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Governing Board

SeSTA's Guiding Light

SeSTA's present Governing Board consists of nine members from different professional backgrounds. Out of nine, two are nominated members of SeSTA staff. One third of the honorary members of Governing Board as may be decided by Governing Board shall retire by rotation by every year. Such retiring governing board members may be co-opted by Governing Board for another term of 3 years.

The Governing Board members(2018-2019) of SeSTA are:

Ms. Ajanta Phatowali,
Chairperson
She has completed her MBA from Tezpur University in 1998. Currently she is working as DGM with IDBI Bank and based at Kolkata. Prior to IDBI she had worked with NeDFi and ONGC and have vast experience in the finance and Development sector in NE. She did PhD from Tezpur University in 2013.
Sandhya Goswami,
Vice-Chairperson
Ms. Goswami has done her MA and MPhil from JNU, Delhi and PhD from Gauhati Univeristy. She was a Professor and also served as the Head of Department of Political Science Department of Gauhati University. She has authored various books like Language politics in Assam, Northeast India: Development Communalism and Insurgency, (co-authored), The Troubled diversity : The Political Process in North Eastern India edited, She has also published several research papers in National and International Journals, contributed several chapters to edited volumes and also writes in local Newspapers on contemporary issues. Ms. Goswami is a member of various professional bodies like Indian Political Science Association, North East India Political Science Association, North East India History Association and Lokniti (Programme for Comparative democracy) Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi
Mr. Manoj Basumatary,
Treasurer
Mr. Basumatary is a graduate from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. He is the Co-founder of Symbiotic Foods Pvt Ltd. and also acting as its CEO. Symbiotic Foods is a unique Social Enterprise established to promote Pig Rearing and currently working in the value chain of Piggery sub-sector. He is a pioneer in establishing Pig rearing as a profitable livelihood opportunity and currently acclaimed as a trendsetting Social Entrepreneur. Prior to starting his own social enterprise, he worked as a Chief Manager in for State Bank of India (SBI) in New Delhi for 15 years and also worked as a Partner in Udayachal Ventures for 3 years.
Mr. Puspadhar Das,
Member
He is a graduate from St. Stephens' College, Delhi and has done his PGDM from IIM Bangalore. He is a Member of Gramya Vikas Mancha, Nalbari and also a Advisor to Sitajakhala Dugdha Utpadak SSL, one of the oldest and successful milk cooperative of NE. He is well known as an agri- entrepreneur with vast knowledge and skills on village level farm machinery bank, Multi-cropping, crop-diversification, dairy, pisciculture and SRI). Mr. Das has led the MIS implementation at ASOMI and also been offering consultancy on Contract Farming of medicinal and aromatic plants as well as horticulture crops.
Dr. Sunil Pal,
Member
Dr. Sunil Pal is a Post graduate in Agriculture from Assam Agriculture University and PhD in from Choudhaoury Swaran Singh Hariyana Agriculture University, Hisar. Presently Dr Pal is the Chief Scientist of Regional Agriculture Research Station, Gosaigaon under Assam Agriculture University. He have extensive experience of on field research and extension in lower Assam region.
Ms. Olee Bora,
Member
Ms Bora Currently working with North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd. (NEDFi), Guwahati as a General Manager from 1996. She is also a director in NEDFi Trustee Lt. (NTL) and NEDFi Venture Capital Ltd (NVCL). She is a Nominee Director in Kanaklata Mahila Urban Co-Operative Bank and a few other NBFCs and Societies assisted by NEDFi. She has been a Resource Person to a number NGOs and Institutes. Prior to joining NEDFi in 1996 she worked as Personnel Officer in Bongaigaon Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd. (BRPL), presently IOCL and The Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI). She is also associated with the MBA Deptt of Gauhati University and Tezpur University as External Expert. She has presented and published papers in national and international conferences.
Dr. Chandana Goswami
Member
Professor Chandana Goswami is the Dean, School of Management Sciences at Tezpur University. Earlier she was Director of Internal Quality Assurance Cell, and also was Head, Dept. Of Business Administration. She did her MBA and PhD from Gauhati University, FDP from IIM Ahmedabad and was a British Chevening fellow in 2004. She is involved with teaching and research at Tezpur University and has taught for more than 25 years. She has produced eight PhDs so far. She has presented research papers within the country as well as abroad. Additionally she is a corporate trainer and has conducted trainings for Powergrid, Numaligarh Refinery, Oil India ... to name a few. Very shortly she will be leaving for USA to attend “Leadership for Academicians program” sponsored by the Ministry of HRD, Govt. Of India.
Mr. Pradyut Bhattacharjee,
Ex-Officio, SeSTA
Pradyut is a Bachelor in Technology in Computer Science from Assam Engineering College, Jalukbari. He has been working in the grassroots for the last 16 years in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and the North-East India. He has extensive experience of working on Social Mobilisation, Capacity Building and Institution Building and mentoring young development professionals. He has worked with Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN) as Team Leader and presently working as the Executive Director of Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA). He has worked on value chain of various commodities. He has long experience of working on institution building, social mobilization. He has also engaged in promotion of Women Farmers Producers Collectives like cooperatives and Producer Companies owned and governed by women. He is also empanelled as national resource person of National Rural Livelihood Mission.
Mr. Debasish Nath,
Ex. Officio
Debasish is completed his MA in Mass Communication and Journalism and PGD in Human Resource Management. He is working in the development sector for the last 8 yaers. He is integrating different teams and also integrating the livelihood theme and looking after fund mobilization within SeSTA. Prior to joining SeSTA I was working as an executive in PRADAN and placed at Kalahandi district of Odisha.

