Ajit Kumar Samal

Designation: Research Technician I
Office Location: Bhubaneshwar, Odisha
Email: a.samal@irri.org

Ajit joined IRRI in June 2014 and conducts basic activities to support experiments in the field of extension agronomy. He comes with the varied experience of 5 years from both agricultural as well as the corporate world.


Anuruddh Singh

Designation: General Assistant
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: anuruddh.singh@irri.org

Anuruddh Singh has been working with IRRI since May 1993 and takes care of pantry and store primarily. He has a total of 21 years of experience and is valued for his knowledge on office maintenance, problem-solving attitude, and a smiling face.

Amit Mishra

Designation: Specialist – Agricultural Research & Development
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: a.mishra@irri.org

Dr. Amit Mishra joined IRRI in October 2009 and is currently based in New Delhi working with the CSISA project. He assists in the experiment(s), survey(s), training modules and other research studies according to the project goals and research objectives. Amit did his Ph.D. Soil Science in 2005 from GBPUA&T, Pantnagar on the preparation of enriched composed from different organic wastes. Before IRRI, he has varied experience working with IARI and Tata Chemical Ltd.


Arindam Samaddar

Lead Specialist-Monitoring Evaluation
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: a.samaddar@irri.org

Mr. Arindam Samaddar has been working with IRRI since March 2013 and is currently designated as Lead Specialist-Monitoring Evaluation based in New Delhi.

As Lead Specialist – Monitoring and Evaluation, his primary responsibility is to Lead the design and development of a monitoring and evaluation framework, Conceptualize M&E tools, monitor and evaluate the progress projects and train staff on monitoring and evaluation.

Arindam has a total of fifteen years of work experience. Prior to joining IRRI, he worked as a Livestock Systems Researcher-South Asia in International Livestock Research Institute.


Ashish Kumar Srivastava

Designation: Assistant Scientist-Physiology
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: a.srivastava@irri.org

Dr. Ashish joined IRRI in 2015 and is currently working as Assistant Scientist-Physiology. His prime areas of duty to assist in designing experiments, protocols, survey, and training module based on research outline, research data management and preparation of reports, publications and presentation. Dr. Ashish has seven years of work experience. Prior to joining in IRRI, he worked as Lecturer of Agricultural Botany in N.N. (P.G.) college Gonda (U.P.), India.


Atul Singhal

Designation: Associate Manager - Finance & Accounts
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: a.singhal@irri.org

Atul joined IRRI in June 2009 and handles the day-to-day operational activities of the office for finance. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA) and an Associate Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. His apt knowledge and experience are well known for establishing and sustaining partnerships with stakeholders, manage financial resources and identifying developmental initiatives for the country office to optimize productivity and achievement of goals. Atul also has a hands-on experience on Indian laws for taxation, HR policies, Company laws, and labor laws.

Prior to joining IRRI, he worked as Assistant Manager Finance in ICRA Management Consulting Services Ltd (IMaCS) a group company of ICRA Ltd.


Ayodhya Lodhi

Designation: Logistic Assistant
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: a.lodhi@irri.org

Ayodhya Lodhi joined IRRI in May 1995 with driving IRRI vehicles as his prime responsibility other than the assigned duties to banks and for procurement of office goods. With 20 years of work experience, Ayodhya also helps in the day to day work of the office especially the HR department.


Bhanu Pratap Singh

Designation: Attendant - Office
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: b.p.singh@irri.org

Bhanu joined IRRI in September 2008 and has been working in office upkeep. He did his Intermediate and has 13 years of work experience. Bhanu understands Agronomy and Animal Husbandry. Prior to joining IRRI Bhanu worked with Department of Plant Pathology, GBPUAT, Pantnagar, India.


Babita Lukhar

Designation: HRS Administrator
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: b.lukhar@irri.org

Babita joined IRRI in February 2015 and is currently working as HRS Administrator. Her Prime areas of duty are to operationally support the implementation, monitoring, and general administration of Human Resource Service. She is also responsible for maintaining and updating the HRS System and database. She has 2 years of work experience. Prior to joining IRRI, she worked with Rio - Tinto as HR Assistant.


