I am Swagata Kainthola, a Bengali, born in Chandigarh. Hailing from an Air Force background, I had my early education from different places across Northern India like Kanpur, Chandigarh and Delhi. My higher education is from Delhi University. Post my masters in Social Work from University of Delhi, I started my professional career from one of the North West Himalayan states, Uttarakhand wherein substantial years were devoted to the grassroot organizations in the Garhwal region. Also, informally associated with local networks working with organic farmers.I also had the opportunity in between to pursue Gender and Development by virtue of Ford Foundation Fellowship from Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. My area of interest is Gender mainstreaming and Community Engagement in Urban areas.
I love to spend my free time on animal welfare, mostly helping in rescuing street dogs.I am also spending time along with my 13 year old son in popularizing millets especially amongst children by working on interesting recipes. I enjoy music, cycling, reading and trekking.
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