Nitesh Kumar joined GGGI India country program as Senior Project Officer on July 1, 2020.
In his role, Nitesh is leading the roll out and implementation of USAID-GGGI “Narmada Landscape Restoration Project (NLRP)” as Chief of Party. The 4-year project, jointly funded by USAID and NTPC Ltd, aims to demonstrate the interdependency of landscape (forest and agriculture) restoration on ecosystem services, primarily water and encourage the stakeholders to engage in an incentivization mechanism. Acting as the key liaison with project partners and government, Nitesh is managing the project operations, providing technical oversight, strategic guidance, and leadership to ensure that the project achieves its stated objectives.
Nitesh has been working with GGGI as a consultant since 2018 and has played a key role in supporting India projects on rural development schemes like MGNREGS and PMAY-G. He has also played an instrumental role in mobilizing adaptation fund for small tea growers in India. Before GGGI, Nitesh has worked as an UNDP professional with Government of India. His work experience spans in the domains of natural resource management, poverty alleviation, land rights and financial inclusion.
Nitesh obtained his post-graduate degree from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand in 2010. He also has a Bachelor’s in Engineering from Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune.