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Nachiket Mor

Visiting Scientist, The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health

Nachiket Mor has a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. His work is focused on the design of national and regional health systems. He is a Visiting Scientist at The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Information Technology and Public Policy at IIIT Bangalore.

Tarun Khanna

Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Director, The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University

Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School
and Director of the Lakshmi Mittal & Family South Asia Institute, Harvard
University. He studies entrepreneurship as a means to social and economic
development across the emerging markets, is a co-founder and board
member of several technology companies and non-profits across the developing
world, and an occasional member of commissions of the Government of India
related to education, scientific advance and entrepreneurship.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Executive Chairperson, Biocon Ltd.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is a pioneering biotech entrepreneur, a healthcare visionary, a global influencer and a passionate philanthropist. She is a pioneer of India’s biotech industry and founder of Biocon. Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw is the proud recipient of two of India's highest civilian honours, the Padma Shri (1989) and the Padma Bhushan (2005). She was also honoured with the Order of Australia, Australia’s Highest Civilian Honour in January 2020. In 2016, she was conferred with the highest French distinction - Knight of the Legion of Honour. She has been named as the winner of EY World Entrepreneur of the Year™ 2020 Award, which is a testimony to her entrepreneurial journey of over four decades. She has been elected as a full-term member of the Board of Trustees of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, and also serves as a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), USA.

Sharad Sharma

Executive Director, Population Foundation of India

Sharad Sharma has three decades of experience in the Internet, Enterprise Software, Digital Finance and Digital Health sectors and is a prominent voice in India's technology ecosystem.
He co-founded iSPIRT Foundation, a non-profit technology think tank devoted to making India a product nation. Earlier, he Chaired NASSCOM Product Forum in its formative years and was a member of the NASSCOM Executive Council from 2009-13.
Sharad is an active technology angel investor with over two dozen investments. He was also instrumental in the success of India's first IP focussed fund, India Innovation Fund. Earlier, he had co-founded Teltier Technologies Inc., a wireless infrastructure startup which is now part of CISCO.
He has held several senior R&D executive positions with leading technology companies, including Yahoo, VERITAS Software, Symantec, Lucent Technologies, and AT&T. He is a member of SEBI's Financial and Regulatory Technology Committee. He has also served on RBI's UK Sinha MSME Committee and National Digital Payments Committee.

K Sujatha Rao

Former Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India

Sujatha Rao, a 1974 batch IAS officer is a former Union Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. In her 36 years of service as a civil servant, she spent 20 years in the health sector in different capacities at the state and federal levels.
Ms. Rao was chairperson of the Portfolio Committee of the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM); Member of the Global Advisory Panel of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Founding member of the Public Health Foundation of India; Member of the Advisory Board of the Ministerial Leadership Program of the Harvard School of Public Health and Member of the High Level Panel on Global Risk Framework of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, Trustee of Population Council, USA, Board Member of AIIMS, Raipur, BSNL and served on Boards of UNAIDS and Global Fund for HIV, TB and Malaria.
Currently, Ms. Rao is Co Chairperson of High Level Expert Committee on Health Reform in AP, Member of the NHSRC, GOI, Board Member of PRITHVI Asset Reconstruction Company, Member on Board of NGO’s and Managing Trustee of the journal “The India Forum”.
She holds an MA from Delhi University, an MPA from Harvard University, USA 1991-92 and was a Takemi Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health 2001-2002 and Gro Harlem Brundtland Senior Leadership Fellow at HSPH in 2012. She is the author of the book entitled “DO We Care? India’s Health System” – published by Oxford University Press in 2017.

K Srinath Reddy

President, Public Health Foundation of India

K.Srinath Reddy is the President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and formerly headed the Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Under his leadership, PHFI has established five Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPHs) to advance multi-disciplinary public health education, research, health technologies and implementation support for strengthening health systems. He was appointed as the First Bernard Lown Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Health at the Harvard School of Public Health in (2009-13) and presently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard (2014-2023). He holds advisory positions in several national and international bodies and recently published a book Make Health in India: Reaching A Billion Plus. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Emory and Sydney Universities. He is the first Indian to be elected to the National Academy of Medicine, USA and was awarded several prestigious international and national doctorates and fellowships. He was President of the World Heart Federation (2013-15).

Yamini Aiyar

President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research

Yamini Aiyar is the President and Chief Executive of the Centre for Policy Research, one of India’s oldest and leading think tanks. Yamini’s research works sits at the intersections of research and policy practice. Her research spans the field of social policy (education, health and social protection), governance and public finance, federalism and the study of contemporary politics in India. In 2008, Yamini found the Accountability Initiative at the Centre for Policy Research. The initiative is credited with pioneering one of India’s largest expenditure tracking surveys for elementary education. Yamini has published in academic journals and the popular press. In addition, she serves on a number of government and international policy committees and boards of non-profits and think tanks. Yamini is an alumna of the London School of Economics, St. Edumunds College, Cambridge University and St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

Devi Shetty

Chairman, Narayana Hrudayalaya Limited

A cardiac surgeon of repute and a successful entrepreneur, Devi Shetty is a highly respected luminary for his ingenious ideas for reforms in healthcare sector. His visionary leadership to make quality healthcare affordable for all has drawn global recognition. He has worked along with the Government of India, state governments, trade bodies and global policy think tanks to develop vital healthcare policies. A strong advocate of technology for efficient healthcare delivery, Dr.Shetty takes deep interest in creating and developing software products and applications to achieve time and cost efficiency while minimizing clinical errors in healthcare delivery. In association with Karnataka government he pioneered Yeshaswini, a very inexpensive micro health insurance scheme benefitting more than 3.4 million rural poor. Dr. Shetty is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, The Economist Innovation Award, Ernst and Young – Entrepreneur of the Year, Financial Times Arcelor Mittal ‘Boldness in Business’ Award, Nikkei Asia Prize for Economic and Business Innovation. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates from University of Minnesota, University of Mysore and IIT, Madras.

Atul Gupta

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Care Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Atul Gupta is an Assistant Professor in the department of Health Care Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He joined Wharton in 2017 from Stanford University, where he received his PhD in Economics. His research interests are in Health Care, Public Finance, and Industrial Organization. His current research examines various determinants of productivity in US health care including performance pay for providers, consolidation among providers, and private equity ownership of providers. His previous work has been published in prestigious journals such as the American Economic Review and Health Affairs. Prior to Stanford, Atul received his MBA at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India and worked as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group for several years.

Dr. J. Pratheeba

Health Economist at the Population Foundation of India, New Delhi.

