About us

Who we are

The Agency For Cooperation In Technical And Economic Development (ACTED), a Section 8 company, was founded in 2016 with the objective of supporting vulnerable populations of India and accompanying them in the construction of a better future.

Our background

The Section 8 company was conceptualized out of the long-term presence in India of the French INGO, ACTED, – with the two founding members of the French organization also being part of the managing board of the Section 8 company. The French INGO has been working in India since the immediate aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. Initially this was by providing emergency relief and recovery to the hardest hit areas of Tamil Nadu and in the following years, the INGO supported communities in Bihar, West Bengal, Madhubani, Sunderbans, Majuli and Assam focusing on disaster resilience and strengthening the capacity of civil society.

Our team

We are an experienced and committed team striving to go the extra mile to provide communities with the support they need. As a multi-cultural team with international experience, we understand the realities of the people we help and work to build solid relations with donors and partners across India.

The Governing Body
Parag Gupta | Promoter

Parag is currently heading the finance department of ACTED in India. With over 20 years of experience in the social development sector in India, he has hands-on experience in financial and audit processes of NGOs. His experience has taken him beyond the borders of India – Parag has also set up ACTED offices and trained staff in multiple countries across Asia, notably in India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal, and Bangladesh.




Mrinal Talukdar | Promoter

Mrinal is a journalist with 30 years of experience and in-depth knowledge of Northeast India. He is also an internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker, and has published no less than 12 books focusing for the most part on the history of the state of Assam. Mrinal has also shared his media expertise with ACTED and UNICEF to contribute to development projects as a media consultant.



The Board of Directors
Jagriti Roy | Managing Director

Jagriti is holding the reins of the Section 8 company and has been part of the ACTED family for more than 10 years as a Senior Manager. She has over 20 years of experience in administrative management, human resources, and program coordination for NGOs. At ease in any cultural environment, Jagriti has worked in multiple countries across Asia as well as in the United States. She has collaborated with donors such as the EU, USAID, the World Bank, etc.




Marie-Pierre Caley | Director

Marie-Pierre obtained her Doctorate in geography from the Université de Paris 8. After supporting two local NGOs in Afghanistan, she co-founded the Kabul Emergency Project in 1992. In 1993, she co-founded the international NGO ACTED in Afghanistan. Since then, as CEO of ACTED, she has launched programmes in 25 countries around the world. Marie-Pierre also created ACTED Regional Platforms in India, Kenya and Jordan.




Frédéric Roussel | Director

After graduating from the Paris Institute of Political Studies, Frédéric travelled extensively across the world. In 1989 he settled in Afghanistan where he worked for several International Organisations and assisted the launch of several local NGOs. As co-founder and Development Director of ACTED, Frédéric focuses on constructing sustainable regional strategies for ACTED’s activities in developing countries.