Ajit Mani (b.1947) has an unusual breadth of professional experience, most of it in rural India and the unorganised urban sector. His experience includes survey research, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and Development Communications, developed over several assignments. Ajit Mani worked for Malayalam Plantations (UK) Ltd from 1967 to 1979. He developed perspectives on poverty, survival, exploitation and governance during an unemployed “Walkabout” period (1980‐82), when he lived with tribals in the Silent Valley, Palakkad district, Kerala, and fisherfolk in Pamban Island, Ramnad district, Tamilnadu. He competed for the CAT exam in 1982 and joined the PGDM Programme at IIM Bangalore with a specialisation in Agriculture and Rural Development. Ajit Mani was a Field Director of ACTIONAID (UK) from 1986‐1989. A full‐time assignment as head of Social Marketing with an advertising agency, SISTA’S PRIVATE LIMITED, has provided familiarity with the presentation and communication of Development and Public Systems issues, in various situations and media. Ajit Mani has assisted in the development of formal Strategic Plans of several NGOs, INGOs, Multilaterals, Bilaterals, and Government agencies. Ajit Mani was a guest faculty at the Kalinga School of Rural Management (KSRM), Bhubaneswar from 2008 to 2018. He was invited by NLSUI, Bangalore to teach a 20‐hour course, “DATA ANALYTICS FOR PUBLIC INTERVENTIONS” for II Year Master of Public Policy (MPP) students (Dec 2019‐Jan 2020). Ajit Mani cleared the Certified Management Consultant (Process 8) of the Institute of Management Consultants of India (IMCI) on 10 May 2006.