Nilesh Mishra

  • Hyderabad, India, Telangana
Nilesh Mishra

Senior Scientific Officer ICT

Professional Summary

Agriculture and Rural Development professional, specializing in ICT's with experience on project implementation, capacity building and training. Liaison and coordinate with International and national agencies, government and private organizations for successful implementation of ICT projects. Potential partners and client facing, handling techno-commercials against RFP/EOI/RFQ from government and PSU's for ICT4D projects and solutions. Sound knowledge in preparation of project report, short profiles, case studies and documentation. Interested in Open Access, Open Education and Open Data in Agricultural Research and Development.

Work History

Work History
Dec 2015 - Present

Senior Scientific Officer - ICT

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

Working with overall responsibility of introduction, execution and implementation of contemporary ICT's in Tropical Legumes III project ( A project funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and jointly  implemented by ICRISAT, CIAT and IITA,  CGIAR institutes under United Nations) to have better knowledge sharing and outreach to stakeholders on development and outcome of TL III in order to improve the livlihood of smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and India. 

Jan 2014 - Nov 2015

Scientific Officer (ICT4D)

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid-Tropics (ICRISAT)

Contribute to the institutes ICT4D initiatives, especially on designing and developing appropriate technologies and innovative approaches to foster greater convergence between research and its utilization for agriculture research for development. Contribute to the developmental activities of Center of Excellence in ICT innovations Agriculture, especially develop, test and enhance the use of various ICT tools for smallholder agriculture. Coordinate with the community of researchers in the experimental hubs of “ Boochetana” program operated locations and contributetodevelop and implement an innovative ICT mediated extension system. Identify partner organizations and farm facilitators in experimental hubs for effective execution of ICT4D activities. Carry out needs assessment studies and participatory extension appraisal techniques to identify the needs of remote rural communities live in ICT4D experimental hubs. Liaison and coordinate with National and International Partners for smooth execution of projects on ICT4D, Extension and Education. Organize training programs and capacity building activities for enhancing the capacities of partner organizations and farm facilitators. Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation activities by conducting/facilitating impact assessment studies. Closely working with Global Leader

Nov 2013 - Jan 2014


International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid-Tropics (ICRISAT)

Formulation & Documentation of Research Data Management Policy. Guidelines on implementation of Research Data Management Strategy. White Paper on Data Management Unit. Training material for tools & software developed by Data Management Unit. Content development for Data Management Unit website, Open Data platforms. Capacity building and training on Open Data and Open Access.

Jan 2011 - Oct 2013

Assistant Manager (ICT4D)

Infronics Systems Ltd.

Dynamic & result oriented professional with experience in managing the entire spectrum of Operations & Business development including Planning, Pre Sales, Implementation Actively handling business development opportunity with different stakeholders including Indian state government Promotion of ICT Products & Solutions Working extensively on tenders(Pre bid meeting, Tender Document preparation, Commercials, Feasibility etc.) under ICT & e-Governance Solutions. Onus of formulating and end to end co-ordination for successful organization of conference and seminar for knowledge dissemination on new technology Deft in formulating Project Proposals and Project report Work Undertaken: Name of Assignment/job or project:“ Mobility Solution: ePest Surveillance System Implementation” Year: 2011, Client & Location: Department of Agriculture, Government of Chhattisgarh, Raipur Main project features: Implementation of ePest Surveillance Systems indepartmentof Agriculture, Chhattisgarh. performed: End-to-End Co-ordination for successful implementation of ePest Surveillance System in

Nov 2009 - Nov 2010

Project Manager

Infrastructure and Logistics Federation of India (ILFI)

Credential of being an organizing member for the Investors meetings and deftly coordinating with the Government Departments/PSU. Industrialists and NRIs Entrusted with the task of performing Sectoral analysis for different sectors such as Agriculture, Tourism, Power, IT and ITES, Forest, etc. Onus of formulating and regularly updating the database of the Investors, Companies, PSU of Indian States, Chief SecretariesandSecretaries, NRIs on the basis of Sector and State Deft in the formulation of Project reports, Project Proposals, Project Feasibility reports as well as in preparing Leaflets for the state of Madhya Pradesh in coordination with the Deloitte Team Also responsible for maintaining coordination with Associated organization such as Deloitte, CISME, Miracles. Page2

Aug 2009 - Oct 2009

Summer Intern

Federation of India Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)

Madhya Pradesh-Global Investors Summit-II

Worked as summer intern in ILFI/FICCI on a project of M.P. Government entitled" Destination (2010). Co-ordination with the PSU's/Departments of M.P. government and gather the data/information to highlights the business opportunities in the state. Languages English (Full professional proficiency) Hindi (Native or bilingual proficiency)


2008 - 2009

Post Graduate Diploma in IT management in Agriculture

National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM, ICAR)

Issues in Agriculture and Rural Development; IT overview, computer networking and security; OOPS based SDLC and Project Management; Architecture, Data Management and Quality Systems in IT; Web Based Development with J2EE, Quantitative Methods in Agriculture Management; Principle of Agriculture Economics and Marketing; GIS in Agriculture; Digital Media Resource and Web Application; IT Based Information/ DSS in Agriculture & Rural Development; Designing & Documenting a Web Based Agriculture Information System with Regional Language Support; Entrepreneurship Development; Financial Management; Business Communication; ERP Overview and Applications in Agriculture; ICT's for Community Development. 

