Professional Profile & Achievements:
Chetan Sharma is the Founder & CEO of Datamation Group of companies (ISO-2008: 9001 CMM Level 5) one of India's earliest and most reputable Knowledge Management and Information Communication Technologies (ICT) firm employing over 3500 whole-time employees, mostly from the marginalized and deprived rural communities. The mission at Datamation ever since inception 22 years ago, has been to empower the weakest of the weak specifically women & youth for sustainable livelihoods and long term skills development. The goal at Datamation Institutions has been to ensure sustainable livelihoods for the communities with the deployment of innovative models for Rural Development, Small & Medium Enterprises, Education, Health, Products Development, Forward-Backward Livelihood opportunities.
Datamation Group has consistently re-invented and innovated its offerings for over 800 active clients many Fortune-500 companies; worldwide drawn from a spectrum of Publishing, FMCG, Banking and Insurance, Manufacturing, Logistics & Fulfillment, Retail, Tourism, Media and Entertainment, Health Care, Education and Civil Aviation sectors.
In addition, Chetan Sharma is the Founder of Datamation Foundation Trust www.datamationfoundation.org (a non-profit organization) conferred with the National E-Governance "Silver Icon" Awards under the Exemplary Leadership and ICT Achievement Category—a rare private, non-governmental initiative chosen for the second-highest category of award, for two years in row—2004, 2005,in a galaxy of Govt. e-Governance Projects. http://www.darpg.nic.in/awards2004.asp. Datamation Foundation’s two flagship programmes `Swasthya-Health care for the poor’, `Jeevika-in the domain of livelihoods’ and `Jalanidhi-in water sector; reach out to more than 2.5 million marginalized members of the community.
Chetan Sharma has been an active National and International Researcher in diverse development areas viz. Rural Development, Education, Health Care, Urban Infrastructure, Tourism, e-Governance, Micro-Medium-Small Enterprises and Gender. He has handled International Monitoring, Evaluation and Livelihood projects for the multi-lateral Agencies are from South Asia including Sri Lanka; East Europe and Africa.
He has been working in the monitoring, evaluation, research, capacity-building and documentation initiatives in Health Care, Urban & Rural Livelihoods, Universalization of Elementary Education (UEE), National Urban Renewal Mission (NURM), Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Program (MNREGA), National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Skills Development Initiative (SDI), Public-Private Partnerships and various Health Programs, in partnership with the Govt. of India and State Governments.
He has been working actively for linking the disadvantaged communities specifically women & youth with innovative livelihoods & skills enhancement tools, enabled by Information & Communication Technologies (ICTs). He has been engaged in setting up NGO networks in diverse development areas.
He has been a strong proponent and implementer of innovative Livelihood, skills enhancement, primary education and health-care approaches in India, South Asia's and few African countries. Some of these initiatives have been recognized the world over—Global Knowledge Partnership (www.globalknowledge.org) International Gender and ICT Award conferred at the United Nations World Summit on Information Society (WSIS).
He is a Member of the National Apex Committee on E-Governance set up by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology-Govt. of India, Member of the National Task Force set up by the Ministry of Human Resources Development-Govt. of India on the Monitoring & Evaluation of the Elementary Education, Member of the National Committee of CII on Education, Member of the Governing Council Member of the India Country Development Gateway—a World Bank-Govt. of India Project, Member of the Centre for Public Policy-Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore. He also serves as a Board Member of the South Asia Fund Raising Group (www.safrg.org) a voluntary sector think tank dedicated to sustainable resource mobilization.
He actively works with the United Nations, Private Businesses and multi-lateral backed initiatives on Innovative Technologies, Health Care, Gender, Education, Livelihood sector is drawn from agriculture & natural resources management, horticulture and medicinal aromatic plants.
Chetan Sharma holds Post-Graduate Degrees in Business Administration, Computer Applications and Social Work; and topped the University in these Programs. Apart from these formal Programs, he has undergone short-duration Programs in Rural Management from the Indian Institute of Rural Management, Anand, Gujarat; and Executive Development Programs at the Harvard Business School and Georgia Tech University, USA.
He has participated in several short-term programs, conferences, consultations and workshops in the areas of interest. He has been a regular speaker at various national and international seminars under the aegis of the Harvard Business School, Singapore National University, Georgia Tech University, Cornell, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNESCAP, UNESCO, The World Bank and the World Economic Forum.
Dr. Divya Srivastava
Ph.D. She has been associated with the Scientometrics Unit, Division of Publications & Information , Indian Council of Medical Research, She specializes in Gender based ,medical research in India and other countries. Dr. Srivastava advises the Foundation on Health and Gender issues, and the infusion of technology for human development. Accessing Science & Technology (including Medicine & Agriculture) Research Output on the basis of Major Global Secondary Service, A Pilot study for “Indian National Science Indicators” based on 5 year data” sponsored by NSTMIS Division, Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi. Some of the projects she has work include Database of Health Research Institution in India with collaboration of DHR, sponsored by WHO, Country office, India; Global Database of Research Papers on Malaria during last 50 years (1955 – 2005) and its Analysis sponsored by NSTMIS Division, Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi as well as Preparation of Directory of Indian Science and Technology (including Medical) Journals” sponsored by NSTMIS Division, Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi.
A Dutch National and a retired member of the Netherlands Foreign Services. She is also the Chairperson of the Gender and Water Alliance (GWA) www.genderwater.org whose mission of GWA is to promote women's and men's equitable access to and management of safe and adequate water, for domestic supply, sanitation, food and other natural resources. Datamation Foundation is a member of the GWA, and works closely with the GWA in India and in Bangladesh as well as in other parts of Asia on Gender and Water issues.
Dr. Akhtar Badshah
Ph.D and a US National. He is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in international development managing a corporate philanthropic program and co-founding a global non-profit for social enterprise. His expertise is in the areas of corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, information technology for development (ICT4D), non-profit development, and creating opportunities for youth. Dr. Akhtar Badshah has been at the helm of Microsoft’s Local Community Affairs (LCA) for several years. Dr. Badshah has o lectured at numerous universities around the world on issues of Technology and Development, Social Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility. He advises the Foundation on the ICTD and entrepreneurship issues.
He is a grass-root Community worker and Mobilizer and serves on the Foundation’s Advisory Board. He has more than twenty years experience in mobilizing rural communities in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra as well as Rajasthan. Som has been a full-time member of the Datamation Foundation’s core team ever since the inception of the organization and thus has worked alongside the Board in the implementation of the ICTD, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) framework, Gender enabled Skills Development and Basic Education for the ne0-literate enabled framework in different parts of the country. He has travelled widely across the globe for representing the Datamation Foundation in various socio-economic forums and has presented various development thematic areas in these forums.
Brig. Y.R. Maindiratta
He specializes in Human Development for neo-literate and semi-literates; having served the Indian Army in both combat as well as peace-time roles involving large troupes. After his retirement from the Army, he has been advising the Foundation on a host of technology as well as Public-Private Community Partnership (PPCP) issues apart from working rigorously along with the Project teams and UNESCO in the implementation of the Seelampur Community Multi-Media Project which became subsequently the Gender Resource Centre (GRC) for the Govt. of NCT. He has authored various Case Studies and Academic Papers many of which have been published in the Academic Journals on Human Resource Development and the Seelampur experience.