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Meet Our Team


Mr. Sachidananda Mishra

Chief Executive Officer

Sachi joined Patang as a volunteer and became a full-time employee in 2005. He is leading the organisation as the Chief Executive Officer of Patang. He has a deep interest in youth mobilization and is skilled in partnership building at the national and international levels. He was awarded a fellowship for youth work from the Indo-Global Social Service Society. He served as an anti-ragging committee member at Sambalpur University and part of the syllabus committee member of Women studies at GM University in 2019.


Mr. Malaya Padhan

Director- Programmes

Malaya has deep understanding of local knowledge inherent in the community and a strong stance on many social issues. He was part of many curriculums and programmes design and implementation. He has a deep interest on education and its purpose, pedagogy and passion
the development of children and young people. He has presented and published papers on youth development, education and tribal issues. He graduated in Education, PG & MPhil in Sociology and is a qualified UGC NET and JRF


Ms. Bhumisuta Sahu

Sr. Programme Manager 

Bhumi is the co-founder of Patang. Recipient of the National Foundation for India’s C. Subramaniam Award for grassroots works at the community level. She is very creative in comics and arts. She is a member of anti-ragging committee of Gangadhar Meher University, Sambalpur.


Mr. Bijay Kumar Nayak

Director- Youth Intervention

After completing his Master's degree in Social Work, Bijay joined Patang in 2009. He has 13 years experience in youth development and is a member of the World Youth Forum. His areas of expertise include design and facilitation of learning activities and curriculum design. Bijay presented Patang's youth programs in many national and international platforms.


Mr. Surya Narayan Dash

Sr. Programme Manager

A Master’s graduate in Social Work, Surya always wanted to work for youth empowerment and development. He has ten years of experience in children’s rights, Right to Education and Livelihood. He is a trained adolescents and parenting counselor.

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Ms. Gita Mishra

Sr. Finance Manager

Gita has been associated with Patang right from it's inception. An accomplished Odissi dancer, she holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and a Diploma in Information Systems and Financial Management.


Ms. Nirupama Sarathy


Nirupama is an independent youth development practitioner with a specific interest in cross-cutting issues of identity, education and environment. During her career as a development professional, she was associated with different NGOs across India including Prajnya, Pravah, ActionAid and she is also a board member for Commutiny - The Youth Collective, a national-level collective of organizations and individuals. She is currently associated with Patang as an Advisor and, previously, as Director-Learning and Excellence.


Mr. Rupesh Behera

Programme Manager

Rupesh holds Post Graduation in Sociology with 15 years of work experience in Patang on
Youth work, gender and sexual reproductive health rights, child rights, education and MLE.


Mr. BijayAgrawal

Lead- Finance & Operations

Bijay is a young and committed Accountant with 11 years of experience in both corporate and non-profits.

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Ms. Sasmita Sahu

Associate Programme Manager

Sasmita holds Post-Graduation in Sociology. She has been associated with Patang since 2011
with 5 years of experience in education.

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Mr. Amulya Bariha-

Associate Programme Manager

Amulya holds Post Graduation in Counselling Psychology from Sambalpur University. 8 years’
work in the Development sector especially in the education field.

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Ms. Sarita Sahu

Associate Programme Manager

Sarita has completed her Graduation in Education and Masters in Rural development. She
has 4 years of work experience in teaching and contributing in the education programme at

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Mr. Debraj Bhoi-

Programme Manager

Debraj has completed his masters in Hindi literature. Over the 10 years of association with different organizations, he has deepen a good understandings in water issues, food and nutritional security and livelihood. He joined Patang in 2019 and currently seeing The Squirrel program and livelihood intervention.

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Mr. Sadananda Singh

HR and Communication Coordinator

Sadananda is a graduate in Sociology in Madras University, Chennai and in Philosophy in SVD Vidya Bhavan, as well as Post graduate in Indian and western Philosophy in Barkatullah university, Bhopal. He has served as a state Placement officer as well as state operation manager in an international non-profit organisation-Don Bosco Tech Society. He has specialization in HR and communication.

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Ms. Monalisa Khamari-

Associate Programme Manager

Monalisa has completed her Graduation in Education and Masters in Odia. She has 4 years
of work experience in the education programme at Patang.

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