James Blanchard is Director at Centre for Global Public Health in the University of Manitoba. He has been advising and providing technical support for HIV prevention and care programmes since the inception of KHPT. He has spent more than a decade working on HIV prevention in South Asia; as a contributor to the design of India’s National AIDS Control Programme, as a member of a CIDA-sponsored technical support team assisting Pakistan’s Ministry of Health with its second-generation HIV/AIDS surveillance project, and as a member of a World Bank appointed team that mapped high-risk populations in Afghanistan.
He is an epidemiologist, physician, and associate professor of community health science at the University of Manitoba. His research interests include epidemiology and control of STIs and HIV, transmission dynamics, and social and behavioural aspects of HIV. He also helped establish internationally recognized research programmes in inflammatory bowel disease and diabetes, and continues to conduct research in these areas.
He earned his M.D. from the University of Manitoba, and M.P.H. and PhD from the Johns Hopkins University.
Krishnamurthy Jayanna is a physician and a public health specialist with experience in health and development for close to two decades. His experience spans across HIV, Maternal Neonatal and Child health, Non-communicable diseases and Primary Health Care. His program and research interests revolve around on Quality of Care, Health systems strengthening, Implementation Research, Quality of Life and Integrative Health.
He completed MD in Community Medicine from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore; received advanced research training at W.H.O, Geneva and also holds post-doctoral research fellowship in Global Health from University of Manitoba, Canada. He currently works as Professor and Dean of Faculty of Life and Allied Health Sciences at Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bangalore where he support Masters and PhD programs in Public Health as well as multidisciplinary research. He continues to be associated with KHPT as one of its Advisors, for two thematic areas: MNCH and NCDs/CPHC.
Dr R Balasubramaniam has spent the last 31 years of his life in the service of the rural and tribal poor in the forests of India. He is a founder of the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SPYM) and has built this non-profit organization into India’s leading development NGO, that runs the Vivekananda Memorial Hospitals at Saragur and Kenchanahalli; the Viveka Tribal Center for Learning – a tribal residential school at Hosahalli; the Viveka School of Excellence – a rural school at Saragur; the Vivekananda Teacher Training & Research Center at Hosahalli; the Vivekananda Institute for Leadership Development, the Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies and the Grassroots Research & Advocacy Movement at Mysore.
SVYM also runs more than 50 projects reaching out to nearly two million people across the state of Karnataka and has centres in the USA and UK. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement. Dr R Balasubramaniam is also the recipient of numerous other State and National Awards. Many International, National, and State Committees have counted upon his immense experience in planning and executing rural development programs.
He is also an Advisory member of various organizations working in the fields of social sector development in the country. He is also a consultant to various National and International Agencies including the World Bank in the Health, Education, Social, and the Development sectors. He is a Tata Scholar, a Mason Fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School and a Fellow at the Hauser Center for Non-profits, Harvard University. He is also an adjunct faculty at IIT-Delhi and IIM-Bangalore. He has authored 5 books and he also writes extensively about Swami Vivekananda and on Development Issues in local Kannada and English newspapers.
Ramachandra Rao Kadambar leads the Karnataka State Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Pilot Project, funded by World Bank. Earlier, he has worked on community mobilisation programme, engaging with sex workers, people living with HIV and transgender on the formation of community-based organisations and co-operatives, under BMGF-Avahan programme.
He has more than three decades of work experience in grassroots community development with downtrodden and vulnerable groups. He has worked in non-government organisations, bilateral and multilateral projects; World Bank and UNDP aided projects. His technical expertise lies in the areas of entrepreneurship development, capacity building, women empowerment, fisheries development, total literacy programme, HIV-AIDS prevention, forestry, drinking water and sanitation, community-based tank management, self-help groups, co-operatives and training.
He has earned his post-graduation in social work with a specialisation in Community Development.