Pratheeba is a Health Economist at the Population Foundation of India, New Delhi. A doctorate in Economics, she has close to twelve years of professional experience working in health and development sector issues. Her work experience at the National Health Systems Resource Centre, WHO India Country Office and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has enabled her to understand health systems across different states and their functioning. She has excellent knowledge of health financing in the country and was involved in developing the National Health Accounts Estimates for India. She has also undertaken evaluations of rural and urban health systems in the country. Her expertise also lies in conducting research and evaluation of projects that promote development, structural and social change; designing and conducting post-implementation monitoring; undertaking research studies for evidence generation and designing strategic engagement initiatives with the national and state departments for health systems strengthening.

Shruti Slaria

Policy Analyst, Swaniti Initiative

Shruti is a Policy Analyst with Swaniti Initiative where she focusses on livelihoods, healthcare, and monitoring and evaluation. Her work includes providing technical assistance on projects, designing and implementing M&E frameworks, analysing government schemes and policies, and preparing briefs for parliamentarians and wider information dissemination. She completed her bachelor’s degree from Lady Shri Ram College and holds a master’s in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and a master’s in Public Policy from Sciences Po, Paris. Shruti has worked with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Centre National de la Research Scientifique (CNRS) in the past.

Mekhala Krishnamurthy

Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Ashoka University and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR)

Mekhala is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Ashoka University and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), where she leads the State Capacity Initiative, a new interdisciplinary research and practice programme focused on addressing the challenges of the 21st-century Indian state. Over the last eighteen years, her research, publications, policy and professional engagements have involved work within and across a range of field sites and subjects, including women's courts and dispute resolution, community health workers and public health systems, agriculture and agricultural markets, and land, water and livelihood security. This has placed her in a variety of roles at the intersections of and in partnerships between academia, public policy, government, the private sector, and grassroots civil society organisations. She has trained at Harvard University, the University of Cambridge, and at University College London, where she completed her PhD in Anthropology as a UCL Global Excellence Scholar.

Hasna Ashraf

Research Associate with the Social Protection Initiative at Dvara Research.

Hasna is a Research Associate with the Social Protection Initiative at Dvara Research. In this role she focuses on activating missing insurance markets. She completed her Master’s degree in Development Studies from Indian Institute of Technology Madras. She previously worked as a Senior Analyst with the Monitoring and Evaluation Division at the Centre for Digital Financial Inclusion, Delhi.

Bindu Ananth

Co-founder and Chair of Dvara Trust.

Bindu is the co-founder and Chair of Dvara Trust. She was Board Chair of Northern Arc Capital from 2009 - 2018. Prior to this, Bindu worked in ICICI Bank’s microfinance team between 2001 and 2005 and was head of the new product development team within their Rural Banking Group in 2007.
She has an under-graduate degree in Economics from Madras University and Masters Degrees from the Institute of Rural Management (IRMA) and Harvard University’s John. F. Kennedy School of Government.
Bindu has co-edited “Financial Engineering for Low-Income Households”, a book published by SAGE. She has also published in the Economic and Political Weekly, OECD Trade Paper Series and the Small Enterprise Development Journal. She was a member of three RBI Committees: financial inclusion, SME finance and housing securitisation. She was a member of the Government of India’s High Level Committee on Women (2014-15). She is a member of the Taskforce of the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Board of India (2017)
She is an Independent Director of Neo-Growth, a member of the Executive Committee of CGAP & member of Columbia University's advisory board for its India Initiative. In 2017, Bindu was featured by Forbes as one of India’s leading women leaders.

Tejasvi Ravi

Lead, LGTLightstone

Tejasvi Ravi leads the healthcare vertical at LGTLightstone, an impact focused venture capital fund. She has a decade of experience in private sector healthcare, serving as an advisor and board member of a variety of healthcare startups. Previously, she was a strategy consultant at Bain & Company with experience advising leading Indian & global companies. She also has operational experience as part of the leadership team at Medanta Hospital.

Neela Saldanha

Board Member of The Life You Can Save

Neela is an independent consultant and applied behavioral scientist. She consults with organizations in the areas of public health and financial inclusion. She is a Board Member of The Life You Can Save, the non-profit founded by philosopher Peter Singer to increase charitable giving. Previously Neela was the Founding Director of the Center for Social and Behavior Change (CSBC) at Ashoka University. The Center was established by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to advance evidence-led behavior change interventions for low-income & marginalized populations in India. Neela combines her social sector experience with deep private sector expertise. Over 15 years, she has led teams in insights, strategy, marketing and sales with companies such as Nestle, Unilever, Accenture and PepsiCo in the US and India. Neela has a PhD in Marketing (Consumer Behavior) from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from IIM Calcutta.

Vivek U Padvetnaya

Vivek, Doctor

Vivek is a trained medical doctor with a master’s in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing from the LSE and the LSHTM; and a doctorate in Public Health (Political-Economy) from the University of Oxford.
Vivek is passionate about making basic public health services ‘work’ for the needy citizens. His research aims to inform policy and practice on evidence-based solutions to supply-side, demand-side and governance barriers to ensure basic services reach the un-reached. Towards this, he has undertaken several original research studies, and has successfully advocated for the study learnings to be considered by both policymakers and the practitioners in India and the United Kingdom.In addition, he has more than a decade long experience of managing health care institutions and programs at the grassroots level in resource-poor settings.

Sandhya Venkateswaran

Public Policy and Advocacy. Former Country Lead for Policy and Strategic Partnerships at the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation

Spanning a career over three decades, Sandhya has engaged with a wide range of issues in the social sector spanning across health, nutrition, gender, natural resources, urban development and others. Over the last 15 years she has focused on policy issues and system reform, developing and leading the policy and advocacy portfolio in organisations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and CARE. She has worked with multiple grassroots campaigns and civil society organisations, as well as with government and international organisations. She has authored books, numerous articles and other publications on a range of social sector issues.

Jyoti Yadav

IRS Officer

Jyoti holds a master’s degree in Economics and Public Policy. She is an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer, currently on deputation to the Prime Minister’s Office on Development Research and Policy Implementation and is on study leave. She is nearing the completion of her doctoral program at IIT-Delhi. Her dissertation is a comparative study of institutional design of federal structures on policy effectiveness. She has worked with both houses of the parliament and has a deep understanding of day to day operations of these structures. She has written extensively on agriculture, PDS system and Centre- State relations.

Poonam Muttreja

Executive Director, Population Foundation of India

Poonam Muttreja is the Executive Director of the Population Foundation of India and for the last 40 years has been a strong advocate of women’s health, reproductive & sexual rights and rural livelihoods. She has co-conceived the popular transmedia initiative, Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon - I, A Woman, Can Achieve Anything. Before joining PFI, she served as the India Country Director of the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation for 15 years and has also co-founded and led the Ashoka Foundation, Dastkar, and the Society for Rural, Urban and Tribal Initiative (SRUTI). An alumna of Delhi University and Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government, Poonam serves on the governing council of several non-governmental organisations, and is a regular commentator in India and globally for television and the print media.

