Team

  • Knowledge Management
  • HR
  • Finance & Administration
  • Programme Team
  • Senior Management Team
  • Executive Director

Knowledge Management

Dhruv Kulshrestha
Coordinator, Monitoring and Evaluation, Rajasthan

Dhruv is public health graduate (Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur) with a background in business management (Christ College, Bangalore). He began his career in public health as a research associate (CEHAT, Mumbai) where he participated in multiple on-going health services and systems research based advocacy studies like access to state funded health insurance schemes, free medicine schemes, integration of gender in medical education among other studies. In his last assignment, Dhruv worked with Piramal Swasthya on a project pertaining to improving access to PPTCT services in public health centres in Rajasthan aimed to eliminate HIV transmission among new-borns in close coordination with the state health mission and the state AIDS control society. Dhruv is passionate about playing sports (squash, swimming) and touring on his motorcycle.

 
Sanghamitra Singh
Senior Manager, Knowledge Management & Partnerships, Delhi

Sanghamitra Singh is a Health Scientist and holds a PhD in Cell Biology, with a focus on type II diabetes, from the George Washington University (GWU), Washington D.C. A scientist by training, but conceptual thinker and communicator by trade, Sanghamitra has extensive experience in conceiving and executing research projects. She has authored a number of peer-reviewed articles and National Institutes of Health (NIH)- commissioned studies. At Population Foundation, Sanghamitra is the technical expert on health issues and her responsibilities include overseeing the development and dissemination of the Foundation’s work, literature and publications. She also works closely with the Executive Director in strengthening and expanding partnerships with key stakeholders. Prior to joining Population Foundation, Sanghamitra worked with GWU, NIH Maryland, Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Maryland, as well as Ajinomoto Corporation, Tokyo. Sanghamitra is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer and has a passion for visual arts.

Ritesh Laddha
Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation, Delhi

Ritesh leads in developing the monitoring and evaluation frameworks of programmes and campaigns in Population Foundation of India. His work entails developing evidences based on the interventions for bringing policy level changes. He has more than nine years of experience in the development sector with Government and Non-government organizations. He has specialised skills in Results Based Management (RBM) and drafting Theory of Change (ToC). Prior to Population Foundation, Ritesh was part of the monitoring, evaluation and learning team at Oxfam India. He has a background in population science and public health management. He holds a Diploma in Population Science (DPS) from the International Institute for Population Science, Mumbai (IIPS-Mumbai) along with Post Graduate Diploma in Health Management (PGDHM) from Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur (IIHMR-Jaipur).

 
J. Pratheeba
Health Economist, Delhi

Dr. J. Pratheeba is a Health Economist at Population Foundation of India. Her work involves providing technical guidance to research studies, generating evidence for strategic engagement, drafting policy notes, technical and research briefs and providing technical support to different projects. She holds a Doctorate in Economics with more than 12 years of work experience in health care financing and development sector issues. Her work experience includes public expenditure tracking, the efficiency of resource allocation, National Health Accounts, technical efficiency of the health system, issues related to HIV/AIDS, Maternal and Child Health and Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health. Her skills include developing research protocols, identifying methods for data collection, developing tools for data collection, gathering data from primary and secondary sources, data processing, statistical and econometric analysis and drafting analytical research reports. At Population Foundation, Pratheeba is stepping up for communities by providing evidence-based solutions to strategic decision-making and program action for enhancing their reproductive health needs and overall wellbeing.

Rakesh Chandra Juyal
Officer, Knowledge Management, Delhi

Rakesh is associated as Knowledge Management officer with Population Foundation of India and has more than twenty years of professional experience in knowledge management, digital library project management, library development, and digital archiving. He is specialized in knowledge management and information database designing. He deals with various open source software, customization, managing knowledge portal server, user’s support and administration. He has extensive experience on information system implementation and technical up-gradation in library transformation and knowledge management. Acquisition of resources, abstracting and indexing, online access of resource, data support, information sharing & dissemination at various level, and the institutional repository is also his strong area.

