CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
He has diverse experience of over 14 years working in Corporate and Social sector in the domain of CSR, Government liaison, Banking, Microfinance, Financial Inclusion, Development Projects, Training, etc.
Prior to Utkarsh, he worked as Director, Indian School of Microfinance of Women, Ahmedabad (promoted by Sewa Bank and Friends of Women World Banking). He played strategic and leadership role in designing, implementing and managing multiple stakeholders capacity building initiatives and research programs with large scale client outreach in different States of India. He has successfully designed and implemented projects in collaboration with various multilateral and bilateral agencies. Previously he also had stint with ICICI Bank Limited in its various business verticals such as Rural Micro Banking, Business Correspondents (BC Model), Microfinance, and Commercial Banking for over four (4) years. He had been invited as panelist with eminent personalities to speak on Financial Inclusion and Women Empowerment issues on various national and international forums. He is a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA); has Advance Diploma in Software Application from SVET, Vishakhapatnam. He was also a member of Indian Peoples Theatre Association (IPTA), Patna.
Mr.RAVINDER SINGH KARKEE
He has over 15 years of rich experience in Strategic Project Management for Social & Developmental Issues is passionate about working for the socio-economic development of deserving population by building their capacity & skills. He has successfully executed several projects related to Livelihood (Farm & Non-Farm Activities), Social Mobilisation & Institution Building, Enterprise Development, Agriculture, Horticulture, Skill & Vocational, Rural Handicraft Promotion and Socio-Economic Development during his career.
Prior to joining Utkarsh, he was associated with Reliance Foundation (CSR initiative of Reliance Industries) as Project Manager, providing Technical & Managerial Support to ensure implementation, capacity need identification, financial and programmatic reviews; monitoring the program and rendering on-site technical support to the staff to achieve better results. Apart from this, he worked with Uttarakhand Livelihood Improvement Project for Himalayas (a joint initiative of Government of Uttarakhand & International Fund for Agricultural Development) as Enterprise Promotion Manager and played a major role in strengthening the existing projects, providing inputs in proposal development for new assignments and preparing Business Plan for identified Value Chains / Sub-Sectors.
He has intensive grass-root exposure while working with Appropriate Technology India, working for hill communities in enhancing their primary as well secondary sources of livelihood (On-farm and Non-farm based activities). Initiated the project of ‘Devbhumi Retail Network’ with partner NGO’s in various districts of Uttarakhand. Backward, horizontal and forward linkages development for projects of Temperate Oak Tasar, Apiculture, Micro-Dairy Enterprises, Eco-Tourism, Rural Handicraft development through Value Chain.
He holds Post Graduate Degree in Forest Management from Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. Also completed MBA (HR) through distance education from Sikkim Manipal University and Master in Social Works (MSW) from St. Peter Institute of Higher Education & Research, St. Peters University, Chennai.