Mr. Satya S. Tripathi

Chancellor, KISS DU

Satya S. Tripathi is Secretary-General of the Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet.

A development economist, lawyer and changemaker with over 40 years of varied experience, Mr. Tripathi is the Chancellor of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences - the world's largest academic institution dedicated exclusively to indigenous people and cultures. He is also... Read More

Mr. Satya S. Tripathi

Chancellor, KISS DU

Satya S. Tripathi is Secretary-General of the Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet.

A development economist, lawyer and changemaker with over 40 years of varied experience, Mr. Tripathi is the Chancellor of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences - the world's largest academic institution dedicated exclusively to indigenous people and cultures. He is also a Senior Distinguished Fellow on Innovative Finance at the World Agroforestry Centre.

He has served with the UN for more than two decades in key positions across the planet and was most recently the UN Assistant Secretary-General, Head of the New York Office at UN Environment and Secretary of the UN Environment Management Group. His other strategic engagements with the UN include: Head of Human Rights Investigations for the UN in post-war Bosnia (UNMIBH); Chair of the Committees on Laws, Treaties and Administrative matters for the UN-mediated Cyprus unification talks in 2004; UN Recovery Coordinator for Aceh and Nias where he facilitated international cooperation and funding of over US$ 7 billion for post-tsunami recovery efforts in support of the government and affected populations; and Executive Head of UNORCID, a UN System Office established by the UN Secretary-General in 2011 to facilitate the implementation of a US$ 1 Billion REDD+ partnership between Indonesia, Norway and other stakeholders.

Mr. Tripathi was instrumental in establishing the Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility (TLFF) in Indonesia in 2016 and the Sustainable India Finance Facility (SIFF) in 2017 to leverage ‘private finance for public good’ at mega-scale to achieve transformative social and environmental impact for millions of people in developing countries. He previously served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Forests.

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Prof. Deepak Kumar Behera

Vice Chancellor, KISS DU

Prof. Behera hails from Sambalpur district and an internationally acclaimed anthropologist has taken charge as the Vice-Chancellor. Prior to joining KISS, he has served as the Vice-Chancellor of Sambalpur University, Berhampur University, and Rajendra University, Balangir. Prof. Behera has the distinction of being the only anthropologist in India to become... Read More

Prof. Deepak Kumar Behera

Vice Chancellor, KISS DU

Prof. Behera hails from Sambalpur district and an internationally acclaimed anthropologist has taken charge as the Vice-Chancellor. Prior to joining KISS, he has served as the Vice-Chancellor of Sambalpur University, Berhampur University, and Rajendra University, Balangir. Prof. Behera has the distinction of being the only anthropologist in India to become the Vice-Chancellor of three different universities. He was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at California State University.

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Dr. Prashanta Routray

Registrar – KISS DU

Dr. Routray is a social development specialist, who holds a Master Degree and Ph. D. in Psychology, with a specialization in the cognitive development of children. He currently serves as CEO at KISS Foundation and Registrar, KISS Deemed to be University, wherein he oversees institutional development and management of the... Read More

Dr. Prashanta Routray

Registrar – KISS DU

Dr. Routray is a social development specialist, who holds a Master Degree and Ph. D. in Psychology, with a specialization in the cognitive development of children. He currently serves as CEO at KISS Foundation and Registrar, KISS Deemed to be University, wherein he oversees institutional development and management of the institute in addition to monitoring numerous projects supported by UNFPA, UNICEF, UNESCO, US Embassy in India, ORACLE Education Foundation, TISS, Give India, National Mineral Development Corporation, Tata Steel Ltd., BPCL and other corporate foundations. He has also successfully forged collaborations and mobilised projects on different aspects of tribal development and research work. Moreover, he liaises with government and non-government organizations for grant and fund-raising activities.

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Dr. Kanhu Charan Mahali, IPS (Retd.)

Director General, KISS DU

Dr. Kanhu Charan Mahali is a former IPS officer from Tamilnadu cadre and served as Additional Director General of Police. Before that, he was in Indian Forest Service (IFS) in Madhya Pradesh cadre. He is an efficient Administrator with 34 years of vast and varied experience in the State Government... Read More

Dr. Kanhu Charan Mahali, IPS (Retd.)

