WHP India Team

Prachi Shukla
Country Director, India

Prachi has over ten years of work experience in health care delivery.  She was a member of the core team that established the Surya Clinic medical network of the Janani program in Bihar and successfully administered it for over three years.  She managed the integration of social franchising components into Janani’s mainline programming and initiated special efforts targeting rural clients and the urban poor through a special community outreach.  Prachi has also worked with BAIF, a noted NGO working in the areas of micro-credit and animal husbandry, and for Mother Dairy, which brought about the dairy revolution in India.  In both these organizations, her main responsibility was human resource development.  Prachi has a postgraduate degree in industrial relations and personnel management from Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Mumbai, and a degree in law.

Nagesh Kumar Choudhary
Head, Finance & Procurement

Nagesh is responsible for all of WHP India’s accounting and auditing needs, financial reporting, and provides budget oversight to all India programs since 2008. Nagesh has 13 years of financial experience working in the development, fast moving consumer goods and auto sector. This includes three years at the Bihar family planning social franchise, Janani. He has also worked with ITC Ltd. Packaging & Printing Business, a premier company in FMCG, and with Maruti Udyog Limited a market leader in automotive sector. In both these organizations, his main responsibility was in monitoring and management of budgets & inventory controls. Nagesh has degree in cost and management accounting from ICWAI Kolkata and master’s in business administration (Online) from Madras Management Association. He is a certified lead auditor for the IQRS system of DNV.

Chandra Shekhar Joshi
Regional Head, Uttar Pradesh

Joshi is one of WHP’s founding members. With over 14 years of experience in the development sector, Joshi brings expertise in service-delivery programs and currently is WHP’s Regional Head for Uttar Pradesh. Previously he worked with Liam Health Care, a service-delivery project of DKT International targeting the urban poor in Delhi. He moved to Janani in Bihar after two years. In both the organizations, his core focus was on setting up clinics, creating outreach networks, supervising commodity procurement and the supply chain, and administering the franchisee network. He also worked with FINO (Financial Information Network & Operation), a well-known rural banking company. He has a postgraduate degree in sociology and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business management.

Kamal Talreja
Senior Manager, Information & Communication Technology

Kamal is responsible for overall administration of WHP India projects and the identification and integration of technologies at WHP.  Prior to joining WHP, Kamal served a similar role at Haier Appliances and the manufacturing unit at Romsons International in Agra.  Kamal has a graduate degree in commerce and a MBA in Human Resource Management from Symbiosis in Pune, India.  He is a CISCO certified network administrator and was a faculty member for the advance computing unit of CDAC responsible for providing computer training to semi-rural population in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Navin Kumar Agarwal
Program Lead, Matrika and Family Planning

Navin serves as the Team Leader for WHP’s family planning and maternal program in UP. Before this role, he operated in a similar capacity for WHP in Bihar. He has 17 years of experience in social marketing and franchising in the development sector primarily in health. He spent 16 years working with Janani – one of the largest social franchising organizations, based in Bihar. In the long association with Janani, his work focused on setting up and running medical clinics, identifying and establishing provider networks in villages for outreach and referrals.  Apart from clinical franchising, Navin has varied experience in managing different profiles –monitoring, marketing, communication and administration. Navin has an expertise in handling large teams and managing rural operations.  He has a Bachelor degree from Patna University.

Lucy Serrao
Head, Central Medical Facility

Lucy comes to WHP with three decades of work experience with international organizations on accounting and administrative procurement and subcontract requirements. Prior to joining WHP, Lucy served as the Operations Manager with Sesame Schoolhouse Pvt. Ltd. Earlier, she served for 13 years as Director of Finance and Administration with Abt Associates Inc., where she was responsible for the accounting, control, and reporting of India office operations.  She also worked At CREA, where her responsibilities included human resources, operations systems management, program evaluation and implementation, serving as a board liaison, and management and compliance for the Count Me in Project.

Lucy is a graduate in history, literature and political science, with a post-graduate specialization in business management and secretarial Practice. She also has a certification from the Centre for Public Management in the USA in USAID Administrative Compliance Requirements.

Nita Jha
Program Lead, Urban TB

Dr. Jha is a public health professional and has more than 15 years of experience in this field. She did her MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology, from Darbhanga Medical College, Bihar and Fellowship from the Indian College of Maternal and Child Health. She has worked extensively in public health, especially family planning, with emphasis on bringing new technologies and to demedicalize the provision of clinical services and set up norms and standards for social franchising. Prior to joining WHP, she was working as General Manager at Janani, a nonprofit organization providing family planning and comprehensive abortion care services, where she was heading the Reproductive Health Project with major focus on Family Planning and Abortion care services.

After working for 11 years in Janani, she joined Jhpiego as state Program manager, leading project on postpartum Family planning services in Bihar. She worked two years for strengthening Family planning services in Bihar in close collaboration of Bihar Government. In January 2012 she joined the DFID funded project with Futures Group for improving access to Family Planning and Reproductive Health services in Bihar. She was heading the team of 160 persons in Bihar with consortium with other partners HLFPPT, PHFI, and JHUCCP.

Tafsirul Mazahir
Deputy General Manager (Monitoring & Evaluation)

Tafsir has over 15 years of public health experience with national and International NGO’s in India, having considerable exposure in the field of family planning and reproductive health, development research, social marketing, social mobilization and child welfare campaigns.

At World Health Partners, he leads the program monitoring activities, working closely with the program managers and partners to strengthen monitoring mechanisms and field implementation systems. His profile currently focuses on WHP’s multiple projects in the state of Bihar.

During his stint with Institute for One World Health, remained the lead researcher for Incidence and impact assessment study and subsequent economic analysis on Visceral Lieshmaniasis (VL) household and Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices (KAP) of VL among health care providers. Further, as Program Advisor with Engender Health, he remained part of the Family Planning (Technical Support Unit) in Bihar, providing facilitative support for development of need based district plans towards rolling out RMNCH+A strategies and coordinating capacity building of program managers under NHM at all level, focusing on family planning. Tafsir was also part of Janani’s social marketing programme wherein he remained overall responsible for direct Implementation of the social franchising model involving informal providers towards family planning service delivery in the state of Jharkhand. With UNICEF’s polio eradication campaign, he implemented a district-specific social mobilization campaign focusing on advocacy with local government, religious and occupational leaders, community-based organizations and educational institutions with a key focus on the underserved /resistant community.

Tafsir has Master’s in Social Work with Specialization in Social Welfare from Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi. He has also completed a certificate course in “International perspective in participatory monitoring and evaluation” from PRIA Continuing Education.