Sadhana is the Social Development Officer, State Coordinator for the new project “Nua Maa” in the Rayagada district. Sadhana belongs to transgender community and has nearly two decades of experience in the development sector, working on HIV/AIDS, gender equality, maternal health and nutrition, rights for marginalized people. Sadhana holds an MSW and MBA and has been working towards the social mainstreaming of transgenders and development of underprivileged children and women for the past 14 years in Bhubaneswar.
Sadhana is the first transwoman of Odisha to be issued with a passport and the first highly qualified transwoman of Odisha to be appointed in a private organization (KISS). She is a founding member of SAKHA – Odisha’s first LGBT CBO and has also previously been associated with NGOs like HIV AIDs Alliance, Sathi and UNDP. Sadhana is an alumna of the International Visitors Leadership Programme (IIVLP) by the US Department of State and has received many awards and recognition for her contribution to society.