Ajit Mani (b.1947) was the Managing Director of Intervention (India) Pvt. Ltd., the Development Management Consulting company he founded in 1992, until it was closed in 2016/17.
Since 2017, Ajit Mani has been providing technical advice based on years of experience and critical professional analysis under the name of INTERVENTION.
Ajit Mani has an unusual breadth of professional experience, most of it in rural India and the unorganised urban sector. His experience includes survey research, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and Development Communications, developed over several assignments.
Ajit Mani worked for Malayalam Plantations (UK) Ltd. From 1967 to 1979 in timber-felling & replanting, tea and rubber plantations on the Western Ghats in Kerala and Tamilnadu States.
He developed perspectives on poverty, survival, exploitation and governance during an unemployed “Walkabout” period (1980-82), when he lived with tribals in the Silent Valley, Palghat District, Kerala, and fisherfolk in Pamban Island, Ramnad District, Tamilnadu.
He competed for the CAT exam in 1982 and joined the PGDM Programme at IIM Bangalore with a specialisation in Agriculture and Rural Development. His Organisational Project in 1984 was with Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES) at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. His Guide was Prof. Madhav Gadgil, Director of IES; and his study report was published as Technical Report 1 of CES, IISc, Bangalore 560012.
Ajit Mani was a Field Director of ACTIONAID (UK) from 1986-1989. He travelled extensively in India and underwent training in Charity Fundraising in Paris, London and Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands.
A full-time assignment as head of Social Marketing with an advertising agency, SISTA’S PRIVATE LIMITED, has provided familiarity with the presentation and communication of Development and Public Systems issues, in various situations and media.
Ajit Mani has facilitated the development of Logical Frameworks and formal Strategic Plans of several NGOs, INGOs, Multilaterals, Bilaterals, and Government agencies.
Ajit Mani was adjunct faculty at the Kalinga School of Rural Management (KSRM), Bhubaneswar from 2008 to 2018. He prepared students proceeding on Summer Internship Programmes in Research Methodology, and taught a course on Project Management.
He has published two novels, “THE NAWAB’S TEARS”, Partridge Publishing India (November 20, 2018) and “RETURN OF THE YAKSHI”, Notion Press (24 August 2019).
He was invited by NLSUI, Bangalore to teach a 20-hour course, “DATA ANALYTICS FOR PUBLIC INTERVENTIONS” for II Year Master of Public Policy (MPP) students (Dec 2019-Jan 2020).
Ajit Mani cleared the Certified Management Consultant (Process 8) of the Institute of Management Consultants of India (IMCI) on 10 May 2006.
Ajit Mani was invited to the position of Senior Fellow (Policy Research & Training) at CENTRE