Arogya World Board of Directors
The members of Arogya World’s Board of Directors bring years of experience and passion for public service to bear in the global fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Dr. Nalini Saligram
Nalini Saligram, Ph.D, is the Founder & CEO of Arogya World, a global health non-profit committed to changing the course of chronic disease. She is an Ashoka Fellow.
Under Nalini’s leadership, Arogya World designs and implements scalable, science-based diabetes prevention programs in Indian schools, workplaces, and the community. As a tireless advocate for NCD prevention, Nalini leverages public-private partnerships and global platforms to improve the world we live in. Arogya World has made three Clinton Global Initiative Commitments (one in 2011, and two in 2013), a United Nations Every Woman Every Child Commitment (2014), was active with MIT’s SOLVE effort (2017), and was named a finalist for the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation (2014). Her story and that of Arogya World has also been highlighted in a book – The Healthcare Gamechangers. In 2021, on her watch, Arogya World was chosen to be part of the Google AI for Social Good effort.
Nalini has lived and worked in many parts of the world, including Merck in Philadelphia, Merial in Atlanta, Glaxo Wellcome in London, and Hill & Knowlton in Hong Kong.
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 active with the Taskforce on Women & NCDs, Indiaspora, the India Philanthropy Alliance, Foresight Global Health and the Global Centre for Healthy Workplaces. She is based in Atlanta.
Pamela Yih serves as Chief Financial Officer of Arogya World, and has been serving in that capacity, working probono, right from the founding of the nonprofit in 2010.
Pamela is President of Pamela Y-F Yih, Inc., a life science consulting company. For the past 20 years, she has provided consulting services to start-ups, and pharmaceutical, biotech and med-tech/diagnostic companies of all sizes.
Pamela’s expertise is in strategic marketing, commercialization strategies and opportunity assessments, portfolio planning and development of cross-functional commercial planning and evaluation processes. Previously, as a Director at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pamela led global Product Planning and Business Planning for the flagship ACE inhibitors portfolio (hypertension, heart failure, diabetic nephropathy and post-MI).
Neeru Arora is an enterprising, highly analytical and forward thinking information technology and business executive who has served as an industry leader for over 20 years. Her ability to lead large-scale transformations has resulted in her being known as a change agent with the innate ability to drive innovation.
Currently, Neeru is the SVP, CIO for Volkswagen Credit Inc. where she is leading a complete business and technology transformation to triple the group’s market share in the U.S and position Volkswagen as an innovative leader in mobility services. Previously Neeru served as SVP, CIO for Aon Service Corporation, and Chief Knowledge Officer, Aon Plc and also worked at McKinsey & Company, and UBS Warburg,
She has received numerous awards, including the Chicago Enterprise CIO of the Year ORBIE Award (2020), 100 Leading Women in North America Auto Industry (2020). She has been an integral part of numerous affiliations, including Future of Work Community and Digital Workplace Group.
Neeru is also an active volunteer within her community, contributing to organizations such as the Chicago Foundation for Women, the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, Driving Forward in addition to being a Board Member at Arogya World. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Economics from Loyola University.
Dr. Seema Bhatia
Seema is board certified in internal medicine and was in private practice for over 14 years. She currently sits on the board and serves as the chair of the medical committee of Health Reach Clinic, the only free clinic in Lake County, IL. She has been actively involved in recruiting other volunteer physicians and plays a proactive role on the executive board. She feels passionately about the role of preventative medicine in the fields of diabetes and hypertension.
Kathryn is Associate Dean for Development and External Relations at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. Kathryn has over 30 years of experience in higher education administration, strategic planning and all areas of development.
Kathryn is past chair of the Association of Schools of Public Health Development and Alumni Council. Her service on non-profit boards includes Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS), Amistad (Bolivian orphanage), the American Cancer Society, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Camp Sunshine (for children with cancer), the Georgia Association of Pastoral Care, the Hambidge Center (an artist in residence program) and MPower Now (microfinance).
Heather is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Illinois. Heather’s practice focused on financial services and the insurance industry. Heather served as senior counsel for companies such as Aon Corp. and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. Heather also served as assistant director at Arthur Andersen advising its global captive insurer. In addition, Heather is a certified mediator and serves on a number of nonprofit boards.
Deepa is an author, business strategist and consultant specializing in opportunities at the intersection of consumer experience, technology and strategy. Deepa has worked as a management consultant with firms from start-ups to large multinationals.
Deepa has degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Deepa, who can be found on Twitter at @deepaprahalad, lives in Southern California with her husband and son.
Swati serves as a Director at Blue Meridian Partners (BMP). BMP is a pioneering philanthropic model for finding and funding scalable solutions to the problems that trap young people and families in poverty. At the nexus of economic mobility and venture philanthropy, she is committed to listening to the voices of the vulnerable in our society, and channeling philanthropy towards solutions that are rooted in the realities and experiences of communities.
Swati was formerly a Director in the Advisory practice at Synergos. She worked at the nexus of strategy building, systems thinking, and partnerships for social impact at scale. A generalist, she has worked in a diverse range of topics including financial inclusion, income inequality, gender equity, agriculture, and non-communicable diseases. Previously, Swati held the roles of management consultant at PwC Advisory and investment analyst at Acumen Fund and General Atlantic. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Franklin and Marshall College, and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. A Third Culture Kid, Swati was raised between Bihar, India and Manila, Philippines; she now lives in Brooklyn with her husband.
Radhika Papandreou is Managing Partner in Korn Ferry’s Chicago office where she leads the Chicago office and the North American Travel, Hospitality and Leisure practice at Korn Ferry, a leading global talent management firm. Ms. Papandreou specializes in C-Suite and Board placements and has managed large scale client projects including bankruptcies and turnarounds. Before Korn Ferry, she was managing director and global head of Hospitality and Leisure at a leading executive search firm. Ms. Papandreou previously had an eighteen year career in corporate banking, most recently as Managing Director and Head of the Consumer and Healthcare practice for Lloyds Bank North America; previously, she was a senior banker at BBVA, and began her banking career at Citigroup. Ms. Papandreou earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs & Economics from the John Hopkins University, and a Master of Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She speaks frequently at industry conferences and contributes to industry publications primarily around Diversity and Inclusion.
Emilie R. Ninan
Emilie R. Ninan is a Partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, Chair of the firm’s Public Finance Department, and member of Ballard Spahr’s Expanded Board. Emilie assists clients with obtaining lower-cost capital financing through the issuance of tax-exempt bonds. Emilie serves as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, borrower’s counsel, issuer’s counsel, or trustee’s counsel on a variety of municipal bond financings, and has advised nearly every major bond issuer (including all three counties), municipality, hospital, and higher educational facility in the State of Delaware. In addition, Emilie represents corporate, banking, government and nonprofit clients in commercial real estate lending matters, contract negotiation, and other finance transactions. She is a recipient of SABA Philadelphia Legal Excellence Award for Professional Achievement, has been profiled by Law360 in as a “Female Powerbroker,” and recognized as an Influential Woman in Business in Delaware Today. She holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, an MBA from Georgetown University School of Business, and BBA from Temple University.