Dr Sankar Datta

Dr Sankar Datta

Dr Sankar Datta, a development explorer still looking for a better way to serve the people, has been engaged in promoting livelihoods of the poor by linking them to various value chains and supporting them through microfinance for more than three decades. His experience combines practice (spearhead team leader at MPOILFED, programme director at PRADAN, and managing director at IGS, a BASIX Group Company) and academics (faculty at IIM-Ahmedabad, IRMA, Azim Premji University). Sankar was instrumental in setting up the Institute of Livelihood Research and Training, and was its founding dean. He has also been a part of various policy fora including the task force for drafting the 12th Five Year Plan, Planning Commission; Livelihood Advisory Group; ACCESS; among others.

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