 
Alok Vajpeyi
Joint Director, Core Grants & Knowledge Management, Delhi

Alok is an experienced Development Professional, M&E Specialist and Researcher with progressive experience in evidence based development. Alok has worked with national and international organizations and 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 level research studies, reviews and evaluations. Alok was actively involved in drafting of revised State Population Policy in Uttar Pradesh in 2016 and National ICT in Education policy for Ministry of HRD, GOI in 2007. He has also led the process of Bihar Population Policy Development in collaboration with State Health Society, Bihar in late 2019.

Banoj Kumar Mahanta
Coordinator, Monitoring and Evaluation, Delhi

Banoj is part of the Knowledge Management team and develops M&E tools and techniques, rolls out M&E activities, and supports in documenting results for projects under Population Foundation. He has over 4 years of experience in the social development sector. He is skilled in designing methods for data collections, data management, data analysis, and documentation for large-scale surveys and public health projects. Banoj is stepping up for communities by monitoring Population Foundation projects and by developing evidence required for policymaking for better health outcomes across the country.

 

Knowledge Hub

Priyal Gulati
Senior Specialist-Digital Learning

Priyal is part of the Knowledge Hub and is responsible for managing the online program ARSH for You. She has experience writing news articles for children, NGO impact stories, and running a document delivery service.  Priyal is an avid reader and appreciates art in any form.

Priyal is stepping up to help educators understand the challenges associated with adolescent health and well-being.

 
Rizwan Shaikh
Manager, Knowledge Hub, Delhi

Rizwan is a passionate technologist with over 10 years of training and experience in co-building innovative products, managing digital footprints for NGOs, political parties and start-ups. At Population Foundation, he manages the Knowledge Hub and leads the organization’s technological and digital initiatives. He is stepping up for people by building technology to maximize social impact.

Shuma Banik
Program Officer

Shuma supports outreach and partnerships at Population Foundation of India. She has four years of experience as a software engineer and a development sector professional in education, health and nutrition. She is stepping up for people by making adolescents’ health and wellness a priority.

 

Human Resource

Subhradipta Tripathi
Sr. HR Executive

Subhradipta is working as a Senior Human Resource Professional at Population Foundation of India, bringing more than 8 years of diverse Human Resources and Strategic HR experience to the team. Her areas of expertise include Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, Organizational development, Full Employee Life Cycle needs, and Human Resource Management System.

Prior to joining Population Foundation, Subhradipta worked with Diageo – United Spirits Limited, Kalmane Coffees and Shoppers Stop. She loves her profession and at the same time believes in doing the best to support and encourage an organisation’s biggest asset – The people.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and has done Bachelors’s in Chemical Engineering. She is passionate about art, music, and travel and loves to paint in her free time.

 

Finance

Raam Kumar
Chief Finance Officer, Delhi

Raam Kumar is Chief Financial Officer at Population Foundation of India. He manages Finance, Administration, Information Technology and Program Operations portfolio at Population Foundation. He comes with a strong 30 years of experience in the field of controlling and reviewing financial data, planning, monitoring internal controls, human resources, managing audits, administration and operations. He has worked across the public sector, private sector and development sector, with the last 20 years as Head of Finance. Prior to joining Population Foundation, he worked as Chief Finance Officer at Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and before that as Director-Finance at Encyclopaedia Britannica India (Pvt.) Ltd. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and has done Masters in Business Administration.

 
Milan Rana
Sr. Manager Finance, Delhi

Mr. Milan Rana holds a Master degree in Commerce and Master degree in Business Administration with specialization in Finance. He has experience of over 16 years in the field of finance, accounting, budgeting, and statutory compliances. He has wide experience in Finalizations of Accounts, Budgeting and Budgetary controls, Internal controls, creating and managing financial systems, statutory compliance, Financial Audit, Management of FCRA Funds, Financial Analysis, Financial Assessment of NGOs, Fund management, Investment, Partners Management, Training to staff and partners on finance/admin./procurement, Closure of projects, HR Management, Procurement/Procurement audit, Management of agreements/contracts, Asset management, maintenance of organizational & project accounts, Preparation of financial documents for Management, donors and stakeholders and Management of funds.

