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ABOUT US
Our Team
WHP is a young organization, yet is staffed by a team that has extensive experience implementing social marketing and franchising programs in low-resource settings. The WHP infrastructure is characterized by a small central management team that works with local teams that are outsourced to distribute products, train providers, monitor activities, etc.
Global Team
Gopi Gopalakrishnan Karen Pak Oppenheimer MS, MPH Andrei Sinioukov Lou Apicella Harsh Shetty
Gopi Gopalakrishnan
Gopi Gopalakrishnan
President & Founder

Gopi has over 20 years of experience in implementing large-scale service-delivery programs in low-resource settings. He founded Janani, a non-profit entity that accounts for more than 20% of family planning in the state of Bihar. It has won national and international acclaim for its innovative and creative management that enables the program to serve some of the poorest communities in the world on a sustainable basis.  Specializing in public–private partnerships, Gopi is an expert in leveraging private sector resources to complement public sector service provision. He has been a member of India’s Population Commission and has advised the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and numerous national and international organizations on large-scale cost-effective service delivery. Currently, he is on the global technical advisory board of the International Finance Corporation, and on the Advisory Group on Community Action (AGCA) of India’s National Rural Health Mission. Gopi was the Director of International Programs of DKT International and received a prestigious civilian honor from the Government of Vietnam for his work as the Country Director of DKT International in Hanoi.  In 2013, Gopi received two prestigious awards for Social Entrepreneurship from the Skoll Foundation and Schwab Foundation. 

 

Karen Pak Oppenheimer MS, MPH
Karen Pak Oppenheimer MS, MPH
Vice President

Karen’s work at WHP focuses on strategic development, program management and partnerships. She plays a key role in exploring and adopting new technologies to WHP’s rural health platform, developing program performance measurements and metrics, and is leading the effort in replicating WHP’s model in the African setting. Karen’s experience ranges from proteomics research, healthcare information technology, to HIV/AIDS prevention.  She has worked in both the public and private sectors including the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oracle Corporation, and the United Nations Population Fund China. Karen holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, a master of science in biotechnology from Northwestern University, and a master of public health from the University of California, Berkeley.

Andrei Sinioukov
Andrei Sinioukov
Director of Partnerships and Development

Andrei brings over 15 years experience in program design, implementation, and management as well as in proposal and new business development with strong expertise and a proven track record in private sector engagement, social marketing, public health, behavior change communications, and independent media development in such technical areas as family planning and reproductive health, malaria, HIV/AIDS prevention, and health systems strengthening. Andrei has extensive professional work experience in Tanzania, Kenya, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, Nigeria, Uganda, Georgia, and Ukraine, including long-term residency in developing countries. He brings direct experience working with a wide range of donor agencies – USAID, DfID, KfW, ECA, World Bank, and the Global Fund. 

Lou Apicella
Lou Apicella
Director (Monitoring and Evaluation)
Lou is the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation for WHP. He oversees the
design, implementation, and coordination of WHP’s M&E and MIS systems to
best measure and document program outputs, effectiveness and strategic
development. Lou joins us after 9 years with Population Council where he
specialized in statistical methods and conducting survey research for
multiple projects in sub-Saharan Africa and India including evaluations of
adverse events following male circumcision, peer support programs for
PMTCT, gender-equitable attitudes to reduce HIV/STI risk and assessing
sexual networks and risk behaviors of intravenous drug users. He brings 15
years of international and domestic experience with US and foreign
government agencies, private donors, and non-governmental organizations
monitoring and appraising public health programs, conducting
epidemiological and operations research. Lou provides WHP with leadership
in advanced statistical methods, electronic data collection, and data
interpretation and presentation. Lou has a bachelor of arts from Arizona
State University in Anthropology and Archaeology and a master of science in
public health in Biostatistics from Emory University.
Harsh Shetty
Harsh Shetty
Director, Technology & Innovations

Harsh brings over 15 years of experience in technology and innovation with a proven track record of managing products from concept to delivery. Prior to World Health Partners, Harsh worked at Living Goods, a San Francisco-based healthcare nonprofit, in an identical role in Nairobi, Kenya and Kampala, Uganda. Harsh founded and successfully exited venture backed education technology products company – Firefish - creating an online education program serving students in 20-cities in India. Prior to Firefish, Harsh worked at the Pratham Education Initiative, India’s largest education nonprofit, leading technology innovation initiatives and in operations.  In addition, Harsh spent 5 years as a supply chain management consultant at i2 Technologies in Boston and Dallas and worked in the investment banking division of Citigroup in New York.

Harsh has an undergraduate degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology – Madras and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where he graduated as a Tuck Scholar with High Distinction.

Africa Team
Dollina Odera Akhilesh Kumar Sharma
Dollina Odera
Dollina Odera
Program Lead - Kenya
Dollina brings to the organization over twenty years of NGO work experience on programs management, policy development and implementation from USA and Sub-Saharan Africa.  She has extensive experience in reproductive health field, policy development and advocacy and medical research both at community and clinical level.  She has provided technical and research support to maternal health projects in Sub Saharan-Africa.  Prior to joining the organization, she was the country representative at Venture Strategies Innovations for Ethiopia and South Sudan where she implemented programs with Ministry of Health on post-abortion care, medical abortion and postpartum hemorrhage. Some of the countries she has worked includes Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Ethiopia and South Sudan. Dollina has a master’s degree in Economics and Social Studies from University of Wales, UK.  Dollina has managed grants from DFID, British Foreign Commonwealth, British Council, DANIDA and CDC
Akhilesh Kumar Sharma
Akhilesh Kumar Sharma
Technical Advisor - Social Franchising

Akhilesh is one of the founding managers of WHP.  Akhilesh brings over 15 years of rural health service delivery experience, with an expertise in field operations. He began his career with Janani, a reputed Indian NGO based in Bihar as a field coordinator and was instrumental in expanding Janani’s social marketing and social franchising program in Bihar and Jharkhand. He later worked with the public sector on tuberculosis control. His core competency is in social marketing, social franchising, training, program management, family planning and reproductive health, Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.  Prior to joining WHP, Akhilesh worked with the Saakar Foundation, a Patna-based NGO engaged in the fields of health and awareness.  Akhilesh has a master’s degree in sociology. He is currently pursuing a PhD on unorganized labor from Patna University, Bihar. 

India Team
Prachi Shukla Nagesh Kumar Choudhary Chandra Shekhar Joshi Kamal Talreja Navin Kumar Agarwal Lucy Serrao Sanjana Sikri Nita Jha
Prachi Shukla
Prachi Shukla
Country Director, India

Prachi has over ten years of work experience in health care delivery.  She was a member of the core team that established the Surya Clinic medical network of the Janani program in Bihar and successfully administered it for over three years.  She managed the integration of social franchising components into Janani’s mainline programming and initiated special efforts targeting rural clients and the urban poor through a special community outreach.  Prachi has also worked with BAIF, a noted NGO working in the areas of micro-credit and animal husbandry, and for Mother Dairy, which brought about the dairy revolution in India.  In both these organizations, her main responsibility was human resource development.  Prachi has a postgraduate degree in industrial relations and personnel management from Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Mumbai, and a degree in law.

Nagesh Kumar Choudhary
Nagesh Kumar Choudhary
Head, Finance & Procurement

Nagesh is responsible for all of WHP India’s accounting and auditing needs, financial reporting, and provides budget oversight to all India programs since 2008. Nagesh has 13 years of financial experience working in the development, fast moving consumer goods and auto sector. This includes three years at the Bihar family planning social franchise, Janani. He has also worked with ITC Ltd. Packaging & Printing Business, a premier company in FMCG, and with Maruti Udyog Limited a market leader in automotive sector. In both these organizations, his main responsibility was in monitoring and management of budgets & inventory controls. Nagesh has degree in cost and management accounting from ICWAI Kolkata and master’s in business administration (Online) from Madras Management Association. He is a certified lead auditor for the IQRS system of DNV.

Chandra Shekhar Joshi
Chandra Shekhar Joshi
Regional Head, Uttar Pradesh

Joshi is one of WHP's founding members. With over 13 years of experience in the development sector, Joshi brings expertise in service-delivery programs and currently is WHP's Regional Head for Uttar Pradesh. Previously he worked with Liam Health Care, a service-delivery project of DKT International targeting the urban poor in Delhi. He moved to Janani in Bihar after two years. In both the organizations, his core focus was on setting up clinics, creating outreach networks, supervising commodity procurement and the supply chain, and administering the franchisee network. He also worked with FINO (Financial Information Network & Operation), a well-known rural banking company. He has a postgraduate degree in sociology and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business management.

