Sharon Buteau is the Executive Director at IFMR LEAD. She is responsible for the research activities, policy outreach and training activities in the organization. She has extensive experience in implementing, designing and monitoring applied research projects in finance and development economics, in addition to outreach and capacity building activities. She has been with the organization since 2008.
Prior to this, she was working as an Economist at Analysis Group, Montreal, where she worked on healthcare and anti-trust litigation as part of the analytical team doing intensive econometric analysis. She holds a B.A. and an MSc in Economics from the Universite du Quebec a Montreal, as well as an M.A. in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics with a focus on Development Economics.
Ajay’s interest in the livelihoods of small farmers made him spend significant time in the field identifying issues in agriculture that have resulted in low growth rates. Ajay co-founded Magasool in 2012, a not-for-profit initiative aimed at improving the lives of small and marginal farmers in Tamil Nadu. Magasool focuses on providing specialized agriculture inputs that improve yield or decrease input costs. In addition, Ajay has been an Advisor to IFMR LEAD since February 2013.
Ajay got his PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2008. He joined IFMR LEAD’s Centre for Microfinance (CMF) as the Head of the Analytics Unit in January 2009. Between 2011 and 2013 he kept additional charge as the Centre’s Interim Executive Director.
Senior Manager- Training & Partnerships
Amulya has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI), Ahmedabad and a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. For over two years, Amulya worked with the Capacity Building Team in Sa-Dhan, focusing primarily on programs around Financial and Information Systems Management for small and medium NGO-MFIs. He also has six years of grassroots experience in implementing community-based microfinance projects during his association with Agragamee in Orissa and Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan (KMVS) in Gujarat. Amulya heads the training, workshops and policy outreach for the IFMR LEAD.
Chief Operating Officer
Anup holds a Master Degree in Social Work from University of Delhi. He joined IFMR Research in October 2005 as Research Associate and has worked in several research studies. Prior to IFMR, he worked with University of Delhi for 4 years, as well as the World Bank as Short Term Consultant for more than a year. At present, as Chief Operating Officer, he ensures organizational effectiveness by providing leadership for the organisation’s International Expansion, Partnership & Training, HR& Administration, Grant Management, Financial Functions, effective Data Collection, Data Management and Ethical Compliance. Being a part of the management team, he also contributes to the development and implementation of organizational strategies, policies and practices
Head, Policy & Outreach
Nayan heads the Policy & Outreach team at IFMR LEAD. A public health professional with strong academic training and orientation, Nayan has wide ranging experience in managing and leading public health programs and research for more than 15 years. His rofessional experience is an interesting blend of Policy, Program Management and Research skills with extensive experience in strategic partnership and negotiation with senior Government officials. He has received academic training in Public Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), University of London and Masters in Rural Management, XISS, India.
Nayan is a Wellcome Trust fellow for the years 2010 and 2013, which supported his second Masters from the LSHTM, University of London and his enrollment to Nuffield Department of Population Studies, University of Oxford for his DPhil. He has more than 12 international publications in leading peer reviewed international journal of repute to his credit and is also a scientific reviewer of some of the leading international Journals from Emerald publication house. He has previously led four independent policy- research projects in the domain of Food Security, Hunger and Child & Women’s Nutrition as Principal Investigator and has played an important role in contributing some of the policy challenges in the domain of Public Health through his research and advocacy.
Parul heads and manages IFMR LEAD’s research portfolio in the space of financial inclusion. She is involved in designing and implementing experimental and quasi-experimental impact evaluation studies. These include evaluation of government programs, initiatives by development institutions, and innovative financial products, services and delivery channels. She is also engaged with policy-oriented research at IFMR LEAD. Parul’s research interests include labour mobility, product suitability and digital financial services. She is a co-investigator on some of the related studies in various parts of India, and now Bangladesh. As the head of the financial inclusion portfolio, Parul works in close collaboration with policymakers, practitioners, donors and academia across the globe.
Pratibha wants to play a meaningful role in the development of the SME sector, presently she has set her focus on India. She is interested in understanding small businesses and entrepreneurs – what leads to their success, their life-cycle and contribution to the economy. She has completed her Masters in Public Administration and International Development from Harvard Kennedy School, and undergrad studies in Singapore.
Senior Manager (Operations & Development)
Preethi oversees the entire field data collection and digitization operations of IFMR LEAD. Preethi is also involved in developing and leading research studies and short term projects in open data, finance and healthcare. She is also involved in fundraising, outreach and capacity building activities for IFMR LEAD. She has been with IFMR LEAD since 2006 (she took a sabbatical from 2012 to 2014 for personal reasons). Prior to working as Senior Operations Manager, Preethi worked as a Policy and Development Fellow, and Senior Research Associate with the Small Enterprise Finance Centre (SEFC) from 2006 until 2012. Her primary project in SEFC was on financial access through Chit Funds. She has a masters degree in management from IFMR Business School where her focus areas were Finance and Marketing. In her free time, Preethi likes to write poetry, read fiction and watch movies
Senior Research Manager
Sujatha is an experienced management professional with 10+ years of multidisciplinary, global experience across practice areas such as Public Sector and Social Sector Development, Banking and Financial Services. At IFMR LEAD, she is responsible for design and delivery of key strategic initiatives related to public infrastructure and basic services through a combination of research, outreach and policy advocacy. Her research interests and portfolio span a range of sectors (include Water and Sanitation, Solid waste management, Energy, Public health, Financial inclusion, Livelihoods) ), across various policy and governance reform areas (public finance management, public-private partnerships, inclusive business models for basic services, eGovernance, monitoring & evaluation). She leads a range of research-policy partnerships with central/sub-national governments in India. She holds an MBA from Suffolk University, Boston and an undergraduate degree in Science from the University of Madras. Prior to her current position, she worked for State Street Corporation (USA), Raytheon (USA) and Citibank (India)
Senior Research Manager, Centre for Development Finance
Dr.R.Uma is a doctorate in Ecology and Environmental Sciences with 24 years of diverse work experience that includes technical assistance and coordination of various projects related to Environment and Climate Change, Biodiversity Conservation, Natural Resource Management (NRM), Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Socio-economic studies and Poverty Reduction, with a few of them integrating gender concerns as well as policy making workshops. As part of her work she has been involved in raising funds through proposals.
She has served in various capacities such as Project Officer, Tamil Nadu under the GIZ-CCARAI Project (Climate Change Adaptation in Rural Areas of India), Senior Scientist at M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, ENVIS Coordinator at Environment Protection Training Research Institute, Hyderabad, in addition to being a faculty member for Lund University’s collaborative Post Graduate course on Preventive Environment Management. As a freelancer for a brief period, she served as a Guest Faculty for Graduate and Post Graduate Courses on Environment Management & Environmental Sciences at Anna University, Chennai, besides being consultant to a couple of organisations in Chennai. She has also been a resource person for training programmes and lectures in various organisations on themes relating to ecology, environment, forestry and sustainable development, for various groups ranging from government institutions, educational institutions, forest officials, farming communities, etc.
She is trained in field-oriented techniques and has travelled extensively as part of project activities.She has also published articles, newsletters, edited books and proceedings. Her current focus of work will be Environment & Climate Change with gender as a cross cutting issue along with capacity building activities relating to this focus area.