We have a dynamic team of experienced people in LANSA, and an impressive, and influential advisory group

Noorulain Masood

Noorulain Masood is a Research Associate at the Collective for Social Science Research and leads its Research to Action programme, an RU initiative committed to helping grassroots leaders use evidence to influence policy making and political action. She has previously led an education non-profit, taught leadership development at Harvard University, and worked at the World Bank Headquarters. She is Founder/CEO of Center for Social Innovation in Developing Countries, and a graduate of the Masters in Public Administration/International Development programme at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar. 


Noor works closely with Haris to supervise LANSA's Research Uptake activities for Pakistan and is part of the Pakistan research team. 

Prakash Shetty

Prakash ShettyPrakash Shetty has extensive experience in the area of public health nutrition. He is Professor of Public Health Nutrition, University of Southampton Medical School, UK, Honorary Research Professor, Oxford Brookes University, UK and Emeritus Professor of Physiology & Nutrition, St John’s Medical College, Bangalore. He served as Chief of Nutrition Planning Assessment & Evaluation in the Food & Nutrition Division of FAO, Rome (2001-05), and has been a consultant to the UN and other international organisations.


As CEO, Prakash provides vision, leadership and strategic direction to LANSA. He oversees research, capacity strengthening, communications, finance and monitoring and evaluation. 


Prashant Laxman Deokar has more than 14 years of experience in the field of Agriculture. He worked as a Subject Matter Specialist (Horticulture) in a Central Government sponsored Krishi Vigyan Kendra of Buldhana and Washim districts of Maharashtra from 2002 to 2009. Here he was actively engaged with assessment, refinement and dissemination of region specifically need based technologies. Prashant holds a PG in Agriculture with specialization in Horticulture from Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth Akola, Maharashtra. His  professional interests cover broad issues of agriculture, horticulture, nutrition and food security along with rural development.

He joined MSSRF, Chennai in 2013, as a Principal Scientist under the Food Security Programme Area. At the Foundation, he worked with MoRD sponsored Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Priyojana till Decmber 2016. 


Prashant is the coordinator of Farming System for Nutrition (FSN) study in Wardha, Maharashtra.

Priya Rampal

Priya Rampal is a Post Doctoral Fellow at the MSSRF, Chennai. She is completing her PhD from Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai. Her thesis focuses on the nutritional status of children, specifically, the importance early childhood nutrition in later outcomes such as health, education and work participation. Previously, Priya worked on agriculture and livestock insurance at a research centre in Institute for Financial Management and Research, Chennai, involving qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis along with extensive field work. Her M.Phil thesis focuses on changing food consumption patterns.


Priya Rampal is working on the supply-demand and price trends of pulses including a review of the Pulses Mission by Government of India. The study will have policy relevance, and will contribute to the discussion around the International Year of Pulses 2016.

Raju S

Raju S holds a postgraduate degree in Economics. Prior to working with MSSRF, he worked for six years as a Project Associate at Madras School of Economics. He is trained in statistical packages for data analysis, and in decoding and processing unit record data of the National Sample Survey Organisation


Raju is a Senior Research Fellow responsible for the management of all primary data generated under LANSA. He also assists in secondary data research.

Rashid Mehmood

Rashid Mehmood is a Research Officer at the Collective for Social Science Research and has worked on social protection, nutrition and, food security. Rashid has an MA in Economics from Hazara University, Mansehra and M.A.S in Economics from the Applied Economics Research Centre, University of Karachi, Pakistan.


Rashid is part of the Pakistan research team. He is also a part of the Research to Action programme, an RU initiative helping grassroots leaders use evidence to influence policy and political action. 

Richard Longhurst

Richard Longhurst a Research Associate at IDS.  He is an agricultural economist by training and worked extensively on nutrition and agriculture between 1970 and 1992, for the World Bank, FAO and as a researcher at IDS.  Subsequently he worked as an evaluator and evaluation manager for various multilateral organisations, including ILO and the Commonwealth Secretariat.  Now back at IDS he serves on management teams for evaluations of nutrition interventions in Bangladesh and Northern Nigeria.


Richard is the team leader for IDS and part of the management team.

Rohit Parasar

Rohit Parasar is Researcher with a Master degree in Economics from Madras School of Economics, Chennai. His interest is in studying agricultural linkages with formal markets and value chain. Rohit has completed his Master’s dissertation in Analysing a Farmers’ Producer Organisation in Rajasthan.


Rohit is Senior Research Fellow at MSSRF working on analysing nutrition and value chain with secondary data analysis.

Rupal Dnyaneshwar Wagh

Rupal Dnyaneshwar WaghRupal Dnyaneshwar Wagh works for MSSRF. She holds a post-graduation in Food Science and Nutrition from SGB Amravati University and is pursuing a Ph D. She has been a Contributory Lecturer at SGB Amarvati University and has consultancy experience as a Dietician.


Rupal is working exclusively on LANSA. She is a Research Associate for nutrition on the FSN initiative in the Wardha district.

Ruth Goodman

Ruth is Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer for IDS. She has designed and advised on monitoring, evaluation and learning on a broad portfolio of projects in the research–to-policy and research-to-practice arenas. She has experience working with partners in Kenya, Ethiopia, Zambia, Bangladesh and India. Prior to IDS, Ruth worked as an evaluation researcher for a leading children's charity using participatory approaches to promote young people’s voice in the evaluation of services. Ruth holds a PhD in psychology and in addition to her role at IDS she is a psychology lecturer for the Open University.


Ruth advises on monitoring and evaluation for the LANSA programme.


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This research has been funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK Government’s official policies



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