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. 

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.