Co-founders

Sonali Srivastava is the co-founder and Head, CDLG, Avantika Foundation. As an Organisation Development professional for over two decades, she has designed and managed complex change management interventions across corporate, government and non-government organisations. Prior to working with panchayats, Sonali has been a Principal consultant with Eicher Consultancy Services Ltd, and worked as an HR professional in Asian Paints (I) ltd. She is an accredited assessor for Modified Career Path Appreciation (MCPA), Matrix of Work & Organisation Diagnostic under the Brunei Institute of Organisation and Social Studies (BIOSS), South Africa. Sonali has also worked in the Barefoot College, Tilonia, Rajasthan, leading their efforts in income generation. Sonali was a part of Arghyam since 2009, where she helped conceptualise the Gram Panchayat Organisation Development framework and later transitioned it to Avantika Foundation in 2013. Sonali is a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from XLRI, Jamshedpur, and a Masters in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London, UK.

Swaroop Iyengar is the co-founder and Principal Researcher, Local Government Finances at Avantika Foundation. He is a cross-over professional from the corporate sector to the development sector, with a diverse experience of over 16 years spanning geographies, cultures and sectors. Prior to setting up Avantika Foundation and the Centre for Decentralised Local Governance, Swaroop was a Principal with leading global management consulting firm Arthur D Little. Prior to Arthur D Little, Swaroop was a member of the Corporate Planning team at Infosys. Swaroop contributes in the specific area of local government finances that involves research of fiscal flows across the various levels of government as well as financial management within the framework of local self-governments. He currently leads the Gram Panchayat Finances research initiative at Avantika Foundaton. Swaroop is an Electronics Engineer from the University of Mysore and holds a Masters degree in Software Systems from BITS Pilani and a Masters Degree in Management from the Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines.