Dr. Sebanti Ghosh has nearly 20 years of experience in health and development, specializing in nutrition, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCH+A), gender, and reproductive health and rights. She also has experience in strategic planning and program implementation, development of policy and advocacy strategies and activities, strengthening of community development approaches, and designing and facilitation of capacity building and training programs for both government and NGOs. She has worked with partners across government, UN agencies, bilateral donors, and international development support agencies and other civil society actors including academia. Dr. Gosh holds an MBBS with a specialization in public health and gender.
Dr. Vandana Naidu is a public health professional with over 20 years of experience in the area of systems strengthening, focused on maternal newborn child health and nutrition (MNCHN). She has worked at the grassroots, district, state, and national levels. Dr. Naidu has relevant experience of working with the Integrated Nutrition and Health Project (CARE), Vistaar project (IntraHealth International) and with ISSNIP (PwC). Her technical knowledge, skills and leadership come together with her familiarity with the nuances of public health programming in the state.
Nagendra leads the A&T team in Bihar and oversees the execution of the A&T activities in Bihar. Nagendra is a communication, advocacy design and implementation strategist with over 25 years of in-depth experience working with private corporations, donors, international implementing agencies, NGOs, community based organizations, and foundations. In his previous positions as director of communications and program management, and as a consultant, he developed and implemented behavior change communication and advocacy programs to build awareness and drive uptake of services through social mobilization in HIV and Thalassemia.
Poonam has over 13 years of experience in developing and implementing knowledge management, communications, and advocacy strategies. Prior to joining A&T, she led the knowledge management and communications component for projects funded by UK Department for International Development (DFID) that supported the Government of India’s Elementary (SSA) and Secondary education expansion (RMSA) programmes. Providing clear and relevant information, active engagement with stakeholders at all levels, targeted inputs to decision makers, and building communities of practitioners has been central to Poonam’s approach. Poonam holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management with a specialization in marketing.
Meenakshi Dikshit is a communication and advocacy professional with 16 years of work experience largely in health based programs in Hindi heartlands of the country. She has worked with organizations like Futures’ Group Int., Abt Associates Inc., John Hopkins University-Centre for Communication Programs (JHU-CCP), Path, and PSI- Harvard School of Public Health. She has played a significant role in developing state behavior change plans under the National Health Mission. Prior to joining A&T, she was working as a Communication and Advocacy Manager under large scale, childbirth safety program named “BetterBirth” with PSI & Harvard School of Public Health. Meenakshi holds a masters in Mass Communication in Science & Technology.
Atul Kulshreshtha has nearly 19 years of experience working on large scale nutrition programs with UNFPA, USAID, and the Government of India-supported health programs in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Prior to joining Alive & Thrive, Atul worked with the ICDS Systems Strengthening and Nutrition Improvement Project (ISSNIP) as Regional Manager in Madhya Pradesh. He has also worked with UNICEF Uttar Pradesh in the Nutrition Program at the State and Division level. Atul holds in Master’s degree in Social Science (Sociology).
Rajendra is a public health professional with extensive experience in systems strengthening and capacity development of Health and ICDS officials on health and nutrition issues. He has more than 13 years of experience working with international NGOs throughout India, particularly in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Prior to joining Alive & Thrive, Rajendra served as the State Consultant with UNICEF in Bihar, worked for UNICEF in Uttar Pradesh, was the State Coordinator for Indo-Global Social Service Society (IGSSS) in Uttar Pradesh, and was a consultant with the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) in Vitamin A and Zinc programs in Bihar. Rajendra holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Medical & Health Sciences department of the Allahabad Agricultural Institute, Deemed University in India.
Preeti is a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) expert with over 15 years of experience in the areas of maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, Polio, supply chain management, and skills development. She has previously worked with CARE, INDIA HIV/AIDS Alliance, UNDP, UNICEF, JSI, and Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS). Preeti holds a Master’s degree in Population Studies and Statistics. Her key technical expertise include designing and managing large scale surveys and research, data analysis, designing and implementing M&E systems, capacity development, proposal development, community led monitoring, impact evaluation and knowledge management.
