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Sasmita Patnaik

Sasmita Patnaik

Programme Lead

Sasmita has nine years of experience in social and policy research, development consulting and sustainability. Her research focuses on the intersection of energy access and social inclusion. At The Council, she is currently managing projects on access to clean energy for cooking and livelihoods with an integrated focus on gender and social inclusion.

Sasmita holds an M.Sc. in Development Studies from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB).

Sasmita has been involved in the Women in Sustainability initiative at The Council since its inception and is currently serving as co-chair.

  • 45minutes of podcasts a day
  • 26days in an unelectrified village
  • 4number of people I can call at midnight for an existential conversation
  • What I believe in


    Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat.


    Jean-Paul Sartre

    What Others say


    When you meet Sasmita, you are likely to be floored by her humility and calm composure. A bright researcher, she never loses sight of the people at the end of any research question. Her insights always keep us grounded, and her passion and enthusiasm for her work inspire anyone around.


    Kangkanika Neog

    Programme Associate