About us

The country’s development agenda stands on two key pillars – inclusiveness and sustainability. It offers a vast canvas of work to address inequalities in income-earning opportunities and access to social infrastructure; and this effort needs to integrate the linkages between environmental degradation and poverty.

Through the decades and in various roles, we have engaged with development sector programmes, government policies and initiatives, CSR (corporate social responsibility) and value chain-based projects and the niche segments of responsible investment, impact investment and social entrepreneurship. While multi-stakeholder conversations are increasing, a lot of action continues in silos across the country. We observed substantial scope for more partnerships that bring together complementarities for supporting outcomes at large scale.

And that is how Inesa has been conceptualised, an enterprise that will seek to work on the convergence points of all these dimensions for supporting sustainable change.

What we do

Inesa stands for inclusion and sustainability through collective action. Our values are based on this commitment and they define our approach to all our engagements.

  • We combine compassion and empathy with our commitment to sustainable solutions
  • We believe stakeholder engagement, collective action and community empowerment form the basis of a viable intervention
  • We approach each assignment with innovative thinking
  • We embed the highest levels of integrity in our business development and delivery
  • We work with professionals who share our ethical values

What we do

We bring together a comprehensive set of expertise and skills in the form of core in-house strengths and our consultant panel. We have extensive networks to help build strategic partnerships.

Poonam Madan
Founder & Managing Director

Poonam brings two decades experience across corporate, media, education, consulting and social sectors, converging on the issues of sustainable development, inclusive growth and public policy. Her domain expertise includes agriculture and rural development, financial inclusion, micro-enterprise, affordable healthcare and education and ICT for development. She has significant experience in  corporate sustainability and CSR, social enterprise, cross-sector partnerships, policy analysis, communications and advocacy. She has worked for several industry verticals, such as telecom, energy, pharmaceuticals, FMCG, agri-business, financial and commodity markets.

Poonam is also consulting with GIZ’s Responsible Enterprise Finance Project. In her earlier roles she has been a strategy advisor for sustainability & inclusion in the corporate sector; and had created and led a specialised corporate responsibility consulting practice for the Indian market at Genesis Burson-Marsteller, a leading communications and public affairs multinational. She earlier held senior editorial positions at Mint and The Financial Express and taught a master’s level core course on economics of services (healthcare, education, insurance and tourism) at the Department of Business Economics, University of Delhi. She has been a workshop facilitator, speaker, panellist, session chair and member of jury for social enterprise awards at various national level platforms. Poonam holds a BA (Honours) degree in Economics and MA and MPhil in Business Economics from the University of Delhi.

Taru Bahl

Taru Bahl has more than 25 years of experience in writing, editing, ideating and conceptualising innovative content formats in media and the development sector. Her skill-sets include print and internet journalism along with communication and stakeholder consultation, in particular, in the healthcare and public health verticals. She has consulted for a wide range of organisations such as UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank, USAID, Ministry of Health and Welfare and New Concept Information Systems.

Taru also writes for Hindu, the Tribune and She has earlier held positions in media such as National Editor, online, with Mint and Assistant Editor with The Statesman. Taru has a BA (Honours) degree in Economics from the University of Delhi.

Vijay Bhaskar

Bhaskar has nine years experience in development and corporate sector consulting, including his work with grass-root and bridge organisations such as Development Alternatives, Youthreach and ASK. His engagements have involved strategising, managing and providing capacity building inputs to projects supported by CSR as well as multi and bi-lateral agencies such as UNDP and CordAid. He has hands on understanding at the operational level of a diverse set of institutions. His consulting experience includes client engagement and servicing, business development, research and benchmarking, programme and partnership management, monitoring and communication, training and capacity building. His last role was as a Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability practitioner with Genesis Burson-Marsteller, South Asia.

Bhaskar has a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Delhi’s School of Social Work. He subsequently trained in Corporate Sustainability Strategy through graduate level online programme from Harvard University (Extension School).

Shomita Kundu
Consulting Associate

Shomita has been working as an independent management consultant with startups and development sector organisations. Her focus is in the areas of rural entrepreneurship, renewable energy, forest-based enterprises and tribal development in context of post-disaster livelihood reconstruction response. After being trained in biotechnology engineering, Shomita graduated with a Masters in social entrepreneurship from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Through multiple internships and consulting projects, she has three years’ experience in various facets of enterprise building such as strategy-building, developing feasibility plans, project planning, designing and setting up operational structures, conducting impact assessments, designing qualitative research, building partnerships for fundraising and marketing support and leadership training. Shomita is currently developing entrepreneurship solutions in Central India for a renewable energy- based project with an international government enterprise.

NV Ramana
Senior Advisor

NV Ramana has more than 3 decades of experience. His expertise is in the areas of financial inclusion, rural and agricultural value chain financing, banking and micro finance, strategic management, building sustainable business models, rural and agri-business management. NV was earlier Group CEO, BASIX; Managing Director, Bhartiya Samruddhi Finance Limited (BSFL), the flagship company of BASIX Group and Managing Director of Bhartiya Samruddhi Investments and Consultancy Services (BASICS Ltd.), the holding company of BASIX Group. His focus was on scaling up of various group companies and led the growth of its client base from 50,000 to half a million with multiple livelihood services. NV also has been Managing Director of KBS, Krishna Bhima Samruddhi Local Area Bank, India’s first microfinance bank. Among other innovative products, in collaboration with World Bank, NV successfully introduced weather derivatives (rainfall insurance) in the market through KBS for risk mitigation of small dry land farmers in Andhra Pradesh. In the earlier part of his career, he worked at ITC Ltd, ITC Agro Tech Ltd. NV has also consulted at the World Bank, Planning Commission and GIZ. He is on the Boards of several organisations including Indian Grameen Services, a non-profit working to promote livelihoods; C-TRAN, a pioneer in rural infrastructure consultancy; and The Livelihood School.

