Our team of experts combine diverse experiences from across the worlds of international development, social enterprise, and financial services.

Dr Raj Bhandari

Dr Raj Bhandari is the Chief Mentor and a Founding Member of FLAIR. He is a senior Paediatrician, trained at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. His twin experience as a clinical pediatrician and a project management expert makes him a formidable choice for advocacy, design and influence policies and programmes. In his professional tenure of more than four decades, he has worked across multiple streams and organisations to emerge as a thought and action leader in cross sectional fields. He has served as a consultant and advisor to the leading world organisations like the World Bank, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, DFID (UK), and Maharashtra Village Social Transformation Foundation (Public Private Partnership).

He is now dedicating his professional expertise and action for building partnerships and deriving insights from global best practices, to bridge the gaps and bring all stake holders together for the betterment of society.

Mr. Ajay Kumar Sinha Member Secretary and Executive Director

Mr. Ajay Sinha is a Social Work professional with more than 20 years of experience in the area of Technology & Development, Human Rights and Social and Economic Policy and Development.

He has engaged extensively with civil society organisations ranging from grassroots NGOs, community based organisations, women and children federations, local traders’ associations and local artisans’ associations to district, state and central government administration to inform programme and policy on the basis of ground realities.

He has publications on policy analysis and budget analysis and understands the budgeting and planning systems and processes in India at the Union and State levels. He is an expert on Child Online Safety and WelI-Being and has deep understanding of Digital Society.

Mr. Somnath Chakraborty Treasurer and Director – Marketing

Mr. Somnath Chakraborty has more than 15 Years of work Experience in the education industry as trainer and strategist and leader of marketing function. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of “People Serve Consulting (India)” heading the Business Acquisition and Operations of the various educational Projects. He is graduate in Environment Sciences and Post Graduate in Computer Sciences. He has Post Graduate Diploma in Advance Computing from C-DAC.

He has travelled to almost all the districts of North, East and West India and has in-depth understanding and knowledge of local cultures and traditions. He has special knowledge and skills to launch any product or service or development project in the Tier-2 Towns and rural areas of India.

Ms. Soni Prabha Governing Board Member and Director – HR, Admin and Finance

Ms. Soni Prabha is a Civil Engineer with specialisation in environmental engineering. She has experience of working with government departments on rural road engineering. Currently she is working to develop a model of E-Waste Management that involves households, housing societies and markets.

She is an expert and has a special flair for working with young people. She has been responsible for building the volunteer programme of FLAIR where the senior experts from different professions contribute towards the cause of the organisation.

She bring the unique ability of analysis the developmental projects with the lens of a technocrat and make it practical and workable within the limitations of the available resources.

Dr. Sanjeev Rai Governing Board Member and Senior Adviser – Education

Dr. Sanjeev Rai, is an expert on education in conflict, teachers’ development and developmental issues concerning children. Currently he is working as an Adjunct Professor, with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India and Adjunct Faculty, Ambedkar University, Delhi.

Dr. Rai is the co-chair of global alliance on Post Conflict and Peace Education. He has worked earlier with Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, Kabul, Education Above All Foundation, Qatar and with Save the Children, UNICEF, CARE and Aga Khan Foundation in India. He has worked with media houses as well. Dr. Sanjeev writes for leading publications in English and Hindi as well as authored many papers and reports.

Mr. Mani Kant Bhusan Senior Adviser – Technology and Social Development

Mr. Mani Kant Bhusan is a Chartered Engineer (Electrical). He is empanelled with the Ministry of Renewable Energy, Government of India for signing BOM for Excise and Custom Exemption. He is an expert on Renewable Energy Solutions for Sustainable Development and has more than fifteen years of industry experience with organisations like Areva and Schneider.

He is the Co-Founder of Photo Urja – a company that specialises on renewable energy. FLAIR collaborates with Photo Urja for its interventions on Sustainable technologies.

He has special abilities to understand the voices and concerns of the farmers and uses his vast technical knowledge and experience to develop solutions to those problems.

Mr. Yogesh Kumar Senior Adviser – Child Protection

Mr. Yogesh Kumar is the State Convenor of national networks - Campaign Against Child Labour and Campaign Against Child Trafficking, meant for the welfare of women and children. Currently he is also the Director of AFD-Pratidhi.

He has worked extensively on issues of women and children, including sexual assault (adult and children both), domestic violence, child labour, child trafficking etc. He has developed various training and education materials and undertraining capacity building programmes on gender and child protection issues, particularly sexual assault, juvenile justice, sexual harassment at workplace, for police officials, members/chairpersons of child welfare committees, representatives of civil society organisations, and children.

Being trained as a social worker, he has also provided psycho-social counseling to women and children who have been sexually abused.

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