India Evaluation Case Competition Jury Members 

For the India EvalCase Competition 2022, contesting teams will prepare their submission based on the provided case with the required components. To judge the best submissions, a panel of jury is assembled by inviting professionals and academicians in the field of M&E. The jury members will use predefined criteria to judge each submission and provide feedback to the teams. We are proud to announce our jury members!

Dr. Archana Kumar

Dr. Archna Kumar is a professor in the Department of Development Communication & Extension at Lady Irwin College University of Delhi and has been involved in teaching and guiding masters and doctoral researches in the department for nearly 30 years. She teaches papers in Communication for Social Change, Gender, Participatory Development, Behaviour Change Theories, Research Methods and Programme Evaluation. She has several publications in national and international journals; book chapters and has edited a book. In the recent past she has been involved in projects related to the use of innovative participatory techniques for M&E of ICTs and Community Radio initiatives. Currently she is working on a project on the development of an innovative communication kit for frontline workers on responsive parenting  for 3-6 yr old children.     

She has been a consultant with UNICEF and a master trainer for The Most Significant Change technique for the Monitoring and Evaluation of Behaviour Change Communication programme;

She has served as Technical Advisor (External) by UNICEF for several national level Evaluations; Project Coordinator for Community Radio and Hill Women’s Participation in Health Communication’ Grant received by International Federation of Home Economics; Delhi State Evaluation of ASHAs under the NRHM scheme. project of the NHSRC, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GOI; North Zone coordinator for project Capacity Building of Stakeholders about Food and Drug Safety, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GOI. She has recently served as a consultant providing inputs in the qualitative evaluation of impact of flood on lives of people in Kerala.

She has been invited to serve on various academic and professional bodies to include Doctoral Advisory Committee School of Journalism and Media IGNOU & Dept of Community Resource Management & Extension Jammu University. She serves on the boards of GRAVIS a mother NGO in Jodhpur Rajasthan; Mobile Crèches Delhi and is advisor to Community Radio Henvalvani, Uttrakahnd. She is a member of the International Communication association; International Association of Media and Communication Research; Member International Society for Third Sector Research; Member International Federation of Home Economics amongst other bodies.

Administratively she has held various positions was the organizing secretary of the Biennial conference organized at Lady Irwin College; Convener of the Golden Jubilee Conclave Of the Department of Development Communication & Extension; NAAC core committee member as well as other positions in the college. She is the coordinator of the study Abroad programme with Michigan State University and has been overseeing the programme in it various stages for the last 10 years. Currently she holds the chair of the Department of Development Communication & Extension.

Dr. Ami Devatia

Dr. Ami Divatia has a doctorate in Family Resource Management from M. S. University, Baroda in the year 2002. She has experience in the Research Methodology of over 25 years at many reputed colleges of Ahmedabad, and has published three books and a few articles in national and international journals. She created a case study on ECCH in 2008-09. She has presented papers at international seminars in India, Hong Kong, Thailand and Spain.

Dr. Divatia guides Masters students at various academic institutions, and is a member of Ethics Committee of three different hospitals. Her passion to indulge with data took her to establish own consultancy firm in the year 2010, wherein, she has consulted variety of research projects analysing the data and drawing inferences.

Dr. Aikant Bhatti

Dr Aikant Bhatti is a public health physician with more than 15 years of experience in Global Public Health programs for emerging infectious diseases (SARS-CoV-2, Ebola, H1N1), vaccine preventable diseases (Polio and Measles- Rubella), Neglected Tropical Diseases (Visceral Leishmaniasis and Lymphatic Filariasis) in India, Africa, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

Areas of expertise – Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, Immunization, Outbreak Response, Pandemic Preparedness, Measurement and Research Methodology.

At present Dr Aikant, is leading the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning portfolio for the PATH South Asia Region, and it includes support for MEL activities for public health initiatives for Maternal and Child Health, COVID-19 Response, Neglected Tropical Diseases, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, Immunization, Tuberculosis and primary health care.

He has also worked in different capacities with World Health Organization, Abt Associates, PHFI and ICMR in the past.

Mr. Banda V L N Rao

Banda V L N Rao obtained a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Andhra University and later went on to complete a 3-year course in advanced statistics from the Research and Training School of Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta. He became a member of the Indian Statistical Service and held various appointments in the Ministry of Labour and Planning Commission in the Government of India. His work involved large and small sample surveys in the field of labour, employment and manpower and monitoring and evaluation studies.  Post-retirement as Director in the Planning Commission in 1995, he continued to work with public, private and international organizations (ILO) as a consultant in labour market studies and in evaluation. Currently, Mr. Rao is a member of the Core Group of Evaluation Community of India since 2015. 

Ms. Devashree Roychowdhury

Ms. Devashree Roychowdhury is an Architect - City Planner with over 13 years of experience in the Planning, Development, and Evaluation sector. She holds a Master's in Planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad, and a second Master's in Planning from ITC, University of Twente, The Netherlands. She is the Founder of CTW India - Planning Cities and is associated with the organizations - ASSOCHAM, FICCI, CII, and GCCI as a special invitee in all important national & state-level events and discussions.

She has an interest in the subjects - Urban and Rural Economics and Finance; Infrastructure Development; Smart and Liveable Cities; Health, Education, and Governance; Development Politics, and Sustainable Development.


She is also a member of the United Nations - High Level Political Forum and associated with the UN - DESA, SDSN, Habitat, UNDP, UNEP, SDG Academy, and other relevant SDG groups and networks. She has represented India as an Urban Development Expert and Founder at the Urban Economy Forum and the United Nations - Sustainable Cities and Communities Conference as a Speaker. She is also connected to the World Urban Forum, Smart Cities Forum and Council, TERI, and Evaluation Community of India (ECOI India and Gujarat Chapter).


She has expertise in developing nation-building strategies, policies, and plans and plays a key role as an Advisor in National Planning and Development in the Government of India.

Ms. Hritgandha Deshmukh

Ms. Hritgandha is an IT Engineer by education. I have been working in the development sector since 2013. Currently, lead monitoring and evaluation for the sustainable agriculture program at Dantewada, Chhattisgarh.(

We work to promote organic farming through capacity building, Institution building, organic certification, and organic farming promotion. My work involves creating monitoring frameworks for the entire program to identify objectives and measure the output, outcome, and impact of the program. I also work to ensure the quality and sanctity of data in the organic certification process. One of the aspects of my role is to build the capacity of a team for IT-based data collection. I also work on setting up MIS (monitoring information system) and creating a dashboard for daily tracking of activities.

Apart from monitoring and evaluation, I am also involved in the entire program's crowdfunding and social media management.

Ms. Megha Pradhan

Megha Pradhan is the Associate Director of Training at J-PAL South Asia and the Director of CLEAR South Asia, a global initiative for evaluation capacity development coordinated by the World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group. In this role, she leads efforts to strengthen monitoring and evaluation capacities and systems and the use of evidence in the region through long term government partnerships, trainings and advisory services. She provides technical and strategic direction to J-PAL South Asia’s capacity building partnerships with state and central governments, including the Development Monitoring & Evaluation Office (DMEO) at NITI Aayog, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), LBSNAA and others. She also leads the scale-up of an evidence-based early childhood education program with different state governments in India. 

Prior to joining J-PAL South Asia in 2015, Megha was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Delhi. She has also worked with the National Knowledge Commission, an advisory body to the Prime Minister of India, with the objective of transforming India into a knowledge economy. Megha holds a Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and a second Masters in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Mr. Prabhu Ponnusamy

Prabhu Ponnusamy, CEO - Iotalytics Analytic Solutions Pvt. Ltd., has over 17 years of experience in Monitoring and Evaluation and large-scale health survey expertise. He is a graduate in  Statistics and  an MPhil in Demography/Population Science from Annamalai University. He has conceptualized, designed, developed, managed and implemented the M&E in diverse  projects. He has  developed and implemented databases to track the flow of information within complex, multi-layered, geographically dispersed projects, placing a specific emphasis on data quality. He  has also extensively worked in various large-scale demographic, health surveys in India (DLHS, NFHS etc.). Prior to this, he has been associated with Mamta, PSI, UN Agencies, IIPS & Population Research Centre, Gandhigram.

Dr. Shyam Singh

Dr. Shyam Singh is an Associate Professor in Social Sciences at IRMA. Dr. Singh holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore. He was the Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, in 2018. He has been engaged in various evaluation and research assignments with UNICEF, the World Bank, NABARD, and state and central governments. Dr. Singh was also an expert committee member, constituted by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, for the National CSR Award 2018 and 2020. He was part of the Second National Common Review Mission, constituted by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. 

Dr. Singh is currently an advisor to the Rural Development Department, Government of Jharkhand. He is the Editor of Asia Pacific Journal of Evaluation. Dr. Singh is the Co-Chair of Consortium of Institutions on M&E Education in Asia Pacific. He is also a theme leader for the theme -Building Partnership- under the Regional Evaluation Strategy, Asia Pacific Evaluation Association. 

His research interests include community development and governance, monitoring and evaluation, CSR, and social networks. He teaches Rural Society and Polity, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Social Network Analysis at IRMA.