Dr. Sharat Kumar, an M.A. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Ph.D. from Patna University, is currently Director in the Planning Commission.
After a brief stint in teaching at Patna and Ranchi University, he joined the Indian Economic Service and has served the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Water Resources. He was also with the faculty of Economics at the L.B.S.N.A.A., Mussorie, between 1992-95.
He has been associated with the exercise of plan formulation for the Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Five Year Plans. He has written articles in various journals and has to his credit, two books in the area of Development Economics. He went to the Netherlands on a United Nation fellowship in 1994 and participated in the United Nation's Commission on Economic Development in New York in 2001.
Dr. Minnie Mathew, head of the Programme Unit for World Food Programme in India, is a Ph.D. in Nutrition, having worked within the UN System in different capacities.
She is also a facilitator for the United Nation's Development Action Framework (UNDAF). She has to her credit the innovative project - "Community Entrepreneurship for Production of Complementary Food in Jhabua (Madhya Pradesh)."
This has become a model for building entrepreneurship skills, for managing small scale production. This initiative fetched her the International Women's Day Award in 1999.