Chetan Sharma: Professional Profile & Achievements:
Chetan Sharma is the Founder & CEO of Datamation Group of companies (ISO-2008: 9001 CMM Level 5) one of India's earliest and most reputable Knowledge Management and Information Communication Technologies (ICT) firm employing over 3500 whole-time employees, mostly from the marginalized and deprived rural communities. The mission at Datamation ever since inception 22 years ago, has been to empower the weakest of the weak specifically women & youth for sustainable livelihoods and long term skills development. The goal at Datamation Institutions has been to ensure sustainable livelihoods for the communities with the deployment of innovative models for Rural Development, Small & Medium Enterprises, Education, Health, Products Development, Forward-Backward Livelihood opportunities.
Datamation Group has consistently re-invented and innovated its offerings for over 800 active clients many Fortune-500 companies; world wide drawn from a spectrum of Publishing, FMCG, Banking and Insurance, Manufacturing, Logistics & Fulfillment, Retail, Tourism, Media and Entertainment, Health Care, Education and Civil Aviation sectors.
In addition, Chetan Sharma is the Founder of Datamation Foundation Trust (a non-profit organization) conferred with the National E-Governance "Silver Icon" Awards under the Exemplary Leadership and ICT Achievement Category—a rare private, non-governmental initiative chosen for the second highest category of award, for two years in row—2004, 2005,in a galaxy of Govt. e-Governance Projects. Datamation Foundation’s two flagship programmes `Swasthya-Health care for the poor’, `Jeevika-in the domain of livelihoods’ and `Jalanidhi-in water sector; reach out to more than 2.5 million marginalized members of the community.
Chetan Sharma has been an active National and International Researcher in diverse development areas viz. Rural Development, Education, Health Care, Urban Infrastructure, Tourism, e-Governance, Micro-Medium-Small Enterprises and Gender. He has handled International Monitoring, Evaluation and Livelihood projects for the multi-lateral Agencies are from South Asia including Sri Lanka; East Europe and Africa.
He has been working in the monitoring, evaluation, research, capacity-building and documentation initiatives in Health Care, Urban & Rural Livelihoods, Universalization of Elementary Education (UEE), National Urban Renewal Mission (NURM), Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Program (MNREGA), National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Skills Development Initiative (SDI), Public Private Partnerships and various Health Programs, in partnership with the Govt. of India and State Governments.
He has been working actively for linking the disadvantaged communities specifically women & youth with innovative livelihoods & skills enhancement tools, enabled by Information & Communication Technologies (ICTs). He has been engaged in setting up NGO networks in diverse development areas.
He has been a strong proponent and implementer of innovative Livelihood, skills enhancement, primary education and health-care approaches in India, South Asia's and few African countries. Some of these initiatives have been recognized the world over—Global Knowledge Partnership ( International Gender and ICT Award conferred at the United Nations World Summit on Information Society (WSIS).
He is a Member of the National Apex Committee on E-Governance set up by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology-Govt. of India, Member of the National Task Force set up by the Ministry of Human Resources Development-Govt. of India on the Monitoring & Evaluation of the Elementary Education, Member of the National Committee of CII on Education, Member of the Governing Council Member of the India Country Development Gateway—a World Bank-Govt. of India Project, Member of the Centre for Public Policy-Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore. He also serves as a Board Member of the South Asia Fund Raising Group ( a voluntary sector think tank dedicated to sustainable resource mobilization.
He actively works with the United Nations, Private Businesses and multi-lateral backed initiatives on Innovative Technologies, Health Care, Gender, Education, Livelihood sector drawn from agriculture & natural resources management, horticulture and medicinal aromatic plants. .
Chetan Sharma holds Post-Graduate Degrees in Business Administration, Computer Applications and Social Work; and topped the University in these Programs. Apart from these formal Programs, he has undergone short-duration Programs in Rural Management from the Indian Institute of Rural Management, Anand, Gujarat; and Executive Development Programs at the Harvard Business School and Georgia Tech University, USA.
He has participated in several short-term programs, conferences, consultations and workshops in the areas of interest. He has been a regular speaker at various national and international seminars under the aegis of the Harvard Business School, Singapore National University, Georgia Tech University, Cornell, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNESCAP, UNESCO, The World Bank and the World Economic Forum.
• To render all possible help and facilities to the under privileged and "un reached" by enabling them to realize their potential.

• To generate employment opportunities in the rural and areas for the "un reached" and economically and socially "disfranchised" by providing technological, social and administrative solutions for sustainable deployment of ICTs through Community Multi-Media Centers and Information Kiosks in an innovative way.

• To partner with various international development agencies, donors apart from private sector and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for the deployment of innovate, "pro-poor" ICT solutions.

• To relentlessly pursue path-breaking objectives and programs targeted towards gender and youth in: --Violence against Women including trafficking, slavery bonded labor and dowry
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