The Core Team

Dr. Swami Arupananda, Founder:
He is the founder of Arupa Mission Research Foundation which is now 16 years running and prior to that had established the Swami Arupananda Mission in the early 1990 which was associated primarily with health and education. Having a PhD in alternate medicine and D.Sc. in environmental sciences, the Chairman has been directly looking into all projects relating to health, environment, disaster management, and education and has been a guiding force for designing projects in the socio-economic sectors. A notable achievement has been the jail reforms undertaken under his supervision in Orissa.


Gp. Captain B.P. Patnaik (IAF Retd), Chairman:
A man of vision and foresight he has shaped the organisation over the past 16 years. Associated with Arupa Mission Research Foundation since its inception in 1995, he is responsible for the overall management of the Trust. His expertise has shaped the various educational programmes undertaken by the Trust as well as the projects relating to Disaster management and overall management of programmes. He has been a guiding force for designing projects in the socio-economic sectors. A believer in sustainability and ethics.


Mr. Anil Joshi, Vice Chairman:
Having retired as General Manager NALCO (Technical Services and Operations), Mr. Joshi has also been involved in maintenance and implementation of QMS systems-ISO 9001, Environment Management System - ISO 14001, Occupational Health and Safety System-18001, Total Productive Management, Corporate Social Responsibility SA 8001. He spearheads all CSR related projects undertaken by AMRF and other activities.


Me. P.C.Dash (Er. Retd.), Vice Chairman, Projects:
Having expertise in Renewable Energy Sources and Low budget construction, Mr. Dash has been looking into all of Arupa Mission Research Foundation’s projects relating to Renewable Energy, climate change, disaster management and low cost construction, Corporate Social Responsibility etc . He has been associated with the trust for 16 years and has also been involved in various research projects and capacity building and training initiatives undertaken by the Trust.


Mrs. Sonali Patnaik, Director:
She is a technical expert from the Social Development sector with 14+ years of experience, specializing in bringing together Government, Business and Civil Society through CSR initiatives; Project Strategy development, designing, HRM, Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, ICTs, Documentation, Strengthen/build grassroots networks/partnerships/alliances creating positive impact in the lives of the vulnerable (women, children, disabled, aged, the poor and others); Design, support, appraise rural/community development projects/programmes (multilateral, bilateral, donor supported, State/district level) for poverty alleviation, gender issues, livelihood promotion, micro credit, business development service provision to rural communities, education and natural resource management; Strategic programme & organisation management engaging multiple stakeholders towards impact oriented programmes; policy and advocacy, Organization/institutional development, capacity building of poverty focused micro finance, livelihood promotion organizations &programmes; Strengthening Community Based Disaster Preparedness programmes; post disaster rehabilitation; Designing and evaluating Resettlement packages and projects, Tribal and Community Development plans/projects; Socio Economic Vulnerability Assessment, Strategic Environment and Social Assessment.

Mrs. Anita Das, State Head, Women Empowerment:
Anita Das is textile and fashion designer working with rural and urban artisans and weavers over 15 years. She is associated with all programmes linked to women empowerment and skill development undertaken by AMRF as part of alternate livelihood activities to reduce poverty.

Mr. Gautam Daniel Roy Chawdhury, State Head, Assam & North East:
Mr. Chawdhury is manages projects in Assam & North East. He is also the Political Advisor to Garo Nation Council (Apex Body of 300,000 Garo Tribals of Assam thus supporting AMRF’s projects relating to tribes of Assam, especially in Forests and hilly areas. He has also been the State Level Coordinator (Ministry of Minority Affairs) Govt. of India, Ex- Member, Assam Minorities Development Board, Kamrup (Metro), Ex- Joint Convener, Corporate Affairs Department and has served as Liaison Officer in Bodoland Territorial Council.

Dr. Sridhar Seetharaman (Retd.), Gender and Rural Development Advisor:
Advisor to AMRF and a retired Associate Professor from the National Institute of Rural Development, Dr. Seetharaman has been awarded with the Best Citizens of India Award 2014 for work in Rural Development and Gender (Mainstreaming and Auditing and Justice) and for assisting Northern Eastern States to adopt Gender Budgeting as a strategy for Women’s Empowerment. He has been associated with AMRF’s gender and women empowerment, micro-finance and livelihood projects.

Mr. Chitaranjan Sahoo, Director, Field Operations:
He has over 10 years of experience in managing and implementing field work and projects. Chitaranjan also specialized in creating awareness on environmental issues and livelihood activities relating to Self Help Groups and micro credit.

Mr. Amarendra Sahu, HR Consultant and Advisor:
Amarendra Sahu comes with more than two decades of substantive business experience within the Indian corporate sector. He has successfully partnered with internationally competitive clients in the infrastructure and environment, EPC, energy and natural resources sectors for executive search and recruitment over the last nine years in advising organizations on talent strategy to help them meet their business objectives. As a domain specialist for these sectors he focuses in identifying, assessing and recruiting human resources, management experts and functional specialists by developing a deep understanding of fitment parameters on a range of social and cultural issues with employment branding. He is actively into behavioral assessments. He is a Law Graduate and an alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur.

Mr. Dhananjay Bhaskar Ray, Advocate and Policy expert:
A dedicated advocate associated with AMRF for all work relating to policy, advocacy, and cases relating to gender violence, anti-sexual harassment etc. Dhananjay is a B.A. LL.B. from Symbiosis Law School, Symbiosis International University, Pune, and Maharashtra and graduated in the year 2009. He is enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi in the year 2009 and is also into litigation practice.

Mr. Mohan Bhagwat, Environment Expert:
A certified Lead Environment Auditor and certified in EMS/ISO-14001 with M.Tech. in Environment and Pollution Control, Mr. Bhagwat is our technical advisor, who assist AMRF with technical assessments as well as project designs.

Dr. Hara Prasad Parichay Patnaik, Educationist and Media Facilitator:
A renowned educationist and author and media person, Dr. Hara Prasad Parichay Patnaik has been associated with AMRF since 1998 for all its education related programmes in rural and urban areas.

Dr. Devi Prasad Mohapatra, Health Expert:
Dr. Devi Prasad Mohapatra, is a leading doctor working with JIPMER Puducherry and associated with AMRF since 2005 for all health projects undertaken.

Dr. Sakti Mishra, Health Expert:
Dr. Sakti Mishra, is a leading doctor associated with AMRF since it’s inception for all health projects undertaken, especially health camps and HIV/AIDS, RCH related programmes.

Mr. Dushmanta Kumar Swain:
A well know urban architect, associated with AMRF since its inception and associated with all construction related projects undertaken by AMRF.



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