TCI-TARINA Leadership Team
The Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) is the primary grantee and convening agency responsible for coordinating the TARINA consortium. Dr. Prabhu Pingali, director of TCI and chair of the TARINA Steering Committee, assumes overall responsibility for the grant and manages the TCI-TARINA leadership team, which provides oversight and direction on grant implementation.
The TCI-TARINA leadership team is comprised of a Project Management Unit and a Center of Excellence, which work together to achieve the grant’s objectives. The Project Management Unit handles day-to-day operations, reporting on the progress of technical work and coordinating and maximizing synergies between consortium partners. The Center of Excellence is a multidisciplinary team of scholars that offers cutting-edge research and capacity for implementing nutrition-sensitive agriculture in the Indian context. Together, the Project Management Unite and Center of Excellence spearhead the monitoring and evaluation component of the grant to assess the impact of field-based interventions and the extent to which objectives are realized.
Dr. Prabhu Pingali is the Chair of the TARINA Steering Committee, Founding Director of TCI, and a Professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, with a joint appointment in the Division of Nutritional Sciences and in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at... Read more
Dr. Bhaskar Mittra teaches at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and is the Associate Director of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI). He is also the Director of the TARINA program. Apart from teaching various courses at TISS, he is responsible for managing... Read more
Dr. Shubh Swain is the Assistant Director of TARINA as well as the Gender and Nutrition Specialist for TCI-TARINA. He is a demographer by training and has nearly a decade of work experience in gender, public health, and nutrition in India and Africa. Dr. Swain coordinates between TARINA consortium... Read more
Dr. Soumya Gupta is an Economist at the TARINA Center of Excellence. Her research interests lie at the intersection of food security, agriculture, and maternal and child nutrition. Since joining TCI-TARINA, her work has primarily focused on research design, project implementation, and evaluation,... Read more
Naveen Sridhar is an Assistant Program Officer for TCI-TARINA Center of Excellence. He is responsible for monitoring and reporting on the progress of ground-level implementation across program locations in Bihar, Odisha, and Uttar Pradesh, with a special focus on promoting small ruminants and... Read more
Priyanka Singh is an Assistant Program Officer for TCI-TARINA Center of Excellence. She holds a master’s degree in Food & Nutrition with a specialization in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Delhi. During her master’s she was awarded the Best Student and Best... Read more
Karuna is an Associate Researcher at the TCI-TARINA Center of Excellence. She completed her Master of Professional Studies in International Development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, and also holds a master’s degree in Social Entrepreneurship from the Tata... Read more
Tanuj Chawla is an Associate Researcher at TCI-TARINA’s Centre of Excellence in New Delhi. He is an interdisciplinary professional with a background in bioinformatics, bio-based economies, Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA), frugal and reverse innovation. He has a Master in Bioeconomics from the... Read more