Advisory Council

Mr. Ranjit Barthakur
Founder & President of the Balipara Foundation
Ranjit Barthakur is an ardent social entrepreneur, with a special interest in improving health and education, and preserving culture and environment across the Eastern Himalayas. He is the chief architect of the vision behind NaturenomicsTM, developed in collaboration with Globally Managed Services (GMS), and has co-founded several initiatives in the same vein. Through NaturenomicsTM, Ranjit and his team have developed the Rural Futures project, aimed at strengthening ecological civilizations through community-based conservation and ecologically-driven social mobility. As the Founder & President of the Balipara Foundation, an organization focused on The Eastern Himalayas, he has worked towards achieving ecological neutrality and building knowledge on the region. He has been instrumental in developing a series of five volumes of Naturenomics™ compilations defining the interdependence between ecology and economics & outlining his vision for Rural Futures (RuFu) in the Eastern Himalayas. A member of the Advisory Council of British Asian Trust, he works towards developing catalytic grassroots solutions for uplifting the disadvantaged population of South Asia. Ranjit Barthakur is currently also a member of the Governing Board for the Centre for Microfinance & Livelihood, an organisation focused on researching, formulating and facilitating the implementation of Public Private Partnerships in Northeast India.

His other notable associations include:

Sir Dorabjee Tata Trusts-Senior Advisor, North East Programmes Tata Eastern Medical Trust – Trustee Tata Institute Of Social Sciences (TISS), Guwahati – Advisory Board member Northeast Initiative Development Agency – Member Governing Body Varanasi Welfare Trust – Trustee Moran Blind School – Member Sahapedia (online interactive encyclopaedia on the arts, cultures and histories of India) – Founding Member Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Guwahati – Advisory Board member Myanmar Institute of Information Technology (MIIT), Mandalay – Advisory Board member APPL Foundation, West Bengal & Assam– Chair, Trustee Smile Asia (focus on Asia an NGO, Singapore)-Co-Chairman Mission Smile-Co-Chairman A lover of Cricket, he is also the Chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Rajasthan Royals