S V Subramanian

Professor of Population Health and Geography, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health

S V (Subu) Subramanian is a Professor of Population Health and Geography at Harvard University, and Chair of the Faculty Advisory Group for the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University. He was the Founding Director of Graduate Studies for the interdisciplinary PhD program in Population Health Sciences at Harvard. He is currently an Honorary Senior Fellow of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, Government of India.

Mirai Chatterjee

Director, Social Security Team, Self-Employed Women’s Association [SEWA]

Mirai Chatterjee is the Director of the Social Security Team at Self-Employed Women’s Association, (SEWA). She is also Chairperson of the SEWA Cooperative Federation of 106 women’s primary cooperatives. In addition, she is responsible for SEWA’s health care, child care and insurance programmes. She was Chairperson of the National Insurance VimoSEWA Cooperative Ltd and the Lok Swasthya Health Cooperative, and is actively involved in both as a board member and founder. She joined SEWA in 1984 and was its General Secretary after its Founder, Ela Bhatt.
Ms Chatterjee serves as Chairperson of the global informal workers and policy-makers network, WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment Globalising and Organising), and on the Boards of several organizations, including the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Save the Children, PRADAN and now the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. She was advisor to the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganized Sector and is in the Advisory Group on Community Action of the National Rural Health Mission. She was also a Commissioner in the World Health Organization’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health. In addition, she was a member of the High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage set up by the Planning Commission of India in 2010. Further, she was a member of the National Advisory Council (NAC), appointed by the Prime Minister of India in 2010, she was conferred the Global Achievement award by the School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.
Ms. Chatterjee has a B.A. from Harvard University in History and Science and a Masters from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Public Health, USA.

Vikram Patel

Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School; Professor, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health; Co-founder, Sangath

Vikram Patel is the Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the Harvard Medical School. He co-leads the GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard initiative. His work has focused on the burden of mental health problems, their association with social disadvantage, and the use of community resources for their prevention and treatment. He is a co-founder of Sangath, an Indian NGO which won the WHO Public Health Champion of India prize. He is a Fellow of the UK's Academy of Medical Sciences and has served on the Committee which drafted India’s first National Mental Health Policy and the WHO High Level Independent Commission for NCDs. He has been awarded the Chalmers Medal, the Sarnat Prize, the Pardes Humanitarian Prize, an Honorary OBE and the John Dirk Canada Gairdner Award in Global Health. He was listed in TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential persons of the year in 2015.

Gagandeep Kang

Clinician Scientist and Professor in the Department of Gastrointestinal Sciences, Christian Medical College

Gagandeep Kang is Professor of Microbiology in the Division of Gastrointestinal Sciences at the Christian Medical College, Vellore in southern India. For the past 30 years, she has conducted research on enteric infections in children and their consequences on growth and development. In addition to generating insights into inflammation, intestinal function and the microbiome, she has evaluated a range of interventions from water treatment strategies to vaccination in clinical trials. Her work is internationally recognized, and she serves on multiple advisory committees at the World Health Organisation, for philanthropic organisations and international institutions. She is the chair of the WHO South East Asian Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group and Vice-Chair of the Board of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.

Armida Fernandez

Retired Professor, Neonatology and Dean, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical Hospital and College, Mumbai; Founder Trustee, SNEHA

Armida Fernandez is the founder and Chairperson of the Society for Nutrition Education and Health Action (SNEHA) that works on the issues of health, nutrition and violence in women and children across urban areas. She was Professor and the Head of the Neonatology Department at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General (LTMG) Hospital and Medical College for over 25 years and retired as the Dean of the institution. She was also Medical Director of the Holy Family Hospital in Mumbai after her retirement. She has been the President of the National Neonatology Forum.
She has worked extensively on the promotion of breastfeeding and lactation management and started the first Human Milk bank in the country at Sion Hospital in 1989. Her research has been on reducing mortality in newborns with low cost technologies and on issues of health, nutrition and violence in the vulnerable populations in urban slums.

Rajani Ved

Former Executive Director, National Health Systems Resource Centre

Rajani R. Ved, is a public health practitioner, and former Executive Director, National Health Systems Resource Centre, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India. She is a Visiting Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. For over ten years in NHSRC, she led at first, the establishment and institutionalization of India’s ASHA- programme, and later, the design and implementation support for India’s flagship primary health care initiative -Ayushman Bharat; Health and Wellness Centres. She has worked for over thirty years as a practitioner researcher with grassroots NGOs, governments, donors and private foundations in programme implementation, evaluation, research and policy formulation for women and children’s health and nutrition and health systems. Her expertise spans policy development, implementation research; technical support to strengthen health systems, and design and evaluation of large-scale health programmes. She has a medical degree from Madras University and a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University.

Vijay Chandru

Professor, Interdisciplinary Research, Indian Institute of Science

Professor Vijay Chandru (PhD MIT) has served on the faculty of engineering at Purdue University and now with interdisciplinary research in digital health at the Indian Institute of Science. An elected fellow of both the Indian academy of sciences and engineering, he is a distinguished alumnus of BITS Pilani and the MIT India program. An inventor of the Simputer, he is a founder of Strand Life Sciences, India’s leading precision medicine solutions company which he led as Executive Chairman from inception in 2000 till retirement in 2018. A technology pioneer of the World Economic Forum since 2006, he served with the IAC of WEF on the future of healthcare from 2014-16. In his work at the Centre for Health Equity and Transparency and OPFORD Foundation, Professor Chandru has been committed to orphan diseases outreach with scalable platforms towards the vision of “no disease orphan by 2030.

Leila E Caleb Varkey

Senior Advisor Reproductive Health, Centre for Catalyzing Change

Dr Leila Varkey is a Public Health Researcher and advocate for better women and children’s health. Starting her career as a public health nurse, she went on to complete a full time doctorate in public health and joined Population Council as a Fellow and left 10 years later. Currently she is Senior Advisor Reproductive Health at Centre for Catalyzing Change- C3 India. In 2009-11 she was a member of the Planning Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage. In the last five years her work designing and implementing quality healthcare improvement programs by public health providers at CHCs, DHs, PHCs and larger teaching hospitals testing at-scale models for better quality of family planning and maternal health care. She has been a member of several the MoHFW’s and ICMRs Task Forces and National Advisory Groups e.g. for SUMAN, LaQshya and the Midwifery Initiatives. Leila is especially interested in the progress of nursing and midwifery as vibrant professions in India through their own professional bodies and associations supporting their career upgrades and leadership capacity.

