Sankar Datta


Sankar Datta has over 30+ years experience in Development/ NGO Sector at both grassroots and policy levels

He is an Management graduate from 1st batch of Institute of Rural Management Anand(IRMA), with basic training in Agriculture from Pantnagar University and Ph.D in Economics from Sardar Patel University

Significant work experience as a practitioner.
--was in-charge of operations while setting up the BASIX group of Companies, a new generation
livelihood support institution.
--had initiated and headed the first livelihood project of PRADAN, a major livelihood support NGO of
--Was team-leader of the Spearhead Team responsible for promotion of soybean in MP and
organizing the network of producer co-operatives, influencing livelihoods of millions;

and as an Academic,
--Presently with Azim Premji University
--Was Dean of the Livelihood School set up by BASIX, a new generation educational institution delivering professional training in livelihood promotion, across locations,combining research & training, in collaboration with various institutions.
--Was member of the faculty in Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) and Ravi Mathai
Centre for Educational Innovation (RM-CEI) of IIM, Ahmedabad.
--Was visiting faculty for several institutions like XIMB, MANAGE, KIIT-SRM, TISS among others

Other professional engagements :
--Serving on the Board of several institutions - Indian Grameen Services, Sarvodaya Nano
Finance Ltd. Village Financial Services Ltd., IndusTree Crafts Ltd. Bharatiya Krishi Samruddhi
Ltd., Purbanchal Maitree Development Society.
--Member of the Advisory Committee of Centre for Management in Agriculture (CMA) of the IIM-
--Member of the Livelihood Advisory Group of the Sustainable Livelihoods India Initiative organized
by ACCESS Development Services.
--Member of the Planning Commission Working Group for the 12th Five-Year Plan on MGNREGA.

  • Work
  • Education
    • Vishwa Bharati
    • Gobind Ballabh Pant University
    • IRMA
    • Sardar Patel University
    • Cornel University