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Krishnan Pallassana
Executive Director , The Climate Group
New Delhi, India
I have 20+ years of progressive international experience in resilience, sustainable development and humanitarian sector, with 7 years in senior leadership positions. I have successful track record of leading design and delivering high quality programs; by inspiring and motivating teams in complex and multicultural environments targeting women's empowerment, climate change and risk resilience.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Strategic global leadership role with direct responsibility for India program. Developed India strategy. Facilitated corporate engagement, built a network of low
carbon leaders, made The Climate Group a noted institution in clean energy access; initiated bold ventures to scale up clean energy access and South Asia
clean energy network. Developed systems and processes to enable seamless
growth. Forged and facilitated multi-agency initiative. Initiated partnerships with
USAID, DFID and other donors. Working with seven partners in India, facilitating
enterprise led solution to development. Reporting to the CEO . Experience in
governance and working with India board. One
of the official representatives and media spokes persons of the organization.

As country director in Actionaid Afghanistan, Led the country program, responsible for 240 staff and $8 million budget. Led development of the first Country Strategy Paper for Afghanistan and facilitated seamless restructuring of the organization to deliver new strategy. Built organizational profile, increased business volume and initiated innovative and bold actions around women’s
rights, girl child education and resilient livelihood. Founder steering committee
member of the European Parliamentarians Network on Women’s Rights in Afghanistan; member of the Actionaid’s global oversight team on resilience and over sight team on education. Provided transitional leadership support to Actionaid Haiti. Led country program review in Actionaid Vietnam. Facilitated country strategy initiation for Actionaid Thailand. Reported to Head of Asia Region.

As Program Manager in Actionaid Nepal, deliverable included Management of disaster resilience program funded by ECHO, AusAID and UNDP, received all round appreciation for efficient and timely delivery. Strengthened
interagency coordination and coalition led policy advocacy in Nepal. Inspired People’ s Caravan on DRR, a huge people led campaign to seek strong DRR legislation that involved thousands o f community members. Worked with 8 partners and various other organizations, managed a team o f 7 people, reported to
the Country Director.

As a professional expert and consultant, have facilitated over 40 training workshops on strategy, management, PME, Sphere, Advocacy and international Training of Trainers. Have conducted many international assignments on program evaluation, mission review and assessments including development and humanitarian response programs.

Wide ranging experience from grassroots advocacy and leadership to managing multi-agency networks and senior leadership role in international organizations.

Have participated, spoken and presented papers in many international events and conferences. Have written numerous blogs and my quotes and articles have appeared in various global media.
Master in Business Administration from Institute of Business Administration, Kolkata (1995). Bachelor of Science (Physics) from Calicut University, Kerala (1988). UNHCR Certificate in International Emergencies Management. Various other courses attended.
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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam
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