WHP Global Team

Gopi Gopalakrishnan

Gopi has over 25 years of experience in implementing large-scale service-delivery programs in low-resource settings. He founded Janani, a non-profit entity that at one point accounted for more than 20% of family planning in the state of Bihar and Jharkhand. 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.

He has also served on the global technical advisory board of the International Finance Corporation, and is currently on the Advisory Group on Community Action (AGCA) of India’s National Rural Health Mission and the Global Coalition against Tuberculosis. Gopi was the Director of International Programs of DKT International and received a prestigious civilian honour from the Government of Vietnam for his work as the Country Director of DKT International based in Hanoi.  In 2013, Gopi received two prestigious awards for Social Entrepreneurship from the Skoll Foundation and Schwab Foundation. He is also an Ashoka Foundation fellow.

BALAKRISHNAN (‘Bala’) Sethuraman
Business Development Advisor

Bala focuses on exploring project or partnership opportunities for WHP with primary focus on Africa. He took on this role in 2015 and brings four decades of experience in varied fields. Starting his career with the Shriram Group in India, an industrial chemicals major, he moved to Unilever in UAE and then on to the media industry as the Head of Circulation of Gulf News in Abu Dhabi. After working for nine years, he moved to Canada where he worked in insurance and electronic industries before returning to Gulf News. Bala currently also serves as an independent business advisor for leading international publications in the MENA region. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, political science and sociology from Bangalore University and a master’s degree in development administration and international marketing management from the American University in Cairo.