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Dr. Kulbhushan Kothari (Director)

For the past 40 years, Prof. K.B. Kothari has served in a variety of community, local, national, regional and international levels with major roles and responsibilities for education and health development, planning, programming, management and evaluation. These tasks involved designing, organizing and implementing community-based development programmes in health, nutrition, education, water and environmental sanitation sectors.

He is an M.S. in Sociology and Communication from the University of Kentucky, USA followed by an Advanced Research from the “London School of Economics and Political Science”, London, England. Is a Fellow of IIM, Ahmedabad and a Senior Fellow of the “School of Management”, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
He has had several opportunities and responsibilities in people centered policy development, planning and management in almost all parts of India and all regions of the world. In the 1990’s major responsibilities involved social policy, planning and evaluation work in the East Asia and the Pacific Countries and UNICEF Head Quarter in New York.

He has been associated with outstanding national and international organizations such as IIM Ahmedabad, AMUL and NDDB- Anand and UNICEF- New York. Currently, he is Hon. Managing Trustee for PRATHAM- an NGO dedicated to education, skilling and social entrepreneurship.
1998 onwards, he has had several roles like Chairman, “Lok Samvad Sansthan”, Jaipur; Chairman, “Kothari Foundation”, Jaipur; Managing Trustee, “PRATHAM Rajasthan”; Member of Syndicate and Selection Committee of the JNV University, Jodhpur as a nominee of the Government of Rajasthan; Scientific Advisor, ICAR-World Bank -National Agricultural Technology Project for Arid Areas amongst others.

Earlier, as Deputy Regional Director and Acting Regional Director for UNICEF in East Asia and the Pacific, he led the technical advisory and management teams for programme planning and development in 26 countries of East Asia and the Pacific with UNICEF support.
He also was a Management Advisor to the Director-General of Regional Development in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of Indonesia, visiting faculty for IIT Madras, IIPA, New Delhi and Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi.

He has guided several research and major consultancy projects concerning development problems and issues and published monographs, articles, papers and reports.