Board of Trustees

B.S. Ramaswamy

Founder Trustee and Chairman
Mr. B.S. Ramaswamy is a Founder Trustee and Chairman of Arogya World India Trust. He is a senior fellow member of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India and was a senior officer of the Indian Audit and Accounts Service.

In addition to holding responsible positions in public sector undertakings for several years, he has served as Joint Secretary and Additional Secretary to the Government of India. He is the author of several authoritative books on Contracts and Accounting, and is sought after as consultant and faculty.

Dr. Nalini Saligram

Founder Trustee

Nalini has lived and worked in many parts of the world. Most recently, she spent more than five years in Philadelphia as a global communications executive for Merck. She has also worked for Glaxo Wellcome in London, Hill & Knowlton in Hong Kong, and Merial in Atlanta. While in Atlanta, she also worked for Women’s Legacy at United Way, US Fund for UNICEF, as well as PAWSitive InterAction, a public-private partnership she founded.

Nalini founded Arogya World out of a deep personal desire to make a meaningful contribution to global health. Through her work, she realized that many non-communicable diseases are generally preventable through cost-effective lifestyle changes.

Nalini has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. She serves on the Dean’s Council at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and is a charter member of TiE Midwest. She is based in the Chicago area.

Dr. Susheela Venkatraman


Susheela is 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


Ujwal has rich and varied experience spanning the banking financial industry and the social sector in India. Ujwal

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


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.