Ms. Ajanta Phatowali,
Chairperson

MBA

Dr. Ajanta Phatowali passed MBA from Tezpur University in 1998. Currently she is working as DGM with IDBI Bank and based at Kolkata. Prior to IDBI she had worked with NeDFi and ONGC and have vast experience in the finance and Development sector in NE. She did PhD from Tezpur University in 2013.

Sandhya Goswami,
Vice-Chairperson

Ms. Goswami has done her MA and MPhil from JNU, Delhi and PhD from Gauhati Univeristy. She was a Professor and also served as the Head of Department of Political Science Department of Gauhati University. She has authored various books like Language politics in Assam, Northeast India: Development Communalism and Insurgency, (co-authored), The Troubled diversity : The Political Process in North Eastern India edited, She has also published several research papers in National and International Journals, contributed several chapters to edited volumes and also writes in local Newspapers on contemporary issues. Ms. Goswami is a member of various professional bodies like Indian Political Science Association, North East India Political Science Association, North East India History Association and Lokniti (Programme for Comparative democracy) Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi

Mr. Manoj Basumatary,
Treasurer

Mr. Basumatary is a graduate from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. He is the Co-founder of Symbiotic Foods Pvt Ltd. and also acting as its CEO. Symbiotic Foods is a unique Social Enterprise established to promote Pig Rearing and currently working in the value chain of Piggery sub-sector. He is a pioneer in establishing Pig rearing as a profitable livelihood opportunity and currently acclaimed as a trendsetting Social Entrepreneur. Prior to starting his own social enterprise, he worked as a Chief Manager in for State Bank of India (SBI) in New Delhi for 15 years and also worked as a Partner in Udayachal Ventures for 3 years.

Mr. Puspadhar Das,
Member

He is a graduate from St. Stephens' College, Delhi and has done his PGDM from IIM Bangalore. He is a Member of Gramya Vikas Mancha, Nalbari and also a Advisor to Sitajakhala Dugdha Utpadak SSL, one of the oldest and successful milk cooperative of NE. He is well known as an agri- entrepreneur with vast knowledge and skills on village level farm machinery bank, Multi-cropping, crop-diversification, dairy, pisciculture and SRI). Mr. Das has led the MIS implementation at ASOMI and also been offering consultancy on Contract Farming of medicinal and aromatic plants as well as horticulture crops.

Dr. Sunil Pal,
Member

Dr. Pal is a Postgraduate in Agriculture from Assam Agriculture University and PhD in from Choudhaoury Swaran Singh Hariyana Agriculture University, Hisar. Presently Dr Pal is the Chief Scientist of Regional Agriculture Research Station, Gosaigaon under Assam Agriculture University. He has extensive experience of on field research and extension in lower Assam region.

Ms. Olee Bora,
Member

She has completed her graduation from the University of Allahabad and MBA from Gauhati University. She has also done PGDM in Training & Development from the Indian Society for Training & Development (ISTD), New Delhi. Ms Bora is currently working with North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd. (NEDFi), Guwahati as a General Manager since 1996. She is also a director in NEDFi Trustee Lt. (NTL) and NEDFi Venture Capital Ltd (NVCL). She is a Nominee Director in Kanaklata Mahila Urban Co-Operative Bank and a few other NBFCs and Societies assisted by NEDFi. She has been a Resource Person to a number NGOs and Institutes. Prior to joining NEDFi in 1996 she worked as Personnel Officer in Bongaigaon Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd. (BRPL), presently IOCL and The Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI). She is also associated with the MBA Department of Gauhati University and Tezpur University as External Expert. She has presented and published papers in national and international conferences.

Dr. Chandana Goswami,
Member

Professor Chandana Goswami is the Dean, School of Management Sciences at Tezpur University. Earlier she was Director of Internal Quality Assurance Cell, and also was Head, Dept. Of Business Administration. She did her MBA and PhD from Gauhati University, FDP from IIM Ahmedabad and was a British Chevening fellow in 2004. She is involved with teaching and research at Tezpur University and has taught for more than 25 years. She has produced eight PhDs so far. She has presented research papers within the country as well as abroad. Additionally she is a corporate trainer and has conducted trainings for Powergrid, Numaligarh Refinery, Oil India ... to name a few. Very shortly she will be leaving for USA to attend “Leadership for Academicians program” sponsored by the Ministry of HRD, Govt. Of India.

Mr. Pradyut Bhattacharjee,
Ex-Officio, SeSTA

Pradyut is a Bachelor in Technology in Computer Science from Assam Engineering College, Jalukbari. He has been working in the grassroots for the last 16 years in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and the North-East India. He has extensive experience of working on Social Mobilisation, Capacity Building and Institution Building and mentoring young development professionals. He has worked with Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN) as Team Leader and presently working as the Executive Director of Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA). He has worked on value chain of various commodities. He has long experience of working on institution building, social mobilization. He has also engaged in promotion of Women Farmers Producers Collectives like cooperatives and Producer Companies owned and governed by women. He is also empanelled as national resource person of National Rural Livelihood Mission.

Mr. Debasish Nath,
Ex. Officio

Debasish is completed his MA in Mass Communication and Journalism and PGD in Human Resource Management. He is working in the development sector for the last 8 yaers. He is integrating different teams and also integrating the livelihood theme and looking after fund mobilization within SeSTA. Prior to joining SeSTA I was working as an executive in PRADAN and placed at Kalahandi district of Odisha.