Manab Chakraborty
Senior Consultant

Over the last 25 years, Manab has variously worked as a NGO manager, UN civil servant, consultant, social entrepreneur, and faciltator. Manab currently works as an independent consultant to social enterprises and development finance institutions. He has worked for many international organizations such as UNDP, UNEP, World Bank, IFAD, ADB, EU, SIDA, USAID, DFID, GIZ, and PLAN. His expertise is in microfinance, microenterprise development, natural resource management, renewable energy lending, agricultural value chain, institutional development, local staff capacity building and social impact assessment, and finding market-based solutions for the poor. In his pursuit of building customer centric institutions, he blends private sector and non-profit approaches to problem solving.

Manab has managed a broad range of projects related to microfinance, social performance management, market research, product design, designing training toolkits, feasibility and project appraisal work, among others. Manab is a strong manager experienced working in multi-cultural environment, leading diverse teams, overseeing donor coordination and reporting, and managing large-scale projects.

Mandeep Maini
Senior Consultant

Mandeep Maini is an international consultant with 20 years of experience in both Commercial and Micro Insurance, with particular emphasis on health, life, agriculture (both crop and livestock), and climate change insurance. Mandeep advises private corporations, development agencies, and national and regional governments on insurance expansion for low income beneficiaries in rural areas. She has worked in the US and Germany, and is now focused on expanding access to insurance in India, Asia and Africa. Mandeep is a frequent speaker at International conferences. She holds a Master's in Artificial Intelligence from Harvard University and MBA from Northeastern University.

Geetha Balasubramanian
Senior Consultant

Geetha has more than 25 years of experience across various roles in the non-profit and international development organisation sectors. She is an expert in knowledge management and organisational capacity building for non-profits. She is leading a programme on ‘Harnessing the Strengths of the Voluntary Sector for Enhancing Delivery Capabilities (HSVS)’ for grassroots NGOs across more than 10 states in India.  The HSVS programme was also conducted for post-graduate students of social work/NGO management at Pondicherry, Mizoram and Bharathiar Universities as well as at the Madras School of Social Work.  Geetha played a key role in setting up the Habitat Library & Resource Centre (HLRC) and Habitat Learning Centre (HLC) of the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi and continues to advise these initiatives. The HSVS programme was backed by a web-based Habitat Knowledge Grid for participants. Her earlier stints have been with the British Council, CDOT, India-Canada Cooperation Office and UNIFEM South Asia Regional Office.

What we do

Our Advisory Board members guide us in our quest for good work and organisation building.

J Harinarayan

Mr Harinarayan’s most recent role was Chairman, IRDA (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority). After joining the IAS in 1970, he served for many years in the fields of public enterprises management, infrastructure sector development and industrial financing. Mr. Harinarayan has worked as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Food Processing; as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development; and as Secretary, Ministries of Programme Implementation and Statistics and Water Resources.

He was involved in the first privatisation of a large public sector enterprise in India, Hyderabad Allwyn Limited and the evolution and design of the E-procurement system of the Government of Andhra Pradesh. As MD, AP Small Scale Industries Corporation, he provided the impetus for the development of the Cherlapalli Industrial Estate which has grown into a very significant industrial hub. He led the Indian team in WTO negotiations on trade in processed foods. He also led the Indian team to the International Tribunal for the resolution of a major dispute with Pakistan on matters arising out of the Indus Waters Treaty.

Mr. Harinarayan is involved with many NGOs working for rural development and care for the elderly.

Homi Khusrokhan

Mr. Khusrokhan is President of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS). He retired as the Managing Director of Tata Chemicals Limited in 2008. He has vast experience and expertise in agriculture related businesses, international business and mergers & acquisitions. He has held several leadership positions with key Tata companies including Tata Chemicals, Tata Tea Ltd, Tata Global Beverages Limited and with Glaxo India Limited.

Mr. Khusrokhan currently serves as director on the Boards of several leading Indian companies. A qualified Chartered Accountant of ICAI in 1966, he also holds an M.Sc. (Economics) in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Pooran Chandra Pandey

Mr Pandey is Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network India. His expertise is in strategic philanthropy, sustainability, corporate social responsibility and community development across a range of industries and sectors. He also leads public and policy advocacy on these issues and has chaired and co-chaired various central government task forces and committees, leading to a national policy on the voluntary sector, implementation of the UN Handbook, non-governmental charter of good governance, rationalisation of policies for NGOs, and the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act.

He holds an M.A in Philosophy from the University of Allahabad, M.Phil in International Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and a diploma in Public Diplomacy from Swedish Institute, Stockholm. He is also a British Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His earlier positions include Director at the Times Foundation and Chief Executive Officer of Voluntary Action Network India.

What we do