Dr. Haribandhu Panda mentors social enterprises in Odisha, and is committed to sustainable development of communities in the state. He is the Executive Trustee of Harsha Trust and co-founder of Klorofeel Foundation. Prof. Panda is among the early faculty at Institute of Rural Management (IRMA), Anand, where he saw through the growth of an inspired institution. After IRMA, Dr Haribandhu Panda returned to Odisha. He has been Vice Chancellor at Centurion University of Technology and Management (CUTM), with over 35 years of national and international experience in academics and industry.

Prior to IRMA, Prof Panda has been with South East Asia Technology Co., Ltd., Bangkok; National Thermal Power Corporation, Ltd, Delhi; and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok. He is actively associated with a number of Civil Society Organisations in Odisha and outside. His education includes Ph.D. in Management of Technology and Masters of Engineering in Energy Technology from the AIT, Bangkok; MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi; and Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical from NIT, Rourkela. His teaching, research and consulting interests are in the areas of Strategic Management, Management of Technology, Energy Management and Institution Design and Development. Presently he is deeply involved in the areas of sustainable livelihood security of underprivileged people and improving quality of school education.

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