Sector: Agriculture and Allied
Abhijit is a Consultant at the Vision Management Unit and has been involved in drafting and preparation of Sector paper on Agriculture and Allied Sectors and Food Processing for Andhra Pradesh Vision 2029 project. He has also worked on the preparation of Outcome Budget 2017 for the state and currently is working on modernization of Rythu Bazars (Farmers' Markets) in Andhra Pradesh.
Abhijit holds a PGD in Agri Warehousing & Supply Chain Management from National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad and a B.Sc. (Agri) from the Assam Agricultural University. He has worked for more than 10 years in the domain of Government Consulting, Agri & Micro Finance, Agri Warehousing and Commodity Procurement.
Sector : Social Development | Technology and Innovation
Alen is a Senior Associate at VMU. He leads Social Development and Technology & Innovation sectors. Over the past two years, he has designed strategies and action plans to foster adoption and development of emerging technologies, developed initiatives to connect micro and small entrepreneurs to market, and reviewed the strategies and action plans for social development under the Vision 2029 framework.
He is the lead author of Millennium Development Goals 2015 Report and Sustainable Development Goals 2017 Report of the State Government. Currently, he is leading the efforts to develop an SDG-aligned development strategy for the State Government, identify key emerging technologies to promote in the State and design strategies for the same, and estimate the Multidimensional Poverty Index for the State.
He was a member of the Indian delegation, representing the Government of Andhra Pradesh, led by Dr. Arvind Panagariya (then Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog) to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, convened under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, at the UN Headquarters, New York, in July 2017.Alen holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Mahatma Gandhi University and a master’s degree in Public Policy and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
Ambarish Ambuj - Consultant
Ambarish is a Consultant at the Vision Management Unit and works in the areas of education, skill development and health with one of the key projects being evaluation of schemes in these areas in collaboration with UNICEF.
Prior to joining VMU, he has done PGP in Management from Indian School of Business with dual specializations in Strategy and Finance. He also holds a B. Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Roorkee and has worked for 5 years with Tata Steel.
Andrew Jefferson - Associate
Sector: Urban Development | Sports
Andrew Jefferson is an Associate at VMU and works with Urban Development and Infrastructure sectors. As part of urban development sector, he is involved in the studies of Andhra Pradesh Cities titled “Andhra Pradesh Sustainable Cities Index” and Modal Share of Public Transport in Andhra Pradesh Cities.
His areas of expertise are in public utility provisioning and regulations, land conflicts, institutions and sustainability. He holds Master’s degree in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Bachelors degree in English Literature from Madras Christian College.
Bhaskar Somayaji - Consultant
Bhaskar Somayaji is a member of the Data Analytics team at VMU. His key task is to help build a Monitoring and Evaluation framework for the performance of various departments in the state on the KPIs defined in the Vision 2029. His engagements include providing analytical support for other teams across sectors in VMU in computing indices like MPI, GCI for the state of Andhra Pradesh. He also works on creating a common repository of shared data sets and reports coordinating with various other departments including Department of Economics and Statistics.
Bhaskar holds a Post Graduate degree in Management from the Indian School of Business in Information Systems and Finance and a Masters degree in Mathematics from BITS - Pilani. He has worked extensively in Product Development and Technology consulting working across sectors like Technology, Insurance, and Communications and has extensively worked on various enterprise level applications and data analytics platforms and tools.
Jyotsna Joshi - Senior Associate
Sector: Infrastructure | Energy and Investments
Jyotsna is a Senior Associate at the Vision Management Unit and handles sectors of Industry, Infrastructure and Energy. She has led the Global Competitiveness Index study for the state of Andhra Pradesh for years 2015-16 and 2017-18. As a part of her sectoral responsibilities, she has been part of the assignments involving developing a proposal for the Coastal Economic & Employment Zones, and Economic Cities in Andhra Pradesh. She has been a facilitator of the Retail LABS in February 2016 which were instrumental in designing initiatives like setting up of Retail Parks in select cities and towns of the state based on their consumption patterns. She also facilitated the Urban Development- Housing Labs in August 2016 which led way to draft formation on the Housing Policy of the State.
Her current assignments involve developing strategies for technology upgradation and fostering innovation in the state that aim at meeting the Vision 2029 targets of GVA addition and employment generation
Jyotsna holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and B.Tech degree in Electronics & Communication from Uttar Pradesh Technical University.
Rajatha Prabhakar - Consultant
Sector: Urban Development
As a consultant at VMU, she has been handling projects in Urban Development & Infrastructure . She is involved in preparation of Sustainability City Index for the state of Andhra Pradesh, a pitch for establishing economic cities in the state, based on product specialization, a compendium with recommendations for increasing GVA of construction sector and an exercise to establish base line data for public transport . She has also worked on Vision 2029 KPIs, research and reports.
Rajatha has previously worked as a Program lead at B.PAC (Bangalore Political Action Committee), a not-for-profit civic advocacy firm and as an Analyst at Goldman Sachs India. She holds a PGP in Public Policy and Management from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and a degree in commerce from Christ University.
Sasi Kumar - Consultant
Sector: Industries and MSME
Sasi is a Consultant at the Vision Management Unit and takes care of the Industries and MSME Sector in the team. He is currently working on a strategy to promote Low Skill – Labour Intensive Manufacturing like Apparel, Footwear, Food Processing, Light Electronics and imitation jewellery in the state.
