Our Core Team

At IDEA, we endeavour to work together and empower 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. Narayani Gupta
Programme Officer, IDEA


Ms. Narayani Gupta holds a Master’s degree in Applied Management from the School of Applied Management, (RGPV), Bhopal. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Development Studies from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

She has a professional experience of 3 years in the Development sector and has worked towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and has drafted various Project proposals.

She has contributed to the Transformation in Aspirational Districts Programme (TADP). She was positioned as Research Analyst at United Nations Development Programme, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh and was a Research Associate at RGICS, RGF, New Delhi.

Mr. Akash Kanojiya
Research Associate, IDEA



Mr. Akash Kanojiya is a Management Consultant with over 6 years of professional experience. He has now joined IDEA as a Research Associate. He pursued his MBA from Institute of Management Studies, Indore in 2013.

Since then, he has worked in sectors of marketing, real estate, entrepreneurship development, women and child development, Integrated Child Development Services, women welfare and other public health sectors.

He has previously worked with organizations including the United Nations Development Programme, NITI Aayog, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, WaterAid, UPTSU, and the Department of MSMEs, Government of Madhya Pradesh. His interests include development strategies formulation, project management and consulting, public policy analysis, project monitoring and evaluation, and business development.

Ms. Atifa Naaz
Research Associate, IDEA



Ms. Atifa Naaz holds a Bachelor’s degree of Business Administration with Honours from the School of Applied Management, (RGPV), Bhopal and has post-graduated with a degree in Applied Management.

Apart from active participation at college level activities, workshops, and seminars, she has always been enthusiastic about internship programs that are rich in experience and knowledge.

Her whole tenure as an Intern was abundant with duties and responsibilities. She worked for the sensitisation of SDGs by examining indicators at grass-root levels in the Rural districts of Madhya Pradesh. She has also interned at Aims Service Pvt. Ltd, Indore, where she assisted in the development of social media strategies which increased brand awareness and revenue. She also aided in identifying key demographics through customer sales information and market research.

Ms. Namrata Chandorkar
Research Associate, IDEA




Ms. Namrata Chandorkar is a fifth-year Law student currently studying at ILS Law College, Pune. She is also pursuing a Diploma Course in Human Rights and Law.

She has been a Legal Intern at three different High Courts of India and has worked part-time with various local NGOs in Maharashtra.

She has also interned with the United Nations Development Programme in Madhya Pradesh. She regularly holds training sessions in public speaking and Model UN training for kids via foundations like the Teach for India Foundation.She is an avid Model UN participant and has been a panelist in over 25 Conferences in India. She has been a Chairperson at various International Student Conferences held in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Cambridge.

Mr. Nihal Chaitanya
Research Associate, IDEA




Mr. Nihal Chaitanya is currently pursuing his Masters in Science at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhopal.

He has worked with United Nations Development Programme, Bhopal in Integrated Tribal Development Project and improving women health. In 2019, he worked in fullerene chemistry in ARCI, Hyderabad. In his free time he is into cooking, reading and pranking.

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. Vidip has built multiple software for startups and was appointed as Software Engineer at GrouthTruth.

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