Team Leaders

Ujjal Ganguly
Executive Director

Ujjal Ganguly has been the Executive Director of Chirag since June 2014. Ujjal Ganguly has a Masters in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA). He has over 22 years of work experience with organisations like NDDB, Brooke Bond Lipton and NGOs like PRADAN and SRIJAN.  He worked with CHIRAG  between 1995-1998 as head of its Income Generation Programme and was instrumental in reviving its Fruit Processing Operations. He also did consulting for bilateral and multilateral donors.  Prior to joining Chirag, he was with ITC Ltd  heading ITC’s CSR operations in North and West India.  Much of his work has been in Natural Resource Management and Livelihoods.

Bipin Kabdwal
General Manager, Finance and Administration

Bipin Kabdwal started working with us in 1988. He currently leads Chirag’s accounts team, manages the finances and leads the Human Resource function. He also looks after the administration of our campuses and offices. Bipin da has a Masters in Economics and Commerce.

Dr. Mahendra Singh Bisht
Senior Team Leader, The Chirag Hospital

Dr. Bisht joined our team in 2003. He leads Chirag Hospital situated in Sargakhet village. Dr. Bisht holds a degree in Ayuryeda and Modern Medicine as well as in Surgery.

Sundar Singh Nayal
Senior Team Leader, Education and Health

Sundar Singh Nayal has been part of our team since 1993. He leads Chirag’s activities in the education and health sector. He also supports the Reetha and Kasiyalekh area teams. Sundar  has a Master’s in Botany and a Bachelor’s degree in Education.

Surendra Negi
Team Leader, Livelihoods & Spring Recharge

Surendra Negi started working at Chirag in 1988. He currently leads our Spring Recharge and Livelihoods teams and has vast experience in managing and operating processing units. Surendra has a diploma in civil engineering.

Ganga Joshi
Team Leader, Forestry 

Ganga Joshi joined our team in 1991. Over the years, she has worked with the village outreach and communication team as well as with the education team. She is currently in charge of the Forestry and fodder team. Ganga has also worked with the joint forest management teams in Nainital and Almora district and she holds a Master’s degree in Sociology.

Sumit Arora
Principal, The Chirag School

Sumit currently leads The Chirag School in the capacity of a School Leader. He holds an MA in Education from the Azim Premji University. Before working with Chirag, Sumit was working as a consultant in India School Leadership Institute (ISLI) Pune, where he was training and coaching school principals. He has a cumulative experience of 8 years in education and has worked with organizations including Pratham Education Foundation and Teach for India. Prior to that he was an investment banker with UBS. He likes to spend his free time reading and trying to cook. A love for mountains and children is what attracted him to The Chirag School.

Sanjay Joshi
Team Leader, Documentation & Communication

Sanjay currently heads up the Chirag’s documentation and communication system. He is ensuring that all projects are well documented with data, photography and video. He has a Diploma in Computer Application. He worked in Chirag since 2010. He has over 15 years experience in development sector.