Bidhan K. Mohapatra

Designation: Assistant Scientist, Applied Socio-Economics
Office Location: Bhubaneshwar, Odisha
Email: b.mohapatra@irri.org

Bidhan joined IRRI in April 2013 and has been working as Applied Socio-Economist under Social Science Division in CSISA project and placed at Bhubaneswar. He is coordinating social science activities including socio-economic studies and supporting the planning, implementation, and monitoring activities in CSISA project at Odisha hub. Bidhan holds Masters Degree in Economics and in Management. He has a work experience of 12 years in the field of in poverty reduction, food security, livelihood promotion and sustainable development, etc. and worked in various national and international organizations prior to his joining IRRI.


Bidyadhar Rout

Designation: Research Technician II
Office Location: Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Email: b.rout@irri.org

Bidyadhar Rout joined IRRI in May 2014 and conducts basic activities to support experiments in the field of extension agronomy. He has 8 years of experience in working with the farmers as Krishak Sathi (Farmers' friend).


Dayam Khan

Designation: Officer Network Administrator
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: d.khan@irri.org

Dayam Khan joined IRRI in June 2010 and has been working as Network Administrator and taking care of IT infrastructure for IRRI offices in India. He is holding Master Degree in Computer Application and has a work experience of 8 years in various organizations like CMS, WHO, and ICRISAT prior to his joining IRRI.


Deepak Sethi

Designation: Research Technician II
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: d.sethi@irri.org

Deepak Sethi joined IRRI in Aug 2009. He is a commerce graduate with over 4 years of work experience of data entry, formatting agricultural and allied sector datasets. While working with IRRI he has worked on various aspects of data collection of crop productivity, soil, climate and water datasets under CSISA, Geoshare and CPWF-G1 projects of IRRI including regression analysis, sustainability indexes etc.


D S Rana

Designation: Specialist-Agricultural Research & Development
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: ds.rana@irri.org

Dr. Rana joined IRRI in October 2015 as Specialist-Agricultural Research & Development under the CCAFS project based in New Delhi.

His prime areas of duty are to coordinate, conduct and facilitate trail. Organize the collection of data and analyze them. Coordinate the transfer of knowledge through different means, including training and demonstrations. Develop partnership and work with partners. Monitor the performance of extension programs and prepare and submit reports. Dr. Rana has a total of thirty-two years of work experience. Prior to joining IRRI, he worked as a Research Associate in Indian Agricultural Research Institute (ICAR) for 22 years.


Girija Prasad Swain

Designation: Research Technician III
Office Location: Bhubaneswar, Odisha 
Email: g.swain@irri.org, girijaswain@yahoo.com

Girija Prasad Swain joined IRRI in 2013 and is currently working as Research Technician III. His prime areas of duty are to monitor experiments/Evaluation trials/demonstrations/adoption surveys /impact studies other research studies related to dissemination and upscaling of Stress-tolerant rice varieties and perform data collection and recording. He has 7 years of work experience. Prior to joining IRRI, he worked with BSSS as Field coordinator.


Gopal K Agarwal

Designation : Manager – Finance and Accounts
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: g.agarwal@irri.org

Gopal joined IRRI in 2005 and looks after the Finance, Accounts, Procurement, Inventory, Statutory compliance and General Insurance for India. His 23 years of experience have covered areas of Accounts, Finance, Audit, Inventory Management, & Business Laws. He is a certified Accountant Technician and is perusing CA (Final) and ICWA (Final).


Gopal Krishna Pandey

Designation: Technician II-Extension Agronomy
Office Location: Patna, Bihar
Email: g.pandey@irri.org

Gopal Joined IRRI in July 2013 and has been assisting in the implementation of agronomy extension activities such as conducting on-farm participatory trails and training of farmers to deliver integrated technology solutions to farmers.


Ishika Gupta

Assistant Scientist-Agricultural Economic
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: i.gupta@irri.org

Ms. Ishika Gupta joined IRRI in April 2015 and is currently designated as Assistant Scientist-Agricultural Economic based in New Delhi.

As Assistant Scientist-Agricultural Economic, her primary responsibility is to assist in the designing of surveys and other research studies according to the project goals and research objectives. Manage the implementations of research activities. Evaluate and validate experimental data and contribute to manuscripts for reports/publication.

Prior to joining IRRI, she worked as a Research Analyst with Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi.


Jagdish Rai

Designation: Technician II-Extension Agronomy
Office Location: Gorakhpur, Utter Pradesh
Email: g.pandey@irri.org

Jagdish joined IRRI in July 2013 and has been assisting in the implementation of agronomy extension activities such as conducting on-farm participatory trails and training of farmers to deliver integrated technology solutions to farmers.


