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Mr. Ashim Chowla
Chief Executive

Ashim is a Development Sector practitioner with over 25 years’ experience across several domains. He is a skilled team leader and has managed several complex assignments. Prior to joining LEPRA Society as the Chief Executive Officer, he was working with UNICEF in Chhattisgarh, implementing a large public health initiative in areas impacted by the Naxalite crisis. Apart from his involvement at the grassroots with NGOs and People's Movements, Ashim has also worked with the Department for International Development (DFID) as Social Development Advisor and subsequently as their State Representative in Madhya Pradesh.
Ashim holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. He is trained to conduct gender sensitisation programmes. He has significant exposure to Child Protection, Livelihoods Promotion, Socially Inclusive Programming, Project Management and Emergency Response.
He remains associated with several NGOs and Social Development Platforms. Ashim is committed towards gender equality and economic justice. He believes in the role of people's collectives to lead the social change processes. 
Ashim is a Leprosy Cured Person. He has lived the medical and social challenges faced by Persons affected by Leprosy as a child.

LEPRA Society, Post Box No.1518, Krishnapuri Colony, West Marredpally, Secunderabad, Telangana - 500 026
Tel.No: 040 – 27802139 / 2780 7314 / 44586060
Mr. Haris Chandra Singh
Director Odisha Operations

Haris has 24 years’ of experience in social development sector. His experience in this sector covers Urban, Rural and Tribal development, as well as a range of domains include Livelihood, Education, Health, NGO management, Child sponsorship, women’s empowerment, and Sustainable Agriculture. 

Since 2005, he is serving as the Director, LEPRA Society, Odisha region. Prior to joining LEPRA Society, Haris served as a Technical Specialist - Institution Building with CARE India and as the Director, Centre for Youth and Social Development (CYSD) - PLAN project, Bhubaneswar.

Haris holds a Master’s degree in Sociology (University of Pune) and in Personnel Management (Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune), and in addition holds a Bachelor’s degree of Law from Utkal University, Odisha. 

Haris provided faculty support in the areas of Organization Development (OD), Human Resource Development, Strategic Management, Impact Assessment, People Centered Planning, Total Quality Management (TQM) and Performance Management to various management institutes within Odisha.

Haris has attended several international conferences and technical expertise sharing forums and has two publications to his account viz., ‘Human Resource Development & OD practices in CYSD’, Renewal, Bulletin on Human and Organisational Development for Non-Government and Development Organisation (NGDOs), Sept 1998. Academy of HRD, Ahmedabad; ‘Management practices in CYSD’, Dialogue, Nov.93. Bangalore.

He is a vigorous reader and enjoys travelling.

LEPRA Society, Regional Office, Plot No:N-1/89, IRC Village, Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar- 751 015, Orissa, Tel No: 0674 – 2551850 / 2550180
Mr. P Omprakash
Head Finance

Omprakash, Head Finance, LEPRA Society is an accomplished results driven finance professional with more than 12 years of progressive experience with strong track-record of delivering top performance in finance management. He possessed vast experience in financial markets, especially in the development sector with sound knowledge of legal and financial requirements of Non-Government Organisations (NGOs).

He has been successfully heading the department of finance at LEPRA Society since 2005. Omprakash has strengthened and computerised the financial systems and established clear donor reporting guidelines. He has also established a Financial and Procedures Manual for the organisation and its partner NGO’s.

He was given additional responsibility of managing the fundraising department in 2011, has been actively handling with strong involvement and progress.

Mr. P. Omprakash has completed his Masters in Commerce and has a professional qualification of ICWAI - Inter. Mr. Omprakash has also attended training programmes and workshops conducted by national and international agencies in the areas of Donor Management, Grant Management etc. He regularly updates his skills and stays abreast with the latest in the field of finance.

LEPRA Society, Post Box No.1518, Krishnapuri Colony, West Marredpally, Secunderabad, Telangana - 500 026
Tel.No: 040 – 27802139 / 2780 7314 / 44586060

M Sathiraju
State Coordinator (AP &TS)

