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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.

Dr. Sachin Bhokare

Healthcare Finance & Policy Specialist

Dr. Sachin is a healthcare finance policy specialist with more than 12 years of experience in health systems strengthening, healthcare financing, and healthcare costing related research projects. Over the years he has been focusing on health finance reforms to achieve universal health coverage.
Dr. Sachin worked with National Health Authorityand supported the design and implementation of AB PM-JAY. Heengaged in development of policy guidelines, process, MIS indicators, dashboard and led convergence of AB PM-JAY with existing State schemes in the Southern States of India. Sachin is an independent consultant engaged with multilateral, international think-tanks, healthcare consulting firms and supported the design, implementation, and evaluation of healthcare finance programs in India. He has a Master’s in International Healthcare Management, Economics & Policy with specialization in Global Health from SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milano. He wasselected for a prestigious Global health policy fellowship at the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health, Duke University.

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.

Sudheer Kumar Shukla

Research Fellow at the Lancet Commission

Sudheer is a Research Fellow at the Lancet Commission and currently in the final stage of submitting his Ph.D.with the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He holds M.Phil. degree in Population Studies from IIPS, Mumbai. He has more than 6 years of research experience conceptualizing, designing and execution of research concerning the broad themes of health care financing, shocks and welfare outcomes, health systems strengthening, inequality in health behaviours, food security & nutrition. He has been involved in the preparation of Human Development Report for Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. He has worked for several research projects and grants commissioned by agencies includingPopulation Foundation of India,3ie, ICMR, ICSSR, ADB, WHO and The World Bank.

Anjali Nambiar

Research Associate at the Social Protection Initiative, Dvara Research

Anjali is a Research Associate at the Social Protection Initiative at Dvara Research. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata and holds a Master’s in Public Policy degree from National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore. At Dvara Research, her work is focused on the healthcare financing aspect of social protection and her research outputs have included aspects relating to community-based health insurance, commercial health insurance, and the design and performance of global health systems.

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.

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.

Dipanwita Sengupta

Consultant, CMC Vellore.

Dr Dipanwita Sengupta is a Consultant for CMC Vellore. She provides research management support for the Evidence Synthesis piece for the Lancet Citizens' Commission. She has 9 years of experience as a grant advisor and research manager. She has developed and led multiple funding programmes for research grants and fellowships and has also been responsible for developing the India Research Management Initiative. After obtaining a Masters’ degree in Microbiology, Dr Sengupta completed PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. She further pursued her postdoctoral study on the host-pathogen relationship of a dental pathogen in Virginia Commonwealth University in the USA. She had a short postdoc stint at Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad. She made her transition into research management and administration when she joined the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance. She is currently based in Hyderabad, India.

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.

Sanghamitra Singh

Health Scientist and Senior Manager, Knowledge Management and Partnerships at Population Foundation of India

Sanghamitra Singh is a Health Scientist and Senior Manager, Knowledge Management and Partnerships at Population Foundation of India. A scientist by training, but conceptual thinker, communicator and writer by trade, Sanghamitra has experience in evidence-based policy, programmatic design and accompanying research, evaluation and communication. She has authored a number of peer-reviewed articles and National Institutes of Health (NIH)- commissioned studies. She was involved in the drafting of the State Population Policy in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in 2019 and 2020 respectively. At Population Foundation of India, Sanghamitra is the technical expert on health issues, leading the development and dissemination of the Foundation’s literature and publications. She provides strategic insights to programme teams, supports media engagement and works closely with the Executive Director in strengthening and expanding partnerships with key stakeholders.Sanghamitra holds a PhD in Cell Biology from the George Washington University (GWU), Washington D.C. Sanghamitra has previously worked with GWU, NIH Maryland, FDA Maryland and Ajinomoto Corporation, Japan.

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.

Radhika Gore

Radhika is Director of Research at the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone (FHC), a network of community-based health centers that serve low-income, diverse neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York.

In this role, Radhika partners with clinicians and researchers across NYU and beyond to grow a roster of FHC-based research projects, ensuring links between health research and health care practice. Radhika’sacademic and professional experiencespans US and global health and development, including assignments with the World Bank and UNICEF. Her research focuses on the social and political conditions that shape health care delivery, access, and quality, and draws on social science perspectives on state-society relations, political institutions, policy implementation, and bureaucracy. Radhika holds a PhD from Columbia University in sociomedical sciences, an interdisciplinary program integrating social science and public health. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in primary care research at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Department of Population Health.

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, Pune, India; Chair, Interdisciplinary AYUSH Research and Development Task Force of Ministry of AYUSH

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.

Dipanwita Sengupta

Consultant, CMC Vellore.

Dr Dipanwita Sengupta is a Consultant for CMC Vellore. She provides research management support for the Evidence Synthesis piece for the Lancet Citizens' Commission. She has 9 years of experience as a grant advisor and research manager. She has developed and led multiple funding programmes for research grants and fellowships and has also been responsible for developing the India Research Management Initiative. After obtaining a Masters’ degree in Microbiology, Dr Sengupta completed PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. She further pursued her postdoctoral study on the host-pathogen relationship of a dental pathogen in Virginia Commonwealth University in the USA. She had a short postdoc stint at Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad. She made her transition into research management and administration when she joined the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance. She is currently based in Hyderabad, India.

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.

Siddhesh Zadey BSMS MSc-GH

Co-founder, Association for Socially Applicable Research (ASAR - असर), Pune, Maharashtra, India
Senior Research Aide, Department of Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham North Carolina, United States of America

Siddhesh Zadey is a co-founding director of nonprofit nongovernmental research and advocacy group based in India - Association for Socially Applicable Research (ASAR - असर). He is also a Research Aide in the Department of Surgery at Duke university School of Medicine (DU-SOM).He completed the Bachelor of Science Master of Science (BSMS) dual degree program at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune in 2018. For hisMaster's thesis, he worked at Harvard Medical School with Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone on non-invasive brain stimulation markers for cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease. He completed his second Master’s from the Duke Global Health Institute in 2021, working with Dr. Joao Vissoci on surgical care access in rural India. At ASAR, he focusses on health systems modeling to investigate human resources for health, health expenditures, access to healthcare and impact evaluation of healthcare interventions. At Duke, he works in the Global Emergency Medicine Innovation and Implementation (GEMINI) Research Lab co-led by Drs. Catherine Staton and Joao Vissoci at Division of Emergency Medicine, DU-SOM focusing on behavioral phenotyping for substance use underlying injuries. He co-leads the Duke Bass Connections Team investigating cultural variations in alcohol use behaviors. He also works with Dr. Tamara Fitzgerald, Division of Pediatric Surgery, DU-SOM on designing and testing laparoscopes for improving access to gasless laparoscopy in low-income countries. He recently served as a member of the ‘Indian Academy of Pediatrics COVID-19 Task Force for School Reopening’ in 2021. He is a part of the Global Burden of Disease Collaborators Network, Mental Health Innovation Network, and Global Mental Health Action Network. His research and advocacy works have been published in the Lancet, British Medical Journal, BMJ Global Health, Global Health Now, Think Global Health, Wire Science, Neurobiology of Aging, and Brain Stimulation among other outlets.

Sitanshi Sharma

Co-investigator in a RCT

A practising pediatrician since last 10 years, clinical researcher in maternal and child health with primary health care, childhood nutrition, immunisation, Breastfeeding, IYCF practices being my areas of interest. Interested in Implementation Research, Community trials and clinical, evidence based research. Currently engaged as CO-investigator in a RCT.

M. Pranav Rohit Kasinath

Senior Resident at Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences

Interested in Critical Care and Evidence based interventions, writing about medicine and reading crime and genre fiction.

Gayathri S.

Research fellow, Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory at Christian Medical College, Vellore

Gayathri received her undergraduate degree in MBBS from Thoothukudi Government Medical College, and a postgraduate degree (MD) in Community Medicine, with a focus on epidemiology, public health and health systems management, from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry. She has worked closely with the public health care system throughout her college years in both caregiver and managerial roles. She has field experience in health program delivery and evaluation, and acted as an external monitor of Measles-Rubella and Intensified Mission Indradhanush vaccination campaigns in Tamil Nadu in association with World Health Organization. She is currently a research fellow affiliated to Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory at Christian Medical College, Vellore, and is primarily involved in work on vaccines; she manages two large multi-centric studies on impact of rotaviral vaccines, and a single-site study on immune responses to influenza vaccines. Other areas of interest include qualitative research methodology, life skills education and social epidemiology.

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.

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.

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, Pune, India; Chair, Interdisciplinary AYUSH Research and Development Task Force of Ministry of AYUSH

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.

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

Raghu Dharmaraju

President at ARTPARK

Raghu Dharmaraju, President at ARTPARK, has spent the last two decades bridging innovations and societal impact. As a founding leader, he built the Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence, a pioneering nonprofit in AI for social good, and launched innovations/ programs in global health and agriculture with partners such as the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, WHO, Better Cotton Initiative and several states. His team was the only winner of the global Google AI Impact Challenge from India and the only AI XPrize shortlisted entry from a developing country.
Previously, he took the the award-winning Embrace infant warmers from first users to scale, helping 300,000+ babies via WHO and nonprofits, several state governments, 300+ private hospitals in 100+ small towns, and ~20 countries. Prior to that he built commercialized and built new solar and environmental technologies at Duron, Xerox Parc and Corning. Raghu is an alumnus if Cornell, UMass Amherst, and IIT Madras.

Abhijith Biji

Research Fellow, Emerging Viral Pathogens Laboratory, Centre for Infectious Disease Research, Indian Institute of Science

Abhijith Biji holds a BS (Research) degree with a major in Biology from the Indian
Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree from IISc and works as a research fellow in the Emerging Viral Pathogens Laboratory headed by Dr. Shashank Tripathi at the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in IISc. While exploring the field of infectious disease biology, he has taken a keen interest in SARS-CoV-2 pathogenesis and antiviral innate immune responses.
His work on ‘COVID-19 transcriptomic severity markers in nasal swabs’ conducted at Dr. Tripathi’s lab was published in EBioMedicine, a journal under the Lancet group. He is actively involved in science communication and has co-authored articles about infectious diseases. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) Fellowship from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

Dr. Rukman Mecca Manapurath

Research Scientist in Centre for Health Research and Development - Society for Applied Studies (CHRD-SAS), New Delhi

Medical doctor specialized in Public health. Currently working as Research Scientist in Centre for Health Research and Development - Society for Applied Studies (CHRD-SAS), New Delhi- a WHO collaborating centre for Randomized Controlled trials. Interested in Body composition and metabolic disorders. Experienced in Systematic Review methodology and Meta analysis as part of WHO Guideline Development Group, Data Based Monitoring of Research Studies (Quality Control), Big Data Analysis.

Andrew Babu

Senior Reader and Head of Physiotherapy Unit at Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

He had completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy Course in1988 at the Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, India and worked for 2 years at the same hospital and then completed his Master of Physiotherapy Course from Seth GS Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital, Bombay, India in the year 1994. After the completion of PG degree he joined back CMC and continues to work till date. He has received "The Best Teacher Award" in the year 2012 from Dr.M.G.R Medical University, Chennai. He is Physiotherapy Task force Expert for National Curriculum Review Committee, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. He has held many administrative posts in CMC viz Head of Physiotherapy Unit, Warden, Dorothy Joske Hostel, Onsite Clinical Coordinator for the Overseas Elective Physiotherapy Students, University Guides for MPT and BPT students, MPT and BPT Student Selection committee member, , Member of Board of Studies in Physiotherapy, Dr.M.G.R Medical University(2005), External Examiner for MPT and BPT students, Member representative of Lifestyle Medicine Team, Occupational Health Team. Research collaboration with the following departs/units - Radiotherapy, Upper GI Surgery, Colorectal Surgery Endocrinology, Reproductive Medicine, Plastic Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Surgery.

Hannah Mary T Thomas, PhD

India Alliance Early Career Fellow, Department of Radiation Oncology, Christian Medical College, Vellore

I am setting up the first of its kind Artificial Intelligence lab in Radiation Oncology in India with necessary tools required to to translate quantitative imaging-based biomarkers (radiomic signature from Computed tomography CT) into routine cancer care to support clinical decision-making. I am working on the hypothesis pre-treatment imaging (CT)- derived radiomics signature can accurately identify advanced head-and- neck cancer patients with higher risk of failure and poor survival. Radiomics based prediction models have a potential for universal implementation as a cost-effective surrogate or replacement to genomics-based biomarkers. To achieve this it is necessary to standardize acquisition protocols for cancer imaging for radiomics feature extraction to correlate with outcome data to identify the ideal biomarker. Translation of developed biomarkers for clinical implementation and adoption in future clinical trials in India is possible with the selected disease site. Prospective observational study design involving uniform image acquisition, radiomics feature extraction, development of outcome prediction model using machine learning AI approaches and validation of the model on a prospective clinical cohort before implementation into clinics.

Dorcas Gandhi

Assoc. Professor, Clinical Supervisor and Telerehabilitation Consultant in the Dept.of Neurology, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana

A Neuro-Physiotherapist working as an Assoc. Professor, Clinical Supervisor and Telerehabilitation Consultant in the Dept.of Neurology, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana. She has more than a decade's experience in the field of Neuro rehabilitation. Her main fields of interest are Stroke Rehabilitation, technology based rehabilitation methods, building capacity among rehabilitation professionals, developing and implementing Clinical Practice Guidelines for stroke care and low cost rehab services suitable for Low and middle Income countries. She has been awarded the 'Young Fellowship Award' by the Indian Federation of Neuro rehabilitation, 'Young Investigator award' by World Stroke Organization, 'Emerging leader award' by World Heart Federation along other accolades. Along with her clinical practice and teaching responsibilities, she is into rehabilitation research especially in Stroke and is presently also collaborating with World Health Organization in building capacity among stroke health providers in South East Asia.

Anuradha Chandramohan

Professor of Radiology at Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Anuradha Chandramohan is a Professor of Radiology at Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. Her main subspeciality interest is in onco-imaging with keen research focus in rectal cancer, peritoneal malignancy, gyne-oncology and uro-oncology. She had received overseas training in this domain at apex cancer centres. She has also received level II certificate of excellence in Abdominal Imaging by European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Imaging and has published 70 peer reviewed articles and book chapters. She has given over 50 lectures at national and state level meetings. She regularly presents her research at National and International conferences and has won several prizes for the same. Best scientific oral presentation awards at European Congress of Radiology, Vienna, Austria in 2015, Annual Conference of International Cancer Imaging Society at Houston, Texas in 2018, Prof. Swaminathan Young Achiever award for exemplary Academic Radiology career by Indian Society of Radiology and Imaging in 2019 and IRIA-ICRI Onco-Imaging award for the year 2020 to name a few. She holds a strong vision of transforming Radiology education, research and clinical practice making it more value based, relevant and cost effective.

Sebin George Abraham

Doctor, Christian Fellowship hospital, Oddanchatram, Tamilnadu

Worked in multiple secondary hospitals across the country after completing undergraduate training at CMC, Vellore. Currently working at the Christian Fellowship hospital, Oddanchatram, Tamilnadu after completing residency in Paediatrics from CMC. Enjoys outdoor clinics and working with communities. Interests include universal health coverage, health equity, medical education and healthcare innovations in low resource settings, with special emphasis on Paediatrics. Skilled in managing preterm neonates and sick infants in resource limited settings, counselling adolescents and providing shared care by liaising with experts at tertiary care centres. Besides listening to babble of children in OPD, loves to listen to those who have worked in areas of need, read global health articles and occasionally blogs about bedside experiences.

Lenny Vasanthan T.

Lecturer in Physiotherapy, PMR Department at Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Mr. Lenny Vasanthan T. currently works as a Lecturer in Physiotherapy, PMR Department at Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. He has completed his BPT from Christian Medical College Vellore and was awarded the “Gold medal for the Best outgoing student in Physiotherapy, class of 2001-2005”. He has completed his Master of Physiotherapy from Manipal University in 2010. He was awarded the “Wyss Scholarship for future leaders in Global health in 2017”, by Health Volunteer Overseas, USA. He is actively involved in treating patients, student teaching and research. His current research work include evidence synthesis and evidence generation in COVID 19, Critical care rehabilitation, Vestibular rehabilitation and Ergonomics.

Dr. Sureshkumar Kamalakannan

Associate professor, Public Health Foundation of India

I am an Associate professor for the Public Health Foundation of India with academic research expertise in the areas of Occupational therapy, Public Health disability, and Epidemiology. I am also a research fellow for the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Since 2011, I have been a Welcome Trust-(PHFI) and India Alliance research fellow in clinical and public health developing and evaluating the effectiveness of a Technology-enabled educational intervention for stroke survivors in India. I am an active contributor for the Cochrane Collaboration working with the Cochrane work group. I am an International practitioner member of the Faculty of Public Health UK. I provide technical support to the government disability department of Telangana State and I am the editorial board member for the Indian and British Journal of Occupational Therapy. I co-investigate stroke care interventions research for Universal Health Coverage in South Africa and Malaysia currently. I am passionate about mainstreaming disability within the agenda for health and development especially in LMICs.

Dr. Deepthi R.V.

Assistant Professor in Division of Pediatric Nephrology Department of Child Health (CH2 unit) Christian Medical College Vellore, Tamil Nadu

Pursued super specialty in Nephrology (DM Nephrology) from Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu in 2015 following MD and DCH in Pediatrics from Government Medical College Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in 2006 and PG Diploma in Clinical Ethics from Yenapoya University Deralakatte, Mangalore in 2015.Pursued MBBS from Government Medical College Kozhikode, Kerala in 1998.
Worked as Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics K S Hedge Medical Academy, Deralakatte, Mangalore Karnataka from 2010 to 2015 after being Assistant Surgeon, Community Health Centre, Mangalpady, Kasargod, Kerala from 2009 to 2010
Has special interest in Pediatric Nephrology, especially in areas of pediatric transplantation, and critical care nephrology. Also has keen interest in Social and preventive pediatrics.

Barsha Gadapani Pathak

Research Scientist in Centre for Health Research and Development - Society for Applied Studies (CHRD-SAS), New Delhi

Acquired Doctor of Medicine from King Edward memorial and Seth GS Medical College, Mumbai. Working in domain of Mental Health and Cognitive Sciences and have keen interest in Implementation Research . Experienced in Systematic Review methodology and Meta analysis, qualitative research.