Liby Johnson, Executive Director of Gram Vikas

Social development and Rural Management professional with more than two decades’ experience of designing, implementing and supporting development interventions across various regions in India; with Government, NGOs, Co-operatives and Community Institutions; having experience of a wide variety of sectors expertise and experience.

In this inspiring episode of The Brand Called You, we have with us a leader from the social sector, Liby Johnson in conversation with our host Ashutosh Garg. Liby is the Executive Director of Gram Vikas, a community development not for profit organization. He is also an expert at entrepreneurship promotion for the UNDP. In the interview, Liby tells us about Gram Vikas and the work done by them. Gram Vikas is a 42-year-old organization, started by a group of university students. The same students who helped set up relief camps for people who fought the war in Bangladesh and the survivors in the cyclone of Odisha. Gram Vikas was started by them to improve the mobilizing of the Adivasi community, building their capabilities, strengthening community institutions, and helping them lead a dignified life. Gram Vikas has achieved so much throughout the years, from proper sanitation to freshwater in the communities, they have also helped the community get proper education and training. Liby then shares some of his great learnings while working so closely with the rural communities. He tells us that his whole worldview has shifted from doing such work. The work done by Liby and Gram Vikas is commendable and necessary for the growth of our country. Tune in to find more!

Liby Johnson, Executive Director of Gram Vikas


Currently Executive Director, Gram Vikas since October 2017 Gram Vikas is a rural development organisation, working for the well-being of tribal and marginalized communities in inaccessible rural areas since 1979. The vision of Gram Vikas is ‘an equitable and sustainable society where people live in peace with dignity’. Gram Vikas’ mission is ‘to promote processes which are sustainable, socially inclusive and gender equitable to enable critical masses of poor and marginalized rural people or communities to achieve a dignified quality of life’
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Previously ➔ Expert in Entrepreneurship Promotion at United Nations Development Programme, India Country Office (2016-17)
➔ Chief Operating Officer at Kudumbashree – National Resource Organization for the National Rural Livelihoods Mission (2009-2016)
➔ South Indian Federation of Fishermen Societies, Kerala; managing projects and finance in livelihoods and post-disaster rehabilitation (2006-2008)
➔ Gram Vikas, Orissa; managing projects in Rural Livelihoods, Natural Resources Management, Renewable Energy and Disaster Management (1999-2005)
➔ ADITHI, Bihar; Resource Partner to build a women’s livelihood and empowerment resource centre in Santal Pargana (1996-1998)
Education Post- Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management, Anand (1996)









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