Karamjeet Singh

Designation: Driver cum Office assistant
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: k.singh@irri.org

Karamjeet joined IRRI in 2012 and his prime areas of duty are driving IRRI vehicle, assist in day to day office work, and attend to visitors. He has 12 years of work experience. Prior to joining IRRI, he worked with Delhi Water Board as a driver for 10 years.


Kundan Singh

Designation: Assistant Logistics
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: kundan.singh@irri.org

Kundan joined IRRI in 2008 and is currently working as Assistant Logistics. His prime areas of duty are driving IRRI vehicle, assist in day to day office documentations, and work as a mail messenger. He has 14 years of work experience. Prior to joining IRRI, he worked with PMGSY PWD contractor for 6 years.


Lamina Aggarwal

Designation: Senior Assistant - Accounting
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: l.aggarwal@irri.org

Lamina joined IRRI in February 2015 and is currently working as Senior Assistant - Accounting. Her prime areas of duty are to maintain the day to day financial administration and transactions, making payments and preparing vouchers. She is also responsible for updating books of accounts and compiling information for financial reports and Audits. She has 5 years of work experience. Prior to joining IRRI, she worked with a Chartered Accountants firm as Accounts Assistant.


Mayank Sharma

Designation: Specialist- Monitoring & Evaluation
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: m.sharma@irri.org

Mayank Sharma, a Masters in Bioinformatics, joined IRRI in 2012 and is currently working as Specialist- Monitoring & Evaluation. His prime areas of duty involve implementation of a monitoring and evaluation framework. Develop and implement monitoring and evaluation tools. Maintain and update monitoring and evaluation database.


Nandita Jain

Designation: Business Partner – Human Resource Services (India & Nepal)
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: n.jain@irri.org

Ms. Nandita Jain joined IRRI in September 2013 as Business Partner – Human Resource Services, based in New Delhi.

Nandita’s main role is to oversee the HR operations in India & Nepal, which includes policy implementation, Develop & Implement the HR strategies to support the institute’s ability to meet its objectives. Liaison between country office and Philippines Office, establish and maintain good workplace relationships.

Nandita has a total of sixteen years of work experience. Prior to joining IRRI, she was working with Oxfam India as HR Officer.


Narayan Chandra Banik

Designation: Assistant Scientist – Extension Agronomy
Office Location: Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Email: n.banik@irri.org

Dr. Narayan Chandra Banik joined IRRI in February 2014 and has been working in its CSISA project in the dissemination of proven identified technologies at farmers field, coordination with collaborating partners in the dissemination of cereal system technologies and management of experiments/surveys and other research studies related to conservation agriculture. Dr. Banik is holding Ph.D. in Agronomy and has a work experience of 3 years in ICAR as Research Associate in Climate Resilient Agriculture prior to his joining IRRI.


Pappu Ram

Designation: Logistic Assistant
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: p.ram@irri.org

Pappu Ram joined IRRI as a temporary staff & confirmed in Aug 2012. He has a total of 10 years of work experience. His prime duty is to drive the vehicle for the IRRI Representative.


Pardeep Sagwal

Designation: Specialist - Agricultural Research and Development (Agronomy)
Office Location: Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Email: p.sagwal@irri.org

Pardeep joined IRRI in 2016 as Specialist - Agricultural Research and Development and is based in our Bhubaneswar office. He manages, coordinates, conducts and facilitates on farm and station research trials. He is also responsible for developing partnership and working closely with partners and stakeholders.

Pardeep has more than three years of work experience in the area of agricultural research development. Prior to joining IRRI, he worked with International maize and wheat improvement center (CIMMYT) and Lovely Professional University, Punjab.


Poornima Ravi Shankar

Designation: Senior Specialist - Knowledge Management and Outreach
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: p.shankar@irri.org

Poornima joined IRRI in 2011 and works as a Senior Specialist, Knowledge Management and Outreach contributing to the CSISA project and to Program 6, GRiSP, in partnership development and knowledge dissemination models. She also works with the training center at HQ as the part of the knowledge bank team and maintains the CSISA knowledge bank. With a Ph.D. in Forestry from the Forest Research Institute, India she has worked extensively in the Western Ghats and the Western Himalayas in India in the field of habitat conservation, landscape ecology, forestry and data management. She has a passion for wildlife photography and is a relentless traveler with a mission to take on unforeseen challenges.


