Pradyut Bhattacharjee had been the Executive Director of SeSTA (www.sesta.org). He is an Engineer by education and has been a development professional for the last 18 years, leading teams and projects during his stint with Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN) in Jharkhand & Chhattisgarh; he has varied experience of promoting & nurturing women collectives, grooming young professionals, organisation development processes. Pradyut is also an empanelled National Resource Person of NRLM supporting State Rural Livelihood Missions (SRLMs) all across North-Eastern states. He has worked on value chains of Lac, vegetables like tomato and brinjal.
He has long experience of working on institution building, social mobilization and sustainable livelihoods. He has worked as Chief Executive Officer of one of the largest Women Cooperatives in Jharkhand, working on input and output linkages. Pradyut has been engaging with rural poor under different projects in collaboration with APPI, ITC, TATA Trusts, UNDP, TWC, IFAD, TRIFED, WFP, MORD, NRLM and local administration in several areas of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and North East Region of India.
He had been leading Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA), a premier development organisation of North-East India since 2015 till 2021. It is one of the few professionally managed development organisation o NE comprising of a bunch of young professionals. His forte is Organization Development, institution Building, Project Conceptualization and grooming & mentoring development professionals.
Post SeSTA, Pradyut is engaged in Organisation Development Processes with smaller organisations of NE and is also engaged in permaculture in his ancestral house in a village in Nalbari, Assam.Currently he is a consultant with Azim Premji Foundation (APF).Pradyut loves reading books, birding, trekking, and gardening in his spare time.