New Concept Information Systems was set up in 1988 by professionals belonging to diverse disciplines. We are a unique multi-dimensional, multi-faceted organisation. We have leveraged our diversity to provide a comprehensive package of quality services in the field of social development.
Geetha Ravishankar, Director – Business Development
Expertise – Business Strategy and Design Concepts
Geetha is one of our founding directors and has directed our business operations over the last 22 years. She has been a key force in establishing our creative design and production aspects of the business. Her keen sense of design and visuals, engendered by her academic background in architecture and planning, helps New Concept set its design standards. She has a thorough understanding of the social development sector based on many years of experience with several leading agencies.
Geetha studied urban planning at Columbia University (USA), following a B. Arch course from Madras University and worked as a Programme Coordinator - Madhya Pradesh for the Danish International Development Agency, (DANIDA) till she took on the challenge of building New Concept.
Vimala Ramakrishnan, Director – Marketing
Expertise - Social Research and Capacity Building; Sectors; Public Health, Poverty Alleviation & Livelihood
Vimala has over 35 years of work experience in social development and has worked extensively with Government and Bi-lateral and Multi-lateral Donor agencies as well as in academic institutions and Indian and international NGOs. One of the founding directors of New Concept Information Systems, Vimala has led the company’s projects on primary and secondary research, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building and social mobilization across a hundred districts or more in a dozen states in the country. She has cross-sector experience that has contributed to her thorough knowledge of policies and programmes in education, public health, women's empowerment, poverty and governance. She is a highly qualified trainer and has led and facilitated many workshops and participatory sessions for various stakeholders including government officials, project personnel, community leaders, women and youth.
A social work postgraduate from Madras University, she was working as Consultant to Danish International Development Agency, (DANIDA) on Training, Education and Community Mobilization) before she took up the task of building New Concept.
S. Raghavan, Director – Operations
Expertise – Project MIS, Knowledge Management, Policy & Analytical Documentation; Sectors: Education, Public Health & Governance
With over 30 years work experience and as one of the founding directors of New Concept Information Systems, Raghavan is proficient in areas as diverse as policy and advocacy documentation, operations research, data management and analysis, systems analysis, design and implementation of computerized systems and costing and financial management. He has managed several of New Concept’s significant projects over the years, including large scale surveys (across 8 states in Education), policy documentation in Health and Child Rights, setting up of large MIS, web-based repositories and databases (on TB, Maternal Mortality), Advocacy publications in print and on web for TB, HIV/AIDS, etc.
His knowledge and experienced leadership has given New Concept an edge in the Education sector – issues of quality and cost effectiveness of primary education through evaluation of programmes, review of curriculum and cost and financing of programmes and projects.
Raghavan is an engineering graduate and post-graduate in management from McMaster University (Canada), and has more than 30 years of experience in the IT and social development domains.
Uma Seth, Director – Finance
Expertise – MIS, Financial & Management Accounting, Documentation
Uma is, in the main, responsible for the Financial, Costing and Treasury functions in New Concept. She has been directing the book-keeping and financial operations of the company since the last 15years. Besides her core competency of financial/management accounts, she has strong analytical skills and considerable experience in documentation and evaluation studies.
She is a chartered accountant and a post-graduate in Agricultural Economics from North Carolina State University (USA).
Vidya Raghavan, Assistant Director – Communications
Expertise – Advocacy, BCC, communication strategy & creatives, Print & Web media; Sectors: Public Health, Education, Livelihood
Vidya Raghavan, with more than 20 years of experience with the organization excels in executing communication projects - developing BCC/IEC strategy, conceptualising a wide repertoire of audio-visual and print communication material. Her knowledge of BCC programs at the national level and in particular states, and her rigour for quality and innovation has positioned New Concept as a leader in this domain.
Sudha Nair, Senior Manager
Expertise: Advocacy, BCC, communication strategy & creatives, documentation; Sectors: Health, Disaster Preparedness, SHGs & Income generation.
Sudha has been instrumental in establishing New Concept’s presence in the development sector in Andhra Pradesh. She leads projects in Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring states. She has successfully built lasting relations with many clients and made wide contacts with funders and implementing agencies, resulting in positive growth of our business. She has substantial experience in print and audio-visual documentation, development of BCC/IEC strategies and conceptualization of advocacy material, as well as in process and policy documentation.
Sudhais a postgraduate in Science from IIT (Mumbai) with a postgraduate diploma in communications from Xavier’s Institute of Communication (Mumbai).
Expertise: ICT, Survey, Web-based data base & repository, Web design
Pravin is a senior research, communication and technical resource at New Concept. During his tenure of more than a decade with the organization he has acquired experience in projects in capacity building, e-training, qualitative and quantitative research, data management and analysis, and Information Communication Technology (ICT) across the health, education and poverty alleviation sub-sectors. He is an avid techy and is versatile in its application from developing a web-based information system to an audio-visual presentation using the latest software. He is a postgraduate in Engineering from IIT Madras.
Ramesh Dogra, Senior Manager – Creative Design Production
Ramesh heads the design and production floor. He has over 20 years of experience in design, pre-press and print. His in-depth knowledge of current design software, print media and materials has helped NC maintain its edge in design and print quality. He has extensive experience in understanding design specifications and using the latest available tools like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, Macromedia Freehand, Adobe In design, Adobe PageMaker, QuarkXPress, Flash, and Microsoft Office.
He is a graduate from Shimla University, Himachal Pradesh and holds several certified courses in design & layout.
Romi Mukker, Senior Manager – Publications & Documentation
Romi has over 20 years of experience in public relations, advertising and printing. He leads the publication section at New Concept. His understanding of social development issues and his ability to compile and bring reports and documents to finalization has enabled New Concept to reach out to many clients. His command of the language and comprehension of the subject are his key strengths.
Romi is a postgraduate in English literature from St. Stephen College, Delhi.
Sanjay Tiwari, Senior Manager – Research & Surveys
Sanjay has over 20 years of work experience in social research, capacity building, and procurement. This includes consultancy with Finance Empowered Procurement Wing (EPW), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and work with Education Development Centre, Aga Khan Foundation, Dr. Reddy’s Foundation and New Concept Information Systems Pvt. Ltd. Sanjay is proficient in assessments, analysis, procurement, budgetary planning, implementation of financial management best practices, development of training frameworks, and monitoring and evaluation strategies, documentation of best practices, surveys, qualitative and quantitative research, and data analysis. With New Concept, Sanjay has managed a number of large and medium scale studies in education, agriculture, health, nutrition, poverty and livelihoods.
Sanjay has a Masters degree in Business Administration with a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application and Systems Analysis.
Taru Bahl, Senior Consultant – Communications
Taru has over 20 years experience in writing, editing, conceptualizing innovative formats and ideating with teams engaged in both media and the development sector. She has synergized different skill-sets in the magazine-newspaper-health communication-internet domain in a creative and meaningful manner. She has been involved in various documentation projects for clients like UNICEF, WHO, USAID, Ministry of Health and Welfare among others. These projects included undertaking process documentation of various state government programmes and NGO campaigns, workshop documentation, documenting of best practices and case studies of projects by visiting project sites and interviewing multiple stakeholders. Taru has been working with New Concept on a number of assignments, including media consultations in Uttar Pradesh on immunization for UNICEF, she has contributed regularly to writing for the NACO newsletter that was designed and printed by New Concept.
Taru has a degree in BA Economics from Jesus and Mary College, New Delhi.
Dr. Satheesh Kumar, Manager – Research & Documentation
Dr. Satheesh Kumar is a PhD in Social Work and has worked in the social development sector since 1996. He has been working with New Concept since 2006 and currently handles research and documentation projects in Tamil Nadu. During this period he has led several of our projects on Poverty Assessment, Education and Public Health. Notable among these are the Process Monitoring of Pudhu Vazhvu project, RGNIYD assessment of radio programme outreach in Sriperambadur, and the Documentation of work done on Tsunami by the State Disaster Management Authority. Satheesh has strong analytical research skills and is well versed with software packages and is a certified SPSS trainer.
Dr. Amar Nidhi Aggarwal, Consultant – Communication and Capacity Building
Dr. Amar Nidhi Aggarwal has a Masters in Public Health from Punjab University, Chandigarh. She has over 15 years of rich professional experience in field level health communication and training through association with national and international organizations of repute like UNICEF, NRHM, PSI, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), PGIMER Chandigarh, Jamia Milia Islamia New Delhi, eNVisions, Quantum Clinical Trials, Washington DC, USA and Virotech, USA. Nidhi is an excellent communicator and trainer and has been closely associated with the SBCC projects handled by New Concept. She has expertise in Gender, Health, Communications and Behaviour Change. Nidhi is a Lead Trainer for SBCC for ICDS and other FLF functionaries in Bihar, UP, MP, Odisha, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand (7 States) as part of trainings in 9 states under UNICEF supported, Tarang Project, implemented by New Concept Information Systems. 2014-16
K. K. Singh, Consultant – Communication and Capacity Building
Expertise: Training, and capacity building, communication, translation
KK Singh is a certified trainer of community health workers in community mobilization, communication and technical issues related to RCH, with over 30 years of experience on social development sector. He has expertise in training in the areas of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN), public health, PRA/PLA, Family Life Education and Adolescent Health, developing training strategies, training material and modules; planning, organizing and facilitating workshops; and supervision and assessment of training programmes. An excellent communicator and trainer, he is one of the lead trainers on the SBCC capacity building for New Concept in partnership with UNICEF, across 9 states. Coming from Hindi heartland, he has a flair for popular Hindi. Combining this with extensive training experience at various levels, he has translated numerous training modules and tools to Hindi language.
KK Singh is masters in Hindi Literature from Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi.
Himachal Bhutak, Consultant – Communication and Capacity Building
Himachal has worked with various national and international NGOs & Government Departments like DKT India, Care India, Women & Child Development Dept., and Health& Family Welfare Department etc. He has over 13 years of experience in the field of development. Himachal’s expertise lies in project designing and management, finance & human resource management and monitoring and evaluation. He is currently working as the Director – Programs for MOD (Movement for Development) in Ahmedabad. Himachal holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Saurastra University and is currently based in Ahmedabad.
Mayank Joshi, Consultant – Communication and Capacity Building
With over 35 years of work experience, Mayank is presently working as a Consultant for Project Concern International (PCI-India) on a project on Cross Sectoral Strategies for Disaster Risk Reduction which is in the consolidation phase. He has worked as the State Coordinator for Gujarat during the project period. As a freelance consultant, he has worked on numerous projects and organised several trainings in Gujarat. As a capacity building specialist he has facilitated workshops and training programmes in the areas of WATSAN, disaster response, PRA, community mobilisation and institution development and disaster management in CSR. Mayank holds a Master’s degree in Arts (Psychology) from Gujarat University and is currently based in Ahmedabad.
Chitra Ahanthem, Senior Consultant – Communications
Chitra Ahanthem has been associated with grass roots initiatives based in Imphal, Manipur from 1999 onwards till 2008, working in the HIV/AIDS sector at the Program level and involved in training, documentation and advocacy with community spokespersons and the media. Her writing on drug use, HIV/AIDS, child rights, gender and human rights has won her various media fellowships and awards. Chitra has also documented programs and field experiences for various agencies like UNICEF, PANOS, and CRY among others and has published academic papers. She is an amateur photographer as well.