Prabhakaran TR

Designation: Assistant Scientist - Social Sciences
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: tr.prabhakaran@irri.org

Mr. Prabhakaran TR joined IRRI in December 2015 as Assistant Scientist - Social Sciences based in New Delhi.

As Assistant Scientist - Social Sciences, his primary responsibility is to assist in the designing of surveys and other research studies according to the project goals and research objectives. Manage the implementations of research activities. Evaluate and validate experimental data and contribute to manuscripts for reports/publication.

Prabhakaran has a total of seven years of work experience. Prior to joining IRRI, he was working with M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), as Agricultural Economist.


Pradyuman Srichandan

Designation: Research Technician I
Office Location: Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Email: p.srichandan@irri.org

Pradyuman joined IRRI in July 2014 and conducts basic activities to support experiments in the fields of extension agronomy.


Pratibha Kumari

Designation: Assistant Scientist- Extension Agronomy
Office Location: Patna, Bihar
Email: p.kumari@irri.org

Pratibha Kumari joined IRRI in May 2013 and has been working as Assistant Scientist (Coordinate, conduct and facilitate on field trails). Pratibha is holding M.Sc. (Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry) degree and has a work experience of a little over 3 yrs She worked with IFFCO KISAN SANCHAR LTD. prior to her joining IRRI.


Prempal

Designation: General Assistant
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: p.pal@irri.org

Prempal joined IRRI in 1991 and is currently working as General Assistant. His main responsibilities are maintaining Pantry and Library, General office upkeep and assisting in general office work.


Priyanka Anand

Designation: Senior Officer - Administrative Coordination 
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: 
p.anand@irri.org

Priyanka Anand joined IRRI in February 2016 and is currently working as Senior Officer - Administrative Coordination under the CSISA project based in New Delhi. Her prime areas of duty are to coordinate and monitor activities related to the administrative functions, managing databases, and records. Maintain operational funds of the projects and capital equipment budget. Compile and edit reports/ publications.

Ms. Anand has been a management professional for more than 5 years in diverse domains, have been involved extensively in the management of Information and communications technologies projects on agriculture and child welfare. Additionally, has also managed educational activities as a teacher, early in her career. Prior to joining IRRI she had worked as a Project Coordinator with CABI - South Asia.


Puneet Khurana

Designation: Officer-Administration & Coordination
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: p.khurana@irri.org

Puneet joined IRRI in August 2008 and is working as Officer-Administration & Coordination. He has more than 15 years of experiences in Secretarial and Administration related work. He is apt in making PowerPoint presentations and software operations. Prior to joining IRRI, he worked with NBPGR, New Delhi for 8 years. 


Rajan Kumar Yadav

Designation: Assistant Logistics
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: r.k.yadav@irri.org

Rajan joined IRRI in 2008 and is currently working as Assistant Logistics. He is well versed with Computers and works actively in assisting the logistics team. Rajan has the zeal to learn and has an experience of 14 years. Prior to joining IRRI, he worked with CIMMYT for 8 years.


Rohit Kumar Katara

Designation: Officer – Technical & Administrative Support
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: r.katara@irri.org

Rohit Kumar Katara joined IRRI on September 16, 2009. He provides technical assistance in the field trials and seed multiplication and also facilitates documentation and issuance of import and export permits, coordinate with germplasm exchange and plant quarantine division for the arrival of seed shipments. He also provides logistical support to the project staff. Rohit holds a degree in Science and diploma in computer sciences and has a work experience of (5) years prior to his joining IRRI.


Sanjay Kumar Das

Designation: Research Technician I
Office Location: Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Email: sanjay.das@irri.org

Sanjay Joined IRRI in June 2014, and conducts basic activities to support experiments in the fields on extension agronomy. He comes from an agriculture background working as a farmer.


Sarowar Yadav

Designation: Assistant- Data Administration
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: sarowar.yadav@irri.org

Mr. Sarowar Yadav joined IRRI in June 2015 as Assistant- Data Administration based in New Delhi.

As Assistant- Data Administration, his primary responsibility is to maintain data on socio-economics, rainfall pattern, mini kits, seed demand and supply, technology adoption and generate reports for review and analysis of supervisor.

Mr. Sarowar Yadav has a total of seven years of work experience. Prior to joining IRRI, he worked as a Semi Skilled worker under DBT funded project at Division of Microbiology, IARI, Pusa Campus.