Archna has nearly 20 years of experience in the areas of water and sanitation, specifically WASH in schools and menstrual hygiene management, nutrition, health and child rights across South Asia. She helps provide timely technical assistance in developing policy briefs, coordinating and facilitating the formative research, working closely with UNICEF and other partners to strengthen the agenda for MIYCN. Her key expertise is in program planning and management, knowledge sharing, advocacy, and relationship management. Archna holds a Master’s degree in Management and a Postgraduate in Food and Nutrition. She has previously worked for Save the Children Finland, UNICEF India, UNWFP India, and CARE India.
Dr. Shailesh Jagtap is a public health specialist with more than 10 years of experience in implementing health and nutrition programs at the district, state, and national level with organizations such as UNICEF, PATH, PHFI, and JSI. He has worked on both rural and urban projects across states, and has contributed to the development of various policy guidelines and technical materials. He has also worked in emergency situations like floods (KOSI and Madhubani district floods and Mumbai deluge) and the Swine Flu pandemic (Latur district).
Versha provides overall financial management and operational support to the A&T India office. Her portfolio in the last 15 years has included managing finance, contracts, human resources and operations across many projects. She has extensive experience in sub-award management and has monitored the management of multiple partners with regard to financial tracking. Prior to joining Alive & Thrive, Versha was the Finance & Administrative Manager of the Essential Medicines project of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), where, in addition to financial management, she was responsible for partner evaluations, monitoring and training, and ensuring compliance. Versha has previously worked with USAID’s Linkages project, the South Asia Regional Initiative/Equity project, the A2Z project and with the Diarrhea Alleviation through Zinc and ORS Therapy (DAZT) project which was implemented by FHI 360 in partnership with the Micronutrient Initiative (MI), the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and UNICEF.
Yashoda has more than 14 years of experience in various capacities in finance, administration, and human resources. With A&T, Yashoda reconciles financial reports and bank accounts, preparing and processing all sub-contracts, consultant and vendor payments. She is also responsible for local procurements, contracting documentation, inventory management, and many other administrative tasks. Prior to joining A&T, Yashoda worked with the Diarrhea Alleviation through Zinc and ORS Therapy (DAZT) project for and with the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies for over eight years. Yashoda holds a Post Graduate in Business Administration from Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning.
Ruchin has over 14 years of experience applying the results based management approach in various contexts in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Laos, Nigeria, South Sudan and Timor-Leste. He has also worked extensively in communication for development and social and behavior change across sectors including integrated community development, public health, nutrition, and WASH. Ruchin has developed, implemented and led strategic social behavior change plans for polio/routine immunization for a number of countries and has worked support the safe burial component of the Ebola response with UNMEER, by providing technical support to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Prior to joining A&T, he was leading the national social and behavior change efforts for emergency polio outbreak response in Lao PDR with UNICEF. Ruchin holdss a Master’s degree in social work (dual specialization in community work and HRM) and a PG diploma in Human Rights.
Smita has 14 of years of experience in SBCC, systems strengthening, and program management across health sectors. In close coordination with leading nutrition partners, Smita engages in and provides technical assistance to the state of Bihar to help strengthen their SBCC planning on maternal, infant and young child nutrition, and to help improve the quality of implementation, supervision and reporting of all SBCC activities in the state. Prior to joining A&T, Smita worked on the Ananya Program, where she handled key accounts for various demand generation interventions around VHSND, community mobilization and interpersonal communication.
Anupam provides technical leadership, management, and coordination to improve the quality of service delivery of MIYCN interventions, supervision, and reporting through the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) in Bihar, in partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Technical Support Program, UNICEF, and other key stakeholders. Anupam has over 20 years of experience working with national and international NGOs on maternal and child survival programs. Prior to joining Alive & Thrive, she was the Senior Program Manager with the Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team (BTAST) where her core responsibility was to support the department of ICDS in providing improved quality and reach of ICDS services for better nutritional outcomes.