Director General, KISS DU

Dr. Kanhu Charan Mahali is a former IPS officer from Tamilnadu cadre and served as Additional Director General of Police. Before that, he was in Indian Forest Service (IFS) in Madhya Pradesh cadre. He is an efficient Administrator with 34 years of vast and varied experience in the State Government as well as in the Government of India. He has also served as Assistant Director of Intelligence Bureau (IB) in New Delhi and Bhubaneswar. He obtained M.Sc (Ag) degree in Agricultural Economics from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), Bhubaneswar and Ph. D from University of Madras.

He was Superintendent of Police in Thiruvannamalai district, Ramanathapuram district and Salem district and Range DIG in Vellore, Thanjavur and Thirunelveli. Served as Commissioner of Police, Coimbatore City and Salem City. While serving as Commissioner of Police in Salem City, he implemented an innovative “Golden Hour Trauma Care” by synergizing Public-Private-Participation (PPP) model involving the Government and the Private hospital and their Ambulance in providing immediate trauma care to the road accident victims and reduced the death due to road accident significantly in the City of Salem.

He is a recipient of the President’s Police Medal for Meritorious Service in 2005 and the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2016. Dr. Mahali was awarded the “IRTE and Prince Michael International Road Safety Award" (United Kingdom) in the year 2007 and “Dr. Malcolm Emerald Special Activity Award” for successful Mahamaham-2004.

While on deputation with the Government of India, he served as Inspector General of BSF in Mizoram & Cachar Frontier Headquarter at Silchar, Assam with an added responsibility of internal security in the state of Manipur and Nagaland. Later on, he became IG (Administration) in BSF Headquarters in New Delhi. He has also served as Inspector General (Ops), Command Headquarter (Special Ops), New Raipur in Chhattisgarh.

He is a native of Mayurbhanj district of Odisha.

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Mr. Dwiti Vikramaditya

Vice President, International Relations. Trustee, KISS, KISS-DU and KISS Foundation, India, UK and USA.

Mr Vikramaditya is the Vice President of KIIT University and KISS University - an ecosystem of its kind that includes the world's largest indigenous organisation. For over two decades, he has campaigned and worked in grassroots for poverty reduction, human rights and involuntary displacement. Concomitantly, he administered public relations, networking,... Read More

Mr. Dwiti Vikramaditya

Vice President, International Relations. Trustee, KISS, KISS-DU and KISS Foundation, India, UK and USA.

Mr Vikramaditya is the Vice President of KIIT University and KISS University - an ecosystem of its kind that includes the world's largest indigenous organisation. For over two decades, he has campaigned and worked in grassroots for poverty reduction, human rights and involuntary displacement. Concomitantly, he administered public relations, networking, fundraising and governance assistance to all the organisations with which he has been associated. He has also been involved in policymaking in association with state governments and other stakeholders in pivotal domains of Resettlement and Rehabilitation and State Youth Policy. His diverse portfolio includes work with UNDP, UN Women and Tata Steel in different capacities. He is also an IVLP Fellow and a Fullbright Scholar.

He has been working with the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences since 2006. He has been instrumental in helping the institute secure innovative needs-based development projects while forging successful partnerships with various departments of the Government of Odisha, Government of India, UN Agencies, Foundations, and Corporates. This has led to the creation of diversity in the talent pool from the platform of KISS & KIIT for a globalized world. He was one of the founder members of institutionalizing the Kalinga Fellowship – a campaign and creating leadership to deal with the pressing issue of violence against women. He spearheaded the evacuation of stranded international citizens and migrant labourers during the Covid pandemic. He is a strong supporter of indigenous rights, and through his years of experience, he has helped KISS maintain a culturally sensitive and welcoming space for tribal youth of Odisha.

