Mr. Ashokanand H.S is a retired Senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer who graduated from State Civil Service Cadre. He has over two decades of experience working on various developmental issues like Watershed Management, Disaster Management, Education, Human Resource and Capacity Building, Social Welfare (SC and ST welfare), and Health (HIV/AIDS and related areas). His expertise lies in the area of empowerment of Panchayat Raj Institutions.
As Director-Advocacy, he has successfully mainstreamed HIV related issues with various Government Departments like Women and Child Welfare, Education, Housing, Food and Civil Supply, Law and Justice, Police, Social Welfare, Health, etc.,
He was instrumental in establishing and successfully operationalizing the satellite Communication Centre; the first of its kind in the country in the State Institute of Rural Development (ANS SIRD, Mysore) during 2002-08.
He has been a member of various expert committees both at the State and the National level. Currently, member Quality Monitoring Group in the Department of Planning, Government of Karnataka, guiding and monitoring the preparation of Human Development Report (HDR) for the State of Karnataka. Also a member – advisory committee of Karnataka Evaluation Authority, Government of Karnataka.
He has a Master’s degree in Plant Science and also a PG Diploma in Environment Planning from the University of Mysore.
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.
Reynold Washington is a community health specialist with over two decades of teaching, programmatic and research experience. His areas of interest include HIV, TB, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health.
He is recognised for his leadership in scaling up HIV prevention and care services, training systems and research across Karnataka and other states in India, for pioneering innovations that significantly contributed to national programmes and public policy, and for translating knowledge to post-graduate students, programme implementers, policy makers and donors within India and in several countries in Africa and Asia.
He is a technical resource member for the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), and the Karnataka State TB Operations Research Committee.
He completed his MBBS, MD in Community Health, and DNB (Social and Preventive Medicine) at St John’s Medical College in Bangalore. He has several publications in peer-reviewed journals to his credit.
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.