Rajani Gupta
Senior Accounts Officer, Delhi

Ms. Rajani Gupta is associated with Population Foundation as Senior Accounts Officer, she is a finance professional with over 17 years of experience in various areas of Accounts including Audit, Finance, Grants & Administration. Prior to Population Foundation, she has worked with Dharma Life Foundation, Ashoka University, Care India, Handicap International, MP Govt, ICICI Bank, Shivalik Motor Ltd and Perfect Industrial Agencies. Academically, she has done her M.B.A in Finance from Sikkim Manipal University and M.Com in Taxation from Barkat Ullah University.

 
Kalyan Kumar Das
Senior Accounts Officer, Delhi

Kalyan is a commerce graduate from Calcutta University with specialisation in accountancy and he is Intermediate qualified from Institute of Cost Accountants of India. In professional domain, he has his expertise in Accounting, Taxations, Auditing, and Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) in social sector organizations for more than 13 years. His work experience encompasses in managing FC projects and Funds, statutory compliances, financial assessment of NGOs, management of sub-grants, general accounting, support in Internal and statutory audit. He has comprehensive experience in setting up of accounting systems, presenting Financial Statements, preparation of project reports, investment management, consolidation of books of accounts and preparation of Balance Sheet. He is providing support to sub partners to adhere with the grant agreement clauses and the financial reporting.

Mithlesh Yadav
Accounts Officer, Delhi

Mithilesh works in the capacity of Accounts officer with Population Foundation. She has over 6 years of experience in the development sector and expertise in accounting and taxation.

 
Rachit Mathur
Manager, Finance, Delhi

Rachit Mathur is a fellow Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor degree in Commerce. He has more than 8 years of experience working majorly in the development sector. He has wide experience in setting up of accounting systems, formulation of internal controls and regular review, fixing budgetary controls, formulating various MIS reporting structure, ensuring statutory compliances, consolidation of books of accounts, statutory audit support, fixed assets management and management consultancy.

Administration

Gagan Singhal
Manager, Administration, Delhi

Gagan Singhal is an administration professional and holding Master’s Degree in Commerce. He has completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration with specialization in Human Resource Management. He has rich working experience in the field of office administration and management including good understanding of IT systems for offices. Prior to joining Population Foundation, he worked as Coordinator – Administration & IT at WaterAid India; as Correspondent Administration & Publication at Rotary International South Asia Office and as Administrative Assistant at National Polio Surveillance Project of World Health Organization. In all, he is having more than 16 years of working experience during which period he has developed a good understanding of the non-profit sector and is accustomed to working in a multi-cultural organisation environment.

 
Amit Bhatnagar
State Administraion Officer, UP

Amit has 9 years of professional experience in administration for the corporate and development sector. His competencies lie in managing administrative operations including managing logistics, procurement process, vendor management, handling accounts and Human Resources. He has done his post-graduation diploma in management from Shri Ram Swaroop Memorial College of Engineering and Management and Bachelors in Commerce. Amit is currently with Population Foundation’s Lucknow office.

Samim Alam Ansari
Office Assistant, UP

Samim has been working with Population Foundation for over 10 years and is based in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. He is currently working as an Office Assistant. Previously, he worked with Population Foundation of India – Health of the Urban Poor Program funded by USAID as a Support Staff from December 2010-September 2015.

 
Rajesh Surana
State Administration Officer, Rajasthan

Rajesh is State Admin Officer with Population Foundation of India. He has more than a decade’s experience in finance, accounts and administration. Rajesh holds a Post Graduation degree in Commerce and in Business Administration (MBA) with Finance and Marketing specialisations. His expertise lies in managing events, procurement process, vendor management, corporate accounting, taxation and budgeting.

Ajay Kumar
Office Assistant, Bihar
 
Bhawani Singh Shekhawat
Office Assistant, Rajasthan

Bhawani Singh Shekhawat is an Office Assistant with Population Foundation’s Jaipur office. He is a qualified office coordinator with 2+ years of work experience in the sector of Administration. He holds a graduation degree.

Prema Ramesh
Sr. PA-cum-Programme Associate, Delhi

Prema Ramesh has over 38 years of experience. She joined Population Foundation of India in 2001. She assists the Executive Director in the day-to-day management of her office in coordination with the Senior Management Team. Prior to joining Population Foundation, she has worked with the private sector.

Over the years, she has learned the ropes of the trade through sheer perseverance and hard work and believes in working as a team.

 
Shailendra Singh Negi
System Administrator, Delhi
Provash Kumar Paul
Facility In Charge, Delhi

Provash Kumar Paul has been working with Population Foundation of India since the year 1991 as a Facility in-charge. He maintains the overall functioning of the building.

 
Mohan Singh
Office Assistant, Delhi
Kanta Gupta
Pantry Supervisor, Delhi

Kanta Gupta is responsible for supervising and ensuring efficient Pantry support at Population Foundation of India. She has been a part of the Population Foundation of India for the last 32 years.

 
Kamlesh Kumar
Gardener-cum-Messenger, Delhi

Kamlesh maintains the garden and horticulture of the entire office premises, and also provides messenger service, and supports routine admin activities. He has been working with Population Foundation of India for the last 27 years.

Sushmita Shankar
Programme Admin Officer, Delhi

Sushmita Shankar is Post Graduate in Computer Application and also holds Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. She has extensive experience (10 years+) working in the social sector viz. Health spanning both Government and International NGOs. She is adept in client management, grant management, documentation, program and financial management. She reports to the Director of Finance and Administration and supports the program team for program and finance activities and ensures that obligations are met by both the recipient and Population Foundation. She also supports the managing project schedule, preparation of necessary documentation related to program activities. Prior to joining Population Foundation of India, Sushmita had worked in various capacities at the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Institute for OneWorld Health, PATH and Evidence Action.

 
Manpreet Kaur Rishi
Program Admin Officer, Delhi

Manpreet has nearly 10 years of experience in the corporate and development sector. She is well versed in the working environment and the processes of multinational and national companies. Academically, she is a postgraduate in Human Resource Management from Punjab Technical University, Chandigarh. Her core competencies are Administration, Procurement, HR and Operations. Prior to joining Population Foundation, she has worked with ADFC (HDFC Bank), ALF Engineering (Mahindra), Amberg Engg. AG (Swiss MNC), IPE Global Ltd., and REACH and also worked with USAID donor projects.

Shyam Lal
Accounts and Admin Assistant, Delhi

Shyam Lal is working as an Administrative & Accounts Assistant and takes care of Banking related work including follow-up with Seniors for timely completing of cheque transactions. Besides Shyam Lal also maintains record keeping of vouchers, Files etc., dispatch of Form 16/16As to various parties at the end of each quarter. During the time of Audit he will assist Accounts Department/Auditors with necessary records for smooth functioning of Audit.

 
Usha Nair
Officer - Front Office & Travel Desk, Delhi
P Narayanan
Admin. Assistant

With over 25 years of experience, P Narayanan works as an Administration Assistant with Population Foundation of India. He is the overall in-charge of office stationery and photocopier. In addition, he acts as a focal point for all important office files including health insurance, MCD, DDA, Governing Board, and other stock material, including important project files as well.

 
Vijaya Reddy
Driver, Delhi

Vijaya Reddy has been associated with Population Foundation of India for the last 11 years and is deputed as a Driver to Executive Director’s office car.

Vijender Kumar
Office Boy, Delhi

Vijender Kumar has been working with Population Foundation of India for the last 22 years. He ensures cleaning of the office premises and supports pantry function as well as day-to-day routine admin activities.

 
Sanjay Ekka
Office Boy, Delhi

Sanjay Ekka has been associated with Population Foundation of India for the last 24 years. He ensures cleaning of office premises and supports pantry function as well as day-to-day routine support activities.

Communications

Mandira Kalra Kalaan
Associate Director, Communications, Delhi

Mandira has worked in the field of Social and Behaviour Change Communication for 20 years. At Population Foundation, she leads the communication programmes looking at the best way to combine our digital-first approach with engaging and impactful content relevant for all our target audiences. Mandira expertise lies in developing 360 degree social and behaviour change communication campaigns, but she also has a special interest in using technology to reach young people. She is interested in gender, rights, women’s health, communication theories and social media. In her spare time, you’ll most likely find Mandira on her farm with her teenage daughters and multiple animals. She is passionate about artisans and textiles, travel, music, cooking, farming and raising feminist and kind daughters.