Savita Sharma

Designation: Assistant Manager – Logistics and coordination
Office Location: IRRI India Office, NASC Complex, New Delhi
Email: s.sharma@irri.org

Savita Sharma joined IRRI in May 2000. She has been working with the Corporate Services team for the past 14 years and looks after Travel and Logistics. She has a Master’s degree in Political Science and has a professional experience of more than 16 years. Prior to joining IRRI, she worked with Bhadauria Enterprises.


Sugandha Munshi

Designation: Gender Specialist
Office Location: Patna, Bihar
Email: s.munshi@irri.org

Sugandha Munshi joined IRRI in November 2013 and has been working as Gender Specialist. Sugandha is holding Master’s degree and has a work experience of 7 years. Prior to joining IRRI Sugandha was working as a State Coordinator in the Gender Cell of Department of Education, Bihar.


Suryakanta Khandai

Designation: Post-harvest Specialist
Office Location: Patna, Bihar
Email: s.khandai@irri.org

Suryakanta Khandai joined Bihar hub in Sep 2013 as a post-harvest specialist and is involved in the promotion and field implementation of post-harvest activities with partners and service providers in Bihar. He holds a B. Tech in Agriculture Engineering and M. Tech. in Farm Machinery and Power from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology.


Swati Nayak

Designation: Specialist – Agricultural Research & Development
Office Location: IRRI India Office, NASC Complex, New Delhi
Email: s.nayak@irri.org

Swati Nayak joined IRRI in April 2013 and has been working as a social scientist and working in the area of designing, implementing various socio-economic research, partnership development around social and gender inclusion, training and capacity building activities for various stakeholders, documentation towards preparation of reports, publications, and presentations in the context of social sciences; and supporting the planning , implementation, and monitoring activities in CSISA project in Odisha. Swati is a Post graduate in Rural Management from IRMA (Institute of Rural Management Anand) and a graduate in agriculture; she has a post masters work experience of 4 years in various organizations engaged in gender and social inclusion, primary livelihood promotion, conservation and sustainable agriculture promotion.


Sworup Ranjan Behura

Designation: Senior Assistant, Administrative Coordination
Office Location: Bhubaneshwar, Odisha
Email: s.behura@irri.org

Sworup joined IRRI in May 2014 and has multiple responsibilities that of a secretary and an Administration personnel. Sworup is holding Post Graduation in Political Science and has a work experience of 10 years. Prior to Joining IRRI, he was working with UNICEF.


Tara Chand Dhoundiyal

Designation: Project Manager - STRASA SOUTH ASIA
Office Location: IRRI India Office, NASC Complex, New Delhi
Email: t.dhoundiyal@irri.org

Tara Chand familiar as TC among IRRI community and partners joined IRRI in November 1989 and is currently working as Project Manager for STRASA South Asia and other complementary projects to STRASA and managing business development and monitoring, strengthening partnership, research support and implementation, financial relation, capacity building and human resource development.TC holds Master in Business Administration degree with a specialization in Agriculture Management and has a work experience of 25 years in various CGIAR institutions. He has a long association with IRRI and has worked with CIMMYT and ICRAF previously.


Vijaya Kumar Marthi

Designation: Manager (Liaison and Coordination)
Office Location: New Delhi
Email: v.k.marthi@irri.org

Vijay joined IRRI in September 2008 and has been working to develop and monitor the bilateral country work plan establish and manage linkages and partnerships with government agencies, NARES partners, promote public awareness on on-going IRRI-country collaborative activities and secure needed permissions / approvals for conducting IRRI business in India. Vijay is holding Ph.D. in Management and had work experience of over 25 years in Government and various organizations engaged in Science & Technology, Agricultural Sciences prior to his joining IRRI.


Vipin Kumar

Designation: Assistant Scientist-Extension Agronomy
Office Location: Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh
Email: vipin.kumar@irri.org

Vipin joined IRRI in April 2013 and is responsible for conducting and coordinating the on-farm dissemination of resource conservation technologies along with developing an advanced tool for data collection.


Vivek Kumar

Designation: Assistant Scientist Extension Agronomist
Office Location: Bhubaneshwar, Odisha
Email: vivek.kumar@irri.org

Vivek joined IRRI in November 2013 as Assistant Scientist under the CSISA project. His main areas of responsibilities are farm demonstration, trails and providing training on different aspects of conservation agriculture technology. Vivek’s overall experience talks about research on direct seeded rice, weed management, water management, micro irrigation, Fertigation, zero tillage and residue management techniques. Vivek has a Master’s degree in Science (Chemistry)