Our Core Team

At IDEA, we endeavour to work together, empowering ourselves and others.

Dr. Rakesh Malhotra

Chairman, IDEA

Dr. Rakesh Malhotra holds several academic degrees, namely, M.Sc. (Dairying), Ph.D. (Public Administration), and D.Lit. (Public Administration).

He has a cumulative experience of over 36 years in the Development sector through policy advocacy, strategic planning, project management, governance, vocational skill development, financial inclusion, community institution building, capacity building and research.

He has had the privilege of working in the capacity of the:
State Head, UNDP Madhya Pradesh;
Lead – Financial Literacy & Capacity Building in NRLM;
Project Director, Rajasthan Grameen Aajeevika Parishad, Rajasthan;
Head, Domestic Consulting Division of BASIX,
Managing Director of Rajasthan Mission for Livelihoods,

He has also worked for the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and the Bankers Institute for Rural Development (BIRD) for more than 22 years.

In his field, he has published more than thirty-five articles, monograms, and books. To his credit, there are about thirty-two Research reports. He has also presented papers at a number of National and International Seminars / Workshops. He is also a Life Member of six professional bodies.

Ms. Akanksha Saxena

Research Coordinator, IDEA
Akanksha Saxena holds the degree in Master of Technology in Biotechnology from NIT,
She has worked with organizations like Central Institute for Research on Goats, Institute
of Biotechnology and Research Centre and PepsiCo India. She also participated in many
seminars, workshops and trainings. Also, few of her works got published. Apart from technical
knowledge, she has sharp interest in social sector. In this connection, she has associated with
United Nations Development Programme for research on policies.


Mr. Rajeev Baalyaan

Social Media Officer, IDEA
Rajeev Baalyaan holds Bachelor & Master degree in Social Work from IGNOU University.
He has more than 5 year experience in IT sector. He has also done internship in different organization which work for the development of children and women.

Ms. Priya Thakur-

Research Associate, IDEA

Priya Thakur has done B.Sc. (Hons.) in Agriculture from Rayat Bahra University.

She has attended several workshops and seminars. In addition to this, she hols the capablities of a diligent person which truly justifies her professionalism.

Ms. Sakshi Jain

Research Associate, IDEA

Sakshi Jain professionally holds qualification of L. L. B from National Law University, Odisha.

She has done several internships in some esteemed organisations, one of them is National Green
Tribunal, Bhopal Bench and Clerkship Under Hon’ble Justice Ajay Tiwari, Punjab And Haryana
High Court. Apart from this, she has done internship on Sustainable Development Goals in
United Nations Development Programme, Bhopal.