Dr Sankar Datta is an independent director of VFS Capital. A doctorate in economics from Ballabh Vidyanagar, Dr Datta has been working for more than three decades to promote the livelihoods of the poor by linking them to various value chains and supporting them through microfinance.
He brings a unique blend of practice and academics that enables him to make theories work on the ground and enrich the theory from experience.
He did the project closure report of a World Bank project in Odisha and also various consultancy assignments for the International Finance Corporation and Food & Agriculture Organisation, etc.
He took part in drafting the 12th Five-Year Plan of the then Planning Commission and is a member of the Standing Committee on Poverty Alleviation of Chhattisgarh Planning Commission.