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About the India team

Our office consists of a vibrant and growing team, based in New Delhi, and in a few states in India. We have worked in India for over 20 years and, during this period, we have addressed a broad range of issues across the policy cycle.

Arpita Chakraborty

Senior Consultant

OPM India

Arpita Chakraborty is an experienced development sector professional in health, nutrition, education, and public finance. She works on monitoring and evaluation interventions and manages field operations. She has worked extensively with multilateral and bilateral donor agencies, governments, academics, and research think tanks.
Chander is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) with 14 years of post-qualification experience including six plus years in the development sector. He has outstanding knowledge of financial management, budgeting, auditing, statutory compliances, and financial analysis. He leads our finance team and manages systems and procedures to ensure effectiveness.

Divya Nambiar

Principal Consultant

OPM India

Divya has 15 years’ experience in the development sector, having previously worked with the Government of India, private sector, multilaterals and think tanks. She leads our global work in skills development, technical vocational education and training, and livelihoods. She holds an MPhil and DPhil in Development Studies from Oxford University.

Nayan Kumar

Head of Fieldwork and Training

OPM India

Nayan Kumar leads fieldwork and training for OPM India. He has more than 30 years of experience working on projects across India including National Family Health Survey, District Level Household and Facility Survey, and Annual Health Survey. For OPM India, he has successfully led large scale surveys like Newborn Survival study for PHFI across …

Priya Das

Health System Software and Gender Lead

OPM India

Priya Das has more than 15 years’ experience of working on policy and research in the development sector in India. Her areas of expertise include women and girls empowerment, gender-based violence, qualitative and action-research, training and capacity development, strategic thinking and planning. Priya has a PhD in Social Anthropology from SOAS.

Ruhi Saith

Senior Consultant

OPM India

Ruhi Saith is a medical doctor from India, with a PhD in Medicine from Oxford University and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She works in Public Health, including broader determinants of health like nutrition and WASH . She has more than 20 years experience in the development …

Vimal Kumar

Principal Consultant

OPM India

Vimal Kumar has more than 30 years' work experience in the corporate, and international development sectors. He has managed large-scale and complex procurement and logistics projects. His key skills are strengthening procurement and logistics system across its components and strengthening the capacity of organisation and staff across supply chain.

Our locations

Since 2009, our India office has been based in New Delhi. We have project office in Bihar and a full-time presence in Goa, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, and West Bengal. We have worked across the length and breadth of India.

Our projects

We work in a variety of sectors, including health, nutrition, water and sanitation, climate change, and urban development. We have expertise and experience in the independent collection of primary data in India, both quantitative and qualitative. Our in-house survey teams have completed a large number of specialised health and nutrition surveys across the country.

We have substantial experience in WASH projects, both in urban and rural areas, covering interventions impacting demand as well as supply side players in the WASH ecosystem. We conducted a study to test the impact of a behaviourally-informed intervention, Improve HABIT, in increasing toilet use amongst toilet-owning households in rural Bihar.

We have implemented initiatives on adaptation and resilience, disaster risk reduction, green growth, and low-carbon development. For example, we have managed Action on Climate Today (ACT), a DFID-funded initiative, by working with the governments of India, Afghanistan, Nepal, and Pakistan. ACT focused on adaptation to climate change by integrating climate change resilience into sectoral planning, policies, and budgeting.

In India, ACT has been implemented in collaboration with the central government as well as in six states (Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Maharashtra, and Odisha). ACT facilitates preparation and implementation of state action plans on climate change by integrating adaptation measures in various sectoral strategies.

We have studied the expanded model of service delivery on early childhood care and development in India using the service delivery channels of the Integrated Child Development Programme.

In the north east, we have worked with the Government of Nagaland and World Bank to develop a results-based financing strategy to improve health outcomes, nutrition and water, sanitation, and hygiene services.

We are also evaluating the impact of financial inclusion and women’s empowerment in India’s poorest states. This is DFID India supported programme to promote responsible microfinance and financial inclusion in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Uttar Pradesh.

For the Bihar Child Support Programme, we have assisted the Government of Bihar’s Social Welfare Department in piloting a conditional cash transfer aimed at improving maternal and child nutrition. The lessons from the pilot are being used to inform national policy.

Our team works with clients to conduct large scale surveys, monitoring and evaluation of programmes, develops qualitative and mixed-methods study designs, and gathers high quality data across a range of policy areas. We have strong expertise in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research methods.

Our people

We have a staff of nearly 100 people, including tenured and project staff, and up to 400 data-collection staff engaged at any one time. Most of our technical staff are social scientists with strong academic backgrounds from leading international universities, who blend analytical rigour with extensive practical experience of working with and for government. Our staff are recognised as sector experts nationally and internationally. We can draw upon expertise and insight from our global colleagues and project experience.