The Project Management Unit (PMU) is dedicated to handling the day-to-day operations of TARINA, ensuring coordination and maximizing synergies among consortium partners. The PMU is also responsible for the M&E component of the project and for overseeing implementation of project activities across partners and field locations. PMU staff are based in the Center of Excellence in New Delhi and in the TCI Office at Cornell University.
Dr. Nikhil Raj
Dr. Nikhil Raj is the Director of TARINA, responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction on the implementation of TARINA for promoting diversity in food systems in India to improve nutrition outcomes. His role is to ensure close collaboration and synergies between partner organizations and cultivate a positive learning environment through an up-and-coming Centre of Excellence (CoE) in New Delhi.
Dr. Raj brings nearly 23 years of multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder experience in research, consulting and program management across a range of issues, including human development, agriculture, natural resource management, food security, health and nutrition, livelihoods, labor and employment, governance and information and communications technologies for development. In his previous assignments, Dr. Raj has worked with the United Nations World Food Programme, the World Bank, Ernst & Young, Tata Consultancy Services, OneWorld International and the National Labour Institute of India. Before joining the TARINA leadership team, he was the Vice President at Natural Resource Management Consultants in India. Dr. Raj began his career as a Lecturer of Economics for HansRaj College at the University of Delhi. He has also worked on international research programs and consulting assignments in Africa, South and South-East Asia and South Eastern Europe. Dr. Raj was trained in Development Economics at Delhi University and at Jawaharlal Nehru University and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Patna University.
Dr. Bhaskar Mittra
Dr. Bhaskar Mittra is the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Representative to the TARINA Steering Committee and the Associate Director of the TCI, responsible for managing India-based operations from Mumbai. Dr. Mittra has worked extensively on issues of agriculture development, soil and water management, market-based institutions and community-based natural resource conservation. He has published on institutional, economic and ecological aspects of communities living in the forest fringe areas of India. He has been associated with several well-known civil society organizations working at the grassroots level in different parts of India. Prior to joining the TCI, he spent seven years with the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust in Mumbai.
Ms. Megan Witwer
Megan Witwer is the Project Manager for TARINA based in the TCI Office at Cornell University. She is responsible for liaising with India-based partners, monitoring and reporting on the progress of work, assisting with outreach and communications, overseeing project operations and providing research support where needed. Prior to joining the TCI team, Witwer spent three years at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, where she worked to implement the Monitoring and Analyzing Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) program in Sub-Saharan Africa, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, FAO, USAID, Dutch and German Development Cooperations. As a Policy Analyst at FAO, she supported partner countries in the analysis of agriculture-related policies and their impact on price incentives for producers, consumers and other actors in key commodity value chains. She has worked closely with research and government institutions in Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania, as well as regional economic communities and civil society organizations to foster evidence-based policy reform. She holds a Master of Regional Planning with a concentration in international studies from Cornell University.
Mr. Tanmoy Chatterjee
Tanmoy Chatterjee is the Project Officer for TARINA based in New Delhi. He is responsible for monitoring and supporting the work of TARINA partners. Tanmoy has an academic background in agriculture and agribusiness management and 10 years of experience working in the area of agriculture and livelihoods with reputed Indian and international development organizations. He has worked with TechnoServe, Reliance Foundation, and Voluntary Services Overseas and has managed projects funded by the European Union, GIZ, IFC, and large corporate foundations such as IBM, Accenture, and Syngenta.