Arnab Mukherji

Professor of Public Policy, Center for Public Policy, IIM Bangalore

Arnab Mukherji is a Professor of Public Policy at the Center for Public Policy, IIM Bangalore, and the founding Program Director for the Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship program – an academia-government partnership to build state capacity in district administration. He seeks to combine administrative and survey data to inform public policy, particularly in the domains spanning healthcare, and development economics. He routinely consults with different state governments and, union government ministries in India, and multi-lateral organizations such as the World Bank on matters related to policy design, their implementation, and evaluation.

Thelma Narayan

Director, Academics & Policy Action, SOCHARA

Dr. Thelma Narayan, a medical graduate from St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India, with an MSc. in Epidemiology and doctorate in public health policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
She was a faculty member of the Department of Community Medicine, St. John’s Medical College and later co-initiated the Community Health Cell (CHC) in 1984 and the Society of Community Health Awareness, Research and Action (SOCHARA) in 1991.
She has been an advisor to various national health initiatives including the National Rural Health Mission; a member of the Advisory Group on Community Action for Health from 2005 till date; on the founding governing board of the National Health Systems Resource Centre for one term; member of the national ASHA mentoring group for the first seven years; and member of the National Mental Health Policy Group.
She is active in the People’s Health Movement in India (Jan Swasthya Abhiyan) and globally since their inception in 2000 promoting the Health for All goal.
She was a member of the Measurement and Evidence Knowledge Network of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (2005-8) and on the Planning Committee of the Bamako inter-ministerial forum for research on health, development and equity (2008).

Sandhya Venkateswaran

Public Policy and Advocacy. Former Country Lead for Policy and Strategic Partnerships at the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation

Spanning a career over three decades, Sandhya has engaged with a wide range of issues in the social sector spanning across health, nutrition, gender, natural resources, urban development and others. Over the last 15 years she has focused on policy issues and system reform, developing and leading the policy and advocacy portfolio in organisations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and CARE. She has worked with multiple grassroots campaigns and civil society organisations, as well as with government and international organisations. She has authored books, numerous articles and other publications on a range of social sector issues.

Alok Vajpeyi

Joint Director/Head, Knowledge Management and Core Grants with Population Foundation of India.

Alok Vajpeyi is the Joint Director/Head, Knowledge Management and Core Grants with Population Foundation of India. He is an experienced Development Professional, Monitoring and Evaluation Expert and Researcher with progressive experience in evidence based development. Alok has worked with national and international organizations and provided programme, research, evaluation and management oversight and leadership. He has specialization in evaluation design, planning, implementation, and use in multiple contexts and domains. Alok was member of Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group (PME WG) for 2016-18. Alok has led several international and national research studies, reviews and evaluations. Alok led the State Population Policy drafting process in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in 2019 and 2020 respectively. He has done Master in Business Administration from Maastricht University, the Netherlands and received professional trainings in impact evaluation and knowledge management from World Bank’s IPDET programme in Carlton University, Harvard University and IIM, Ahmedabad.

Dipa Nag Chowdhury

Director Programmes at Population Foundation of India

Dipa Nag Chowdhury is Director Programmes at Population Foundation of India where she leads the organization’s programmes on population, reproductive health, gender and youth empowerment. She is an international development professional with more than 20 years of experience in India, South Asia, and at the global level. Her sectors of work are gender; youth sexual and reproductive health and rights; maternal health; governance and accountability; HIV/AIDS; and secondary education. Her competencies are strategic planning, programme development and management; policy advocacy, research, monitoring and evaluation, and capacity building. From 1998 to April 2019, Dipa worked at the India office of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In her role as Deputy Director, she led the Foundation’s grantmaking on maternal health, promoting young people’s sexual and reproductive health and girls’ secondary education. Prior to joining the MacArthur Foundation, Dipa has worked issues related with HIV/AIDS at Naz Foundation (India) Trust in Delhi and at the Mailman School of Public Health at the Columbia University in New York, USA. She was also employed at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington DC to do research on nutrition. Dipa has masters’ degrees in Public Administration from Syracuse University in the US and Political Science from Mumbai University.

Bijit Roy

Manages Secretariat of the Advisory Group on Community Action (AGCA),

Expertise in community mobilisation, social accountability; scaling up- frameworks and processes; government relations and partnership management; nutrition and sexual and reproductive health. Designed, led and delivered large and complex nutrition and health programmes, scaling up pilots, mentored civil society organisations.
Bijit is leading work on community engagement and action at Population Foundation of India. He manages the Secretariat of the Advisory Group on Community Action (AGCA), a committee constituted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) with a mandate to provide guidance to the state governments on community processes initiatives, particularly related to accountability under the National Rural Health Mission in 2005. Population Foundation of India serves as the Secretariat of the AGCA, currently providing guidance and support to 25 state governments. He has been with Population Foundation of India since 2007 and currently is Associate Director- Community Action and Accountability. Bijit has previously worked at CARE (1998- 2006) in the Policy and Advocacy Unit at the national level and managed implementation of nutrition, reproductive and child health interventions in the states of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

Amrita Sekhar

Consultant, Division of GI Sciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore

Current Position: Consultant, Division of GI Sciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore
I have spent the last many years engaging with multiple facets of the health system by working directly and indirectly with both the public and private health care systems in India. The broad areas of research that I have engaged with, and, have ongoing research work in, include: - a) Policy work with the government and international organizations in the areas of vaccines and infectious diseases, regulatory policy and clinical research and b) Policy development in academia, and c) Evaluation of government programmes in immunization and nutrition.

Jacob John

Professor of Community Medicine at the Christian Medical College, Vellore

Jacob John is a Professor of Community Medicine at the Christian Medical College, Vellore. He received his MD in community medicine at the Christian Medical College Vellore and his PhD from the Imperial College London.
His research and public health focus are on the prevention and control of paediatric infectious diseases. He has been involved with efforts to define the burden of Hemophilus Influenza B, Rotavirus, and typhoid in India. Currently, he leads a research network estimating the burden of enteric fever in diverse settings across India and works closely with health authorities in India to support evidence informed public policy.

Dr. J. Pratheeba

Health Economist at the Population Foundation of India, New Delhi.

Pratheeba is a Health Economist at the Population Foundation of India, New Delhi. A doctorate in Economics, she has close to twelve years of professional experience working in health and development sector issues. Her work experience at the National Health Systems Resource Centre, WHO India Country Office and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has enabled her to understand health systems across different states and their functioning. She has excellent knowledge of health financing in the country and was involved in developing the National Health Accounts Estimates for India. She has also undertaken evaluations of rural and urban health systems in the country. Her expertise also lies in conducting research and evaluation of projects that promote development, structural and social change; designing and conducting post-implementation monitoring; undertaking research studies for evidence generation and designing strategic engagement initiatives with the national and state departments for health systems strengthening.

Yamini Aiyar

President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research

Yamini Aiyar is the President and Chief Executive of the Centre for Policy Research, one of India’s oldest and leading think tanks. Yamini’s research works sits at the intersections of research and policy practice. Her research spans the field of social policy (education, health and social protection), governance and public finance, federalism and the study of contemporary politics in India. In 2008, Yamini found the Accountability Initiative at the Centre for Policy Research. The initiative is credited with pioneering one of India’s largest expenditure tracking surveys for elementary education. Yamini has published in academic journals and the popular press. In addition, she serves on a number of government and international policy committees and boards of non-profits and think tanks. Yamini is an alumna of the London School of Economics, St. Edumunds College, Cambridge University and St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

K Sujatha Rao

Former Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India

Sujatha Rao, a 1974 batch IAS officer is a former Union Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. In her 36 years of service as a civil servant, she spent 20 years in the health sector in different capacities at the state and federal levels.
Ms. Rao was chairperson of the Portfolio Committee of the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM); Member of the Global Advisory Panel of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Founding member of the Public Health Foundation of India; Member of the Advisory Board of the Ministerial Leadership Program of the Harvard School of Public Health and Member of the High Level Panel on Global Risk Framework of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, Trustee of Population Council, USA, Board Member of AIIMS, Raipur, BSNL and served on Boards of UNAIDS and Global Fund for HIV, TB and Malaria.
Currently, Ms. Rao is Co Chairperson of High Level Expert Committee on Health Reform in AP, Member of the NHSRC, GOI, Board Member of PRITHVI Asset Reconstruction Company, Member on Board of NGO’s and Managing Trustee of the journal “The India Forum”.
She holds an MA from Delhi University, an MPA from Harvard University, USA 1991-92 and was a Takemi Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health 2001-2002 and Gro Harlem Brundtland Senior Leadership Fellow at HSPH in 2012. She is the author of the book entitled “DO We Care? India’s Health System” – published by Oxford University Press in 2017.

Gagandeep Kang

Clinician Scientist and Professor in the Department of Gastrointestinal Sciences, Christian Medical College

Gagandeep Kang is Professor of Microbiology in the Division of Gastrointestinal Sciences at the Christian Medical College, Vellore in southern India. For the past 30 years, she has conducted research on enteric infections in children and their consequences on growth and development. In addition to generating insights into inflammation, intestinal function and the microbiome, she has evaluated a range of interventions from water treatment strategies to vaccination in clinical trials. Her work is internationally recognized, and she serves on multiple advisory committees at the World Health Organisation, for philanthropic organisations and international institutions. She is the chair of the WHO South East Asian Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group and Vice-Chair of the Board of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.

K Srinath Reddy

President, Public Health Foundation of India

K.Srinath Reddy is the President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and formerly headed the Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Under his leadership, PHFI has established five Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPHs) to advance multi-disciplinary public health education, research, health technologies and implementation support for strengthening health systems. He was appointed as the First Bernard Lown Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Health at the Harvard School of Public Health in (2009-13) and presently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard (2014-2023). He holds advisory positions in several national and international bodies and recently published a book Make Health in India: Reaching A Billion Plus. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Emory and Sydney Universities. He is the first Indian to be elected to the National Academy of Medicine, USA and was awarded several prestigious international and national doctorates and fellowships. He was President of the World Heart Federation (2013-15).

Mirai Chatterjee

Director, Social Security Team, Self-Employed Women’s Association [SEWA]

Mirai Chatterjee is the Director of the Social Security Team at Self-Employed Women’s Association, (SEWA). She is also Chairperson of the SEWA Cooperative Federation of 106 women’s primary cooperatives. In addition, she is responsible for SEWA’s health care, child care and insurance programmes. She was Chairperson of the National Insurance VimoSEWA Cooperative Ltd and the Lok Swasthya Health Cooperative, and is actively involved in both as a board member and founder. She joined SEWA in 1984 and was its General Secretary after its Founder, Ela Bhatt.
Ms Chatterjee serves as Chairperson of the global informal workers and policy-makers network, WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment Globalising and Organising), and on the Boards of several organizations, including the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Save the Children, PRADAN and now the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. She was advisor to the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganized Sector and is in the Advisory Group on Community Action of the National Rural Health Mission. She was also a Commissioner in the World Health Organization’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health. In addition, she was a member of the High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage set up by the Planning Commission of India in 2010. Further, she was a member of the National Advisory Council (NAC), appointed by the Prime Minister of India in 2010, she was conferred the Global Achievement award by the School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.
Ms. Chatterjee has a B.A. from Harvard University in History and Science and a Masters from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Public Health, USA.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Executive Chairperson, Biocon Ltd.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is a pioneering biotech entrepreneur, a healthcare visionary, a global influencer and a passionate philanthropist. She is a pioneer of India’s biotech industry and founder of Biocon. Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw is the proud recipient of two of India's highest civilian honours, the Padma Shri (1989) and the Padma Bhushan (2005). She was also honoured with the Order of Australia, Australia’s Highest Civilian Honour in January 2020. In 2016, she was conferred with the highest French distinction - Knight of the Legion of Honour. She has been named as the winner of EY World Entrepreneur of the Year™ 2020 Award, which is a testimony to her entrepreneurial journey of over four decades. She has been elected as a full-term member of the Board of Trustees of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, and also serves as a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), USA.

Arnab Mukherji

Professor of Public Policy, Center for Public Policy, IIM Bangalore

Arnab Mukherji is a Professor of Public Policy at the Center for Public Policy, IIM Bangalore, and the founding Program Director for the Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship program – an academia-government partnership to build state capacity in district administration. He seeks to combine administrative and survey data to inform public policy, particularly in the domains spanning healthcare, and development economics. He routinely consults with different state governments and, union government ministries in India, and multi-lateral organizations such as the World Bank on matters related to policy design, their implementation, and evaluation.

Thelma Narayan

Director, Academics & Policy Action, SOCHARA

Dr. Thelma Narayan, a medical graduate from St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India, with an MSc. in Epidemiology and doctorate in public health policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
She was a faculty member of the Department of Community Medicine, St. John’s Medical College and later co-initiated the Community Health Cell (CHC) in 1984 and the Society of Community Health Awareness, Research and Action (SOCHARA) in 1991.
She has been an advisor to various national health initiatives including the National Rural Health Mission; a member of the Advisory Group on Community Action for Health from 2005 till date; on the founding governing board of the National Health Systems Resource Centre for one term; member of the national ASHA mentoring group for the first seven years; and member of the National Mental Health Policy Group.
She is active in the People’s Health Movement in India (Jan Swasthya Abhiyan) and globally since their inception in 2000 promoting the Health for All goal.
She was a member of the Measurement and Evidence Knowledge Network of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (2005-8) and on the Planning Committee of the Bamako inter-ministerial forum for research on health, development and equity (2008).

Leila E Caleb Varkey

Senior Advisor Reproductive Health, Centre for Catalyzing Change

Dr Leila Varkey is a Public Health Researcher and advocate for better women and children’s health. Starting her career as a public health nurse, she went on to complete a full time doctorate in public health and joined Population Council as a Fellow and left 10 years later. Currently she is Senior Advisor Reproductive Health at Centre for Catalyzing Change- C3 India. In 2009-11 she was a member of the Planning Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage. In the last five years her work designing and implementing quality healthcare improvement programs by public health providers at CHCs, DHs, PHCs and larger teaching hospitals testing at-scale models for better quality of family planning and maternal health care. She has been a member of several the MoHFW’s and ICMRs Task Forces and National Advisory Groups e.g. for SUMAN, LaQshya and the Midwifery Initiatives. Leila is especially interested in the progress of nursing and midwifery as vibrant professions in India through their own professional bodies and associations supporting their career upgrades and leadership capacity.

Sapna Desai

Associate, Population Council

Sapna Desai is an Associate with the Population Council, India, where her research focuses on women’s health, health systems and community-based interventions. She is co-lead of the Evidence Consortium on Women’s Groups and studies to examine how women’s groups improve population health and nutrition outcomes. Sapna has been deeply engaged with generating evidence on and improving health systems delivery for gynaecological morbidity, in partnership with providers, policymakers and advocates over the past decade. She previously worked with the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) and its national federation, where she led community health worker and health insurance programs in several states. Dr Desai holds a PhD in epidemiology and population health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and MS from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

Mekhala Krishnamurthy

Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Ashoka University and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR)

Mekhala is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Ashoka University and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), where she leads the State Capacity Initiative, a new interdisciplinary research and practice programme focused on addressing the challenges of the 21st-century Indian state. Over the last eighteen years, her research, publications, policy and professional engagements have involved work within and across a range of field sites and subjects, including women's courts and dispute resolution, community health workers and public health systems, agriculture and agricultural markets, and land, water and livelihood security. This has placed her in a variety of roles at the intersections of and in partnerships between academia, public policy, government, the private sector, and grassroots civil society organisations. She has trained at Harvard University, the University of Cambridge, and at University College London, where she completed her PhD in Anthropology as a UCL Global Excellence Scholar.

Rajani Ved

Former Executive Director, National Health Systems Resource Centre

Rajani R. Ved, is a public health practitioner, and former Executive Director, National Health Systems Resource Centre, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India. She is a Visiting Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. For over ten years in NHSRC, she led at first, the establishment and institutionalization of India’s ASHA- programme, and later, the design and implementation support for India’s flagship primary health care initiative -Ayushman Bharat; Health and Wellness Centres. She has worked for over thirty years as a practitioner researcher with grassroots NGOs, governments, donors and private foundations in programme implementation, evaluation, research and policy formulation for women and children’s health and nutrition and health systems. Her expertise spans policy development, implementation research; technical support to strengthen health systems, and design and evaluation of large-scale health programmes. She has a medical degree from Madras University and a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University.

Devi Shetty

Chairman, Narayana Hrudayalaya Limited

A cardiac surgeon of repute and a successful entrepreneur, Devi Shetty is a highly respected luminary for his ingenious ideas for reforms in healthcare sector. His visionary leadership to make quality healthcare affordable for all has drawn global recognition. He has worked along with the Government of India, state governments, trade bodies and global policy think tanks to develop vital healthcare policies. A strong advocate of technology for efficient healthcare delivery, Dr.Shetty takes deep interest in creating and developing software products and applications to achieve time and cost efficiency while minimizing clinical errors in healthcare delivery. In association with Karnataka government he pioneered Yeshaswini, a very inexpensive micro health insurance scheme benefitting more than 3.4 million rural poor. Dr. Shetty is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, The Economist Innovation Award, Ernst and Young – Entrepreneur of the Year, Financial Times Arcelor Mittal ‘Boldness in Business’ Award, Nikkei Asia Prize for Economic and Business Innovation. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates from University of Minnesota, University of Mysore and IIT, Madras.

Gagandeep Kang

Clinician Scientist and Professor in the Department of Gastrointestinal Sciences, Christian Medical College

Gagandeep Kang is Professor of Microbiology in the Division of Gastrointestinal Sciences at the Christian Medical College, Vellore in southern India. For the past 30 years, she has conducted research on enteric infections in children and their consequences on growth and development. In addition to generating insights into inflammation, intestinal function and the microbiome, she has evaluated a range of interventions from water treatment strategies to vaccination in clinical trials. Her work is internationally recognized, and she serves on multiple advisory committees at the World Health Organisation, for philanthropic organisations and international institutions. She is the chair of the WHO South East Asian Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group and Vice-Chair of the Board of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.

Armida Fernandez

Retired Professor, Neonatology and Dean, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical Hospital and College, Mumbai; Founder Trustee, SNEHA

Armida Fernandez is the founder and Chairperson of the Society for Nutrition Education and Health Action (SNEHA) that works on the issues of health, nutrition and violence in women and children across urban areas. She was Professor and the Head of the Neonatology Department at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General (LTMG) Hospital and Medical College for over 25 years and retired as the Dean of the institution. She was also Medical Director of the Holy Family Hospital in Mumbai after her retirement. She has been the President of the National Neonatology Forum.
She has worked extensively on the promotion of breastfeeding and lactation management and started the first Human Milk bank in the country at Sion Hospital in 1989. Her research has been on reducing mortality in newborns with low cost technologies and on issues of health, nutrition and violence in the vulnerable populations in urban slums.

Vikram Patel

Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School; Professor, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health; Co-founder, Sangath

Vikram Patel is the Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the Harvard Medical School. He co-leads the GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard initiative. His work has focused on the burden of mental health problems, their association with social disadvantage, and the use of community resources for their prevention and treatment. He is a co-founder of Sangath, an Indian NGO which won the WHO Public Health Champion of India prize. He is a Fellow of the UK's Academy of Medical Sciences and has served on the Committee which drafted India’s first National Mental Health Policy and the WHO High Level Independent Commission for NCDs. He has been awarded the Chalmers Medal, the Sarnat Prize, the Pardes Humanitarian Prize, an Honorary OBE and the John Dirk Canada Gairdner Award in Global Health. He was listed in TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential persons of the year in 2015.

