Our Team

Venkat Balsure

Administrative Officer

Mr. Venkat Balsure is an Administrative officer with National Centre for Advocacy (NCAS) he has been working with NCAS since 1997.also he has worked with other various organisations like Save the Children’s, Centre for Environment Education.He did his graduation in B.A. Sociology from Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeth, Pune in 2006.

Johanna Lokhande

Executive Director

Johanna Lokhande has a Masters in Political Science from the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda. She has nearly 15 years experience of working at the grassroots with various communities focusing on their legal rights. She began her career working with the survivors of the 2002 Gujarat riots which she continued to work for nearly 10 years, the focus of her work has mainly been on access to justice. She has worked with several organizations in Gujarat and Delhi. Along with the Centre for Social Justice Ahmedabad, she has conducted 5 state research on conflict-induced displaced persons with the aim to bring forth and visualize the plight of the conflict induced internally displaced persons. In Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Assam she has worked with young lawyers to set up free legal aid centers to make access to justice possible by empowering community lawyers to take up social justice lawyering. While in Delhi she worked with organisations working closely on the issues of child sexual abuse and human trafficking


Saptami Dutta

Senior Program Officer

Ms. Saptami Dutta is a senior program officer with National Centre for Advocacy (NCAS) and her main interest lies in public policy & good governance for rural development.
Before joining NCAS, Ms. Dutta have worked with Reliance Foundation, implementing partner of Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation, MoRD and Government of Chhattisgarh. She is also an alumni fellow of SBI Youth for India Fellowship, SBI Foundation and has worked with Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, India (AKRSP(I)) & Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS).
She was in charge of orienting the PhD students of University of British Columbia and Aga Khan Foundation, Canada on GoI’s NRLM initiative and have conducted many training workshops on health & governance at block level in different states.
Saptami is a trained classical dancer and an avid reader. She believes that the source of all the current world problems stems from the corrupted thought processes in one’s mind and an extreme apprehension towards respecting the dignity of every human life.
She is a graduate in B.Sc Economics Honours from University of Calcutta and is currently pursuing her Masters in Economics with a specialization in public policy and hails from Calcutta, West Bengal.


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