S B LokeshS. B. Lokesh
State Director, Karnataka, India

S.B. Lokesh was Landesa’s first staff member in India and leads Landesa’s work in Karnataka. He has been with the organization since July 2001. Lokesh has worked and participated in field research in five different Indian states, has organized many seminars and workshops at the state and national level, and manages many of Landesa’s relationships with government officials, NGOs, and other partners in India.

Areas of Expertise:

Rural development; training and capacity building support; agricultural development; research methods; project management; land administration; tenancy; women’s land rights.


Ph.D., Economics, Kuvempu University, Karnataka, India.

M.S., Agricultural Marketing and Cooperation, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India.

B.S., University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India.


Kannada, Hindi, English and Telegu.

Why I am passionate about Landesa’s mission:

“I find Landesa’s approach to helping the many needy poor in the world extraordinary and unique – it’s hard not to be passionate about this!”