Mr. Manohar Shenoy is a seasoned relief and development, humanitarian aid leader and manager with more than 30 years of international relief and development experience in South East Asia, South Asia, and Sub Saharan Africa. He has a record of success in the leadership of large country programs and projects through the creation of Vision/Strategy Development, Business Transformation, Change Management, Business, and Proposal Development, Operational Improvements, Capacity Building, Portfolio/Program Management, Client/Donor Relationships, Staff Development, Stakeholder Engagement, Budget/Fund Management, Data Analytics and Program/Project execution. With this suite of skills and experience across several countries, Mr. Shenoy can quickly add value by targeting the 20% opportunities that drive the 80% impact.
Initially, Mr. Shenoy worked with the aid section of the British High Commission, British Council Division in India to lead British aid efforts in the country, since ODA (later DFID) did not have a presence in India. He led British efforts in Health, Education, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Fisheries and Governance besides building capacities of research and academic institutions and supporting the training of civil servants and the judiciary through the Colombo Plan. He moved to CARE International (USA) as their Director in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, and New Delhi and remained there for nearly a decade to lead CARE International (and USAID’s) largest program on Food for Peace under PL-480 Title II, a $100 million a year effort that reached nearly 60 million people in 8 states on a daily basis, with commodities, health, nutrition, WASH, agriculture, livelihoods, microfinance, economic growth, and disaster relief programs. During this time, he had a host of other donors supporting CARE’s efforts as well. He subsequently contributed to the entry of the Bill and Melinda Gates’Foundation in India through their first project overseas, Avahan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avahan), by joining Population Services International, an awardee of the $200 million effort, by setting up their offices in south India to address HIV/AIDS through social marketing and social franchising.
Mr. Shenoy thereafter moved overseas with Oxfam GB to head their Program Quality and Learning Unit during the £ 120 million tsunami response in Aceh, Indonesia. He later moved to Lokichoggio, Kenya to oversee Oxfam GB’s program in South Sudan, focusing on WASH, Livelihoods and Conflict Resolution while administering the North Kenya program in Turkana and Lodwar. Mr. Shenoy thereafter grew into Country Director, Chief of Party and Program Director roles with various agencies, in South Sudan, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and Uganda helping them to start up, build structures and systems, stabilize their operations, oversee risk management and compliance while growing their business and leading them to become high performing organizations. In the process, he has led organizations with staff sizes varying from 30-400 and budgets varying from $5 million to $20 million per year.
While Mr. Shenoy’s experience is broad and covered Health, Nutrition, Livelihoods, Agriculture, Agribusiness, Food Security, Gender, Social Inclusion, GBV/EVAW, WASH, Integrated Adaptive Water Resources Management, Planning & Governance, Disaster Management, DRR, Climate Change Adaptation, Complex Emergencies, Refugees and Urbanization, in his last position as Country Director of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, he chose to seek out deeper insights into climate change and the private sector.
With funding from USAID, MacArthur and Rockefeller Foundation among others, he led efforts on Climate Change through engagement with factories in the automobile, chemical, pharma, construction, and textile sectors. Through training a large number of industrial workers in Environment, Health, and Safety + Energy Efficiency, he could obtain a commitment from industry captains to implement energy-efficient and environmentally sound practices. He also led projects on energy efficiency and GHG reduction through the large-scale replacement of inefficient motors in industries and by getting the government of India and Indian industries to partner in installing more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly motors. As the Chief of Party for the USAID and GAP Inc. funded Women+ Water Global Development Alliance project, he led the project on water stewardship in the textile sector, across the entire value chain from cotton growing to ginning, weaving coloring and dyeing, so that water consumption is reduced at each stage of the water chain and that rivers and water bodies, including groundwater/aquifers, are not polluted through the discharge of hazardous chemicals.
Mr. Shenoy has also served as a consultant with a number of organizations, helping them respond to bids and proposal development for USAID, DFID, EU, the Dutch Government, DFAT, etc. and he brings deep insights into funding mechanisms and program cycles of these donors and foundations.
Mr. Shenoy has served on a number of government committees such as the national committee for water with the Confederation of Indian Industries, Co-convener of the National Industrial Food Fortification, Co-convener of the National Anemia Working Group and the Co-convener on MNPs for Complementary Feeding in Uganda, the National Gender Mainstreaming Task Force in Afghanistan, and on several committees on Health and Nutrition in India.
Having worked for nearly a decade in countries in conflict, he has worked closely with a number of UN agencies as well as with the cluster system, for example placing Oxfam GB as co-chair on the WASH, Protection, Logistics, Nutrition, and Education clusters. He personally served on the Humanitarian Country Team as one of the two representatives from the NGOs.