He has recently been selected to join the prestigious UN Executive Leadership Programme for Sustainable Development

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Mr Tejinder Singh Sandhu

Chairman, Advisory Committee - UN Affairs

Mr Tejinder Singh Sandhu has over 37 years of varied multi-sector experience in very challenging environments in six Nigerian states and in eleven Indian States: Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand and Maharashtra and the seven North-Eastern states. He has 17 years of work experience in the Indian Administrative Service and twenty-seven years... Read More

Mr Tejinder Singh Sandhu

Chairman, Advisory Committee - UN Affairs

Mr Tejinder Singh Sandhu has over 37 years of varied multi-sector experience in very challenging environments in six Nigerian states and in eleven Indian States: Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand and Maharashtra and the seven North-Eastern states. He has 17 years of work experience in the Indian Administrative Service and twenty-seven years of experience in UNICEF which has given him a unique perspective on development issues, collaboration and partnership development for children and vulnerable groups.

He has a sound understanding of how governments work at federal and state levels, public policy, budgeting and international developments and perspectives enabling him to challenge existing ways of doing business and change existing paradigms, explore new ways of doing business and fostering innovation and partnerships to respond to the challenges in the well-being of children and women. His experience in developing large scale social sector partnerships is an asset for any CSR activity.

He has directed the team responsible for the successful eradication of guinea worm in Rajasthan, the last state to eradicate guinea worm in India. This was a multi-stakeholder partnership cutting across 7 departments of government including Health, Education, Water and Sanitation, Drilling and others.

He has extensive experience in urban development including as Director National Capital Region for Rajasthan and as City Administrator of Jaipur with responsibility for urban development and maintenance.

Other than that, he has Initiated UNICEF India Social Policy work in the India Country Office in 2004 and established a UNICEF office in Nigeria for upstream policy work and for strengthening the investments at the subnational level for social protection and human development.

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Dr. Suraj Kumar

Senior Advisor, KISS

Dr Suraj Kumar has worked in the development sector since 1993 at progressively senior levels (nearly 17 years with the UN) in the design and implementation of programmes on mainstreaming human development into public policy, governance and UN coordination. He has been associated as an SDG Advisor with various state... Read More

Dr. Suraj Kumar

Senior Advisor, KISS

Dr Suraj Kumar has worked in the development sector since 1993 at progressively senior levels (nearly 17 years with the UN) in the design and implementation of programmes on mainstreaming human development into public policy, governance and UN coordination. He has been associated as an SDG Advisor with various state governments of India and his portfolio covers programme evaluation, national planning, policy advocacy and coordination with UN agencies, bilateral donors and governments.

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Mr. Kenneth Khalkho

Research and CSR Advisor

Kenneth Khalkho has 25 years of experience in Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Advisory, CSR & Sustainable Development, Social Audits, Child Labour and Human Rights Monitoring, Business Ethics & Integrity Reviews, Corporate Governance, Investigations, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Teaching & Training, Non-financial Audits, Social & Environmental Due Diligence, Process Reviews... Read More

Mr. Kenneth Khalkho

Research and CSR Advisor

Kenneth Khalkho has 25 years of experience in Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Advisory, CSR & Sustainable Development, Social Audits, Child Labour and Human Rights Monitoring, Business Ethics & Integrity Reviews, Corporate Governance, Investigations, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Teaching & Training, Non-financial Audits, Social & Environmental Due Diligence, Process Reviews and Social Audits.

He has been the Former Director at Ernst & Young, leading the supply chain compliance and integrity vertical within the Forensic & Compliance practice and has partnered with Think through Consulting – a sustainable development advisory firm.

Kenneth has also worked as COO of Safeducate, a leading skill development company in supply chain & logistics in India and the Head of CSR and Sustainability at Grant Thorton.

He has worked on international engagements in Asia & Europe and has business development experience in the Asia-Pacific and Europe.

Presently he is working as Research and CSR Advisor at KISS, Delhi.

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Mr. W. Easwar

Chief Finance Officer, Head - Human Relations

Mr Easwar is a Chartered Accountant with over 42 years of experience in both the public and private sectors.

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Mr. W. Easwar

Chief Finance Officer, Head - Human Relations

Mr Easwar is a Chartered Accountant with over 42 years of experience in both the public and private sectors.

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Mr. Pramod Kumar Patra

Dy. Registrar

Mr Pramod Patra holds Master Degrees in History, Odia & Sociology, in addition to professional degrees in B.Ed and Law.

