Meet our Team

For almost 20 years, we’ve made it our mission to create sustainable programmes and enterprises that improve the lives of rural populations and contribute to building more economically viable, and tech-progressive agri-based communities.
Our team of seasoned agricultural and development professionals enjoy a shared passion for transforming rural communities.
Meet the team of experts making a change for farmers all over India.

SUNIL KHAIRNAR
SUNIL KHAIRNAR
Co-Founder and Chairman

Sunil holds a Bachelor’s in Agriculture Engineering from MPKV, Rahuri, and a Post Graduate degree in Management from IIM Ahmedabad. After more than a decade working in agribusiness corporates, Sunil left in 2000 to co-found ISAP. Since then, he has not only been instrumental in the growth of ISAP, but he has also initiated the set-up of several ISAP sister organisations and the general development of the entire Indigram group. As Chairman, he plays an advisory and mentoring role at ISAP and works to increase networks and influence across the sector.

Sudarshan Suryawanshi
Sudarshan Suryawanshi
Co-Founder and CEO

Sudarshan holds a Master’s degree in Water Resources from IIT, Kharagpur.
With nearly 30 years’ experience in agriculture and rural development, Sudarshan’s expertise areas include community mobilization for forming producer organizations, integrated farming systems, market linkages, supply chains, water resource management, and small & micro-enterprises. As CEO, Sudarshan has overall responsibility for the strategic and operational management of ISAP.

Vijay Sahai
Vijay Sahai
CFO

Vijay is a commerce graduate from Ranchi University. He has over 20 years of experience in finance across multiple sectors such as manufacturing, services, development and trading in particular the supply chain management of fruits and vegetables across India. As well as being Head of Finance, Vijay is responsible for ensuring compliance and accounting transparency.

Gaurav Vats
Gaurav Vats
Head - Agricultural Innovations and Institution Building

Gaurav holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Extension from Haryana Agriculture University in Hisar.
He has almost two decades years of experience in commodities trade research, ICT interventions in agriculture, agriculture extension and development of Community-Based Organisations and Farmer Producer Companies. At ISAP, Gaurav not only leads the Agricultural Innovations and Institution Building teams but is Strategic Advisor around tech innovations across all project pillars.

Shaibal Chatterjee
Shaibal Chatterjee
Head - Market Facilitation

Shaibal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry from Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar and an MBA from IIRM Jaipur. He has over 20 years of experience in rural development, sustainable agriculture, rural banking and markets and livelihood generation. At ISAP, he heads operations around projects related to rural entrepreneurship development, sustainable agricultural development, and women empowerment as well as the Market Facilitation initiatives

Naveen Jha
Naveen Jha
Head - Skill Development & Placement Programs

Naveen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Post graduate certificate in Computing. He has over 12 years of experience in IT, e-governance, corporate affairs, corporate communication, project implementation and agricultural business development. At ISAP, he is head of Skill Development and Placement Programs where he supervises a team of skill experts from mobilisation through to training and placements.

Pradip Kumar
Pradip Kumar
Head - Natural Resource Management

Pradip holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Allahabad & a Masters in the same from Rajasthan Agricultural University. He has over 30 years of experience in Natural Resource Management (NRM) in Agri-allied sector based livelihoods, Water Resources Development, WASH, and decentralised planning and strengthening of local self-governance. At ISAP, he leads the NRM Team working in water shed development, water conservation and water for livelihoods.

Deepti Mahajan
Deepti Mahajan
Head - Monitoring & Evaluation

Deepti holds a post-graduate degree in Agribusiness Management from Rajasthan Agriculture University. She has more than 10 years of experience in skill development, action-based research and monitoring & evaluation for national and international clients. At ISAP, she looks after project impact design, M & E and project reporting and management for donors.

Vijay Sahai
Vijay Sahai
CFO

Vijay is a commerce graduate from Ranchi University. He has over 20 years of experience in finance across multiple sectors such as manufacturing, services, development and trading in particular the supply chain management of fruits and vegetables across India. As well as being Head of Finance, Vijay is responsible for ensuring compliance and accounting transparency.

Gaurav Vats
Gaurav Vats
Head - Agricultural Innovations and Institution Building

Gaurav holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Extension from Haryana Agriculture University in Hisar.
He has almost two decades years of experience in commodities trade research, ICT interventions in agriculture, agriculture extension and development of Community-Based Organisations and Farmer Producer Companies. At ISAP, Gaurav not only leads the Agricultural Innovations and Institution Building teams but is Strategic Advisor around tech innovations across all project pillars.

Shaibal Chatterjee
Shaibal Chatterjee
Head - Market Facilitation

Shaibal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry from Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar and an MBA from IIRM Jaipur. He has over 20 years of experience in rural development, sustainable agriculture, rural banking and markets and livelihood generation. At ISAP, he heads operations around projects related to rural entrepreneurship development, sustainable agricultural development, and women empowerment as well as the Market Facilitation initiatives

Naveen Jha
Naveen Jha
Head - Skill Development & Placement Programs

Naveen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Post graduate certificate in Computing. He has over 12 years of experience in IT, e-governance, corporate affairs, corporate communication, project implementation and agricultural business development. At ISAP, he is head of Skill Development and Placement Programs where he supervises a team of skill experts from mobilisation through to training and placements.

Pradip Kumar
Pradip Kumar
Head - Natural Resource Management

Pradip holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Allahabad & a Masters in the same from Rajasthan Agricultural University. He has over 30 years of experience in Natural Resource Management (NRM) in Agri-allied sector based livelihoods, Water Resources Development, WASH, and decentralised planning and strengthening of local self-governance. At ISAP, he leads the NRM Team working in water shed development, water conservation and water for livelihoods.

Deepti Mahajan
Deepti Mahajan
Head - Monitoring & Evaluation

Deepti holds a post-graduate degree in Agribusiness Management from Rajasthan Agriculture University. She has more than 10 years of experience in skill development, action-based research and monitoring & evaluation for national and international clients. At ISAP, she looks after project impact design, M & E and project reporting and management for donors.