Nipin Gangadharan, Action Against Hunger’s Head of Program for East Africa, oversees all aspects of ACF's humanitarian programs in Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda. Nipin has worked in both humanitarian and development contexts for a number of national and international organizations since 2003.
Nipin joined ACF in 2009 as a Water and Sanitation Program Manager in Warrap state of South Sudan before moving to the capital as WASH Coordinator, managing ACF's WASH efforts in the country. During this time, Nipin led multiple emergency response operations, including floods in 2010 and 2011, as well as the returnee crisis and the internal displacement crisis following the invasion of Abyei in 2011. In August 2011, Nipin moved to New York as WASH Advisor and provided oversight to Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda missions. In addition to this Nipin also provides Disaster Risk Management support to all ACF-USA missions.
Nipin started his career with Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP), an Indian national NGO, as technical consultant to a World Bank funded water and environmental sanitation pilot project in the state of Maharashtra. In 2004, Nipin took over the management of a 50 village post-earthquake reconstruction program in the state of Gujarat in India. In January 2005, he was asked to lead the implementation of the tsunami response and recovery activities for organization, in the state of Tamil Nadu. This included response and recovery activities in shelter, water and sanitation, livelihood and health sectors with an emphasis on women’s empowerment. In 2006, after a short stint at UNDP-India as a United Nations Volunteer (UNV), managing district disaster risk management programs in New Delhi, Nipin went on work with GROOTS International and Huairou Commission, part of an international network of grassroots women’s organizations. He role was to advise the organization on participatory community infrastructure design and management for womens collectives in Sri Lanka. In early 2007, Nipin moved to New York to pursue graduate studies, during which time he continued to engage in various international assignments. This included documentation of on traditional coping mechanism to disasters among communities in northern Afghanistan, as well as research on assessing the status of implementation of Hyogo Framework of action from the perspective of grassroots women and an external evaluation of DIPECHO funded projects, in north and north eastern Afghanistan.
Nipin holds an undergraduate degree in environmental engineering from the Visvesvaraya Technological University in India and MA international Affairs with conflict & security concentration, from the New School University in New York.
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