Bhushan Patwardhan

Distinguished Professor, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, Savitribai Phule Pune University; Vice Chairman, University Grants Commission; Chairman Additional Charge, Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi

Bhushan Patwardhan is a biomedical scientist and distinguished Professor at the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, Savitribai Phule Pune University, he has made original contributions in evidence-based Ayurveda especially in Ayurvedic biology, AyuGenomics, ethnopharmacology, natural product drug development and integrative approaches to improve public health system. He is founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine published by Elsevier. He is recipient of many orations and awards including Sir Ram Nath Chopra Oration and the Waldemar Haffkine Oration. He has received several research grants and has guided 20 PhD students, holds 8 Indian and 2 US Patents, with over 120 publications and 9900 citations. He is currently the Vice Chairman, University Grants Commission; Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research; Chairman, Interdisciplinary AYUSH R&D Taskforce, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog Committee on Integrative Health System.

Leila E Caleb Varkey

Senior Advisor Reproductive Health, Centre for Catalyzing Change

Dr Leila Varkey is a Public Health Researcher and advocate for better women and children’s health. Starting her career as a public health nurse, she went on to complete a full time doctorate in public health and joined Population Council as a Fellow and left 10 years later. Currently she is Senior Advisor Reproductive Health at Centre for Catalyzing Change- C3 India. In 2009-11 she was a member of the Planning Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage. In the last five years her work designing and implementing quality healthcare improvement programs by public health providers at CHCs, DHs, PHCs and larger teaching hospitals testing at-scale models for better quality of family planning and maternal health care. She has been a member of several the MoHFW’s and ICMRs Task Forces and National Advisory Groups e.g. for SUMAN, LaQshya and the Midwifery Initiatives. Leila is especially interested in the progress of nursing and midwifery as vibrant professions in India through their own professional bodies and associations supporting their career upgrades and leadership capacity.

Thelma Narayan

Director, Academics & Policy Action, SOCHARA

Dr. Thelma Narayan, a medical graduate from St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India, with an MSc. in Epidemiology and doctorate in public health policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
She was a faculty member of the Department of Community Medicine, St. John’s Medical College and later co-initiated the Community Health Cell (CHC) in 1984 and the Society of Community Health Awareness, Research and Action (SOCHARA) in 1991.
She has been an advisor to various national health initiatives including the National Rural Health Mission; a member of the Advisory Group on Community Action for Health from 2005 till date; on the founding governing board of the National Health Systems Resource Centre for one term; member of the national ASHA mentoring group for the first seven years; and member of the National Mental Health Policy Group.
She is active in the People’s Health Movement in India (Jan Swasthya Abhiyan) and globally since their inception in 2000 promoting the Health for All goal.
She was a member of the Measurement and Evidence Knowledge Network of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (2005-8) and on the Planning Committee of the Bamako inter-ministerial forum for research on health, development and equity (2008).

Sapna Desai

Associate, Population Council

Sapna Desai is an Associate with the Population Council, India, where her research focuses on women’s health, health systems and community-based interventions. She is co-lead of the Evidence Consortium on Women’s Groups and studies to examine how women’s groups improve population health and nutrition outcomes. Sapna has been deeply engaged with generating evidence on and improving health systems delivery for gynaecological morbidity, in partnership with providers, policymakers and advocates over the past decade. She previously worked with the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) and its national federation, where she led community health worker and health insurance programs in several states. Dr Desai holds a PhD in epidemiology and population health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and MS from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

Amrita Sekhar

Consultant, Division of GI Sciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore

Current Position: Consultant, Division of GI Sciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore
I have spent the last many years engaging with multiple facets of the health system by working directly and indirectly with both the public and private health care systems in India. The broad areas of research that I have engaged with, and, have ongoing research work in, include: - a) Policy work with the government and international organizations in the areas of vaccines and infectious diseases, regulatory policy and clinical research and b) Policy development in academia, and c) Evaluation of government programmes in immunization and nutrition.

Sarika Chaturvedi

Scientist, Dr D Y Patil University, Pune

Sarika’s work over two decades spans public health and health systems research focusing on maternal health. Her work on maternal health in India includes demand and supply side issues, public private partnerships and quality of care. She has international collaborative research experience and has also worked with civil society organisations in India. She has been an evaluator for health and development programmes by the Government of India and UN agencies. She has lived in rural Maharashtra while working with community health programmes and was involved in health human resource development. She is experienced in using quantitative and qualitive research methods.
Sarika graduated in Ayurvedic medicine and has a Masters in health systems management. She trained at the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden for her doctoral education in Public Health. Her interest areas are integrative health, quality of care, women’s and children’s health, traditional health practices and public health policy. Sarika is currently a Scientist at Dr D Y Patil University, Pune.

Sharad Sharma

Executive Director, Population Foundation of India

Sharad Sharma has three decades of experience in the Internet, Enterprise Software, Digital Finance and Digital Health sectors and is a prominent voice in India's technology ecosystem.
He co-founded iSPIRT Foundation, a non-profit technology think tank devoted to making India a product nation. Earlier, he Chaired NASSCOM Product Forum in its formative years and was a member of the NASSCOM Executive Council from 2009-13.
Sharad is an active technology angel investor with over two dozen investments. He was also instrumental in the success of India's first IP focussed fund, India Innovation Fund. Earlier, he had co-founded Teltier Technologies Inc., a wireless infrastructure startup which is now part of CISCO.
He has held several senior R&D executive positions with leading technology companies, including Yahoo, VERITAS Software, Symantec, Lucent Technologies, and AT&T. He is a member of SEBI's Financial and Regulatory Technology Committee. He has also served on RBI's UK Sinha MSME Committee and National Digital Payments Committee.

Devi Shetty

Chairman, Narayana Hrudayalaya Limited

A cardiac surgeon of repute and a successful entrepreneur, Devi Shetty is a highly respected luminary for his ingenious ideas for reforms in healthcare sector. His visionary leadership to make quality healthcare affordable for all has drawn global recognition. He has worked along with the Government of India, state governments, trade bodies and global policy think tanks to develop vital healthcare policies. A strong advocate of technology for efficient healthcare delivery, Dr.Shetty takes deep interest in creating and developing software products and applications to achieve time and cost efficiency while minimizing clinical errors in healthcare delivery. In association with Karnataka government he pioneered Yeshaswini, a very inexpensive micro health insurance scheme benefitting more than 3.4 million rural poor. Dr. Shetty is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, The Economist Innovation Award, Ernst and Young – Entrepreneur of the Year, Financial Times Arcelor Mittal ‘Boldness in Business’ Award, Nikkei Asia Prize for Economic and Business Innovation. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates from University of Minnesota, University of Mysore and IIT, Madras.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Executive Chairperson, Biocon Ltd.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is a pioneering biotech entrepreneur, a healthcare visionary, a global influencer and a passionate philanthropist. She is a pioneer of India’s biotech industry and founder of Biocon. Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw is the proud recipient of two of India's highest civilian honours, the Padma Shri (1989) and the Padma Bhushan (2005). She was also honoured with the Order of Australia, Australia’s Highest Civilian Honour in January 2020. In 2016, she was conferred with the highest French distinction - Knight of the Legion of Honour. She has been named as the winner of EY World Entrepreneur of the Year™ 2020 Award, which is a testimony to her entrepreneurial journey of over four decades. She has been elected as a full-term member of the Board of Trustees of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, and also serves as a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), USA.

Tarun Khanna

Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School; Director, The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University

Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School
and Director of the Lakshmi Mittal & Family South Asia Institute, Harvard
University. He studies entrepreneurship as a means to social and economic
development across the emerging markets, is a co-founder and board
member of several technology companies and non-profits across the developing
world, and an occasional member of commissions of the Government of India
related to education, scientific advance and entrepreneurship.

Nachiket Mor

Visiting Scientist, The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health

Nachiket Mor has a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. His work is focused on the design of national and regional health systems. He is a Visiting Scientist at The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Information Technology and Public Policy at IIIT Bangalore.

S V Subramanian

Professor of Population Health and Geography, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health

S V (Subu) Subramanian is a Professor of Population Health and Geography at Harvard University, and Chair of the Faculty Advisory Group for the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University. He was the Founding Director of Graduate Studies for the interdisciplinary PhD program in Population Health Sciences at Harvard. He is currently an Honorary Senior Fellow of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, Government of India.

Bhushan Patwardhan

Distinguished Professor, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, Savitribai Phule Pune University; Vice Chairman, University Grants Commission; Chairman Additional Charge, Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi

Bhushan Patwardhan is a biomedical scientist and distinguished Professor at the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, Savitribai Phule Pune University, he has made original contributions in evidence-based Ayurveda especially in Ayurvedic biology, AyuGenomics, ethnopharmacology, natural product drug development and integrative approaches to improve public health system. He is founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine published by Elsevier. He is recipient of many orations and awards including Sir Ram Nath Chopra Oration and the Waldemar Haffkine Oration. He has received several research grants and has guided 20 PhD students, holds 8 Indian and 2 US Patents, with over 120 publications and 9900 citations. He is currently the Vice Chairman, University Grants Commission; Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research; Chairman, Interdisciplinary AYUSH R&D Taskforce, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog Committee on Integrative Health System.

Vijay Chandru

Professor, Interdisciplinary Research, Indian Institute of Science

Professor Vijay Chandru (PhD MIT) has served on the faculty of engineering at Purdue University and now with interdisciplinary research in digital health at the Indian Institute of Science. An elected fellow of both the Indian academy of sciences and engineering, he is a distinguished alumnus of BITS Pilani and the MIT India program. An inventor of the Simputer, he is a founder of Strand Life Sciences, India’s leading precision medicine solutions company which he led as Executive Chairman from inception in 2000 till retirement in 2018. A technology pioneer of the World Economic Forum since 2006, he served with the IAC of WEF on the future of healthcare from 2014-16. In his work at the Centre for Health Equity and Transparency and OPFORD Foundation, Professor Chandru has been committed to orphan diseases outreach with scalable platforms towards the vision of “no disease orphan by 2030.

Atul Gupta

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Care Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Atul Gupta is an Assistant Professor in the department of Health Care Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He joined Wharton in 2017 from Stanford University, where he received his PhD in Economics. His research interests are in Health Care, Public Finance, and Industrial Organization. His current research examines various determinants of productivity in US health care including performance pay for providers, consolidation among providers, and private equity ownership of providers. His previous work has been published in prestigious journals such as the American Economic Review and Health Affairs. Prior to Stanford, Atul received his MBA at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India and worked as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group for several years.

Divya Mohan

PhD student, Health Economics, University of Aberdeen

Divya Mohan is a Health Economics PhD student at the University of Aberdeen. Her research focuses on reallocating resources within healthcare by accounting for patient preferences for treatment. She has an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Nanyang Technological University and a Masters in Health Science (MHS) from Johns Hopkins University. She has previously worked for the Economist Intelligence Unit on a variety of projects such as concept testing, communications strategy and customer perception and insight studies for imaging systems, in-vitro diagnostics, and surgical devices and procedures. During her time at Hopkins, she also worked on a study which looked at the impact of the beverage tax on consumer habits in Philadelphia.

Dr. Ajay Bakshi

Neurosurgeon, Neuroscientist, McKinsey consultant and ex-CEO of Max Healthcare, Manipal Hospitals and India Operations of IHH/Parkway Hospitals

Dr. Ajay Bakshi is a neurosurgeon, neuroscientist, McKinsey consultant and ex-CEO of Max Healthcare, Manipal Hospitals and India Operations of IHH/Parkway Hospitals. He has recently co-founded BuddhiMed Technologies which is an AI based health technology company that is working to merge modern medicine with computer science to benefit doctors, patients, well individuals and other members of the healthcare ecosystem. He is also a volunteer at iSPIRT – a Bangalore based technology think tank. Dr. Bakshi trained as a neurosurgeon at AIIMS, New Delhi from where he completed his MBBS and M.Ch. (Neurosurgery) in 1997. He then worked as a clinical neurosurgeon at a not-for-profit institution in New Delhi for four years. Thereafter he moved to the Department of Neurobiology at Drexel University to set up his stem cell transplantation lab. From both these stints, Dr Bakshi published 8 peer reviewed scientific papers including those in Journal of Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurotrauma, Brain Research and Cell Transplant. At this time, Dr. Bakshi also completed his Wharton Management Program from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Renuka Garg

General physician

Group Captain (Dr) Renuka Garg is a veteran general physician from the Indian Air Force (IAF) where she served for over 21 years. Her most significant contribution, while in service, was as Director Medical Services (IT), wherein she was instrumental in planning and implementing enterprise wide healthcare informatics projects spanning over 120 medical establishments of the IAF. She received the Chief of Air Staff’s Commendation Card for her efforts in this field. She is presently practicing as an independent healthcare IT and management consultant, using her expertise in medicine, informatics and project management to holistically view issues and provide innovative solutions, thereby bridging the gap between expectations and solutions in healthcare delivery. She is passionate about primary healthcare and patient empowerment and firmly believes that information technology is a key enabler in achieving these objectives effectively. She holds a Master’s degree in Defence & Strategic Studies and is a certified Project Management Professional