Board Members

Mr. Ganesh Pandey (Convener)

As a Law student after his graduation, Mr. Ganesh Pandey had been involved with the student movement. Later, he got deeply involved with the working class movement both with the organized and the unorganized sectors of the labouring poor. Resigning from the steady government job, he made his entry into the Developmental Sector at the age of forty-two by founding Shramik Bharti in 1986.

An effective orator and a well-meaning strategist with an ingrained intention for the upliftment of the suppressed, Mr. Pandey has carved a niche for his vision and mission by bringing Shramik Bharti to its present stature. His untiring efforts have helped in making Shramik Bharti a credible resource and training centre to help other grassroots civil society organisations walk the road that he has laid for them. Mr. Pandey has been sincere in his solidarity and handholding for the voluntary sector in general and in the endowment of emerging Development Organisations in particular.

Ms. Usha Varkey (Member)

Ms. Usha Varkey is one of the founders of Shramik Bharti. A teacher by profession, she specializes in organizing communities and working with women and children. Travelled extensively within the country and abroad to participate in different forums and conferences including Beijing Conference in China in 1995, she brought ideas and inspiration that continues to enrich the organization.

Dr. Yashwant Singh (Member)

Dr. Yashwant Singh (Ph.D. Botany) is an agriculture scientist. He is an expert of promotion of agricultural technologies for Low External Input Sustainable Agriculture in degraded soils. He has a long record of working as agriculture and technical expert with prestigious organizations like PRADAN, International Development Enterprises, South Asia Partnership– India, AFPRO and Sulabh International.

Dr. Jayant Upadhyay (Member)

He has a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur has a long and distinguished career in health and reproductive health projects. He started his career with Shramik Bharti as Programme Officer Health and later worked in several renowned organizations like South Solidarity, Prerna Population Resource Centre and Care India where he is presently working as Project Director MP Nutrition Project. He has several publications both national and international under his name. He is a firm believer in team-building and guiding people for their betterment.

Prof A.K. Sharma (Member)

He is a senior academician associated with IIT Kanpur in Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. His areas of specialization are social demography and social statistics. A remarkably prolific academician, he has published about 104 papers in national and international journals and presented more than 75 papers in different National and international conferences along with publishing six books. He has been bestowed with many awards.

Ms. Achla Savyasaachi (Member)

She is an LLB CCS University and is presently associated with Microfinance Institutions Network as a senior consultant. She has worked with Sa-Dhan, the National Association of Community Development Finance Institutions for thirteen years. She has worked extensively on different approaches for widening and deepening of financial inclusion in urban and rural India. She extensively worked in promoting people-based institutions- Self Help Groups and their federations.

Dr Anjali Tewari (Member)

She is MD in Pathology from the renowned GSVM College of Kanpur. She is currently working as Laboratory Director at Regency Hospital since 1997. She is the chairperson of Ethics Committee at IIT Kanpur along with serving as Technical Assessor with NABL. She has published several research papers. Her interest lies in Women-issues, Literature, and art.

Executive Team

Rakesh Pandey

Rakesh Pandey is hands-on leader with an unparalleled understanding of community process and engagement. Under his leadership, Shramik Bharti has established itself as the leading Kanpur-based NGO that influences the lives of more than one million people in rural and urban disadvantaged communities in the spheres of empowerment, renewable energy, natural resource-based livelihoods, and WASH.

Ashish Shukla

Ashish Shukla leads the financial functions of Shramik Bharti. With his impressive background in Accounts, Taxation and Finance backed by 20 years of experience, His leadership style is intuitively result-oriented and visionary. He specializes in non-government organisation fund management and systems. His prior experience includes working in leading organisations impacts his management and strategic work ethic.

Sadhana Ghosh

Sadhana Ghosh is a distinguished social worker par excellence with keen interest towards community health program. At Shramik Bharti, in her role as a Community Health Manager, She has led pioneering health programs in the areas of reproductive health, HIV-AIDS, Community-insurance. She is a member of State and District ASHA mentoring group as well as the Member of PCPNDT committee of Kanpur

Vinod Dubey

Vinod Dubey is currently leading microfinance program. He has previously the rural WASH activities. He started his career with Shramik Bharti in 1991 and has been persistent and meticulous in his efforts towards social change contributing in various capacities.

Ravindra Dwivedi

Ravindra Dwivedi is a seasoned professional with 16 years of experience in Community mobilization programs and specializing in cluster development and community-based microfinance. He has previously worked with Foundation for MSME, BASIX, UNIDO, Indian institute of Rural Development, Catholic Relief Service.

Neelmani Gupta

With 13 years of non-governmental and 6 years in public sector, Neelmani Gupta is leading as Co-ordinator at Shramik Bharti since 2016. She has a Masters degree in Home Sciences from SNDT Women’s University. She specialises on women issues. Her strength is communication and documentation.

Amitabh Kumar Singh

He is working as Project Coordinator in Rural WASH Project at Shramik Bharti. A seasoned professional possessing 22 years of experience of working on various developmental issues like health, community mobilization, SHG formation and training.

Utkarsh Dwivedi

With an MBA in Rural Management, Utkarsh started his career in development sector by working on promoting entrepreneurship. In 2015 Utkarsh joined Shramik Bharti’s WASH project. Presently he is coordinating WASH project in Kanpur.

Radha Shukla

Radha Shukla is a post graduate in sociology. She started her career in 1991 as a health worker with GSVM Medical College, Kanpur. She started working with Shramik Bharti in 1996 in Reproductive Health Program and subsequently in Oct’ 2008 assumed responsibility of starting Community Radio Station Waqt Ki Awaaz in Kanpur Dehat and is Station Co-ordinator. She has extensive experience of behavior change communication.

Rana Singh

Rana, aged 39 years, is a post graduate in agriculture extension from Bundelkhand University. He started his carrier in 2002 as an agriculture extension worker with UPDASP in Jalaun district of Uttar Pradesh. After that he worked with Deen Dayal Research Institute, Chitrakoot, Gyan Bharti Trust, Orai and Development Alternatives, Orchha. He joined Shramik Bharti in 2011 as Project Manager of Equine Welfare Project. Currently he is leading Nature Farming initiatives of Shramik Bharti impacting about 1500 small & marginal farmers