Mihir Shah

President, Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation, New Delhi, India

Member of the WLE Steering Committee

mihirbhai25 (at) gmail.com & mihir.shah (at) nic.in

Dr. Mihir Shah is a co-founder of Samaj Pragati Sahayog (SPS), one of India's largest grassroots initiatives for water and livelihood security, which works with 122 partners on a million acres of land across 72 districts in 12 states.

Mihir was adviser to the commissioner appointed by the Supreme Court of India in the Right to Food case from 2002 to 2009. As honorary adviser to the Technical Committee on Watershed Programmes set up by the Government of India in 2006, he was largely responsible for drafting its landmark report that argues for radical reforms in India's watershed sector. In 2007, he co-founded the National Consortium of Civil Society Organizations.

Mihir has combined 20 years of living and working at the grassroots level with academic research and policy advocacy. He has received national and international recognition for his work, including the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the American India Foundation and the Doreen Mashler Award of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics.