Personnel

WOTR has a team of 189 people, many of them highly qualified and experienced who report to the Executive Director and commit themselves to leaving their footprints on the road of development and social transformation. These are people who bring to WOTR a diverse range of expertise in areas such as social sciences, watershed technology, finance, media, administration, research and so on.

Executive Director, WOTR

WOTR is headed by its Executive Director, Prakash Keskar. An agricultural engineer by training with a BTech from the Mahatma Phule Agriculture University Rahuri, Prakash also holds an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Pune and has been working in the development sector for the last 25 years (21 years of which have been in WOTR), across various levels and geographies. His areas of expertise include watershed development, climate change adaptation, natural resource management, integrated water resources Development and food and livelihoods. He has served in key positions of large-scale watershed projects like the Indo-German Watershed Development (in the Programme Coordination Unit) and the Watershed Development Fund (WDF) of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, NABARD (in the Project Sanctioning Committee). He has also led and participated in several consultancy assignments on behalf of WOTR at the national and international level, including assignments in Somaliland, Kenya, Tanzania, and Malawi.

Director, WOTR Centre for Resilience Studies (W-CReS)

W-CReS is headed by Dr. Marcella D’Souza. A physician by training, she opted for Community Health early in her career. Marcella is an alumnus of the Government Medical College, Nagpur and a Takemi Fellow of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). She has spent more than 3 decades in rural development, six years of which were spent on the Andes Mountains in Peru, South America where she established and managed an extensive community-based rural health program. Marcella joined WOTR in 1995 as the Programme Coordinator for women’s promotion in the Indo-German Watershed Development Programme (IGWDP). In this programme, she developed the pedagogy to integrate health, gender and women’s empowerment in watershed development projects, which has been widely adopted.

Marcella served as the Executive Director of WOTR from 2006 to 2019. She also founded the Sampada Trust (ST), and initiated several innovative interventions in WOTR – including the establishment of the WOTR Centre for Resilience Studies (W-CReS). W-CReS is an applied research think tank that seeks to provide evidence based insights to improve policy making, program implementation and capacity building for enhancing adaptive capacities and resilience to climate change in rural areas.