M. Sathiraju started his career as Para Medical Worker in the field of leprosy in 1989 LEPRA and served as Non-medical supervisor, Field officer, Project officer and District Programme Manager, HIV/AIDS in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh. Presently, designated as Project Coordinator with LEPRA Society.
As a paramedical worker he has carried out the case detection surveys in slums and villages with the involvement of local communities. During the MDT implementation period (1989-1992) in the projects of Hyderabad, Sonepur and Junagarh of Orissa, he developed project planning Multi Drug Treatment circuits, Drug delivery points and monthly treatment schedules. He implemented Survey Education Treatment (SET) work effectively by involving the village people and assisted in case sheets preparation and case diagnosis and refer to Medical officer for treatment at drug delivery points. He used to conduct disability care clinics for dressing the wounds/ ulcers and education programmes and assisted the IEC team.
He supported the projects in deployment of field staff and developing the monitoring tools in leprosy detection surveys, supported the staff in diagnosing cases and documentation. He used to visit schools in the mornings, screening children for leprosy, visit two or three villages in the middle of the day then do documentation work in the afternoons. The major achievement is bringing down the leprosy prelevance from 270 to 35 in Sonepur district of Orissa. He was awarded best supervisor in leprosy eradication work in Sonepur district, Orissa, for the year 1996-97 by HKNS.
As project officer, he was in charge for four year (1998-2002) of one control unit and 10 bedded hospital- Junagarh. He has taken initiation of leprosy integration in this project in 2001 after declaring policy of leprosy integration. He had participated in a number of conferences/workshops during his career besides contributing the regular duties.
He had on job trainings on PRA Tools at PRAXIS; Programme Management in IIM, Kolkatta; NGO Management at SEARCH organization and project management at SPJMR. He has received the prestigious “Late Shri Prabhakarji Memorial Award 2012” from Sri Dhirubai Mehta, Chairman, Gandhi Memorial Leprosy Foundation (GMLF), Wardha on 13/09/2013.

Mr. Rajnikanth Singh
State Coordinator, Bihar

Rajni, a development professional with 20 years’ experience, is the key representative to serve the organisation in various core forums in the state of Bihar. He has a decade of experience in senior management with competence to lead & manage a team of technical and non-technical professionals. He has excellent coordination, liaison and networking skills with various governments, quasi-government INGOs, stakeholders, donor and other agencies. Rajni has strong technical knowledge in thematic issues viz., Leprosy, TB, HIV, Lymphatic Filariasis, and Kala-zar etc.

Rajni, a graduate in science specialised in physiotherapy services from Hind Kush Nivaran Sangh (HKNS) New Delhi. He is pursuing a course on Public Health Resource Network from Raipur and a diploma in rural development from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

He started his career as a physiotherapist for leprosy affected persons in one of the most underdeveloped district in the state of Bihar. He is a core trainer in LEPRA for podiatry appliances for the disabled foot due to Leprosy, Lymphatic Fialariasis and Diabetic ulcer. He has programme management expertise with innovation at work place, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Rajni, in collaboration with TATA Steel was also instrumental in initiating the operations in the state of Jharkhand. A qualified master trainer, facilitator and expert in interventions on Community Health Programmes – Lymphatic Filariasis and leprosy, TB, HIV/AIDS and vector-borne diseases etc, he has thorough knowledge and understanding of the local geographical area, culture and needs of communities”.

He has presented papers in national and international conventions, conferences, and achieved accreditations. He actively initiated and carried out relief measures for some of the flood affected districts in Bihar in 2008.

Rajni and his team contributed for the WHO SEARO book on “Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention in Lymphatic Filariasis”, that serves a manual in operating Lymphatic Filariasis programmes across countries.

Rajni was himself impaired due to Lymphatic Filariasis and has faced the medical, physical, and social challenges involved with this. He enjoys listening to classical music and songs.

LEPRA Society - State Coordination Office C/o Shree Amitesh Kumar, Road No.: 1B, House No.: 13, New Pataliputra Colony, Patna – 800 013, Bihar Tel  No.: 0612 – 2276733 / 6456188
P Jayaram
Head Programmes

Jayaram Parasa is development professional with eighteen years’ experience in public health with expertise in leprosy, tuberculosis, malaria, filariasis, HIV and AIDS programmes and their management
Joined LEPRA Society in the year 2000, currently working as Programme Coordinator and responsible for developing new initiatives and resource mobilization. Before joining LEPRA, he worked with Centre for Population and Development Studies for four years as Research Officer, took lead in NFHS -2 survey in Odisha and Madhya Pradesh and worked on eight health related research projects.
His expertise include NGO and CBO management, executing GFATM, EU projects, developing strategies in health programmes, research, HIV and TB programming, capacity building, partnership management, monitoring and evaluation. He presented 11 abstracts at national and international workshops on leprosy, TB and HIV. He attended International Technical Consultation on the Education sectors response to the needs of Young people living with HIV organized at UNESCO and represented Civil Society Organization.
He holds Master’s degree in Social Work and attended trainings on NGO management and executive level course on evaluation and writing proposals. He speaks and understands Telugu, English and Hindi languages. During leisure time, he reads articles and listens to music.

Mr. Sunder Pakash
Head Human Resource

Sunder Prakash is a Human Resource Generalist with more than 25 years of hand on experience in Human Resources at the senior management level.  His experiences across spectrum of corporate organisations include manufacturing and service industry. By serving the corporate sector for more than two decades and the prevailing need in development sector, has motivated him to join the NGO sector in 2002. He is a Post-Graduate in Social Work (with specialisation in Personal Management, Industrial Relations, and Labour Welfare) from Madras University.

Sunder Prakash, one of the pioneering members of National Human Resource Development Network (HRD Network, Hyderabad), was actively involved in building the Chapter in Hyderabad. He possesses strong interpersonal, negotiation skills and is well versed with Labour laws.

During the period 2006 – 2009, he served as a panel member in recruiting the senior managerial positions for Andhra Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS). He has guided NGOs at Hyderabad in developing Human Resource systems and procedures.

He is a people’s person, devotes himself in strengthening relationships and building strong teams.   He enjoys travelling, reading books and listens to music.

LEPRA Society, Post Box No.1518, Krishnapuri Colony, West Marredpally, Secunderabad, Telangana - 500 026
Tel.No: 040 – 27802139 / 2780 7314 / 44586060

Mr. Naveen Satle
State Coordinator, Madhya Pradesh

Naveen has taken charge of State Coordinator –MP operations since September, 2014 and prior to that, he was managing LEPRA Zinc-ORS project in Madhya PRadesh.
Naveen has 17 years’ of experience working in the field of Public Health. His experience especially in the field of HIV/AIDS is more than 12 years, served at  various levels such as Counsellor, District Supervisor and Project Officer in Technical Support Unit. He was previously working with UNFPA, Rajasthan as Programme Officer - TI under RSACS – TSU. He has vast experience in Monitoring and Evaluation, Capacity Building, Programme Planning, Mentoring and Supportive Supervision.
He is also a Master Trainer under SAKSHAM project of GFATM R7 from Psychology department of Dr. H.S. Gaur University Sagar.
Naveen attained his Post Graduation M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Dr. H.S. Gaur Central University Sagar, MP in 1991,Public Health Field Leader Fellowship with CDC US Government from PHMI, Hyderabad  in 2008 and PG Diploma in Psychological Counselling in 2009 from Dr. H.S. Gaur Central University Sagar.

LEPRA Society, H.No. - 247, Phase-I,  Rohit Nagar, Bawadiya kalan, Bhopal-MP 462039 Tel.No: 755-2427058

Mr. B Jayaraman
Manager Administration

Jayaraman has been serving LEPRA for the past 25 years, strengthening the administration functions. He supports senior managers to ensure smooth operational and administrative functions.

He has been contributing to the organisation in the areas of Admin, Logistics, Asset management and Liaison with government agencies. As admin management has been his forte, he has contributed in formulating policies and manuals for LEPRA management within the organisation besides providing continuous training in grooming the admin staff at the new offices. He has effectively managed the liaison with government during several crises adhering to the government norms. His preventive and cost-effective maintenance has been a special area of focus where the organisation has benefitted. He has effectively contributed in major events inclusive of the support to fund-raising department. He has seen his progression in the organisation with strong institutional memory.

Jayaraman enjoys listening to Carnatic music and plays flute.

LEPRA Society, Post Box No.1518, Krishnapuri Colony, West Marredpally, Secunderabad, Telangana - 500 026
Tel.No: 040 – 27802139 / 2780 7314 / 44586060


Dr. V. Rukmini Rao

Dr Rukmini Rao  is a founder-member, Saheli Resource Centre for Women,  New Delhi  and worked with the organisation from 1981 till 1989 when she returned to Hyderabad. As a women’s rights activist, she participated and shaped campaigns to bring in pro-women legislations including increased punishment for Rape, prevention of Sati, the PCPNDT Act and recognition of Domestic Violence.
From 1990 she worked with the Deccan Development Society to promote women farmer rights, prevent child marriages and child labour. She set up the first rural women’s shelter and for children in Medak district.
Since 1993 she is involved with Gramya Resource Centre for women to prevent trafficking of girl babies and to promote child rights and education. She has been working to ensure education for all in Chandampet and Devarkonda mandals of Nalgonda district. Rukmini works closely with a network of NGOs in India to promote child rights, women’s rights and rights of indigenous communities.  She has won the “Woman of the Year” award in 2014. Gramya has won the best NGO award in the mandal in 2015, and the best NGO award in Telangana state in 2016

Mrs Jayashree P Kunju
Vice Chairman

Mrs Jayashree P Kunju  is a qualified Chartered Accountant and   a founding partner of  iBAS Consulting Pvt Ltd  a company based in Bangalore,  providing financial management, consulting and coaching services . Before co-founding her venture she has worked for a few multinationals companies heading various financial functions. Jayashree is a visiting faculty member for several Business Schools and Commerce Colleges. She is a published writer and poet. She is currently Trustee of Goodbye Leprosy Trust and AIFO – both organizations work for the cause of Leprosy. She believes that a significant aspect of her life that altered her thinking and future was when she herself suffered from leprosy. She loves being in the work of leprosy and her mission is of a world where people affected by leprosy, their families and the health workers can be respected for the extraordinary commitment it takes to counter the fear and stigma attached to the disease.

Prof. Radha Mohan

Former State Information Commissioner, Orissa
Prof. Radhamohan is an Academician and an eminent Social Worker. He is very much concerned of the environment and has been conferred with many State Level Awards. He has worked with the government system for long years including his services in teaching at SCS College, Puri (one of the most renowned colleges of Odisha). He also has membership in different committees both at state and National Level. His contribution towards the Watershed Management in the state of Odisha is noteworthy. Apart from this, he had also held the state level constitutional position, the State Information Commissioner, Odisha for a term of 5 years.

Lt Gen (Retd) Madhawa Anand Tutakne

Lt Gen (Retd) Madhawa Anand Tutakne, a medical doctor by profession and since 1968 was associated with Army and Air force Hospitals as Dermatologist. He has extensively worked in leprosy, been Officer In charge Leprosy Centre, MH Agra, Barrackpore, Pune and was awarded for best research work in leprosy. Apart from extensive work, he has published, presented several papers, authorship in text books, delivered prestigious orations and guest lectures. He held several positions such as Prof. Dermatology, Dean Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune and Vice Chancellor of Symbiosis Institutions, Pune and currently is the Medical Advisor of the Symbiosis institutions.

Dr Jayanth Kumar

Dr Jayanth Kumar , a professional has 22 years of experience both at the grass-root and management level in a development sector. He is visually impaired by birth, but has an ability to work under given circumstances. He is well known in designing and creating street plays, dramas, and skits on disability issues. Presently Jayanth is working as Head, Programmes for AIFO supporting CBR programmes in India and Bangladesh.
The Government of Karnataka felicitated Dr.Jayath Kumar, CBR Coordinator of AIFO India  for the successful completion of  Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology in 2010.

Dr Urmila Pingle

Dr Urmila Pingle, currently the Managing Trustee of Centre for People Forestry, is also a member of governing body of LEPRA Society for the past two decades. She attained MBBS and PhD in Genetics from the Indian Stastical Institute. A social and medical anthropologist by profession, whose genetic and dietary research among the tribes has unlocked many new vistas.  Dr. Urmila Pingle, whose genetic and dietary research among the tribes of the area has opened many new vistas
She is a consultant for many projects and studies of international and national organisations as well as for government at state and national level.
She is a member of many profesional societies, with four decades of diverse field, research experience in tribal / forestry ares of central india, experience in formulation of natural resource and tribal development policies in India.
She has published two scholarly books on Anthropology, Nutrition and Genetic of Tribals in Andhra Pradesh and nearly twenty articles in reputed journals.

Dr Suranjeen Prasad Pallipamula

Dr Suranjeen Prasad Pallipamula is a Community Health Specialist with 12 years of experience. He is the convener for Jharkhand Chapter of the Public Health Resource Network. He was awarded the Leadership Development Mechanism Fellowship for Sexual and Reproductive Health in 2006 by the Packard Foundation. Dr. Suranjeen, State Programme Manager, Jharkhand for Jhpiego (the Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics) and extends technical support to the Government on postpartum family planning services and pre-service education for nurses. He facilitated setting up of the VSRC (Village Health Committee–Sahiyya Resource Centre), and State Health Resource Centre for NRHM in Jharkhand.

Future Plan

  • Develop training manuals based on NACO, WHO, UNIADS guidelines for providing training to trainers.
  • Global Information System (GIS) mapping and web-based monitoring of infected and affected people.
  • Supervise training on site, and develop checklists for supervision.
  • To scale up centers at Government hospitals.

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