As a strategic partner and ally in maintaining regional stability, expanding regional trade and addressing development challenges, the U.S. supports India’s efforts towards delivering access to quality health care, potable water, education and clean energy.
USAID leverages India’s growing human and financial resources through partnerships that catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship to solve critical local and global development challenges. USAID has a wealth of experience in leveraging private capital through traditional funding mechanisms. With the increasing focus on enterprise-led development, USAID is exploring opportunities to collaborate with new partners to create new financial mechanisms to entice investment and build on its activities to accelerate sustainability. Among the innovations that USAID is using are development impact bonds, venture grants, and first-loss guarantees.
National Health Authority (NHA) is the apex body responsible for implementing India’s flagship public health insurance/assurance scheme called “Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana” (PM-JAY) & has been entrusted with the role of designing strategy, building technological infrastructure and implementation of “National Digital Health Mission” (NDHM) to create a National Digital Health Eco-system. An attached office of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with full functional autonomy, NHA is governed by a Governing Board chaired by the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare. It is headed by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), an officer of the rank of Secretary to the Government of India, who manages its affairs. The CEO is the ex-officio Member Secretary of the NHA Governing Board.
Mr. Ravichandran Natarajan comes with over 27 years of experience in the Corporate World in the varied sectors of Consumer Electronics, International Logistics and Global Financial Services after graduating in Economics and Masters in Business Administration.
The Financial Services stints encompasses areas covering corporate lending, operating lease & factoring, Strategic Planning & Product development in Capital Markets, Asset Management and Customer Service functions.
Held Leadership positions, built high performance teams, established new business streams in India and International geographies in business roles with organisations that include MRF group, Prudential ICICI, Royal Bank of Scotland before transitioning into development sector and has been in CSR and Social Finance functions at Narayana Health and Tata Trusts.
Takes strong interest in Macro Economics and avidly follow sports viz Golf, Tennis and Cricket.
Dr. Ashish Mendhi quit active clinical practice for a full time Masters program in Financial Management from Mumbai University to pursue a career on the business side of healthcare. He then joined Narayan Hrudayalaya (NH) to lead their change management program. He went on to lead the procurement of medical equipment at NH. Having developed a keen interest in sustainable business practices, he switched to the developmental sector and joined Tata Trusts to manage large healthcare initiatives and subsequently lead the fund-raising team for all projects undertaken by the Tata Trusts.
Ashish was also a member of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation’s COVID response task force and spearheaded many initiatives like Meals for Doctors, celebrity engagements with COVID warriors and helped create a reserve bench of ICU doctors in Mumbai & Pune by arranging for trainings, among others.
Ashish is a fitness freak, loves running and has completed many half marathons. He loves to read and often “reads” audio books while running!
Vice Chairman & Managing Director, IPE Global Limited
Ashwajit Singh is the Founder & Managing Director of IPE Global, the largest social sector management consultancy firm in South Asia. He is the Chairman of Triple Line Consulting (an IPE Global Group company), a UK based international development consulting firm.
An alumnus of Harvard Business School and the London School of Economics and Political Science, Ashwajit has over 30 years of experience in the sector and has led several complex projects across Asia and Africa. An Inlaks scholar, Ashwajit is a Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary (Gold Medallist) and a graduate from Shri Ram College of Commerce.
Ashwajit is also Director on Ajooni Impact Investment Advisor Private Limited – a social impact fund. He is the former Chairman of the Public Administration and Management- Technical Advisory Panel (PAMNET) of the Africa Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). In addition, he is a Trustee of Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE), an NGO that focuses on building resilient communities and cities.
As a mark of recognition and commitment of his work in the sector, Ashwajit has won several awards like the Distinguished Alumni Award, Shri Ram College of Commerce from the (Late) Honorable Finance Minister of India, Shri Arun Jaitley (2019); CA Business Leader (Global) Award by ICAI (2015); Global Punjabi Society Achiever Award by Former Indian PM Dr. Manmohan Singh (2015) and, ranked in the Top 10 Global CEOs in Consulting & Business Services (2017).
Chairman of London School of Economics, Delhi Alumni, Ashwajit is former President of Modern School Old Student Association (MSOSA) and has been a Central Council member of Institute of Chartered Accountant of India. He is an avid reader and traveller, a regular speaker and writer at several prestigious development sector forums.
Chief Strategy & Diversification Officer and Lead - Health, Nutrition & Wash, IPE Global Limited
Himanshu Sikka is strategy and operations management specialist with experience in supporting government and private sector clients in policy and project development in the healthcare sector. He has conceptualised and delivered several projects in the health systems strengthening and health financing space. He has worked with several international agencies including The World Bank, DFID, USAID, UNICEF, ADB, and WHO, in diverse geographic settings of India, Bangladesh, Philippines, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Kenya, and UK.
