Debendra holds an M. Phil in Women’s Studies, an MBA in HR and IT and is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology. Prior to joining KISS Foundation, Debendra gained over 6 years of work experience at UN agencies in collaboration with the Government of Odisha working on various community mobilisation, livelihood and women empowerment projects. He has wide experience in the field of Disaster Management, Emergency Communication (HAM Radio), Research, Resettlement & Rehabilitation, Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Micro Planning, Communication and Information Management, Community mobilization, PR and Networking, Training, Organizing and planning events. With more than 10 years of work experience at KISS, Debendra oversees community development activities in 20 districts of Odisha, alongside planning & coordination between KISS Bhubaneswar and other upcoming campuses of KISS. He also liaises with the State and Central Government and co-ordinates other research and developmental activities.