Board of Trustees

Dr. Susheela Venkatraman

Trustee and Chair, Board of Trustees

Susheela is the former Chief of Technology at the Asian Development Bank. She has previously provided strategic consultancy in organizational performance and strengthening, globalization strategy, transformation and innovation and is associated with Organisation Performance Consultants, a global network of consultants.

Susheela has over 25 years of consulting experience, is a regular speaker at major conferences, writes frequently on topics in healthcare and development, and is a member of the e-health/m-health task force of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Ujwal Thakar

Trustee

Ujwal has rich and varied experience spanning the banking financial industry and the social sector in India. Ujwal has been an Adviser to KPMG and PriceWaterhouseCoopers in their BFSI (banking, insurance and financial services industry) practice, where he brings 28 years of banking industry experience across nationalized, private sector and foreign banks in India.

He has been the country head for the retail banking business in Standard Chartered Bank, BNP Paribas and Timesbank. Ujwal was also associated with SBI for 12 years and was in the founding team that created SBI Capital markets. He has lectured at IIM s NIBM and has been a guest speaker at Harvard, Dartmouth College, Stanford Business School, London Business School, NIBM, IIM Ahmedabad, and IIM Lucknow. He sits on the boards of Educate Girls, Ummeed, Shoshit Sewa Kendra, and the Indian School of Democracy.

Keshav Desiraju

Trustee

Keshav Desiraju has recently retired from a career with the Indian Administrative Service and in 2013 was Secretary, Health & Family Welfare to the Government of India. He continues to remain engaged with issues in public health, particularly mental illness and mental health, primary health care and community health, and serves on the board of several non-profit organizations in the sector.

Dr. Nalini Saligram

Founder Trustee

Nalini founded Arogya World out of a deep personal desire to make a meaningful contribution to global health, using her science background and her global communications experience, and working with like-minded people and like-minded organizations.  After getting a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore she subsequently lived and worked in many parts of the world –  at Merck in the US, Glaxo Wellcome in London, Hill & Knowlton in Hong Kong.  Nalini is an Ashoka Fellow and is based in Chicago and Bangalore.