He holds a M.Sc. degree in Development and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom and is a Shell Centenary Chevening Scholar and Otto Königsberger Scholar.
Dr. Manjunath Shankar is a senior public health specialist. He did his MBBS from the Bangalore University, India and Masters in Health Administration from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India. He completed his Doctorate Studies in International Health (Health Systems track) at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore. He joined Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, Atlanta as a Prevention Effectiveness fellow in 2010 and then continued as Senior Service fellow till 2017. He has over 14 years of work experience in International Public Health and was involved in the CDC’s EOC response to the West African Ebola outbreak. He has worked as an advisor, consultant, health economist and infectious disease modeler for different entities in various capacities. He has co-authored numerous peer reviewed journal articles.
He is an avid reader who loves travelling. He enjoys hiking, camping and outdoors.
Senior Manager, Loan Structuring
Mr. Archish Gupta brings an experience of over 9 years in BFSI space across Impact Investing, Corporate Banking, Treasury and Innovative finance. Prior to joining IPE, he has been associated with leading companies like National Skill Development Corporation, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Barclays Capital and Infosys. He was last associated with National Skill Development Corporation, where he worked as an Impact Investing professional to provide growth capital to entities in skill development space and managed a portfolio of 300+ investments with an outlay of over USD 250 mn, apart from creating structured products in partnership with Banks, NBFCs and other key impact investing institutions.
(Masters of Management from IIT Bombay, CFA Charterholder from CFA Institute USA, B.Tech from JSSATE, Noida)
Ms. Ritika Pandey has more than 12 years of unique experience with an eclectic mix of technical know-how, research acumen, project management, partners and people management skills. Some of her key competencies include program designing and implementation, proposal designing, research and insights aided decision making, key stakeholder relationship management, social behavior change communication development, and managing internal as well as external priorities, simultaneously.
She has previously worked with Digital Green as the Project Director, managing a $6 million USAID-funded project being implemented across 6 Indian states on using Digital Platforms for improving Family planning, Maternal-Child Health, and Nutrition outcomes. Ritika has also managed multiple projects across Africa and Asia on using community videos approach to bring about social and behaviour change. Furthermore she has also been associated with BBC Media Action and worked on developing and strategizing their mobile-based solutions as well as 360- degree communication which can be implemented at scale following the human-centred design principles. Ritika started her career with IMRB International (now Kantar) in social research and managed end to end execution of researches on issues related to maternal & child health, HIV/AIDS, social marketing, livelihoods and most importantly behavior change communication research.
Apart from her work, she likes traveling, making mandala art and listening to Sufi and Folk music.
(Masters in Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai; B.A. in Economics, Ranchi University)
Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Expert
Mr. Sudheer Nadipally holds a Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Social Anthropology, with specialization in Medical Anthropology from University of Hyderabad. He has 17+ years of experience in Research and Program Management in Public Health and Social & Development sector. In his previous assignments he was associated with several governments, not-for-profit, funding organisations and research institutions, in various capacities. Prior to joining IPE Global, he worked with Piramal Swasthya Management and Research Insitute, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC), Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Naandi Foundation and IPSOS Research. He presented his research work in conferences and had been guest faculty at few academic institutions. He speaks, reads and writes in English, Telugu and Hindi, besides understanding Tamil, Kannada, Assamese and Odiya.
His hobbies include travelling, watching movies and web series, reading and investing in equity markets. As a professional he is innovative, entrepreneurial, go-getter, optimist and result oriented.
Senior Communications Expert
Bringing in rich experience from her stints in the advertising industry, Vinaina has a knack of turning nuggets of insights into meaningful communication solutions. With over 12 years of industry experience, she has developed and implemented numerous cross-channel communication campaigns and initiatives. She started her career working with advertising firms such as Lintas IMAG and Saatchi & Saatchi, and served as a brand manager at a leading Indian daily - The Times of India.
Having managed marketing and communication responsibilities in the business sector for a few years, Vinaina is now making its principles work in the policy context. She transitioned to the development sector in 2011 and has been spearheading communication and policy outreach roles for development projects supported by the Government of India, international development agencies and corporate philanthropies.
Vinaina has a bachelor’s degree in design, and is a post graduate in Development Management from the London School of Economics.
