LEADS have 300 paid staffs (Part time and Full Time) and consultants and more than 400 volunteers to facilitate the programmes at different levels like State, District, Block and Field. Out of the these paid staffs, almost 80 have different professional backgrounds or higher education. LEADS also has external dignified resource pool, from different sectors like Media, University, Professional Institutions, CSOs, Individual Activists etc. LEADS TEAM has various expertise on Education, Child Rights, Livelihood programme, Budget Tracking in context of Jharkhand, Panchayati Raj Institutions and Gram Sabha, Women Rights / Women Emancipation, Agriculture / Horticulture, Health, CBOs like SHG, Bal Sansad, School Management Committee (SMC), Farmers Clubs, etc. The organization can also facilitate National and International events on different issues.

44% Male
56% Female



Managing Trustee cum Executive Director

Mr. A K Singh is Founder Managing Trustee and Director of LEADS. He has done his Post Graduation in Rural Development from XISS and won the Best Award from XISS in 1995 for social work. He has expertise on various issues and themes like RTE Act 2009, Participatory Strategic Planning, Organisation Development, Budget Analysis, SDGs, Right to Information, Policy Advocacy, Govt Schemes and Entitlements, Constitutional Rights, Child Rights, Livelihood Planning etc. He had various national and international exposure and facilitated events at state, national and international level and is a known resource person on mentioned themes.

At present A K Singh is convener of Jharkhand Right to Education Forum, Jharkhand State Budget Group, Jharkhand Voluntary Action Network and Jharkhand SDGs Watch. He is also steering group member of National Right to Education Forum, Peoples Budget Initiative, WNTA, SDGs Alliance and Member of GCAP Asia. He won the International Education Excellence Award 2017 for his best contribution to Govt Schools in Jharkhand. He is a person of dreaming and gradually making it happen in the larger interest of the people.   


Sr. Manager, HR; Manager of Advocacy & Research

With an experience of 19 years in this sector, Ms. Nirjharini Rath holds the position of Programme Manager in LEADS. She is looking after the HR & Lobby & Advocacy at the State level in LEADS since 2012. She had completed her LLB and Masters in Human Resource from Pondicherry University.

Her core competency is in understanding, analyzing, and coordinating research that helps LEADS and its constituents to advance in the field and develop/support an advocacy agenda. Ms.Rath centrally coordinates round table discussion and maintains relationships with Government officials and other key stakeholders in the State, including in-person meetings, updating database information, appointment scheduling, written correspondence and funding.


Sr. Program Manager, Program

Mr. Mahendra Kumar has been working in LEADS since its inception and working in development sector more than 23 years. He had completed his Post graduation in rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi in 1995. Mr. Kumar has extensive experience on issues related implementation of RTE Act , Natural Resource Management, rural livelihood especially on organic farming, Clean Energy, Digital Documentation etc. His expertise is in ensuring success implementation of programs, meeting timelines and monitoring the budget requirements for the implementation of program.



Bhawanand Jha

Finance Manager

Bhawanand Jha has been working in LEADS since 2013 as Finance Manager. He has completed his Masters in Commerce and also pursued his LLB from Ranchi University. Mr. Jha has more than 17 years of working experience in the sector as a finance person. Currently he looks after the section of Funds Management, Budgeting, Financial Analysis, Audit and shares it to board of trustees and the project implementing team at regular intervals.

Rakesh Kr. Choudhary

Finance Officer

Rakesh Kumar Choudhary has been working in LEADS from 2009. He has more than 10 years of working experience in accounting & finance. He has completed his MBA from Sikkim Manipal University. Presently he looks after accounts related work like making payments and receipts as necessary for the business and its documentation in accounting software (Tally) in a timely manner, ensures the execution of outlined procedures in the Finance Policy. He is also managing bank accounts and ensures that necessary documents are maintained for any transactions that are accounted in the software.

Satish Kumar Mallik

Accountant cum Cashier

Satish Kumar Malik is an accounts Graduate with Technical Qualification of MS- Office and Internet Proficiency. He has a total 13 years of experience in accounting and has good knowledge of operating Tally ERP 9 Package with fluency in speed.


Ranjit Bhengra

NRM Expert

Ranjit Bhengra has been part of the LEADS family since last 6 years. He has completed his MARD from IGNOU and TTC from St. Colombus, Delhi. He has more than 9 years experience of working in the field of Education, Livelihood, SHGs and Sanitation. At present he is working as a NRM Specialist & Project Coordinator with LEADS. He is responsible for promoting sustainable livelihood sources for the SGHs through Micro Credit Livelihood Plan, Financial Linkages, Natural Farming and Live Stock Rearing, etc. and ‘MGNREGA-NRLM Convergence CFT Strategy’ programme.

Ashutosh Jaiswal

Project Coordinator and Education Expert

Ashutosh Jaiswal is working in LEADS since 2013. He had completed his Post Graduation from Utkal University, Odishsa. He has extensive coordination in the field of social development having experience of around 10 years. He has worked in the areas of ECCE, Health & Nutrition, RTE Act 2009, Research, Child Counselling and School Development Plan. At present he is working in LEADS as a Project Coordinator and is responsible for strengthening the SMC, formulation of SDP and capacity building training for SMC, Teachers etc. His area of intervention is in government schools of Murhu of Khunti & Bandgaon Block of West Singhbhum District.

