CORE TEAM


B. BHASKARA RAO
President & Executive Director
Email: profbbrao@stemgroup.org

One of the founder-directors of STEM, Prof. Bhaskara Rao has been a Housing & Human Settlements consultant for nearly four decades. A former Professor & Dean of IIM-Bangalore, he was also Adviser to the UN and the Governments of Bhutan & Saudi Arabia and leader of an ADB Mission to Laos. Prof. Rao has been a member of a number of Expert Committees dealing with Human Settlements Planning, Housing, Slums & Governance constituted by the Central and State governments. He has a Master’s in Town & Regional Planning from IIT-Kharagpur and a Bachelor’s in Architecture from Madras University.



V. M. HEGDE
Managing Director
Email: vmhegde@stemgroup.org

An expert in Urban & Regional Planning, Mr Hegde has well over three decades’ experience, at senior levels, including as Director, with the Dept of Town Planning, Govt of Karnataka. As Director of Town Planning, he played a key role in Karnataka’s urban development policy formulation and was closely associated with the government’s master plan preparation & revision, urban mapping, growth centre identification, investment planning and other exercises. Mr Hegde holds a Diploma in Urban Management (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK), a PG Diploma in Planning (CEPT, Ahmedabad), and a Master’s in Geography (Karnatak University, Dharwar).



P. H. RAO
Chief Executive Officer
Email: drphrao@stemgroup.org

Dr Rao has well over 27 years’ standing as a consultant, researcher, teacher & trainer in health sector. His key areas of expertise include quality improvement, monitoring & evaluation, behaviour change communication, social marketing and capacity building. Dr Rao has extensive experience in pharmaceutical market research, drug utilization and policy studies. Earlier, he was as Professor & Chairperson - Health Management at ASCI, Hyderabad; Director (Officiating ) & Associate Professor at IIHMR, Jaipur; and Specialist - Pharmaceuticals with ORG, Baroda. Dr Rao is a Fellow in Health Management from IIM-Bangalore and holds an M. Pharm from BHU, Varanasi.



S. SRIKUMAR
Director – Projects
Email: srikumar@stemgroup.org

Mr Srikumar is a specialist in Urban Environmental Planning & Design, with over a decade’s experience. He has extensive exposure to projects pertaining to urban infrastructure planning & development, environmental building design & management, and water conservation & management. Mr Srikumar holds a Masters in Environmental Planning (MEP) from School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, and a B. Arch. from JNTU, Hyderabad.



Mr. B. V. SURANJANA REDDY
Sr Social Scientist
Email: suranjan@stemgroup.org

Mr Reddy is a specialist in Community Development, Participatory Management & Capacity Building, with over 25 years’ experience. He has been closely associated with a variety of developmental projects pertaining to agricultural extension, education, environmental sanitation, health & hygiene, resettlement & rehabilitation, and watershed development, employing participatory approaches and involving mobilization/ mainstreaming of marginalized communities. He holds an MBA in Human Resources from Bangalore University and a Master’s in Sociology from Mysore University.



N. PADMAVATHI
Social Development Manager
Email: padma@stemgroup.org

Ms Padmavathi is a specialist in Social Development & Outreach Activities. She has nearly five years of experience in the development sector as counsellor, researcher, field worker and co-ordinator. Ms Padmavathi holds an MSW from University of Mangalore.



Mrs. M. Jyothirmai

Joined as Senior Project Manager. Holds a degree in Bachelor of Planning. Has more than 10 years of experience in in urban planning and mapping applications and has worked in Urban Development Sector, Project Management, Research and Website Content Development. Experience in spatial mapping applications. Professional experience in Business Development process under different verticals. Conducted and participated in training programmes.



Mr. Gnanasundravel 

Joined as a Data Manager, holds a Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA), 8 Years working experience in the areas related to Information Technology. Was associated as MIS Expert for the Project ‘Implementation of Fluorosis Mitigation Component under HWS &FMP in Dharmapuri & Krishnagiri Districts in Tamil Nadu (2010-2015)’. Has the exposure on Data Collection, Development, Designing, Tabulation, Report preparation, Database Maintenance, Data Analysis, etc. Managing skills to monitor multiple projects with good track record in monitoring Resource, Keeping quality & time schedules.


Ms. P. Prathyusha 

Joined as Research Executive. She holds a Master Degree (MBA) in Design Management and has over 4 years of experience in various sectors like Education, Agriculture, Rural Development, Women and Child Welfare Etc.


Ms. Renuka S J 

Joined as Accounts Executive, holds a degree in BBA and is pursuing CA- Inter ICAI, Bangalore. She has 4 years of experience in handling Internal & Statutory Audits of Companies, Partnership Firms, LLP, Trusts, and Individuals.

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