Livelihoods India Summit 2021

20 - 21 January, New Delhi

About Livelihoods India

Livelihoods India was initiated in 2010 as a national level initiative to bring together diverse stakeholders on a single platform to discuss critical issues that impede and afflict the livelihoods of the poor. ACCESS Development Services set up this platform in order to understand and assess the key issues and challenges that the poor face in sustaining their livelihoods and microenterprises and also to craft a vision and strategy for moving them from subsistence to sustainable levels.
Since then, the platform has evolved significantly and has emerged as an …


Speakers at Livelihoods India Summit 2019

Vipin Sharma


Access Development Services

Pooja Sharma



Lata Rani Manki


Sahej Sakhi, East Singhbhum District, Jharkhand

Sameena Mulani


Sameena Mulani Womens Wear and Stationery, District Solapur, Maharashtra

Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala



S. Sivakumar

Group Head

Agri & IT Businesses ITC Ltd.

D. Paul Schuilwerve

CEO and Country Head

Rabobank India

Joanna Kane-Potaka

Assistant Director General, External Relations & Executive Director

Smart Food, ICRISAT - International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

T. Vijay Kumar

Adviser to Government

Government of Andhra Pradesh (Agriculture and Co-operation) & Vice-Chairperson Rythu Sadhikara Samastha, Andhra Pradesh Zero Budget Natural Farming

Hemendra Mathur


ThinkAg; Venture Partner – Bharat Innovation Fund

Anil Kumar Gupta

Partner – Payments and Distribution

MicroSave Consulting

Mr. Albert Boogaard

Head of Innovation

Rabobank Foundation

Prateep Basu

Co-Founder & CEO


Nikhil Toshniwal



Jitesh Shah

Chief Revenue Officer


Alekh Sanghera

Co-Founder & CEO


D. Narendranath

Executive Director


Pushpa Sundar

Independent Consultant & Author; Founder

Sampradaan Indian Centre for Philanthropy

Shankar Venkateswaran

Advisor - Sustainability, Society, Business

Eika Banerjee


Future Learning

Ayush Kasliwal

Design Director

Ayush Kasliwal Design Pvt . Ltd.

Maximiliano Modesti

Founder and Chairperson at Kalhath Institute

Manpreet Singh


KPMG India.

Shrashtant Patara

Sr. Vice President

Development Alternatives

Ram Sanjeevan Dubey


Maanviya Drishtikon Seva Samiti

Dr. Krishnamurthy Subramanian

Chief Economic Adviser

Dr. Arvind Mayaram


ACCESS Development Services

Neelkamal Darbari

Managing Director

Small Farmer’s Agribusiness Consortium

Vikram Joshi

Managing Director, Jaipur Bloc

Kanika Verma

Programme Director

Development Alternatives Groups

Dr. Madhukar Shukla


XLRI-Xavier School of Management

Maya Devi


Amrit Ajeevika Catering, Simdega District, Jharkhand

Anita Mahawar


Pink City Rickshaw Company, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Radha Ahirvar


Village Water Committee, Niwari District, Madhya Pradesh

N Srinivasan


Development Finance & Rural Livelihoods

Ashish Chaturvedi

Director-Climate Change

GIZ India

Sunil Kumar

Chief General Manager, Farm Sector Policy Department


Vasundhara Dash

Employment Marketplace Expert



Electronic Mechanic

Calcom Vision Pvt. Ltd

Meenu Vadera


Sakha Consulting Wings Pvt. Ltd. & Founder/Executive Director – Azad Foundation


Sakha Professional Chauffeur


Technical Designer (Home painting)

Ashutosh Tosaria

Lead-Youth Programme

Quest Alliance

Anuj Alphonson


Magic Bus India

Girija Srinivasan


Development Finance and Rural Livelihoods

Adarsh Kumar

Senior Agribusiness Specialist

The World Bank

Dr. C Shambu Prasad


Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA)

Alok De.

Lead-Farm Livelihoods

NRLM and Lead- Foundation for Development of Rural Value Chains (FDRVC)

Balamurugan D

CEO cum Mission Director

Jeevika, Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society, State Rural Livelihoods Mission (SRLM)

Jyotsna Sitling

Indian Forest Service and Former Joint-Secretary

Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

Pravesh Shrama

Co-Founder and CEO

Kamatan Farm Tech Pvt. Ltd

Vijay Pratap Singh Aditya

Co-Founder and CEO


Dr. Ajit Kanitkar

Senior Advisor

VikasAnvesh Foundation

Kiran Karnik


Oxfam India; HelpAge India; and Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi & Chair, Board of Reserve Bank IT Pvt. Ltd.

Eika Chaturvedi Banerjee


Future Learning

Vijayalakshmi Das


FWWB India

Malini Gupta

Head CSR

JCB India

Chetna Kaura

Head CSR India

Sapient Consulting Pvt. Ltd.

Rajiv Williams

Corporate Head-CSR

Jindal Stainless Limited Group

Lakshmi Bhatia

Strategic Advisor

Business & Human Rights

Ranjeeb Sarma

Head of Ethical Sourcing, Sustainability and Plan A

Marks and Spencer India and Srilanka

Rakesh Supkar

Business Head

Traidcraft Services India Pvt Ltd

Susan Bhaktul


Industree Foundation

Navya D’Souza

Communications & Programme Manager

HomeNet South Asia

Dr. Dev Nathan

Visiting Professor

Institute of Human Development & Research Director, GenDev Centre for Research and Innovation

Shashank Bibhu

Senior Technical Specialist, Livelihoods,

CARE India

Madhu Sharan


Hand in Hand

Dr. Radhicka Kapoor

Senior Fellow


Smita Premchander



Dr. Biksham Gujja

Founder & CEO, Agri Sri & Trustee

Vaya Trusts

Sitaram Rao Case Study Competition

Sitaram Rao Livelihoods India Case Study Competition


ACCESS instituted the Sitaram Rao Livelihoods India Case Study Competition in 2009, in the memory of Late Sitaram Rao, a Director on the Board of ACCESS and one of the pillars of India's microfinance movement. The Competition was instituted as a pioneering initiative by ACCESS to identify and collate models and practices that have significantly contributed to livelihoods promotion of the poor in India. The Sitaram Rao Livelihoods India Case Study Competition therefore aims at bringing together the collective intellect of the sector and assimilating innovative solutions, breakthroughs, good experiences and best practices that help in learning from diverse sector experience and impact poverty reduction. The Sitaram Rao Case Study Competition 2020 is being supported by Vaya Trusts.

The Case Study Competition is organized annually around a specific theme, under which entries are solicited, assessed and the 10 best case studies are brought together into a Case Study Compendium that is released at the Livelihoods India Summit. The theme for this year's Case Study Competition is Sustainable Community Based Enterprises in the Non Farm Sector.

Livelihoods India Share Fair

Livelihoods India Share Fair is a marketplace for exchange of experiences, information, and networking amongst corporates, social enterprises, not-for-profits and other delegates.

The Share Fair offers the sector significant benefits including:
  • Providing two-way information sharing opportunity through one-to-one discussions between Corporates, Social Enterprises and NGOs
  • Opportunity for NGOs to pitch for CSR partnerships
  • Opportunity for corporates enhance their NGO outreach
  • Products/ Services promotion for corporates, NGOs and other delegates


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