As Regional Director, Asia, Manoj Kumar oversees the development and delivery of Nutrition International’s programs and projects in Asia. He is responsible for ensuring coordination, relevance and timeliness of the organization’s activities as well as sustaining and forging partnerships with key allies who share a commitment to improving the nutrition status of people around the world.
Manoj Kumar joined Nutrition International as Deputy Regional Director in Asia in September 2021. In this role, he was responsible for providing oversight and strategic support to the overall planning, management and program decision making of Nutrition International’s operations in Asia including grant management and new program development.
Manoj is an accomplished international development and humanitarian professional with 22 years of progressive senior leadership experience with reputed international NGOs in 11 countries across Africa and Asia. He has extensive experience of leading and managing large and highly complex country and regional programs. He has served as Country Director for leading organizations (including Plan International, CARE International, Concern Worldwide, VSO International and BRAC International) in Afghanistan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Malawi and Sierra Leone. He has also served as Regional Director of VSO International for the Southern Africa Region. He has worked with Save the Children and ActionAid International in India during the tsunami response and Gujarat earthquake response, respectively.
Manoj brings on board extensive experience of humanitarian-development-peace nexus programming, localisation, leading strategic consortiums and alliances, safeguarding and protection of program participants, promoting frugal innovations, fundraising, grants management and engagement with a range of institutional donors and private foundations.
He holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, USA and a Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India.