His association with KISS is more than 2 decades. As one of the Core Team Members of KISS, he has developed a good ambience for teaching-learning transactions & is known for... Read More

Mr. Pramod Kumar Patra

Dy. Registrar

Mr Pramod Patra holds Master Degrees in History, Odia & Sociology, in addition to professional degrees in B.Ed and Law.

His association with KISS is more than 2 decades. As one of the Core Team Members of KISS, he has developed a good ambience for teaching-learning transactions & is known for his able administration. Apart from these, he has also developed guidelines/systems for several activities & their smooth implementation at KISS. He is very much competent to monitor the day to day activities that are followed and implemented for the 30, 000 students of KISS.

He is responsible for liaising with the government and other stakeholders on various issues on education & allied programs. Moreover, he coordinates community level Mega Awareness/Sensitization Programs which are organized frequently by KISS for its community engagement initiatives.
Pramod closely looks after the Academic and administrative activities in different KISS satellite centres established in different tribal-dominated districts of Odisha. He is closely associated with the Alumni, Parents/guardians and other stakeholders of KISS.

In addition to this, he is also the author of several articles and two books. He has a keen interest in editing and writing special case studies of the tribal students who belong to the remote tribal-dominated districts of the state.

Pramod has also been confirmed with Best Staff Award and has received numerous State and National Level awards/recognitions for his outstanding contribution in the field of education, literature and social work.

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Mr. Basanta Kumar Behera

Development Officer

Mr Behera is a seasoned professional responsible for day-to-day monitoring and supervision of infrastructure development work along with the general administration of KISS. He also monitors infrastructure and developmental work of various branches of KISS established or being established in different districts of Odisha. Armed with an MBA and a... Read More

Mr. Basanta Kumar Behera

Development Officer

Mr Behera is a seasoned professional responsible for day-to-day monitoring and supervision of infrastructure development work along with the general administration of KISS. He also monitors infrastructure and developmental work of various branches of KISS established or being established in different districts of Odisha. Armed with an MBA and a Masters in Political Science, Basanta has rich experience in the development sector. Over the course of his two-decade-long career, as an indispensable Core Team member of KISS Management, he has positively contributed to several mega projects and events of KISS and its sister concern, KIIT. These include Green Initiative, 1st Khelo India University Games (2020), Indian Science Congress (2012); Four Guinness World Records by KISS, among others.

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Mr. Rudrakesh Jena

Deputy Director, Sports

Mr. Jena holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and NIS in Health and Fitness. He has been pivotal in identifying sports talent at KISS, training our students to perform nationally and internationally since 2006. Under his tutelage, KISS boys won U-14 Rugby World Cup in London in 2007. Rudra’s... Read More

Mr. Rudrakesh Jena

Deputy Director, Sports

Mr. Jena holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and NIS in Health and Fitness. He has been pivotal in identifying sports talent at KISS, training our students to perform nationally and internationally since 2006. Under his tutelage, KISS boys won U-14 Rugby World Cup in London in 2007. Rudra’s story has been the inspiration for a Bollywood movie ‘Jungle Cry’ (2021) featuring Abhay Deol, which portrays the success of the tribal boys from KISS. Rudra has also trained Ace Indian sprinter and KIIT student Ms. Dutee Chand to her Gold victory at the 100m event at the World University Games (2019) in Italy. Rudra is also a member of the Indian Delegation Officials and was Manager of the Athletics Team at the event.

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Er. Suvendu Panda

Nodal Officer (KISS-DU Green)

Mr Panda has a BSc. Engineering (Electrical), MBA and Certified Energy Manager of Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Govt. Of India. Er. Panda has more than 25 years of expertise in the design and implementation of efficient mass cooking systems, Renewable energy projects such as solar power, solar heating and cooling,... Read More

Er. Suvendu Panda

Nodal Officer (KISS-DU Green)

Mr Panda has a BSc. Engineering (Electrical), MBA and Certified Energy Manager of Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Govt. Of India. Er. Panda has more than 25 years of expertise in the design and implementation of efficient mass cooking systems, Renewable energy projects such as solar power, solar heating and cooling, Biogas from Organic waste etc. Planning and implementation of many livelihood projects, field training.

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