Mr. Gulati initiated and contributed substantially to the institutionalization of cluster-based Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise (MSME) policy and implementation framework in India. He also supported similar initiatives in several other developing countries. He coordinated a number of development projects on behalf of United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) for 12 years (1996-2008) for MSME development. He represented UNIDO on several international forums and also successfully organized more than 25 international training programmes on cluster development over his career. Mr. Gulati has authored several books and publications in the area of MSME development. He also steered the setting up of Foundation for MSME Clusters in the year 2005 and nurtured it to become a resilient institution that works with a number of multilateral & bilateral donor institutions besides national ministries & development institutions.
Sr. Project Advisor
Mr. Sharma is a Post Graduate in Geological sciences and Business Management. He has 25 years of experience in SME Development and worked in reputed organizations like National Institute of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (NIMSME) and APITCO Limited. His areas of expertise include preparation of Techno Economic Viability Studies and Detailed Project Reports for infrastructure projects, SME Profiles, business plans for individual enterprises, implementation of soft and hard interventions in MSME clusters. His international assignments include countries like Qatar, UAE, South Africa, Montenegro, Palestine, related to training on Cluster Development and preparation of DPRs.
(Head: Head: Policy and Research, Energy and Environment )
Mr. Ahmed has 20 years of relevant experience of high impact programming for the poorest of the poor in India. The thrust areas of his experience are in rural livelihoods, micro finance & development, skilling & entrepreneurship development, agriculture extension, social inclusion, women empowerment, natural resource management, MSME cluster development and research. His core competencies lie in the areas of women empowerment, advisory support, project management including monitoring and learning functions, building partnerships and advocacy. Mr Ahmed has worked with government, UN, funding organisations as well as with corporates under their CSRs. He has handled multi stakeholder projects through convergence like DPIP-MP-World Bank, AIF, UNDP, WDF, KBIP, UNICEF in several states in India, women being primary beneficiaries in majority of them. He has experience of designing programs as well as projects, fund raising for new and existing programs, delivering and evaluating programme strategies for pro – poor skilling, entrepreneurship and livelihood development, gender empowerment, social mobilization and institution building.
Deputy General Manager
Mr. Lahiri has more than 15 years of experience in the area of cluster development with a focus and interest in Social Entrepreneurship and livelihood promotion among unemployed youth, women and household/micro-enterprises. Currently, Mr.Lahiri is involved with Foundation for MSME Clusters (FMC) as DGM. He has experience in conceptualizing and strategizing implementation of various projects in the area of livelihood promotion and employment generation among rural as well as urban poor. He also have experience of networking with various Government Departments like SFURTI supported the scheme of Khadi and Village Industries Commission, Ministry of MSME, SIDBI, multi-donor agencies like KFW, GIZ, UNDP, corporate and PSUs like Citi Foundation, ACC, GAIL, Yes Bank, along with incubation of social venture like SUTRA, a marketing company for artisans’ products. He has also been a trainer on the subject of cluster development methodology and remained associated with few publications on cluster development in India.
Deputy General Manager
Mr. Akhtar is Post Graduate in Rural Development and also MS in AppliedAgriculture Economics from Oklahoma States University (USA). Sadique has over16 years of experience in management of livelihood projects and monitoring,evaluation and assessment of projects as well as programs. In the past he has worked with organisations such asGrant Thornton, NABARD Consultancy Services (NABCONS), CIMMYT and nationallevel CSOs. He has conceptualized and implemented various livelihoods projects and programs in agriculture value chain development, natural resource management through community based organizations like FPOs, SHGs, JLGs etc. He also holds special skills in designing and conducting monitoring, evaluation and assessment studies (Baseline studies, DSR, Status Report, feasibility studies, impact assessment studies) and has been part of evaluating special schemes of agriculture and livelihoods, sponsored and implemented by Government agencies,CSRs and bilateral agencies such as JICA, GIZ, World Banks etc.