Nomi Network's Co-Founders
Henry Kathan, Country Director
Henry is a non-profit executive, a people manager, and a strategist. Prior to joining Nomi Network, Henry worked for Compassion International for 14 years, managing Compassion’s 13 state programs in East India, a $20 million initiative serving 68,000 children in 268 centers through partner NGOs. Henry is passionate about building individuals and organizations release their full potential and increase their effectiveness. He has expertise in strategy development and change management for both individuals and organizations. He believes that individuals and communities need a wide diversity of experiences and broad options of expression to thrive and achieve their potential.
Shankar Kumar, Program Manager - Bihar State
Shankar specializes in rural and institutional development and management. He joined Nomi Network as State Program Manager in 2012, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge in the areas of micro-enterprise development and management, market surveys and assessments, feasibility studies, business planning, skills training, and capacity building support to beneficiaries and NGO staff. Prior to joining Nomi Network, he worked for multiple NGOs managing projects on women’s empowerment, education of girls, migrant worker rights, gender-based violence, and the rehabilitation of female sex workers. Shankar received a bachelor’s degree in Business from Patna University in Bihar and a postgraduate degree in Rural Development from Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan. He also completed a Management and Development program for development professionals at Columbia University in New York City.
Pramod Nag, Program Manager - West Bengal and Odisha States
Pramod has over 16 years of experience with social welfare organizations, including Compassion International East India, World Vision India, and International Justice Mission. He specializes in creating and implementing high impact programs to benefit women and children; during his time with Compassion East India, he supervised over 80 such projects. Pramod’s approach to program development involves combining effective supporting research with strong communication and leadership. Pramod holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, graduating with Honors from Berharmpur University. He completed a postgraduate course in Applied Computer Science at Computer Maintenance Corporation of Kolkata, and holds a diploma in Rural Development and Management from the Center for Research on New International Economic Order in Chennai, India. He speaks English, Hindi, Odiya, and Bengali.
Arnab Mandal, Partnerships Manager
Arnab is a development professional with 12 years of experience and a proven track record of developing and managing innovative beneficiary and community development programs. He demonstrates an in-depth understanding of program management, including developing, planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating community development programs. Arnab exhibits strengths in networking, communication, proposal writing, and the ability to work effectively in a team, including cross-cultural teams. Arnab holds a Master of Social Work from Vinayaka Mission University and a Bachelor of Science from Calcutta University. He has completed courses in community health and development from the Comprehensive Rural Health Project, the Global Health e-Learning Center in association with USAID and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Institute of Health Management in Pachod, Maharashtra. Additionally, Arnab holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health Promotion, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health Nutrition, both from the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW) in Delhi.
Debashis Mondal, Project Manager
Debashis specializes in high-end networking and system administration, especially in creating innovative and effective solutions to contribute towards the growth of an organization. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from the Gurudas College of the University of Calcutta, a Master of Divinity from the Calcutta Bible College, and a Master of Social Work from Pune University. Prior to joining Nomi Network, Debashis worked as the Partnership Facilitator at Compassion International East India, where he identified and supported the needs of children and met their social, physical, cognitive, and spiritual needs; raised awareness about the children’s situations, targeting those with influence; monitored the growth of the children in the program; and managed the progress and capacity building of partner organizations.
Irshad Alam, Production Supervisor
Irsha Alam received a bachelor of arts degree from Bhupendra Narayan Mandal University in Madhepura, Bihar, India. He additionally passed the Commerce exam of the Bihar School Examination Board, and holds a diploma in Computer Application. His skills include pattern making, sourcing materials, executing effective field and home visits, holding monthly meetings, creating a positive and productive team dynamic, and documenting and reporting production.
Hom But, Program Manager
Hom’s passion is to help women and their children live free from trafficking and become financially independent through training and job creation. He has eight years of expertise in project management, social work, counseling, monitoring and evaluation, as well as organizational development. Hom received his Bachelor of Accounting in Business Administration from the National University of Management and his Master’s in Development Management, specializing in community/rural development, from Norton University in Phnom Penh City. Hom received the Mara Schneiders Award for top supervisors from the Social Work Department of Royal University, Phnom Penh.
Kanika Lim, Production Associate
Kanika is the first in her family to receive a Bachelors in Business Management and a Masters of General Management from Royal University of Law and Economics. She has previously worked with victims of exploitation and desires to continue to help others through her business skills. Since starting with Nomi Network in 2016, she has developed and grown in her area of expertise. Her favorite Nomi product is the Geo Backpack for the color, shape, and design!