Ravi is the Executive Director at ‘Pahle India Foundation’. Dr Rajiv Kumar, India’s foremost economist and former head of NITI Aayog is the founder Chairman of Pahle India. Earlier Ravi was CEO of South Asia’s foremost political think tank, Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini (RMP). He worked with RMP for 10 years. RMP is a political think tank and a training academy working since 1982, and can boast of having trained the top Indian politicians and policy makers of today.

Ravi has also been part of several crucial Government committees in NITI Aayog, Ministry of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj etc over the last 16 years of his professional career. He had also served as the Deputy Dean at the ‘Indian Institute of Democratic Leadership’ and the Chief Mentor at the ‘Atal Incubation Centre- RMP Foundation’.

Ravi Pokharna can be reached at ravi.pokharna@pahleindia.org


  • Senior Leaders Program
    IIM Ahmedabad
  • MBA
    Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, 2008
  • BTech
    Information and Communication Technology, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, 2006


Work Experience:

  • 2020 – present: Joint Coordinator
    Standing Committee of Civil Society Organisations, NITI Aayog
  • 2015 – 2021: Various positions leading upto CEO
    Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini
  • 2018 – 2021: Chief Advisor
    AIC – Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini Foundation
  • 2017 – 2021: Deputy Dean
    Indian Institute of Democratic Leadership
  • 2012 – 2015: Co-Founder and Director
    Engineering Watch
  • 2010 – 2012: Vice President – Marketing
    Lok Bharti
  • 2008 – 2010: Director – Marketing
    PT Education