Rabindra Nath Pati is an eminent Social Anthropologist of Orissa who started his career as Assistant Director, Population Research Centre, Utkal University, Orissa (India) in 1983. As a development consultant, he has directed good number of evaluation and diagnostic research as well as development projects supported by the government and international agencies like NORAD, DANIDA, and World Bank. He has authored at least 12 books and 56 research articles published in different international journals and books. He has been invited as a Speaker to address various International Conferences held at Switzerland, USA, Norway, Netherlands, Ghana and Kuala Lumpur.
Dr Pati has been awarded PhD in Anthropology from Utkal University and prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award as best Social Scientist by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation in 2003.