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Sasmita Patnaik

Sasmita Patnaik

Programme Lead

Sasmita’s work largely focuses on the intersection of developmental issues including environment, health and labour. At The Council, she is currently handling projects on access to energy for healthcare, cooking and income generation. In her research, she is keen to understand the nuances of socio-economic contexts that define access to, and use of, energy.

Sasmita has six years of research experience in rural development, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. She has co-authored research on social entrepreneurship and facilitated multi-stakeholder projects across sectors. She has also conducted strategic research to support project development for donors and non-profits. Her work in sustainability involved assessment of policies and practices of industries on biodiversity and land use, health and safety, and carbon emissions.

Sasmita holds an M.Sc. in Development Studies from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB).

Sasmita has been involved in the Women in Sustainability initiative at The Council since its inception, and is currently serving as co-chair.

  • 45minutes of podcasts a day
  • 26days in an unelectrified village
  • 10950days on this planet
  • What I believe in


    Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat.


    Jean-Paul Sartre

    What Others say


    When you meet Sasmita, you are likely to be floored by her humility and calm composure. A bright researcher, she never loses sight of the people at the end of any research question. Her insights always keep us grounded, and her passion and enthusiasm for her work inspire anyone around.


    Kangkanika Neog

    Programme Associate