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Our Team

We have a dynamic team of individuals who bring creativity, energy and enthusiasm to the table. People who work at our organization come from a range of backgrounds and disciplines and are graduates from some of the premier institutes of the country.Our centers are monitored and supervised by Center Managers. Each center works as an independent unit with responsibility of delivering the complete skill program cycle, from mobilization to placement. Head Office provides indispensable leadership and takes overall responsibility for Human Resources, Finance, Marketing, Training & Quality and Placement.

Our team is headed by seasoned and experienced professionals who worked both in the corporate world and the social sector.

Board Members

Rajiv Sharma
Founder & Managing Director

Rajiv heads the organisation from the front by providing strategic vision and leadership. He is a law graduate from Delhi University and did his MBA from FMS, Delhi University. He has held senior management positions for over 25 years at Kodak, HCL and was also the CEO of Airtel Enterprise Services before he quit the corporate world to join the social sector. Sensing anacute lack of enough skilled people in the Indian job market, he started Empower Pragati to contribute to bridging this skill gap and led it to become one of the most admired and innovative skill training companies in India.

Pritha Dutt
Director

Pritha heads the Training, Placement and Human Resource wings of the organisation. An MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur, she has worked extensively in both the corporate and social sectors and has held leadership positions in organizations such as Oberoi Hotels, ICI paints, Airtel and Feedback Ventures. Pritha co-founded and nurtured Phicus Social Ventures before she quit to join Empower Pragati. With a passion in the fields of learning and development, she continues to drive Empower Pragati forward. She enjoys theatre and reading in her free time.

K.B. Rajendran
Director

KBR heads the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) Project and the Marketing function of Empower Pragati. He holds a B.Tech from NIT, Calicut and an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur. He has been a member of the leadership teams at companies such as Airtel, Essar, Reliance Communications and Dimension Data. He has expertise in social entrepreneurship, vocational skill training, e-Commerce logistics, telecom and payments. He was also actively  involved in e-Governance initiatives and cloud adoptions at Central Government, State Government and Municipality levels. He is our resident social networking, cloud computing and generally all-things-technology expert.

Sanjeev Sharma
Director

Sanjeev heads implementation of all Government Projects undertaken by Empower Pragati. He is an MBA fromS P Jain School of Global Management and has more than thirty years of corporate experiencein India, Middle East and Africa. He is known for his strategic insights to transform business results for profitable growth. He has had immense exposure in managing resources to improve organisational performance and enhance productivity while creating high-impact strategies for value addition. He has received many prestigious awards such as NRI Achievers Award, Bharat Samna Pravasi Award etc. In his leisure time, Sanjeev likes to play golf and enjoys meeting people.

Harsh Kaul
Director

Harsh Kaul plays a crucial mentor role within the organization. He is the former CGM & Country Head of SIDBI. He graduated in BA, Economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and did his MA, Economics from University of Allahabad. He specialises in MSME credit delivery, Risk Capital and Start-up assistance. He has served on the Boards, Advisory Boards and Investment Committees of Gujarat State Financial Corporation, SIDBI Venture Capital Ltd (SVCL), Gujarat Venture Finance Ltd., Rajasthan Venture Capital Fund, Blume Ventures Fund, Agri Business Fund and a number of Investee Companies of SVCL. Currently working as Advisor to the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and entrepreneurship at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Vineeta Shanker
Director (NSDC nominated)

Dr. Vineeta Shanker did her M.A. in Economics from Lucknow University in 1975, M.Phil from IIT Kanpur in 1978 and Ph.D from “Institut d' Etudes du Developpment Economicque et Sociale”, Sorbonne, Paris in 1982. She has worked as a consultant with several multilateral organizations like ILO, UNDP, UNICEF and World Bank on issues such as equality and protection of women workers in formal sector, regional impact of financial crisis, gender mainstreaming, corruption and Governance. She worked as the project Director for World Faiths Development Dialogue, University of Birmingham from 2003 to 2005. Since 2006, she has been the Executive Director of Sasakawa India Leprosy Foundation.

Shubham Singh

“After completing training at Empower Pragati, I was placed at Flipkart as a Sales Associate. Even after completing my graduation...

Shubham Singh

2017-03-13T11:54:16+00:00

Shubham Singh

“After completing training at Empower Pragati, I was placed at Flipkart as a Sales Associate. Even after completing my graduation I was unable to find a job. Doing this training has totally transformed my profile.”

Manisha Meena

“I came to Delhi from a village in Rajasthan to get my mother treated for cancer. Desperately needed money to...

Manisha Meena

2017-12-01T12:38:04+00:00

Manisha Meena

“I came to Delhi from a village in Rajasthan to get my mother treated for cancer. Desperately needed money to support her and my five siblings back at home. I’m currently working at MCD Dispensary and earning more than anyone ever in my family. Empower 

Deeksha Kumari

“My childhood has been full of hardships and I wanted to change this for my family and myself. I found...

Deeksha Kumari

2017-12-28T12:53:48+00:00

Deeksha Kumari

“My childhood has been full of hardships and I wanted to change this for my family and myself. I found about Empower Pragati and its free-training program which would help me find a job through a mobile camp in my locality. Now I’m working at