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.

Mr. Shiv Kumar

Professional Counsellor, IDEA

Mr. Shiv Kumar academically holds professional qualifications of M.Sc in Dairying (Animal Husbandry), M.B.A in Marketing and Sales Management, M.A in Clinical Psychology, Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health, One year Diploma in Counselling skills, Diploma in Community Mental Health from NIMHANS Bangalore.

He holds a Certificate in a Course in Mental Health and Psychological issues during COVID-19 from NIMHANS, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Psychological Assessment of Children and adolescents in special circumstances. 

He is currently working as a Counsellor with National Career Service (Ministry of Labour & Employment) Govt. of India New Delhi. 

He holds expertise as a Psychological Counsellor, a Clinical Psychotherapist and is qualified to conduct Psychometric assessments, and formulate strategies as to how to restructure the pattern of  irrational thinking of emotionally distressed, unpleasant and dysfunctional persons.

He is also apt in creating strategies as to how to cope up and change unproductive thoughts and maladaptive behaviour to rationally and empower and foster positive mental health & well-being & personal growth and lead an improved quality life.

He has a rich experience of more than 30 years in sectors of Dairy, Co-operatives, State Federations, Multinationals and the National Dairy Development Board.

Ms. Chandra Karki

Project Coordinator – MeraBills, IDEA

Ms. Chandra Karki, belongs to Nainital. Her education qualification is M.A. In Economics, M.A. in Sociology, PGDRD from IGNOU, MBA from Amity University. She is trained from EDI- Ahmadabad, SIDBI-Lucknow, IMDUP Lucknow, NABARD-Meerut, ATI-Nainital etc.

While working with various organizatons AAROHI, SOTEC, SUCHETNA, MAHILA SAMAKHYA, AFC Foundation, SHIVANSH and 3 companies of BASIX  achieved 21 years of experience In Social Inclusion, Institutional Development Services, Gender Issues, Mobilization, Microfinance, Financial Literacy, Digital Literacy, Capacity Building of SHG/groups, Cluster, Federation Members, NGO, MIS, Solar Energy, Disaster Management Training Program, Rural Artisans Development Program, Entrepreneur Development Program and  Rural & Urban Project Management. 

Mr. Sehaj Singh

Research Associate, IDEA

Mr. Sehaj Singh, is a second-year political science student at Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi.

Mr. Sehaj has worked as a Research Intern at the Office of the Health Minister, Govt. of NCT Delhi. During his tenure with the Delhi Secretariat, he worked closely with the Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinics as well as on issues such as substance abuse with the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights.


Apart from this, he is also serving as an executive member at Enactus, Kirori Mal College.


Previously, he was a part of the National Team formulated by the Confederation of Young Leaders (CYL) in association with the “UN 75” initiative. He has authored several articles on issues of democracy, politics, sustainable growth, South-Asian geopolitics, etc.

Ms. Utkarsha Bansal

Research Associate, IDEA

Ms. Utkarsha Bansal is a B.A. (H) Political Science student at Kirori Mal College, Delhi University.

She has a keen interest in undertaking studies on subjects surrounding education (SDG 4) and gender (SDG 5).With an industry experience of over three years, she has a knack for content writing and editing. 


Previously, she has worked with organizations like Rotaract, Teens of God NGO, Fortis Healthcare, DU Express and many others. She has also been invited to various Model UN Conferences across India in the capacity of ‘Head of Press’.

Ms. Kashika Kalra

Social Media Executive, IDEA

Ms. Kashika Kalra is a Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism and Mass Cmmunication student at Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, Indraprastha University.

She is proficient in using graphic editor developed softwares like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Corel Draw, Indesign, Canva etc. She also has knowledge about various digital marketing tools like email marketing, content creation, Adobe etc. She is also working with Rotaract club. Previously she has worked with various organisations like NGOs, Fortis Healthcare, as well as MUN’s as International Press.

Mr. Vidip Malhotra

Technical Expert, IDEA

Mr. Vidip Malhotra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida.

He has 3 years of work experience in the Information Technology industry. Mr. Vidip has built multiple software infrastructures for startups, along with having worked for banking firms. He was also appointed as a Software Engineer at GrouthTruth.