Suryamani has over thirty years development management and leadership experience. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President for ACCESS Development Services and has led projects across India funded by international donors and apex Indian organisations. He holds a MA in A&A Economics from Utkal University and an MBA from University of Calcutta. He has attended programs at Asian Institute of Technology, Coady International Institute, University of East Anglia and Yale school of Management. He has authored and presented many thematic papers and was one of the co-authors of four annual State of India’s Livelihoods (SOIL) Reports (2011-2014).