Amit Chandra is a social development professional with expertise on public policy strategies to address some of the most important issues of the time such as school education, urban livelihoods, and governance. Amit has worked with Centre for Civil Society (CCS) as ‘Associate Director’ leading the policy advisory vertical of the organisation. He has played a crucial role in developing, strengthening, and scaling up National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA), the national federation of associations of low-cost private schools, as ‘National Coordinator’. In his last full-time engagement, Amit was working with The Asia Foundation (TAF), in Kabul providing knowledge and technical support to the Ministry of Education to promote low-cost private schools in the country.
He has also led the Jeevika Campaign as ‘National Coordinator’ advocating issues of the unorganised sector. His work has played important role in shaping up National Urban Street Vending Act 2014, amendments to India Forest Act 1927, amendments to Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act 2006, and initiatives taken under Ease of Doing Business campaign by Government of India.
Amit is a graduate in Commerce, postgraduate and Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Work. He has also graduated in Think Tank MBA from Atlas Economic Research Foundation, USA in 2008, ‘Globalization and Market Economy’ in 2010 and ‘Liberal Education Policy’ in 2016 from International Academy of Leadership, Germany. He is an alumnus of Atlas Leadership Academy. He has been a participant of the ‘International Youth Exchange Program’ between India and Canada in the year 2006-2007. His work and views have been widely quoted in media and academic publications.