Mandira is stepping up to make Population Foundation a thought leader and innovator in the field of social and behaviour change communication.

 
Ishita Rampal
Sr. Communications Officer, Delhi

Ishita is a development communication professional. With about eight years of experience in content management and dissemination, grant communication and digital campaigns, Ishita has worked with organisations like WaterAid India, Oxfam and Butterflies India. Her core competencies include conceptualising communication strategies and building relationships in the area of media and communication for non-profits. Ishita is keen on building narratives in interesting ways to reach out to the larger audience.

Nikita Serrao
Social Media Officer, Delhi

Nikita has over 5 years of professional experience in managing social media for development organisations. Her expertise lies in building strategies for various digital media platforms and managing campaigns acrosssocial media channels. Academically, she holds Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations from YMCA, Delhi and a Bachelors of Mass Media from Sophia College for Women, Mumbai.

 

Community Action and Accountability

Bijit Roy
Associate Director, Community Action and Accountability, Delhi

Bijit Roy has over 20 years of experience in planning, implementation and management of large scale nutrition, maternal and child health and HIV/AIDS programmes.
At Population Foundation of India, Bijit leads community action and accountability vertical. as the Associate Director- Community Action and Accountability. Population Foundation of India hosts the Secretariat of the Advisory Group on Community Action (AGCA), a committee constituted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) to provide guidance and technical support to the state governments to strengthen and scale up community action processes initiatives, particularly related to accountability. The initiative covers 353 districts, 68 cities across 23 states of India. Bijit has previously worked at CARE in the Policy and Advocacy Unit at the India Country Office and managed implementation of the Reproductive and Child Health, Nutrition and HIV/AIDS (RACHNA) programme in the states of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.
He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi and a Bachelor degree in Political Science from the Banaras Hindu University.

 
Shekh Nausad Akhtar
Programme Manager, Bihar

Shekh Nausad Akhtar is Program Manager who has been associated with Population Foundation of India for the last ten years. He has over 15 years of distinctive experience in the development sector, and expertise in manage programs, partnership management, advocacy, community mobilization, system strengthening and capacity building. State-level advocacy and coordination with the government for the programs of Population Foundation of India is also one of his important responsibilities. Nausad is stepping up for people by amplifying people’s voices through community mobilisation for people’s reproductive health rights.

Pappu Kumar
District Programme Officer, Bihar

Pappu Kumar has been associated with Population Foundation of India since 2016 and looks after the Community Based Monitoring of Health Services program as District Program Officer-Nawada Bihar. Presently as DPO, he does district-level advocacy and coordination with the government apart from providing technical support to partner organizations of CBMS intervention. He is a development professional with a Masters of Art in Rural Development, from Indira Gandhi National Open University and has intensive working experience of 14 years in the development sector. He is stepping up for people by amplifying family planning and reproductive health services from the health departments across the Nawada to change people’s lives in the community.

 
Ritu Singh
District Program Officer, Bihar

Ritu Singh is a development professional. She is having 10 years of progressively responsible experience in program implementation, social mobilization, outreach experiences for strengthening better health services, advocacy, holistic development of adolescents and youth in their community.
At Population Foundation of India, she is associated in the capacity of District Program Officer-Darbhanga. She coordinates with District Health Society-Darbhanga for implementation and scaling up Community Action for Health (CAH) program. She also doing advocacy with district-level officials for strengthening of Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Committees (VHSNC) and improvement of family planning services in the district. Capacity building of partners and motivating the community for health entitlements, informed rights is part of the contribution in bringing changes in the life of people.

Daman Ahuja
Senior Manager, Community Action & Capacity Building, Delhi

Daman Ahuja has 27 years of experience in the development sector in conceptualizing, planning and execution of the Reproductive and Child Health, HIV/AIDS, Community Processes and Child Labour at the grassroots, state and national levels. Mr Ahuja is an ardent speaker and a National trainer on Accountability of Health Issues. He has built the capacity of Government officials under National Health Mission across the country in his role at Population Foundation especially under Advisory Group on Community Action (AGCA) –a project of MoHFW. Population Foundation hosts the Secretariat of AGCA. He received an award from the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, for excellence in coordinating the Red Ribbon Express initiative in 2010.

 
Smarajit Chakraborty
Senior Manager, Govt Relations & Community Action, Delhi

Smarajit Chakraborty has over 27 years of experience primarily in the areas of public health management, partnership building, networking & policy advocacy, Urban Health, Community participation and Family Planning. He has earlier worked with Population Foundation’s Health of the Urban Poor Project (HUP), CARE India and in UNICEF in the states of Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam and Sikkim. Smarajit has also worked as Program Manager in CAH from March 2016 to November 2017 at AGCA Secretariat. He has served Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh(an autonomous body under MoHFW) as Team Leader from November 2017 to March 2019 in Delhi. He holds a post-graduate degree from XISS, Ranchi and a master’s degree in Population Studies from the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai. He is pursuing his PhD studies on “Urban Health” from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar.

Saurabh Raj
Programme Manager, Delhi

Mr Saurabh Raj is a Public Health professional with more than eleven years of experience in different areas of the development sector, which include partnership management, programme implementation, advocacy with various stakeholders towards behavior change communication, and monitoring and evaluation. He has previously worked with different national and international organisations including Pathfinder International (NIP), Engender Health, India Red Cross Society, and Population Foundation of India. He has also supported Population Foundation for the implementation of Community Based Monitoring and Planning (CBMP) programme in Bihar. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from the Institute of Rural Management, Jodhpur and a Bachelor degree in Botany from Magadh University, Bodh Gaya.

 
Seema Upadhyay
Programme Manager, Delhi

Seema Upadhyay has 17 years of experience in different sectors of development, which include community development, health, livelihoods and organizational development. She has worked with the government, NGOs, research institutions and donor agencies handling various aspects of programme management. Ms Upadhyay has previously worked with Seva Mandir, Udaipur on community development; Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur on issues around food security and agriculture; Social Policy Research Institute, Jaipur on tourism, water, power and agriculture issues; NRHM, Jaipur district as District Programme Manager; UNICEF Rajasthan documenting maternal and child health interventions; and ARAVALI, Jaipur on building institutional capacities for working with the poor. Ms Upadhyay holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), Gujarat and Bachelor’s degree in Botany from Delhi University.

Jolamma Chandra Jose
PA cum Programme Admin Officer, Delhi

She supports the Advisory Group on Communication Action (AGCA) Secretariat as a focal person. With over 24 years of experience in the development sector, her expertise centred around in developing programme reports; reviewing financial reports; editing documents and publications; managing website and administration

 

Resource Mobilisation

Ravi S K
Head, Resource Mobilisation, Delhi

Ravi is associated with Population Foundation as Head-Resource Mobilization and has experience of about two and half decades in the non-profit sector. Besides Policy Advocacy & Research and program management, his key proficiency lies in resource mobilization from institutions and major donors. Academically, he holds post-graduation in Social Work and Philosophy from TISS.

 

Strategic Engagement

Irfan Khan
Associate Director, Family Planning, Delhi

Irfan Khan manages the Family Planning work at Population Foundation of India. He comes with over two decades of experience in the development sector and has worked in many areas including HIV, Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Urban Health. He is a firm believer in people’s autonomy and right to choice. One of his most interesting assignments was setting up the Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinics in 2016. He is stepping up for people by expanding contraceptive choices and changing the family planning discourse from commodity-centred to people-centred.

 
Divya Santhanam
State Head, Rajasthan

Divya Santhanam leads Population Foundation of India’s work on adolescent sexual and reproductive health, gender, teenage pregnancy and behavior change communication in Rajasthan. She works closely with government, policymakers, media, NGOs, civil society networks and communities to prioritize empowerment and overall wellbeing of adolescents and women in the state. In a career spanning 15 years, Divya has led the implementation of large-scale government schemes, provided technical expertise to the Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Rajasthan on issues primarily related to youth and adolescent empowerment. Among her core strengths includes Public Policy formulation, Program/ Scheme design and implementing and monitoring participatory interventions in government and non-governmental organizations, Advocacy on adolescent and youth issues (health, protection, skills) and Behavior change communication.

Shilpa Nair
State Head, UP

Shilpa Nair leads Population Foundation of India’s work on Gender, Family Planning, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, Community Action and Behavior Change Communication in the State of Uttar Pradesh. She works closely with government, policymakers, media, NGOs, civil society networks and communities to highlight, prioritize and improve the health and wellbeing of women, children and adolescents. In a career spanning over two and half decades, Shilpa has led the implementation of several large-scale projects providing technical assistance to government institutions, strengthening civil society, mobilizing communities, building champions and catalyzing on-ground implementation of health interventions and services. A member of key consultative forums of the Government of Uttar Pradesh, prior to joining Population Foundation, Shilpa has held leadership roles with Global Health Strategies (GHS), Family Health International (FHI 360), CARE International, Program for Appropriate Technologies In Health (PATH), State Innovations in Family Planning Services Project Agency (SIFPSA) and Family Planning Association of India in projects funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).

 
Rishu Prakash
Senior State Programme Manager, Bihar

Rishu Prakash is Senior State Program Manager based at Patna and leading Population Foundation of India in Bihar state. He is responsible for overall management of projects in Bihar. He has more than 12 years of work experience in Programme Management, Strategic Planning, Policy Advocacy, Communication and Capacity Building in the field of Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, and Gender. Rishu holds a Post Graduate degree in Health & Hospital Management and Rural Development and has experience of working with both national and international organizations in different states of India. Rishu is stepping up for people through community engagement and system strengthening.

Balbeer Singh
State Programme Officer, UP

Balbeer Singh is a development professional with Master in Sociology along with more than 15 years of experience of planning, implementation of programme in different issues like- gender, adolescent development, family planning strengthening of government institutions, community process at grass root to district and state level including planning & implementation and Balbeer is also a state level trainer on health.

Balbeer has been associated with Population Foundation of India since October 2018 and has been working on improving governance and management of public health facilities. He is stepping up qualitative health service for people and communities, adolescent health through Rogi Kalyan Samiti across the Uttar Pradesh state to driving the change and want to work for community action for health. He has also previously worked with Parivartan, Sakhi Kendra and PHFI.

 

 
Parul Sharma
Programme Manager, Rajasthan

Parul Sharma is associated as Program Manager with Population Foundation of India at Rajasthan. She comes with over 10 years of extensive experience in Programme Management, Strategic Planning, Policy Advocacy, Stakeholder Relationship Management and Capacity Building.

Abhishek Pathak
Programme Officer, UP

Abhishek Pathak is working as the Program Officer – Matrix Program, Uttar Pradesh. He actively engages with and reaches out to communities through capacity-building programs for adolescents, health staff and frontline workers. He also provides technical support to RKSK on quality services, by engaging with people through sensitisation and advocacy programs with education, NYK and convergence departments. Abhishek also coordinates for state/district advocacy initiatives and ensures planning, implementation and execution of the project.

Abhishek is a public health professional with over 14 years of experience in Family Planning and Advocacy, Training and Capacity Building, Nutrition, Media Engagement and Media Management, Political Advocacy, RMNCH+A, RCH Portal, Project Management and Strategic Planning, HMIS, Monitoring and Evaluation, Tuberculosis, Finance, Convergence with Panchayti Raj, Health, ICDS, Education, Food and Supply department and Rural development.

 
Nilanshu Kumar
Senior Programme Officer, Bihar

Nilanshu Kumar is a development professional with MBA in Human Resource Management. He is public health expert with over 12 years of progressively responsible experience in Planning, Training, Program implementation & evaluation of interventions on RMNCH+A, Family Planning, maternal, newborn, child health Nutrition and Water & Sanitation. Added skills include: knowledge of designing program on public health problems; development of partnership management, program quality, prepare training curriculum, resource management, growth linkages and management information system (MIS).

Neeraj Gupta
State Programme Officer, Rajasthan

Neeraj is associated with Population Foundation of India as State Programme Officer, he has nearly 19 years of experience in the Development sector in various capacities for Non-Government Organizations, the Private Sector, Government Departments and funding agencies. He holds a wide experience in Communications including programme communications, managing media relations, organizing campaigns including digital media and developing video/audio and textual materials. Besides Communications, he has also worked in programs reaching out to grass root levels and establishing networks with diverse stakeholders in the process, thus giving him a holistic view of the development programs.

