WHP India Team

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Prachi Shukla
Country Director, India

Prachi, is WHP’s country director for India, based in New Delhi. She oversees all operations in the country and serves as a liaison between the state offices in India, donors, development partners and government. She has over 17 years work experience of leading and managing large social sector programs aimed at improving health of the poor in partnership with communities, government, development agencies and private sector. Her core expertise is in strategy development, establishing innovative service delivery platforms and developing value driven high performing organization culture.

Before WHP, 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 had progressive responsibilities to manage the integration of social franchising components into Janani’s mainline programming. She spearheaded special efforts targeting rural clients and the urban poor through a special community outreach. Prachi has also worked with BAIF, a noted development agency working in the areas of micro-credit and animal husbandry, and for Mother Dairy, which brought about the dairy revolution in India. Prachi has a postgraduate degree in industrial relations and personnel management from Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Mumbai, and a degree in law.

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Nagesh Kumar Choudhary
General Manager – Finance

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 15 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 the multinational ITC Ltd’s Packaging & Printing Business, and Maruti Udyog, a market leader in the automotive sector. In both these organizations, his main responsibility was in monitoring and management of budgets & inventory controls. Nagesh has a degree in cost and management accounting from ICWAI Kolkata, and master’s in business administration from Madras Management Association. He is a certified lead auditor for the IQRS system of DNV.

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Lucy Serrao
General Manager – CMF Admin

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.

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Amitabh Simon
General Manager – Admin, Procurement & HR

Amitabh provides management oversight to People Department, Administration and Procurement. With over 17 years of extensive experience of working with a wide range of public health projects, public private partnerships, and engaging private sector in HIV/AIDS, Amitabh has nurtured his core strengths that include team building, systems strengthening, and procurement. Amitabh is a Master of Project Management and propelled his career milieu with Janani for over 7 years. Then, he joined WHP and was one of the core members; in 2011, he moved to Population Services International, New Delhi. Amitabh’s forte lies in a deep understanding of the functioning of administration and procurement.

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Chandra Shekhar Joshi
General Manager – Field & Operations

Joshi is one of WHP’s founding members. With over 17 years of experience in the development sector, Joshi brings expertise in service-delivery programmes and currently is WHP’s Regional Head for Uttar Pradesh. Previously he worked with Liam Health Care, an urban service-delivery project of DKT International targeting the slums of 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.

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Kamal Talreja
Senior Manager, Information & Communication Technology

Kamal is responsible for technology integration into WHP’s projects.  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.

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Navin Kumar Agarwal
Program Lead, Matrika and Family Planning

Navin serves as the Team Leader for WHP’s family planning and maternal program in UP. Before this role, he operated in a similar capacity for WHP in Bihar. He has 17 years of experience in social marketing and franchising in the development sector, primarily in health. He spent 16 years working with Janani – one of the largest social franchising organizations, based in Bihar. In the long association with Janani, his work focused on setting up and running medical clinics, and 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’s degree from Patna University.

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PANKAJ KUMAR
Program Lead, Bihar

Pankaj Kumar leads WHP’s Bihar programme, funded by BMGF as part of its Ananya Alliance. He is responsible for overall planning, budgeting, supervision and monitoring of the project in 13 districts. Pankaj has over 20 years of experience in implementing large scale service delivery programmes in low-resource settings. His core competency has been in strategic planning and program management strengthened by his interest in public-private partnership. Pankaj holds a postgraduate degree in chemistry, and his experience includes market research, social marketing & social franchising, communications, and product and brand management. He has worked at various levels within the organisation giving him the skills to handle a variety of responsibilities. He was also part of the core management team of Janani responsible for planning and operationalizing a vast programme of interlinked networks in Bihar, Jharkhand, MP, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, and North-East states of India.

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Nita Jha
Program Lead, Urban TB

Nita is a public health professional and has more than 20 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 an emphasis to bring new technologies, 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 in 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 the project on postpartum family planning services in Bihar. She worked two years for strengthening family planning services in Bihar in close collaboration with the 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 personnel in Bihar with a consortium of partners, including HLFPPT, PHFI, and JHUCCP.

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MILAN DINDA
Project Director, THALI

Milan Dinda currently works as Project Director, Tuberculosis Health Action and Learning Initiatives (THALI), a USAID funded project managed by a consortium of four national and international agencies in West Bengal, India. He previously worked with ILEP in India as Coordinator / Country Representative, Help Age International Myanmar, UNDP Myanmar, The Brooke India, MS Nepal (Danish Association for International Cooperation), UNDP India, CARE India, German Foundation for World Population, National AIDS Control Organization, and Child-In-Need Institute. Milan has mostly worked in multi-cultural settings in different assignments with responsibilities that included implementation, human resource development, monitoring and evaluation, and advocacy.

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Tafsirul Mazahir
Deputy General Manager, Monitoring & Evaluation

Tafsir has over 18 years of public health experience in the field of family planning and reproductive health, development research, social marketing, social mobilization, and child welfare campaigns. At WHP, he leads the program monitoring activities to strengthen monitoring mechanisms and field implementation systems.

Previously, he was the lead researcher with Institute for One World Health, for incidence and impact assessment study, and subsequent economic analysis on Visceral Leishmaniosis (VL). He also worked as Program Advisor with Engender Health, where he was part of the Family Planning (Technical Support Unit) in Bihar. He worked with Janani and UNICEF on social marketing and polio eradication program. Tafsir has a Master’s in Social Work with specialization in Social Welfare from Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi. He has also completed a certificate course in “International perspective in participatory monitoring and evaluation” from PRIA Continuing Education.

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SIRISHA PAPINENI
Program Analyst, Monitoring & Evaluation

Sirisha Papineni currently works as a Program Analyst in the Monitoring and Evaluation department of WHP and has experience in operational research, impact evaluation, and implementation.  She previously worked as a research manager at IFMR-JPAL on randomized controlled trials across sectors of public health, agriculture, microfinance, and financial literacy.  She was a program manager and analyst for a pilot with FORGE-UNHCR to improve agricultural productivity in Meheba, Zambia; and for a pilot with WHP on improving the quality of TB care in Bihar, India.  Sirisha holds a degree in Biomedical Sciences and Public Health from Northwestern University in the US.

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DR. RAJESH PAI
Medical Officer

Dr. Rajesh Pai heads the medical team at WHP and brings to the organisation over two decades of professional experience as a general and HIV physician earned through work in reputed national and international NGOs. He continues to operate his private clinic in the evening hours to ensure he remains in touch with clinical practice. Prior to joining WHP, he worked as Medical Consultant with AIDS Awareness Group (AAG), Naz Foundation, Child Survival India and AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) among others. His work with AHF was of particular importance since it exposed to him to a range of HIV prevention services, testing, and healthcare for HIV patients that the organisation was implementing in 36 countries worldwide. Dr Rajesh has also contributed three scientific papers on HIV submitted at ICAAP conferences in Bali and Mexico. He is a resource person and plays the role of trainer in various NGOs in India. His international experience includes working as a general physician at Shifa Al-Jazeera clinic in Kuwait.  Dr Rajesh is a medical graduate from the prestigious Kasturba Medical College of Manipal group. He also earned a Fellowship in HIV Medicine from Christian Medical College, Vellore.