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Mugdha Yelkar Kekre
Consultant , Education & Livelihoods Development
Pune, Maharashtra
Professional with 11+ years’ multi-faceted experience in Livelihoods, Built Environment and Education and sector with masters in Heritage Management from Newcastle University, England - UK. Fluent in English. My work experiences have inculcated in me transferable skills such as written communication, planning and organization, database creation and management, team working and taking initiatives
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural, Urban
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research
  • Private Sector, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social, Gender, Education, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Professional with 11+ years’ multi-faceted experience in Livelihoods, Built Environment and Education and sector with masters in Heritage Management from Newcastle University, England - UK.
Livelihoods:
- Ethnographic research to study challenges faced by agricultural livelihoods in Raigad as consultant for IIT Delhi
- Centre Head for a youth sustainable livelihoods Program urban disadvantaged youth for an NGO which is nodal agency between Pune Municipal Corporation and Corporate CSR.
- State & Policy Level
o State Tourism Policy for Rural tourism Cluster Development across Andhra Pradesh
o State Tourism Policy for Rural tourism Cluster Development across Madhya Pradesh
o Rural tourism Cluster Development across 6 Talukas/Blocks in Raigad District
- Government Tender Bid Document Preparation
o State Tourism Policy for Rural tourism Cluster Development across Andhra Pradesh
o State Tourism Policy for Rural tourism Cluster Development across Madhya Pradesh
o Village Rural Tourism Development for Chief Ministers Rural Development Fund (CMRDF)
- Head – Community based Rural Tourism Development - Raigad
o Community Mobilization • Training & Capacity Building
o Product development – Rural tourism Standard Operating Processes
o Market Linkage Development • Infrastructure Support & Ecosystem Development
o Business Development
o Human Resource Development and Coordination
o Account Keeping & Reporting
- Scoping of Villages for Rural Tourism feasibility study – Identification, Evaluation & Documentation in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Raigad - Maharashtra
Built Environment, Heritage:
- Heritage Management Specialist and part of 3-member core team to prepare World Heritage Site Management Plan for Ellora Caves for UNESCO
- Heritage Interpretation Consultant to redesign biography Museum in Pune, Mahahastra
- Curator for ‘Pune Heritage Festival 2018’ city - wide event for an NGO – Janwani. Solely responsible for conceptualization, assembling team and managing it, overall branding and design campaign including graphic creative, social media management, advertising campaign, coordinate with web developers for development of e-commerce website, coordination with App developers to launch an Mobile App for Pune Heritage Festival as well as overall budget and fund raising for the event
- Creative head consultant for Heritage education and outreach initiative to connect young children with local heritage
Education:
- Core Faculty in College of Architecture in Pune for 3 years
- Visiting Faculty & Guest Lectures in multiple colleges of Architecture for 3 years
- Successfully designed, curated and executed settlement study tours for students of Architecture to bridge gap between academics and on-field exposure
- Design of Academic Credit – based cultural immersion programs for international students
My work experiences have inculcated in me transferable skills such as written communication, planning and organization
Education:
2007 – 2008: MA Heritage Management in the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle University, UK.

Dissertation on 'Ecomuseums and Rural Tourism in India' a study of applicability of Ecomuseum as an marketing strategy to gain international recognition and market

2002 – 2007: Bachelors in Architecture (B.Arch), University of Pune (India). Thesis Topic: Pilgrimage tourist and visitor orientation centre at religious heritage site of Shravanbelagola, Karnataka – India
Affiliations and Achievements:
Professional Volunteer Experience: Heritage Management Specialist
Company Name: ICOMOS
Dates volunteered: Jul 2013 – Aug 2013 Volunteer duration: 2 mos
Cause Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
Co-leaded a team of architecture students for Unesco funded ICOMOS – India pilot project to map the damage to cultural heritage sites in Uttarakhand natural disaster; July 2013

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
  • Internships / Fellowships
  • Being headhunted – make me an

    Years of Experience:
    10-15 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Masters
    Languages:
    English, Marathi, Hindi
    Nationality:
    Indian
    LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mugdhayelkarkekre/
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