Age: Home Town: Balasore, Odisha. Education: M.A in Good Governance and Public Policy, Sri Sri University Specific Field Interests: International Relations, Public Policy, Sustainable Development, Climate Change, Action Based Research. Placement: Seba Jagat in Kalahandi, Odisha (Climate Change) Area of Focus:
Fellowship Project: Convergence of planning with Government Line Departments to promote climate resilient, sustainable livelihoods.
Highlights: Manoj was born in a farmer's family in one of the remotest villages of Odisha. For knowing, how decisions are made, policies are implemented and how the country is governed, Manoj pursued his Master in Good Governance and Public Policy from Sri Sri University and then went on to do Gandhi Fellowship in Bageshwar, Uttarakhand to complement his theoretical concepts with practical knowledge by working with Government officials, students and communities. After his fellowship, he worked as an Aspirational District Collaborative Coordinator under the NITI Aayog and played pivotal role in launching and implementing "Surakshit Hum and Surakshit Tum" program of NITI Aayog- Piramal Foundation in the Gajapati District of Odisha. In all his past roles and engagements, Manoj has always strived to balance the so-called opposite goals of growth and preservation.