Shashidharan is a development professional with 26 years of experience in project consultancy, project management, capacity building, micro enterprise, entrepreneurship development and HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support programmes. Karnataka Technical Support Unit. He is a national level master trainer and has been a faculty at the Rural Development and Self Employment (RUDSETI). He was also a member of the Technical Working Group for developing a national module on Prime Minister’s Rojgar Yojana (PMRY). He holds a master’s degree in Social Work and a postgraduate diploma in Human Resource Management.