Our Team

 

1. Vikrant Mahajan- Chief Executive Officer, Sphere India

Mr. Vikrant has been leading Sphere India inter agency processes for Humanitarian coordination (Unified Response Strategy), training and capacity building, Knowledge Management and Collaborative Advocacy for the last five years.

With an extensive experience of over 16 years, Vikrant has been working in emergencies across different states of India and South Asia for more than a decade. Prior to his direct involvement with humanitarian action since 2004, he has been a commissioned officer with Corps of Engineers, Indian Army where he got involved in direct action during different operations, training exercises and as an aid to civil authorities during complex and humanitarian emergency situations. He has worked with various Governments, Corporates, UN, International Organizations, NGOs, CBOs and Military, Para-Military and Security agencies.

He has an inter-disciplinary background in Science, Engineering, Public Administration, Training and Development and Organization Behaviour. He also graduated in International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from Centre for International Humanitarian Cooperation, Fordham University New York and United Nations System Staff College. He is a certified Project Management Professional from Project Management Institute USA, certified Business Continuity Planner and Six Sigma black belt for quality and process improvement.

 

2. Dr. Henna Hejazi-Senior Program Manager, Sphere India

Humanitarian and Disaster Risk Management Professional leveraging 15 years experience including 11 years as functional head for Project Management, Advocacy, Capacity Building in the field of Emergency Preparedness and Response in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Kenya. Cutting edge experience of managing Multi-Sectoral Projects on Relief, Response, Rehabilitation, Gender in DRR, Psychosocial Support in Emergencies, SRH in Emergencies, Health Emergency Preparedness for Response, Social Development, Natural Resource Management, School Safety, Education & WASH in Emergencies with organizations like Action Aid, International Committee of the Red Cross(ICRC), United Nations Population Fund(UNFPA), World Health Organisation(WHO), IPPF, Sphere India & its member agencies, Pragya etc.

Presently working with Sphere India, as a Senior Manager, Dr. Henna has earlier worked as a Thematic Lead-Capacity and Knowledge Management and has been instrumental in establishing partnerships and garnered support from Government both at National and State Level (NDMA, MoHFW, SDMA, NHM, DPH, WCD, Social Welfare Department), UN Agencies (UNFPA/WHO/UNICEF), Sphere Member Agencies, NGO Networks for capacity building and disaster preparedness actions in India. She has imparted knowledge and skills on Sphere Minimum Standards and Protection Principles post emergencies, managed emergency programmes, humanitarian response standards, coordination with partners and developed partnerships, working with Humanitarian Clusters. Having served as a Focal Point for Health and Protection Committee, she has advocated for protecting the rights of the most vulnerable women and children and integrating women and child friendly services and policies in the assessment processes in the aftermath of disasters and emergencies in India.

3. Saikhom Kennedy-Senior Manager - Operations, Sphere India

Mr. Saikhom Kennedy is a disaster management professional with almost 8 years of experience in preparation of Disaster Management Plan (DMP) at State, Districts and Sub-Divisional level, and DRR and Emergency Response Coordination. He has trained various Govt. nodal officers at state level (Govt. of Sikkim) on DMP, GIS mapping for DRR implementation programme at community level, managing/creating various digital platforms/social sites, emergency coordination, and multi-stakeholders coordination. He has been a significant part of GO-NGO coordinations, facilitation of Inter Agency Groups, carrying out Joint Rapid Needs Assessment and organizing medical camps. His scope of work also includes advocating the State Government and others stakeholders on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Emergency Settings and other emergency management work.

4. Divya Gupta-Manager (Inter-Agency Coordination), Sphere India

Divya is a humanitarian professional, she managed 10 Emergency operations since 2004 onwards i.e. Assam Flood Response 2004 in Morigaon District, Tsunami Response 2005 in Cuddalore District, Gujarat Flood Response 2005 in Kheda District, Kashmir Earthquake Response 2005 in Tanghar Area of Kupwada District, Uttar Pradesh Flood Response 2007 in District Bahraich, Bihar Flood Response 2007-08 in District Madhubani, Darbhanga and Sitamadhi, Bengal Aila Cyclone Response 2009 in District 24 Paragana, Uttarakhand Flood Response 2013 in District Chamoli, Kashmir Flood Response 2014-15 in 8 District of Kashmir Region and Nepal Earthquake Response 2015 in 4 Districts. Divya played crucial role of managing the immediate relief, transition response and long-term rehabilitation with Food, Water, Sanitation, Shelter, Education and Psychiatric Support with Parmarth, Oxfam GB, Unicef, Shroffs Foundation Trust and RedR India. She also has vast experience in assisting GoUP and GoG in flagship programmes Total Sanitation Campaign and Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen).

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