV KUMAR, State Project Manager - Jharkhand
Mr. Sanjeev Kumar is a Post Graduate in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Services, Ranchi. He has around 15 years of experience prior to joining J. K.Trust in 2015. He was working with ORMAS/ Odisha Livelihood Mission (An Institute under Panchyati Raj. Department, Government of Odisha) in the capacity of Chief Executive cum District Project Manager. He is a goal driven professional with extensive experience in Project Management, Event Management and Rural Marketing in the sector of Livelihoods with Civil Society Organizations and Government agencies.
Dr. DNYANESHWAR SONTAKKE - State Project Manager, Maharashtra
Dr Dnyaneshwar Sontakke has done Master of Veterinary Science from college of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Marathwada Agriculture University, Parbhani, Maharashtra. He has two years’ experience in Animal Husbandry Department, Govt. of Rajasthan. He joined JK Trust Gram Vikas Yojana in December 2000 as Veterinary officer and is currently working as a State Project Manager in Maharashtra.
PULLELA VISHWANATH SHARMA - State Project Manager, AP & Telangana
Pullela Vishwanath Sharma is a B.Tech graduate from College of Dairy Technolgy, Raipur (Chhattisgarh) and has done Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management. Having his initial experience in Dairy sector with Premier Nutrition, Dewas and Visakha Coop Dairy, Vizag; he joined JK Trust in the year 1999 and since then he has been working in various projects and various states. Presently he is looking after the operations of the Trust’s projects in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states as State Project Manager.