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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
Managing Director & Founder

Rajiv Sharma heads the business from the forefront by providing strategic leads and vision. He is a law graduate from Delhi University and did his MBA in Business Management from FMS, Delhi University. He has held senior management positions for over 25 years at Kodak, HCL and was also the CEO of Airtel before he quit the corporate world. Sensing a considerable lack of skilled people in the job market, he left a long and successful corporate career of years to mould Empower Pragati into what it is today.

Pritha Dutt
Director

Pritha Dutt heads the training, placement and marketing wings of the organization. An XLRI, Jamshedpur graduate, she has work worked extensively in both the corporate and social sectors with organizations and such as Oberoi Hotels, ICI paints, Airtel and Feedback Ventures. Pritha co-founded Phicus Social Ventures before she quit to join Empower Pragati. She enjoys theatre and reading. She has also demonstrated a knack for teaching. With a passion in the fields of learning and development, she continues to drive Empower Pragati forward.

K.B. Rajendran
Director

KBR heads the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) Project and the HR 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 is a Management Graduate from S.P. Jain College. He is a trainer, motivator, guest
speaker, and recipient of many awards such as NRI Achievers award and Bharat Saman
Pravasi award. When he is not working, Sanjeev likes to play Golf and works to support
social causes.

Harsh Kaul
Director

He is a Director at Empower Pragati and plays a crucial mentorship role within the organization. Harsh Retire from SIDBI as country head and chief General Manager in March 2015 after working with 35 years in IDBI and SIDBI.  He serves as a Director at SBI Factors & Commercial Services. He served as a Director of Gujarat State Financial Corp. from April 10, 2007 to June 2010. He served as a Director of HHV Solar Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Jagganath Rao
Director and co founder

Our director and co-founder is a qualified mechanical engineer who also holds an MBA degree from IIM, Bangalore. Having been a senior manager with companies such as TVS Electronics, BPL, and ICICI group, he now handles all technology and management information services at our organization.

Vineeta Shankar
NSDC nominated Director

Dr. Vineeta Shankar 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 like Equality and Protection of women workers in formal sector, Regional Impact of Financial Crisis, Gender Mainstreaming and Corruption and Governance. She acted 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