Amit Kumar

Clean Energy Expert

Amit Kumar holds a degree in Electronics and Communication engineering. He has worked with Infosys for 2.5 years as android application developer and software developer. He has accumulated knowledge on various fields during his preparation for UPSC. He has joined LEADS from March 2020, and is presently working as Clean Energy Expert in Rural Access to Clean Energy project.

Nisha Tripathy

Network and Advocacy Coordinator

Nisha Tripathy has been working in LEADS since last five years and has more than 10 years experience in this sector. She is a Master in Social Work and She has expertise in the area of women empowerment, Child right, financial inclusion and entrepreneurship development of SHG women and Gender equity. At present She is looking after Network Coordinator in LEADS

Santosh Kumar

Training cum Advocacy Coordinator

Santosh Kumar is a Post Graduate in Rural Development from Ranchi University. He has experience of over 7 years in Health, Education, Livelihood and Development projects; He is skilled in research, monitoring & evaluation and has managed several teams of professional staff, by providing exemplary management and leadership to realise objectives and goals. He has a good understanding of the working mechanism of Government Departments.

Kuldeep Mehta

Clean Energy Solution Coordinator

Kuldeep Mehta has a B.Tech degree  in Elecctrical & Electronics Engineering, from Centurion Institute of Technology &Management ,Bhubneshwar. He has experience of 5 years, as Electrical Maintenace Engineer where he looked for maintenance of domestic and Industrial  machines . He has also worked Under Jharkhand Rural Electrification for Dhanbad Region. He is working in LEADS as Technical Expert and looking for resolving technical issues related to the RACE Project .

Varsha Singh

Program Coordinator

Varsha Singh is an advocate who completed her B.A. L.Lb.(Hons.) from Tamil Nadu National Law University in 2019. Having previously worked on issues pertaining to gender-based violence, she has experience in enabling and ensuring proper implementation of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 and assessing its impact on the survivors in over six districts of Jharkhand. She is motivated to work towards combating discrimination against socially, educationally, economically weaker sections of the society and address the violation of their rights based on gender, caste, class, religion, disability and sexual identities.

Raj Priya

Project Coordinator

Raj Priya has completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from Xavier Institute of Social Service.  Post that she has worked with Kudumbashree National Resource Organisation (NRO) for four years as a State Project Coordinator. While working with NRO she has gained experience of working in technical assistance project with the SRLMs for enabling seamless convergence of Community Based organisation with the Panchayati Raj Institutions for poverty reduction. She has also acquired understanding of the large scale government rural development programs. Currently, she is working as a Project Coordinator in LEADS Trust.

Ujjwal Abhishek

MIS officer

Ujjwal Abhishek is working in LEADS since 2020. As a Post Graduate in Rural Management from Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi, he has a specialization in Research, Designing, and implementation of rural development projects.

Working as an MIS officer he authenticates data related records with plausible validation of on-ground verification through the physical and analytical approach of projects related to MGNREGA. Besides this, he also provides training on Gender Issues and Women Empowerment.

Nikita Vijaywargiya

Meal/Communication Officer

Nikita Vijaywargiya completed Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from Xavier Institute of Social Service in 2020. Holds an experience of 1.5 years in social sector. Placed in Foundation for Ecological Security as campus recruitment and was posted in Asind, Bhilwara.Has experience of working in MGNREGA, SHGs, strengthening of village institutions and village specific bye laws, liaison with the Government officials and watershed development, water harvesting structures, recharge ground water, different Indian Observatory tools such as CLART,CLM, well monitoring tools. Currently working in LEADS as Meal/Communication Officer for the project “Enhancing Civil Society Organisations’ capacities in response to socio economic impact of Covid-19 in India” focusing in three districts of Jharkhand namely Khunti, Simdega and Ramgarh.

Human Resource at LEADS

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Apart from the above list, more than 150 paid volunteers and over 2000 social leaders are deeply involved in various development activities across our intervention area.

List of Trainers

Sl No Topic In house/ External Resource Person Contact No & Email
1 Lobby and Advocacy, Organisational Development, Participatory Strategic Planning , Participatory Micro Planning , Participatory Rural Appraisal , Gender Sensitivity and women empowerment , MNREGA – 2005 ,RTI, SHG, PRI, Tribal Development,Child Rights, Social Audit,Right Based approach, Clean Energy Mahendra Kumar 06201813830, m361kumar@gmail.com
2 WASH in School , Health & Hygiene and MHM for adolescent Youth Anand Tripathy 07762851488 ranchi.anand@gmail.com
3 Budget Tracking (Expenditure) A K Singh 09431356092 leadsindiajh@gmail.com
4 Agriculture (SRI, Arnapurna, 5×5 Model, 36-36 Model) , Organic farming, Live stock Ranjit Bhengra 09570722316
5Education, RTE, Research, Child Counselling and School Development Plan. Ashutosh Jaiswal8877063909