Governing Body

Governing Body and Team

The senior management at Justrojgar has experienced professionals from rural management, finance, IT and hospitality sector. These members have over 70 years of cumulative experience in the microfinance, hospitality, and skilling and livelihoods sector. The team has demonstrated experience in promoting public-private partnerships for skill development and sustainable livelihoods through multi-stakeholder engagement. The team has a strong network in the industry and has formed partnerships with large corporates.

Profile Governing Body Members, We The People


Dr. G Umashankar

Founder & President

Umashankar is a freelance development professional with demonstrated experience in the field of rural development and panchayati raj, micro-finance, livelihood promotion and disaster management. He worked as a Director for Centre for World Solidarity (CWS), Tamil Nadu. Besides, he worked with PRIA, New Delhi and has been offering consulting services to many bilateral and multilateral organisations and international agencies. Uma is a development professional with 18 years of work experience in national and international NGOs. He was instrumental in evolving a community based disaster preparedness and management model and promotion of livelihoods of single women affected by Tsunami in the form of SHG sans provision of micro-credit.

Uma is a career Gold Medallist and holds a Ph.D. on Panchayati Raj from Gandhigram Rural University, Tamil Nadu. He is a recipient of Indira Gandhi National Best Volunteer Award in 1996-97 and Bharathia Udhayaman National Award- 1997. To his credit, he has published numerous books and articles on local self-governance, women empowerment, not-for-profit sector and micro-finance in magazines & newsletters of national and international repute. Uma has been invited by the Tamil Television Channels as an expert to speak on various developmental issues on a regular basis.

Sandip Das has substantial experience in developmental journalism. He had written features and stories for various national news papers on issues related to livelihoods, women empowerment, environment, panchayati raj institutions and economic & corporate affairs. He writes extensively on socio-economic issues pertaining to rural and underprivileged communities in India. Sandip holds a Master degree in Political Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi.

Mr. Sandip Das

Founder & Vice-President


Mr. Ajaya Mohapatra

Founder & Secretary
Ajaya has over 22 years of experience in the social sector working in India, spanning NGOs, chambers of commerce and bilateral agency. Ajaya is the co-founder of, India’s first ever integrated employability platform and recipient of the 1st National Runner-up Award from NSDC under the ‘Power to Empower’ competition in 2012-13. Prior to the current assignment as CEO, We the People, Ajaya worked as a consultant to Bhartiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST) – CII for promoting PPP for micro-enterprise development. While working with BYST-CII, he was instrumental in designing public-private partnerships model and developing the unique mentor online training programme- for promoting micro-entrepreneurships, which was first of its kind in India. Besides BYST-CII, he worked with CASA, PHDRDF (Associate of PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry), PRIA, Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC-IC) and WWF-India.

Ajaya holds a Post Graduate degree in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Services (XISS), Ranchi. He is trained on entrepreneurship from Chicago Booth School of Business, U.S. and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. He was awarded visiting fellowship by the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex (U.K.) for his outstanding contributions in strengthening institutions of local self-governance in India. He was a member of the State Advisory Committee on Panchayati Raj for the Government of Himachal Pradesh, India. He has demonstrated experience in the field of rural development & panchayati raj, livelihood promotion and micro-finance. As a professional trainer, he has so far imparted training to more than 10,000 representatives from PRIs, civil society organisations, government and corporate sector. He has published numerous books and articles on local self-governance, gender, livelihoods and micro-finance at the national and international level.

Arindam has more than 27 years of experience, works with Plan International (India), Country Office in New Delhi. He looks after management of inward and outward remittances, country and program unit office accounting functions, budget preparation & consolidation, management information systems, statutory compliances, office administration and compliance of plan systems and procedures and audit administration. Prior to this assignment, Arindam has worked with WWF-India as Manager (Finance & Accounts) responsible for filing of FC-3 forms related to FCRA to Government of India, consolidation of budget proposals from various branches and divisions for approval of Board, finalisation of budget proposal for projects and finalizing Quarterly /Annual Financial Reports for submission to donors. He has more than 22 years of experience in the social sector. Arindam is a MBA from AIMA.
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Mr. Arindam Barua

Founder & Treasurer


Mr. Arindam Pramanik

Arindam has 17 years of extensive experience in treasury, project financing, project coordination & accounting operations. Presently working as Senior Advisor, Fore Consultants Pvt. Ltd. Prior to this, he worked with Indus Knowledgeware providing consulting services to microfinance industry and Bhartiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST), a strategic partner to Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as Project Head (National Policy). He is skilled at analysing the financial viability of new ventures/ new projects and forecast the amount of project finance/ funds required and conceptualising and implementing financial procedures. He is handling working capital management, internal financial controls & costing. He is actively involved in the maintenance & finalization of accounts. He has substantial experience in undertaking analysis, formulating policies & preparing effective financial models. He has largely worked in the corporate sector. He holds a diploma in Business Management (Finance) from Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad.

Harsh is working with Plan India having over 12 years of professional experience in the development sector. Prior to his current assignment, Harsh has worked with Moser Bear and BYST. Harsh has domain expertise in the field of health, education, livelihoods, microfinance and micro enterprise development. Harsh has experience in the field of project planning and management, capacity building, networking. He holds a master degree in social work from Delhi School of Social Work, Delhi.

Mr. Harshvardhan Sharma



Mr. Deep Chandra Papnoi

Deep has over 13 years of professional experience of working in NGOs of national and international repute such as Bhartiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST), Navjyoti India Foundation and Deepalaya. Currently, Deep is working with United Nations Global Compact Network (UNGCN).

He has extensive experience of working in the field of entrepreneurship development, livelihoods promotion, integrated community development, women empowerment and promoting education. He has demonstrated experience in networking and training. At present, he is working with BYST as a Chapter Coordinator for Delhi in promoting micro-entrepreneurship by providing institutional, technical and financial services to under-privileged entrepreneurs. Deep holds a master degree in Social Work from Indore School of Social Work (MP).