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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
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.
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
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. 

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