Dr. Somnath is a thorough development Professional as well as an academic practitioner with over 22 years demonstrative experience of working with different sectors which include, Government, corporate, CSOs, Academia and UN system and his innovations brought positive changes in organization’s operations, Govt machinery as well as in target communities.
In 22 years of service in the development sector, Dr. Somnath worked in different roles and capacities ranging from the position of program Officer to the Program Director and Head of the programmes. His area of expertise lies in Public Health, ESG, Women and Child development, Gender Equality, Livelihood, UN ten Principles (Human Rights, Labor Standard, Environment and Anti-Corruption), SDGs and City development programmes like Climate Smart City, AMRUT City and Smart City Mission of GoI.
Dr. Somnath was recognized for his various initiatives and innovations while working with Ministries and multiple national programmes of Govt of India and UN organizations like USAID, UNAIDS, UNDP, FHI and The Union.
He is specialized in developing and executing strategic interventions through multi-stakeholder engagement and skilled at organization leadership, Project designing & management, Resource mobilization, Stakeholders management, Trainings and Research.
Currently, at UN Global Compact Network India (UNGCNI) Dr. Somnath, in the capacity of Programme Manager for India, is leading the Centre of Excellence for Governance, Ethics and Transparency (CEGET) and heading diverse initiatives of the organization around Corporate Governance, Health Governance, Environmental Governance, Urban Governance, Anti-Corruption and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Dr. Somnath believes that Public Private Partnership and collective action are the key for the success of each development initiative /issue and hence he practices it and gains success in all his professional and personal endeavors.
Regarding academic background, Dr. Somnath has completed his graduation and Master in Social Work from Delhi University. Though he stepped into the service sector in 2000 he kept his ambition of learning and enhancing knowledge about society and business behavior live, he gained master degrees in Sociology from Annamalai University, In Rural Development from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and In Business Administration (MBA) from Sikkim Manipal University in India. In December 2020, he was awarded a doctorate degree in Management by OPJS university, Churu, Rajasthan/India.