Smita Premchander
Smita Premchander

Ms.Smita Premchander is the Founder and Chief Executive of SAMPARK. In 1991, she founded Sampark, an NGO engaged with poverty reduction through microfinance, microenterprise, sustainable agriculture, capacity building, development of local people’s institutions and participatory research in different aspects of development. Ms

Premchander is also an independent consultant to several national and international organizations, for research, reviews and impact assessments, training, project support and advisory services. She is engaged in policy advice and advocacy for issues of women’s empowerment, and people’s agency. She has worked with and advices UN organizations like International Labor Office, and UNDP, on bonded labor issues, microfinance and knowledge sharing for development practice. She has an MA in Economics, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, a PhD from the University of Durham, UK, and research links with University of Berne, Switzerland. She is on the editorial board of a women’s entrepreneurship journal in Ireland, and on the Resource Group of United Nation Solution Exchange knowledge sharing communities of Gender, Microfinance and Poverty, Work and Employment.

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