Validation Manager, Health Innovation
Ms. Mridusmita Choudhury is a healthcare professional with over 12 years of experience in the Medtech industry spanning core RnD, Clinical Engineering, Market Development, Market Research and Strategy in the US, South Asia and APAC regions. She has worked with the established medical device companies like Medtronic, St Jude Medical (now acquired by Abbott) for most of her career and is a graduate from the Stanford India Biodesign Fellowship, a program aimed at developing the next generation of Medtech leaders and innovators.
She has a BE in Electronic Engineering from University of Mumbai and a MS in Biomedical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and has several international peer reviewed publications.
She is a keen gardener, experimental cook/baker, and world traveller.
Assistant Manager, Investment
Ms. Aanchal Jain brings a valuable career spread across a period of over 6 years, adept at various aspect of investment banking. Professionally, she has worked with KPMG, in its Deal Advisory (Corporate Finance) division wherein, she was primarily assisting the team on M&A projects. While working at KPMG she pursued Chartered Financial Analysis, USA in parallel. Her last employer was Value Prolific Consulting Services, a boutique investment bank and a private investment arm of ANG Group, based in New Delhi. As an Associate, her responsibilities included raising fund for early to mid-staged companies. She has executed deals across various sectors including Fintech, Consumer and Enterprise SaaS. Her hobbies include reading and watching documentaries
(Bachelors of Financial and Investment Analysis from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies)
Support and Investment Analyst
(B.com Hons Narsee Monjee College of Management Studies Mumbai, M.com Delhi University)
Ms. Archita Adlakha has worked with the Investment Banking Division of Citigroup in Mumbai, India. Her role mainly entailed conducting research and analysis for Investment Banking clients across the globe for Citi, from industry wide analysis, Equity and Debt Capital Market research, Economic and Commodity forecasts and IPO related information. She has an experience of 3 years post her graduation in Accounting and Finance from NMIMS University. She has held a People Management role where she was the team lead in her previous organization. Archita has also worked as a summer intern with Ernst & Young’s M&A advisory team. Through her journey at IPE, she would like to gain expertise and insights into the Development Sector and create a meaningful impact towards various socio-economic challenges.
She is keen on exploring new cuisines, travelling, reading and most of all baking. She is also a movie/tv show buff who would love to have must watch recommendations.
As a professional, Archita is a hustler who won’t settle till the time the problem is solved and is a person who believes in bringing out her best potential by actively engaging in activities and tasks which are not always within her comfort zone.
Support and Investment Analyst
Ms. Neha Singh has a Bachelors in Economics from the University of Warwick, UK, and has completed her Post-graduation in Finance from Imperial College London. Prior to joining IPE, she has spent two years in the US working in the Health and Education sectors at RTI International, a leading development sector organization. She has a financial background with an interest on the deal-making side, and has previously been associated with BMR Advisors and KPMG in the Private Equity and M&A divisions respectively. She enjoys numbers and the work that goes into the deal-making aspects of it, and has previously gained experience in the corporates teams at Franklin Templeton, Mumbai and Investcorp, Bahrain.
She is an avid reader and movie enthusiast and enjoys a good thriller or science-fiction. Having spent her growing years in different countries, from India to a large part in the Middle-East and UK, and recently the US, she has developed a keen interest in travel and experiencing new cultures and interacting with different kinds of people, and finds herself to be easy to adapt to new situations and opportunities.
Holding a master’s degree in International Relations from Monash University, Melbourne, Radhika completed her first stint in her professional career at Oxfam Australia where she worked as a Gender Analyst. She was responsible for analysing their policy on Gender Mainstreaming while studying 100+ projects across South-East Asia and the Pacific Islands. With a background in the Development sector, she decided to explore the Fintech territory and joined BharatPe as a business analyst (Investor Relations) and rose through the ranks to the position of Chief of Staff and Program Manager for BharatSwipe, a business vertical that grew 30x in just 4 months.
Senior Manager, Fund Mobilization and Grant Management
Sidharth brings a diverse career spread, adept at fundraising, donor management, grant management, program design, program implementation, people management, and business development. He was last associated with Tata Trusts where he worked as a Manager – Resource Mobilization, helping raise funds and resources for Tata Trusts projects.
While at Trusts, he also closely worked with the Ministry of Women and Child development to implement Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition (POSHAN) Abhiyaan, and with the Indian Railways to implement RailWiFi project (`4800 railways stations in India were equipped with WiFi facilities)
Prior to this he worked with a few early-stage startups in IT sales (Both B2C and B2B markets).
He is passionate about sports and has represented his state in Table Tennis. His other hobbies include trekking and standup comedy.
As a professional he is a strongly task-oriented person who has the ability to find creative solutions to the most complex problems.
(B.E. Thapar University, Patiala)