Basanta Kumar Kar, Chief Executive Officer


Mr Basanta Kumar Kar is an international development professional having excellent leadership and management skills and broad experience of managing large country and regional programs in South and South East Asia. He possesses a persistent track record of demonstrating impact at scale and influencing a wide range of policies. He also provided management and technical  oversight to large scale social business ventures and high value international trades.  Previously, he held leadership positions in credible organisations like NDDB Oil Project, ActionAid, CARE and GAIN. He holds a management degree from IRMA  and degree in Law and English Literature. Author of three collections of poems in English, Basanta is a recipient of prestigious Global ‘Transform Nutrition Champion’ and ‘Odisha Living Legend Award’.

Batsal Malla, Director – Finance, Admin & Resource Mobilization

Batsal is providing leadership and management oversight to Coalition’s finance, administration and resource mobilization portfolio. Previously, Batsal held leadership positions in credible organisations like NDDB Oil Project, IFAD, World Bank-assisted Food & Drugs Capacity Building Project with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. He also served as a visiting faculty at Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar. Batsal holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Rural Development Management from IRMA and completed Cost Accountant (Inter) from ICWAI.


Sharmistha Chakraborty, Manager – Membership Engagement, Knowledge Management & Communication

With a master’s degree in Journalism & Mass Communication, Sharmistha comes from an audio-visual media background who eventually moved into the development sector to bring lasting changes in the lives of the poor and marginalised in particular that of women and children especially those who are deprived of choices and compelled to live in difficult circumstances. She has more than nine years of progressively increasing responsibility and experience in programme management and implementation and has worked in diverse geographic settings – North East and Delhi. Her multi-faced experience has enabled her to develop skills and competencies to become Multifunctional with Good Communication, Negotiation, Leadership and Presentation skills.


Manali Jain Khurana, Senior Program Assistant (FA&RM)

With a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Finance), Manali, is a seasoned programme management professional with over eleven years of hallmark career manifested by illustrious experience with government institutions and development organisations in the career ladder in Finance and Administration and Grant Management. She is a Committed and motivated team partner with good relationship-building and decision making skills. She is energetic, with a strong work ethic, professional demeanour, great initiative to establish strong administrative and financial departments in the organisation.


Anam Hilaly, Consultant

With a background in Electrical Engineering, Anam has been involved in the development sector for the last three years. Her primary area of interest lies with the issues of the girl child and the securing of their future. As cliche as it is, her interests lie in devouring books, strumming the guitar in dimly lit rooms, and a little bit of photography every now and then.



Sanyam Tyagi, Internship-Knowledge Management & Communication 

Sanyam has completed his Diploma in Engineering(polytechnic) in Computer Science(CS) from SVSU, Meerut and pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree from CCSU, Meerut. At CFNS he would be working on developing the knowledge management portfolio of the organisation. He will be managing the Coalition website and social networking sites and will help in brand building and positioning of the Coalition.

Neeru Kumari, Knowledge Management & Communication 

Neeru Kumari is pursuing her B.Sc hons in Food Technology (1st year) from Delhi University. During her 2 month internship with the Coalition, she would be working on knowledge management area and would be managing Coalition’s social networking sites. Apart from studies, she has a great interest in chess playing and participates in many competitions.

Varnika Agarwal, Knowledge management & Communication Intern


Varnika is pursuing B.A(hons.) in social work from Delhi university. she has a work experience with St. Stephen Community Health Department and Childline India Foundation. At CFNS, she would be working on the coordinating and executing the organisation’s knowledge management products. This role will be instrumental in designing and launching the online knowledge portal of the organisation.


Anand Mishra,  Knowledge Management & Communication Intern

Anand Mishra is persuading his B.A (hons) in Social work from Delhi University. He has a work experience in Field Executive, Surul Suprity Society, Surul, Sriniketan, Birbhum, West Bengal and Field Worker  in ‘ANHAD, works for Harmony and Democracy’, NGO, Delhi . At CFNS, he is responsible for coordinating and executing the organisation’s knowledge management products. This role will be instrumental in designing and launching the online knowledge portal of the organisation.


Nar Bahadur Thapa, Support Staff

Nar Bahadur Thapa is with the CFNS since a very long time. He helps in managing the day-to-day activities within the organisation. He ensures the comfort for all of us so that everyone can work upto their maximum potential. Nar Bahadur Thapa is one of the most valuable employee of CFNS.