India Governing Board

Gopi Gopalakrishnan
Founder & President – World Health Partners

Gopi Gopalakrishnan has over two decades of experience in implementing large-scale service-delivery programs in low-resource settings. He has founded two large organizations—World Health Partners which focuses on delivering primary health care to rural communities by innovatively harnessing existing resources in the poorest states of India and Kenya; Janani which delivers reproductive health services in Bihar and Jharkhand, two of the poorest states of India. Gopi’s work relates to operationalizing public–private partnerships in which private sector resources are tailored to complement public sector service provision. Increasingly, his recent work has devoted attention to integrate stronger management systems and technologies into public sector programming.

Gopi 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. He has served on the global technical advisory board of the International Finance Corporation, an affiliate of the World Bank, and is currently a member of the Advisory Group on Community Action (AGCA) of the National Health Mission.

During his career, Gopi also worked as the Director of International Programs of DKT International based in Washington DC and as Country Director of DKT Vietnam based in Hanoi. He has been awarded by the Skoll Foundation, the Schwab (World Economic Forum) Foundation and Ashoka Foundation for social entrepreneurship, and is the recipient of a prestigious civilian honor from the Government of Vietnam.

Dr. Indrani Gupta
Health Economist

Professor Indrani Gupta heads the Health Policy Research Unit of the Institute of Economic Growth at the University of Delhi, a primary forum for policy-oriented research in the health sector. Prof. Gupta has also held teaching positions abroad and was part of the Policy Research team at the World Bank, Washington DC.

A well reputed health economist, Prof. Gupta works very closely with various government departments and international organizations to strategize around the constraints and costs of providing services to the poor. She has worked extensively on issues related to demand for health and health care, health insurance and financing, costing and cost-effectiveness, economics of HIV/AIDS, poverty and health, and implications of global agreements on the health sector in India.

Presently, Prof. Gupta is a member the prestigious Technical Review Panel of the Global Fund. She is also a member of the IRDA Group on Rural Health Insurance, WHO South-East Asia Advisory Committee on Health Research, UNAIDS Reference Group on Economics, and is a board member of International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and the Naz Foundation, India.

Syeda Askari Imam
Advertising and Communications Expert

A world renowned advertising professional, Mrs. Imam has won awards at Cannes and has been published in the prestigious international showcases, including the New York Festivals, D&AD London and in various issues of Archives and Communication Arts. Her work has been widely acclaimed in India, especially the 11 Mera Bharat Mahaan films, most of which won awards and national recognition. In addition, she was the recipient of the Super Achiever Award by the Institute of Change Management, Pune. Mrs. Imam represented India at the World Muslim and U.S Conference in Doha in 2004.

Mrs. Imam is currently the Executive Creative Vice President of Contract Advertising, an agency she co-founded for J. Walter Thompson in India. Presently, she oversees the creative sectors servicing India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal. In London, she has worked with McCann and Wasey and Campbell Ewald. Mrs. Imam has helped to build many outstanding national and international brands over the years, including Nescafe, Complan, Shell, Lakme, Lipton, Lux, Pepsi, De beers, NIIT, Himalaya, Philips, Whirlpool, Levers and ITC Corporate.

In public service advertising, (which won her the prestigious Max Lewis international award twice) she is remembered for her work on girl-child, conservation, anti-dowry, AIDS, family planning, communal harmony, blood donation and nation-building campaigns.

Amulya Ratna Nanda
Indian Administrative Service (retd.) Population Program Expert

During his 35 years of service to the Government of India, Mr. Nanda held many prestigious positions including Secretary (Family Welfare), Registrar General, Census Commissioner of India, Chief Commissioner of Investments and NRIs, and Chairman of the Indian Investment Centre in the Ministry of Finance. In addition, he was on the Board of the National AIDS Control Organization.

Mr. Nanda played a key role in formulation and operationalisation of the 2000 National Population Policy, and under his stewardship, the Reproductive and Child Health Program was intensified. He continues to support innovative approaches for sustainable public-private partnerships, convergence of services, decentralization, community-based approaches to primary health care, safe motherhood and child health projects.

Mr. Nanda served as the Executive Director of Population Foundation of India after retirement from government service. Holding a post-graduate degree in Population Growth Studies from the University of Wales, he has been a long time member and trustee of the Indian Association for Study of Population. Mr. Nanda is an honorary fellow of the Indian College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a board trustee to the Gandhigram Institute of Rural Health & Family Welfare Trust, and a member of the National Commission on Population and Health. Mr. Nanda has served as an advisor on the International Advisory Committee for Population Program of the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, the WHO Scientific & Technical Advisory Group of the Dept. of Reproductive Health & Research, and the advisory council of the Centre for Women’s Development Studies in New Delhi.

Public Health & Management Specialist

Prof. Venkat Raman has been teaching HRD and Health Policy at the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, since 1990. He received Master’s degree from TISS, Mumbai; Ph.D. from FMS, Delhi, advanced professional training from Harvard Business School, Boston, and World Bank Institute, Washington DC. Before entering academics, he worked with an international NGO. His research interest is focused on exploring and leveraging Public-Private Partnership (PPP) options to improve equitable access to health care services for the poor. He is actively engaged in advisory responsibilities with many bilateral and multilateral development partners such as The World Bank, WHO, DFID, USAID, and other international agencies on strategies for engaging the private sector for health service delivery in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Mediterranean Region.

Prof. Venkat Raman has several research publications, including a  book on ‘Public-Private Partnership in Health Care in India: Lessons for Developing Countries’ (by Routledge, London). He has been member of several committees, including Working group on PPP (for 11th Five Year Plan), National technical working group on engaging Private Sector in TB control, US-India Health initiative, developing Model Concession Agreement for PPP in NCD Care for Niti Aayog, and task force on performance based incentives for primary care providers by the Ministry of Health. He has been a recipient of several awards and fellowships, notably McNamara fellowship of The World Bank; Ronald Coase fellowship, UC-Berkley; and ICSSR International Senior Research fellowship, Erasmus University. He has been a visiting faculty/ fellow at the Institute of Social Studies, Netherlands and ISB, Mohali.

Public Health Specialist

Geeta has a master’s degree in Economics, Planning and Business administration. She has worked with UNICEF as Programme Communication Officer handling all mass media and research activities related to polio programme. Prior to UNICEF, she was an independent development consultant for women’s programmes and income generation programmes. She has extensively worked with several bilateral and donor agencies, including Ford Foundation, Dutch Water Mission, and UNICEF. She has a number of publications to her credit.

Saramma Thomas Mathai
Public Health Specialist

Ms Saramma Thomas Mathai has over thirty years of experience in reproductive and child health (including nutrition) with major focus on maternal health and family planning. Her expertise includes programme planning, strategic development, programme evaluation, health systems (esp. quality of care, human resource development, health information systems), research studies, and advocacy to Governments of developing countries of South and South- East Asia and Papua New Guinea and inter-governmental bodies in Asia such as ASEAN and SAARC.

Since retirement in July 2012, Ms Mithai has been providing technical assistance to UNFPA Country Offices in Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste and Vietnam, and MOH in the respective countries. Ms Mathai is a 2003 Fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (FNAMS), and Member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (MNAMS), India in Integrated Maternal and Child Health. Additionally, she is a Master of Public Health from John Hopkins University in Baltimore (USA), and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Punjab University (India).