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Akash Asthana
Head Of Office , Catholic Relief Services
Patna, Bihar
Experienced management professional with 17 years of experience in managing various projects related to child protection, responding to natural (flood, cyclone, drought and earthquake) and man-made (ethnic violence) disasters and agriculture and livelihood promotion. Strong skills in team management, partnership management, coordination, project and budget management.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Administration, HR, Management, Accounting/Finance
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural, Urban
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Social, Gender, Education, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Senior program management professional with +17 years of overall experience in the development sector, including 16 years in direct program implementation. Possess multi-sectoral experience of handling projects in disaster preparedness, agriculture and livelihood for over a decade and nearly five years of in-depth knowledge gained in strengthening village institutions and community empowerment models. Have also worked on women and child protection issues. Provided operational leadership and oversight to CRS’s branch office in Patna for nearly one year, demonstrating strengths in project planning and execution, budget tracking, partner management and capacity building of different Community Based Organizations (CBOs) like Community Task forces, Self-help Groups, Farmers’ Club, PRI members and Water User Groups.
• Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from The Faculty of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Rural Management, Jaipur, 2002
• Higher Diploma in Software Engineering from APTECH Computer Education, Varanasi, 2000
• Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 2000
Affiliations and Achievements:
• Actively represented CRS at various forums like Bihar Inter-Agency Group (a group of INGOs and NGOs working for disaster preparedness and response) and Bihar State Disaster Management Authority
• Successfully managed CRS projects in multiple states, handling annual project budgets worth over INR 3.5 crores for program implementation
• Post implementation of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) project, which touched more than 10000 families, the communities reported ability to leverage funds from government sources amounting to INR 14 crores; 93% of the families in the DRR project area reported no or reduced loss due to floods compared to the start of the project
• Successfully initiated Rainfed Rabi Cropping (RRC) on pilot basis in Vijaynagar block of Sabarkantha District of North Gujarat. The pilot, carried out with out with small and marginal tribal farmers in drought prone area, was declared successful in terms of the yield potential and farmers gaining significant net profits from their otherwise fallow land.

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    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Hindi, Gujarati, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Rajasthani, Odia
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