Kamal Talreja
Kamal Talreja
Senior Manager, Information & Communication Technology

Kamal is responsible for overall administration of WHP India projects and the identification and integration of technologies at WHP.  Prior to joining WHP, Kamal served a similar role at Haier Appliances and the manufacturing unit at Romsons International in Agra.  Kamal has a graduate degree in commerce and a MBA in Human Resource Management from Symbiosis in Pune, India.  He is a CISCO certified network administrator and was a faculty member for the advance computing unit of CDAC responsible for providing computer training to semi-rural population in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Navin Kumar Agarwal
Navin Kumar Agarwal
Program Lead, Matrika and Family Planning

Navin serves as the Team Leader for WHP’s program in Bihar.  He has 17 years of experience in social marketing and franchising in the development sector primarily in health. He spent 15 years working with Janani – one of the largest social franchising organisation based in Bihar. In the long association with Janani, his work focused on setting up and running medical clinics, identifying and establishing provider networks in villages for outreach and referrals.  Apart from clinical franchising, Navin has varied experience in managing different profiles –monitoring, marketing, communication and administration. Navin has an expertise in handling large teams and managing rural operations.  He has a Bachelor degree from Patna University. 

Lucy Serrao
Lucy Serrao
Head, Central Medical Facility
Lucy comes to WHP with three decades of work experience with international organizations on accounting and administrative procurement and subcontract requirements. Prior to joining WHP, Lucy served as the Operations Manager with Sesame Schoolhouse Pvt. Ltd. Earlier, she served for 13 years as Director of Finance and Administration with Abt Associates Inc., where she was responsible for the accounting, control, and reporting of India office operations.  She also worked At CREA, where her responsibilities included human resources, operations systems management, program evaluation and implementation, serving as a board liaison, and management and compliance for the Count Me in Project.  Lucy is a graduate in history, literature and political science, with a post-graduate specialization in business management and secretarial Practice. She also has a certification from the Centre for Public Management in the USA in USAID Administrative Compliance Requirements.
Sanjana Sikri
Sanjana Sikri
Head, Medical

Dr. Sanjana Sikri has a rich experience of over 18 years across a landscape of Public Health Programs and specializes in the care of HIV patients and patients with chronic medical illnesses. She was the Country Director for Indian Medical Association’s GFATM-RNTCP PPM RCC Project. She was involved in editing TB related articles in JIMA (Journal of Indian Medical Association.) She has conducted research studies on sexual abuse of street children in shelter homes and the risk of transmission of HIV/STIs. As Lead Program Specialist with Pathfinder Health India, she designed the ‘assisted dying program’ for terminally ill cancer patients at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute, along with ‘Home Based Elderly Care’ and ‘Planned early discharge of post- op patients.’ She also set up one of India’s first ‘Out Patient Care Program’ for street and runaway children at New Delhi Railway station, inside GRP police station -- this program went on to become a demonstration site for FHI.

Nita Jha
Nita Jha
Program Lead, Urban TB

Dr. Jha is a public health professional and has more than 15 years of experience in this field. She did her MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology, from Darbhanga Medical College, Bihar and Fellowship from the Indian College of Maternal and Child Health. She has worked extensively in public health, especially family planning, with emphasis on bringing new technologies and to demedicalize the provision of clinical services and set up norms and standards for social franchising. Prior to joining WHP, she was working as General Manager at Janani, a nonprofit organization providing family planning and comprehensive abortion care services, where she was heading the Reproductive Health Project with major focus on Family Planning and Abortion care services. After working for 11 years in Janani, she joined Jhpiego as state Program manager, leading project on postpartum Family planning services in Bihar. She worked two years for strengthening Family planning services in Bihar in close collaboration of Bihar Government. In January 2012 she joined the DFID funded project with Futures Group for improving access to Family Planning and Reproductive Health services in Bihar. She was heading the team of 160 persons in Bihar with consortium with other partners HLFPPT, PHFI, and JHUCCP.

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