Prior to the Vision team, Sasi has 9 years of work experience in Government consulting and Industry experience in Infrastructure. He has worked with EY for 2 years on MSME Cluster Development, Ease of doing business; with PwC for 2 years on feasibility studies for large infrastructure projects; Sector development promotion and Industry experience with GMR Infrastructure limited for 4 years on a National Highway project. Sasi holds an MBA from Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management, Ahmedabad and a B.Tech Civil Engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology.
Sheetal Ghainder - Consultant
Sector | Social Development and Knowledge Management
Sheetal is a Consultant at the Vision Management Unit and is currently working on multiple assignments within the team. Her assignments include launching a Forum for Leadership and Governance for Andhra Pradesh (a knowledge platform for the Leaders from around the globe to come and initiate discussions around Governance, Socio Economics and other subjects); draft of the Women Workforce Participation Policy; Social Protection Scheme; Gender based studies; and proposal for Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in the state. She has been a part of the team computing and releasing the Happiness Index for Andhra Pradesh in May 2016.
Sheetal holds a Law Degree from Lloyds Law College with area of research in Women and Child Law, Executive MBA from IMT Ghaziabad and a B.com Hons Degree from Delhi University. She has previously worked in Ernst and Young and Bank of America.
Shweta Yadav - Associate
Sector: Social Development
Shweta is an Associate and a member of the Social Development team at the Vision Management Unit. She looks into aspects pertaining to poverty and inequality with specific focus on vulnerable social groups. She joined the team during May 2017 and is currently involved in developing an SDG-aligned development strategy for the State Government.
Shweta completed her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University. She also holds a postgraduate degree in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
Soumya Guha - Associate
Soumya is an Associate at the Vision Management Unit as a member of the Data Analytics team. His engagements include the construction and computation of the Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) for Andhra Pradesh, the review of the vision 2029 indicators and the designing of a proposed VMU Household survey -apart from other cross sectoral collaborations and assistance.
He holds a Master's degree in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Symbiosis International University. Apart from data driven evidence based policy making, he harbors a keen interest in the behavioral peculiarities of economic theory and policy in action.
Sulmeet is a Consultant at the Vision Management Unit and works in Industry, MSME and Retail sectors in the team. She is currently involved in developing a strategy to identify and promote handicrafts and other Made in AP products toward capturing a domestic and global market from the state.
Prior to VMU, she has founded Women’s apparel private label “From the Ramp” focused at generating sustainable employment opportunities for low skilled labor, especially for women in apparel manufacturing sector. She holds a PGP in Management from the Indian School of Business, majoring in Marketing and Public Policy, and a B.Tech. in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology.
Tejaswi Pucha - Consultant
Chief Minister’s Office
Tejaswi is a Consultant with Vision Management Unit and works at Chief Minister’s Office. He has been involved in strategic policy interventions and regulations across sectors. He works in the areas of Investments and Infrastructure, Energy, Industries and Commerce, Services sector, Tourism, Capital Region, Ease of doing business reforms, People’s First reforms among other. He is involved in grounding the investments, drafting strategic reports on CEZ, Service Sector, Air Connectivity issues, draft policy on Electric Vehicles, Infrastructure projects etc.
Tejaswi is a Post Graduate in Public Policy & Management from IIM Bangalore, Executive MBA in Power Management from UPES, Dehradun and B. Tech Electrical Engineering from NIT Warangal. He also holds certification in Project Management from IPMC Noida. Prior to this, he worked as Deputy Executive Engineer at NLC India Limited (a Navratna PSU) in the fields of Mining, Grid management & Power generation Infrastructure for a period of 4.5 years.
Tulika Avni Sinha - Consultant
Sector : Governance | Technology
Avni is a Consultant at the Vision Management Unit under the domains of Governance and Technology. She has led the design and concept note of the Institute of Sustainable Development and Governance that is now set to launch as a National Policy Think Tank and Implementation Support unit. She has also led the design of a Monitoring & Evaluation Framework for all state departments and districts and now coordinates analysis of monthly data to be presented at review meetings and conferences. She has been a part of the Governance LABS as the lead for Public Service Delivery workstream and also a part of the team to propose recommendations for encouraging cashless transactions post demonetization in the state. Avni has led the recruitment of the Unit for 2016 and also assists with the team structure and resource allocation for sectors.
Currently she is involved with the EGDI index study for the state and the implementation of ISDG. She holds an MBA from ISB and has previously initiated and owned a service aggregation venture.
Varshini Kodandapani - Consultant
As a Communications Expert, Varshini collaborates with AP CMO, RTGS, key stakeholder departments, media, researchers as well as VMU staff for ensuring VMU’s positive and powerful public presence reflect the mission of Vision 2029 objectives. She streamlines messages, assists with the media relations and outreach, brings out publications, coordinates campaigns, and maintains the organization’s global digital presence through Sunrise Andhra Pradesh Vision 2029 website.
Formerly, Varshini had written for The New Indian Express. She holds a master’s degree in print, broadcast and new media from Sri Sri Centre for Media Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, Political Science, and English Literature along with a diploma in Television Production from St. Francis College, Osmania University.
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Vinay Kore - Associate
Sector: Technology and Innovation
Vinay is an Associate at the Vision Management Unit and is a part of the team that works in identifying Technologies & Innovations for better governance in the state. He is currently working on developing strategies and action plans that would foster innovation and technology led growth in Andhra Pradesh.
Earlier, Vinay has worked as a software engineer for three years. He holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Energy Management from University of Hyderabad and also a Master’s degree in Rural Development and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences.