Virendar Khatana, Acting Director of PXYER Global India, is a social scientist with more than 25 years of experience in community development, sustainable agriculture, rural livelihoods, food security, forestry, climate change, education, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), socio-economic research, impact assessments, and monitoring & evaluation.
Virendar oversees a lead project in India, Joint Initiative for Village Advancement (JIVA). Prior to JIVA, Virendar worked as a Farming Systems Specialist for Indo-Dutch bilateral program, and Socio-economist for South & West Asia regional office of International Potato Center (CIP). He has worked in partnership with various stakeholders such as international organizations, government organizations, NGOs and CBOs, and the private sector in multidisciplinary and multi-cultural teams. He has done short-term assignments in a number of Asian, and African countries for various donors including DFID, EC, UNDP, World Bank, IOM, Save the Children, CARE, Rockefeller Foundation, and various government of India Departments.