 
Priyanka Jain
State Programme Officer, Rajasthan

Priyanka Jain has over 9 years of experience in Project Management and have good understanding of designing and implementing advocacy programs on Health issues. She has got experience in engaging with local youth and adolescents for Skill Development programs, managing partnerships with various stakeholders across state, district and community levels.

Monica Wahengbam
Consultant, Programme Manager, Assam
 
Riya Thakur
Senior Manager-Youth & Adolescence

Riya lives her passion here at Population Foundation of India. She leads the Youth and Adolescence portfolio in the organisation, closely working across teams, supporting and providing technical insights. She has over 09 years of working experience and expertise in strategic engagement, programme management and capacity building. Riya is stepping up for people by working towards the organisation’s vision to empower girls and inspire youth leadership, driving social transformation.

Rody Chongnunsang Gangte
Programme Manager, Delhi

Rody Chongnunsang Gangte leads a project on strategic engagement for family planning that focuses on young people. She has over 14 years of experience in the development sector, with expertise in managing large scale or complex health projects/grants, building partnerships, multi-stakeholder collaboration and strategic planning. Apart from public health, she is interested in growing food. Rody is stepping up for people by engaging with thought leaders, experts and CSOs for greater prioritization of family planning as a critical development agenda

 
Purnima Khandelwal
Sr. Programme Officer, Delhi

Purnima supports strategic engagements at Population Foundation of India. She has over 4 years of experience in the public policy and development sector, and expertise in parliamentary and legislative research. She is stepping up for people by building capacities of an eclectic cohort of stakeholders and disseminating research evidence on family planning and reproductive health.

Senior Management Team

Dipa Nag Chowdhury
Director Programmes

Dipa Nag Chowdhury is Director Programmes at Population Foundation of India where she leads the delivery of the organization’s strategic programme objectives related to sexual and reproductive health, gender development and family planning. 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 worked on 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 where she worked on nutrition-related issues. Dipa has masters’ degrees in Public Administration from Syracuse University in the US and Political Science from Mumbai University.

 
Raam Kumar
Chief Finance Officer, Delhi

Raam Kumar is Chief Financial Officer at Population Foundation of India. He manages Finance, Administration, Information Technology and Program Operations portfolio at Population Foundation. He comes with a strong 30 years of experience in the field of controlling and reviewing financial data, planning, monitoring internal controls, human resources, managing audits, administration and operations. He has worked across the public sector, private sector and development sector, with the last 20 years as Head of Finance. Prior to joining Population Foundation, he worked as Chief Finance Officer at Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and before that as Director-Finance at Encyclopaedia Britannica India (Pvt.) Ltd. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and has done Masters in Business Administration.

Alok Vajpeyi
Joint Director, Core Grants & Knowledge Management, Delhi

Alok is an experienced Development Professional, M&E Specialist and Researcher with progressive experience in evidence based development. Alok has worked with national and international organizations and 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 level research studies, reviews and evaluations. Alok was actively involved in drafting of revised State Population Policy in Uttar Pradesh in 2016 and National ICT in Education policy for Ministry of HRD, GOI in 2007. He has also led the process of Bihar Population Policy Development in collaboration with State Health Society, Bihar in late 2019.

 

Executive Director

Ms Poonam Muttreja
Executive Director, Population Foundation of India

Ms Poonam Muttreja is Executive Director of Population Foundation of India. She has over 40 years of experience in development – setting up and heading NGOs, contributing to policy and advocacy, creatively building a field, improving organisational capacity, strengthening communications for social good, promoting innovations and scaling up pilots, making grants, teaching, advising, and mentoring.
Ms Muttreja has co-conceived the popular, transmedia initiative, Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon – (I, A Woman, Can Achieve Anything) launched by Population Foundation in 2014. In its third season, the programme has introduced an Artificial Intelligence Intelligence-powered chatbot – SnehAI, a first-of-its-kind behaviour change communication initiative in India.