MA in Social Work (Community Organisation and Development Practices), Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati, 2019
B.Sc (Physics), Cotton University, Guwahati, 2017
Abhishek started his journey in the social sector during his bachelor’s as a LGBTQ rights activist and mobiliser in Assam. He has been one of the organisers for the first five editions of the annual Queer Pride Walk of Guwahati till 2018. During his master’s, Abhishek got an opportunity to explore diverse areas of work and found his comfort in rural development. He completed his master’s thesis on understanding resilience towards annual floods of Assam through the perspective of women from flood affected communities. He began his work in rural development at Samaj Pragati Sahayog in Madhya Pradesh where he worked on Participatory Water Governance, focusing on equitable ground water access, drinking water security, sustainable agriculture practices, and women-led collectives. He has also worked with Watershed Support Services & Activities Network (WASSAN), where he worked on designing and implementing gender-responsive training modules on millet-based enterprise development for SHG women. Abhishek continues to be associated with organisations in Assam on LGBTQ rights and rural livelihoods as a consultant on project designing and grant proposal writing. Abhishek loves long bike-rides, solo-travelling, swimming. and a good book to end the day with.
At Dakshin, Abhishek is working in the Andaman Islands as the Senior Program Associate for the SeaChange initiative.