Dr IV Ramanuja Rao, Chair and Managing Director, is PhD in Botany. He has over 36 years of experience in International development, private sector, post-graduate university teaching and research, and possess an excellent knowledge on strategic planning, program / project design, policy and strategy development, administration and finance, institutional development, institutional frameworks, constitutions, contracts, management and dissemination of scientific and technical information, development of donor relationships, negotiating, led missions and represented in various kinds of forums.
Rathna has Post-graduate degree in Business Administration with majors in Portfolio Management, Financial Structures and Institutions and Management of Funds. Rathna has over 24 years of working experience in development sector provides strategic leadership to CIBART as Chief Operating Officer and manages its operations and administration, ensure its growth and positive performance and enhance its relations with government, non-government, public, private and partner institutions. She provides executive advice and support in the areas of financial management, reporting, personnel management, coordination and liaison, organizing missions, workshops, proposal writing and business plan development and execution.
Mr. Sanjeev Karpe is an Electrical Engineer, and having expertise in strategic and operational planning, bamboo structure design, fabrication and erection, bamboo furniture making and high end crafts production. He has over 18 years hands on experience in bamboo sector and provides executive advice on furniture making, marketing and designing support to the Company. He has excellent knowledge on Bamboo plantation and management, Business strategy, Furniture production, Interior architect, Product design & development, Training of local manpower, Selection and commissioning of plant & machinery, Technology transfer and Quality control.
After being with the private sector for two decades Sanjeev has been contributing to needs of sustainable development consulting for organisations such as CFC, GIZ, IFAD, ICIMOD, JICA, SNV, UNCTAD, UNDP-GEF; to name the prominent few.
His NGO Society STADD works on the subject of conservation agriculture, NRM, livelihoods and markets. As Professor of AgriBusiness and Agricultural Ecology at BIMTECH he has taught PGMBA Sustainable Development students the subjects of Agricultural Ecology and AgriBusiness.
He has also helped incubate the Indo-German Alumni Network in India, other than be involved with many non-profit institutions. Sanjeev’s love for the mountains has seen him contribute to work in such geographies and he intends to settle down in the Himalayas.
Dr. Selim Reza is PhD in Sociology and Masters in Social Work, has over 20 years of experience in Community based livelihood programs. Dr. Reza is a specialist in Bamboo/NTFP/allied agriculture based Community Enterprise and Cluster Development, Community development, Capacity building, Business strategy, Program development, International development, Strategic planning, Social entrepreneurship, Mobilization and trust building through PRA /P-LAP, Networking, Consensus building with line departments /agencies for convergence and report writing.