Dr Kalpana Sankar

Managing Trustee

Dr Kalpana Sankar has specialised in participatory assessment, gender differentiated impact as well as in monitoring tools and indicators. She has been involved in the women’s self-help group movement in Tamil Nadu for the last 18 years. She is a double doctorate in Physical Sciences and in Women’s Studies and Self-Help Groups.

She was also a Consultant with the Government of South Africa and has supported microfinance and poverty reduction programmes in Afghanistan and Brazil.

She is also the Global Adviser for Hand in Hand and the Managing Director of Belstar Investment and Finance Ltd, the microfinance sister concern of Hand in Hand India.

Dr Kalpana has been a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the International Fund for Agricultural Development in Tamil Nadu. She has handled several international missions and has been consultant with UNOPS, UNDP, Christian Aid, and Wetlands International. Dr Sankar has also authored various publications and manuals on child labour, microfinance and self-help groups. She has guided interns from Stanford University, Stockholm School of Economics and students from Indian universities on microfinance. She was the first recipient of a scholarship to pursue an Executive MBA from TRIUM, an alliance among NYU Stern School of Business, London School of Economics and Political Science and HEC School of Management, Paris and graduated in September 2012.