2005 - 2007

Masters of Science in Biotechnology

Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University

Biochemistry; Molecular Biology &  Molecular Genetics; Cell Biology, Development Biology & Membrane; Biological and Radio Tracer Technique and Legal Biotechnology; Microbiology and Immunobiology; Biomaths, Biostats & Computer Applications; Recombinant DNA Technology and Genomics; Enzymology and Protein Engineering; Fundamentals of Computer Programming and Management; Cell & Tissue Culture, Microbial Genetics; Environmental Biotechnology & Bioprocess Engineering; Introductory Bioinformatics and Fermentation Technology; Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Drug Designing.

2003 - 2005

Bachelors of Science in Biotechnology

Barkatullah University, Bhopal

Biotechnology, Botany and Zoology

Key Projects


  1. Bhoochetana, with Government of Karnataka, India
  2. AP Primary Mission, Government of Andhra Pradesh
  3. OneAgriculture One Science: A Global Education  Consortium
  4. Participatory Video Extension Approach with partners
  5. Scoping Study: Leveraging the Power of ICTs to Scale Up Climate Information Services in Malawi and Tanzania under the GFCS Adaptation Program in Africa
  6. Formulation of  Data Management Policy and Implementation Guidelines.

Project Highlights: 

Tanzania Summary of Baseline Studies: Country Report for the GFCS Adaptation Program in Africa
ed the baseline study on the role of ICT-based platforms to scale up climate services for farmers in rural Tanzania.

Malawi Summary of Baseline Studies: Country Report for the GFCS Adaptation Program in Africa
Led the baseline study on the role of ICT-based platforms to scale up climate services for farmers in rural Malawi.

Coordinated the Execution of First Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for Agriculture Professionals
This first MOOCs  by  National Virtual Academy of Indian Agriculture an initiative of a team of ICT and agriculture experts and educators from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi- Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), with its global headquarters in Hyderabad, and partners together with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. With an intention to significantly open opportunities for agricultural professionals in India to have access to low-cost, high-quality agricultural education and bring research infused and update curriculum for the agricultural stakeholders and learners.


  1. ePest Surveillance System for state agriculture departments
  2. AP Micro-irrigation Monitoring application state horticulture departments
  3. RFID Based Smart Document, and
  4. e PDS solutions

Project Highlights: 

Pilot Project for the establishment of ePest Surveillance System with Coconut Research Institute, Sri Lanka under FAO TCP Project

ePest Surveillance Systems an ICT mediated GPS based pest and disease monitoring and surveillance system implemented for CRI, Sri Lanka under the FAO TCP project. Coordinated the training and capacity development of the department officials on the usage of PDA device for data recording, transfer report generation.

Establishment of ePest Surveillance System for National Plant Protection Center (NPPC) of the Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan.

The web based ePest Surveillance System has been developed with a purpose to compile and share realtime information on pests of Agricultural crops in Bhutan. The ePest surveillance system uses an android tablet that has the combination of various cutting edge technologies (GPS/GPRS/GSM) for the real time geo-referenced data capture and transmission via internet. It is connected to a central server that allows rapid data entry, collation and analysis, and makes the data reports available in real time to the participating Geogs, Dzongkhags and Research Centers. As this system can gather and store information for any given time period, it will allow us to study the trend of pests’ occurrence with reference to contributing factors such as climate change and changing crop production system and develop pest Forecasting and Early Warning system.

ePest Surveillance System for Department of Agriculture, Govt of Chattisgarh

ePest Surveillance Systems an ICT mediated GPS based pest and disease monitoring and surveillance system implemented for Department of agriculture, Govt of Chattisgarh Coordinated the training and capacity development of the users of the PDA device on data recording, transfer report generation.

Pilot Study on PDA based Micro-irrigation Monitoring System for Department of Horticulture, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh

Conducted a pilot study for ICT mediated PDA based Micro-irrigation Monitoring System to record the geo-reference, date & time stamped field data on implementing Micro-irrigation system against the subsidy provided by the government.


  • Destination Madhya Pradesh – Global Investors Meet - II
  • Small Hydro Projects (Narmada Valley Development Authority)
  • Destination India



  • Coordinated and facilitated an International Stakeholders Workshop on Radio and ICT’s in Africa (Malawi and Tanzania) as lead ICT4D expert under WFP commissioned project.
  • Invited as ICT4D expert for Inter Regional Workshop for Africa and South Asia on Scaling up Climate Services for Farmers in in Kampala Uganda under a USAID funded project under the CCRD program
  • Invited by Coconut Research Institute, Srilanka to train official of Institute on usage and handling of ICT Solution under FAO TCP Project.


  • Invited as ICT4D expert by National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) for a training program on "Social Media for Effective Sharing of Agricultural Knowledge", 3, Feb, 2015
  • Delivered seminar on “Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Application for Rural Development” organized by CIRDAP – NIRD & PR Collaborative International Training Programme, 16 March, 2015
  • Delivered seminar on “Innovative Approaches for Agricultural Education and Extension for Smallholder Farmers” for World Bank Delegate, 8 Dec, 2014


2013 - 2013

Mobiles for Development, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for Development

Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and The Center for Continuing Education, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
2004 - 2004

Training on Basic Steps of Plat Tissue Culture

Grow Tips Biotech ( An Organization of Agro Tech Welfare Society