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.

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. 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 NRHMin Jharkhand.

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. Y.B. 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.

Ms. Meena Gupta


Ms. Meena Gupta joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1971 and has worked in various senior positions in the Government of Odisha and the Government of India since then. She has worked for significant periods of time in the sectors of health, labour, tribal affairs and environment & forests. As Secretary, Health in the Government of Odisha, she introduced several pioneering reforms. In the Ministry of Labour in Government of India she was associated with the Child Labour (Protection & Regulation) Act, and the National Child Labour Projects. She also worked in the ILO Office, New Delhi for four years on a child labour project which extended support to the Government of India’s effort. She was Secretary to the Government of India; also worked as, Secretary in the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Secretary in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs retired in June 2008. She has been member of LEPRA Society since 2003.

Ms. Meenakshi Batra


Ms. Meenakshi Batra, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Charities Aid Foundation India, since July 2012, has more than two decades of experience in international development and humanitarian work. Having worked with various agencies like Save the Children, Oxfam, War Child, Child Fund International, Department for International Development (DFID) in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal and Sri Lanka, Ms.Batra is skilled in the management of large-scale multi-sector programmes, directing large country programmes, strategic planning, organisational development, change management and senior management/leadership development. She is also experienced in leading emergency responses to earthquakes, cyclones, floods, droughts and post-conflict programmes.

Prof. (Lt Col) Dayakar Thota


Prof. (Lt. Col.) Dayakar Thota, Medical Director, Ramdev Rao Memorial Hospital, Kukatpally, Hyderabad, and Chief Consultant, Institute of Health Systems (IHS), is a medical doctor, who served in the Indian Army in various capacities between 1971 and 1994.

With vast teaching experience in hospital administration, Prof.Thota also serves as an examiner for post-graduate studies for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), Diplomate of National Board of Examinations (DNBE) and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

Prof.Thota is a life member of the Indian Association for Medical Informatics (IAMI), Hyderabad; Indian Society of Health Administration (ISHA), Bengaluru; Academy of Hospital Administration (AHA), New Delhi; Fellow of Academy of General Education(FAGE), Manipal; Institute of Health Systems (IHS), Hyderabad and twice-elected President of the Association of Hospital and Health Administrators, Hyderabad.

Dr. Dil Kishore Raman


Dr. Dil Kishore Raman, Medical Superintendent, Narayan Medical College and Hospital, Jamuhar, Bihar, since 2014, has an MD in Paediatrics. In his four decades of service in various government departments and hospitals in Patna, Bihar, he also held Additional Charge in the Office of the State Leprosy Officer from 1999-2005 and Additional Charge in the Office of the Controlling Officer State TB; State Leprosy Control & Eradication Programme and State Malaria & Kala- Azar Control Programme, from 2006-08.

Mr.Guru Sharan Sachdev


Mr. Guru Sharan Sachdev, Independent Reforms Facilitator since 2012, is a governance and health systems development expert specialising in health sector policy and strategy development in the government of Madhya Pradesh. Mr.Sachdev writes, edits, translates and reviews documents for Vikas Samvad. Endowed with a flair for networking with stakeholders, he is adept at promoting and facilitating meeting of development partners. Mr.Sachdev has co-authored, Vision Document for State Child Health and Nutrition Mission-2020, for the government of Madhya Pradesh.

Dr. Vishwa Mohan Katoch


Dr.Vishwa Mohan Katoch, M.D. (Microbiology), currently the Chair, National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Rajasthan University of Health Sciences (RUHS), Jaipur.

As the Founder and Secretary of the Department of Health Research (DHR), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, between 2008 and 2015, Dr.Katoch played an important role in developing and implementing new schemes like the establishment of multi-disciplinary research units (MRUs) in government medical colleges; Model Rural Health Research units (MRHRUs); Virology Research Laboratories in states and medical colleges; Human Resources for Health Research with focus on medical colleges and Grant-in-Aid schemes for projects focussed on inter-sectoral collaboration and coordination.

Dr.Katoch has led several delegations and represented India in international conferences. A Fellow of several prestigious Science academies in the country, he has won many awards for his scientific achievements.

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 & Operations

Omprakash, Head Finance, LEPRA Society is an accomplished results driven finance professional with more than 14 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 is given the additional responsibility of managing the Human resources department.

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

Dr. Aparna Srikantam

Head Research

Dr. Aparna Srikantam is an MD (Microbiology) from SV Medical College, NTR University of Health Sciences, AP, lndia. She has over 18 years’ robust research experience, complemented by extensive administrative and managerial experience. !n addition, she has several international and national publications to her credit. Her last assignment was Head of Microbiology at Vijaya Diagnostic Centre, Hyderabad. Aparna has worked with LEPRA Society (BPHRC) as Group Leader, Microbiology Division during 2002-2014.

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 & Consultant NLEP -Telangana

M. Sathiraju started his career in the leprosy field, joined LEPRA in 1989 and served as Non-medical supervisor, Field officer, Project officer, Programme Coordinator and District Programme Manager in Odisha, AP and MP states. Presently, designated as State Coordinator and Consultant NLEP -Telangana with LEPRA Society.

As field officer, 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 for treatment. The major achievement is bringing down the leprosy Prevalence from 270 to 35 in Sonepur district of Orissa. He was awarded best supervisor in leprosy eradication work in district, Orissa, for the year 1996-97 by HKNS.

As project officer, he was in charge for four year (1998-2002) of one control units and 10 bedded hospital- Junagarh. He has taken initiation of leprosy integration in this project in 2001 after declaring policy of leprosy integration. As Programme Coordinator, (2003-2008) implemented the Community Fund (National Lotteries Charities Board-BLF) project on communicable diseases especially HIV/AIDS, STI, TB Malaria and Leprosy in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, established PPTCTC and VCTC in rural health facilities and smoothly handed over to SACS. As District Programme Manager (2009 & 2010) under DAPCU, extended technical and programmatic support in HIV/AIDS and TB related as per NACO and RNTCP in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh. He has published articles/ papers and participated in seminars, conferences and workshops. As State Coordinator, has been working since 2011 and responsible for Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation of the Telangana state projects. In lymphatic filariasis, with his experiences in both leprosy and lymphatic filariasis, integrated the two disabilities i.e. morbidity management in lymphatic filariasis and leprosy.

He is recipient of the prestigious “Late Shri Prabhakarji Memorial Award 2012” from Gandhi Memorial Leprosy Foundation (GMLF), Wardha in the year 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 Head Programmes 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. 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

Kasturi Kilaru

Head Fundraising

Kasturi has over 14 years of rich corporate experience in leadership roles in the areas of business development and strategic alliances. Her career has been chartered across varied industries like Renewal Energy , Biochemicals, Nutraceuticals and Pharmaceuticals. She believes in the power of team work and in the past, has successfully built and managed high performing teams. Her excellent business and communication skills have resulted in forging impactful global partnerships in the industries she has worked in. She brings with her a rich experience of structured thinking , problem solving , negotiation and project management. Her diverse skill sets have helped her in having successful transitions across various industries. Her vision is to build and lead a fundraising team which will work towards creating an innovative and sustainable funding ecosystem in LEPRA.

She describes herself as a “life- long learner” and this has led her to earn post graduate degrees in Molecular Cancer Biology and Biotechnology from USC , Columbia and The George Washington University, Washington D.C. In addition to that she also has an MBA in International Business and a degree from NALSAR law school in Intellectual Property Rights.

She is an eternal optimist and believes that real success can only be measured by the number of lives that have changed for the better.

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