Mohan H.L is a social scientist with three decades of experience as a Senior Technical Advisor for programmes, communications and community interventions. Presently, he is also Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KHPT, he leads and provides overall direction to management of programmes, communications and community mobilisation systems and activities. He has played a key role in strengthening KHPT’s partnership with both state and national governments in India.
A firm believer in community centric planning and decentralisation, he has been responsible for design and implementation of innovations in areas of MNCH and HIV/AIDS. His area of interest include institution building and leveraging information and communications technology for empowering grassroots communities.
Prior to joining KHPT, he has spent more than two decades in government and non-government organisations, working specifically in the areas of education, health, decentralisation and adolescent education. He has worked as an advisor and consultant in several development projects of UNFPA, UNESCO and UNICEF, within the country as well as outside.
He has a Master’s degree in Rural and Urban Community Development from the School of Social Work, Mangalore. He has several peer reviewed publications and abstracts to his credit.
Dr P. L. Nataraj, former Director, Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka, has served in the Karnataka State Government for thirty-five years, starting as a medical officer. He holds an MBBS and a Diploma in Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery (DOMS) from the prestigious Bangalore Medical College & Minto Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Bangalore.
Dr Nataraj has successfully implemented various eye health projects at the national and international level. As a Director, he motivated private entrepreneurs and NGOs to join hands with the Government to provide quality Health Services to the public- especially the rural poor. He wants to dedicate his future to the service of the community for ophthalmic and charity services.
Ms. Tasqeen has substantial experience in development work spanning over 25 years evident in the range of portfolios handled and organisations worked with, namely, grassroots organisations, international NGOs and multi-lateral organisations. The thrust of the work has been conceptualising and facilitating participatory and sustainable development at the grassroots, policy research and advocacy work, assessing potential partners, project design and evaluation, strategic direction, building vision and capacities of communities and organisations as well as resource mobilisation. Thematic areas worked on have provided valuable insights and experience in gender and development, women’s empowerment, education and child labour, health and HIV/AIDS, migration and livelihoods in the informal economy.
She is a board member of Sutradhar, an educational resource centre since 2002 and also, a member of Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee, WIPRO since 2004.
Mr AM Rajashekara has thirty-six years of experience in the fields of administration, advertising and publicity, program planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the programmes implemented across the country through the ‘National Literacy Mission Authority’ (NLMA). He is a well-known figure in the non-Formal Education sector and administration sectors with strong networking capabilities, having played advisory roles in several large programs within the government, both at the state and national levels. After completing his M.A. (Economics) from Bangalore University in 1976, he started his career with the Family Planning Association of India, funded by the International Planned Parenthood Federation. He has led teams in planning strategies for nationwide mobilization and environment building activities through a variety of media initiatives, organised capacity building programmes for key functionaries, developed resource materials for training and assessment of learning outcomes, and so on.
He has several successes to his credit during his tenure as the Joint Director in the Department of Education & Literacy, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India. He has also participated in numerous seminars, conferences and training programmes, and been awarded fellowships organised at different national and international forums on topics like ‘Population Education’, ‘Monitoring & Evaluation’, ‘Role of Media in Education’, ‘Capacity Building of Adult Education Functionaries’, ‘Mobilization and Environment Building’, ‘Assessment of Adult Learners’, ‘Development of Training Manuals’, etc.
Dr M.K. Sudarshan is currently the Chairman, Karnataka Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee of Government of Karnataka & Retd. Dean/Principal and Professor & HOD of Community Medicine, Kempegowda Institute of Medial Sciences, Bangalore. Dr Sudarshan is a medical doctor with a rich experience of about 44 years as a teacher, consultant and principal investigator. He has participated in various national and international level events and has evaluated and reviewed multiple reports, surveys, etc. for the World Bank, UNICEF, World Health Organization, Public Health Foundation of India, and other leading organizations in the health sector. He also has the experience of various administrative roles in different capacities like Founder Secretary, Karnataka Association of Community Health; Founder Managing Editor, Indian Journal of Community Health; Programme-in-Charge of PGDMCH Programme of IGNOU, Delhi; Founder President, Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India; Chief Editor, RGUHS National Journal of Public Health, RGUHS, Bangalore; Member, Editorial Board, Global Health Journal, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland and Chairman, Institutional Ethics Committee, Indian Institute of Public Health, Public Health Foundation of India, Bangalore. Adding to this, he has several scientific publications to his credit. Dr Sudarshan has done MBBS from KMC, Hubli, Karnataka University and MD (P&SM) from, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.
Ms Merlyn Martis, is currently Director & Chief Functionary, Development Education Society (DEEDS), Mangalore. Ms Martis is a social scientist and has been successfully spearheading a team of professional social workers, implementing several development projects in Karnataka since 1989. She has special expertise in the field of women empowerment, and as an experienced state level resource person in the field of gender and women empowerment, she has to her credit various training programmes, seminars, and articles on women’s issues. She is also a member of Internal Complaint Committee (ICC) against sexual harassment of women in both private and public institutions. Ms Martis has received the Akkamahadevi Prashasthi award from the Govt of Karnataka in 2017 for her work with women victims of violence. She has her degrees in Masters in Social Work, LLB, B.Sc., and Post Graduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling.
A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Dhruv Khaitan has helped conceptualise, create and scale high-technology ventures in India and has strategically mentored these companies through their inception, growth, and eventual divestment. Over the last year, he began to consider how his expertise can help create catalytic growth for organisations in the nonprofit sector. Already funding mid-sized organisations to help them scale, he now believes that the effect of every rupee he contributes can be multiplied by directly engaging with nonprofits and providing them with strategic direction and guidance. With this goal in mind, Mr. Khaitan is building a Strategic Support Group (SSG), which brings together professionals, experts, business people, and donors who are interested in giving their time to build the capacities of the nonprofits they support. These individuals will use their skills to bring new capabilities to organisations in areas such as strategy, technology, marketing, financial planning, process excellence, scaling, unit economics, innovation, and government relations. The SSG also facilitates synergistic partnerships between nonprofits that have complementary strengths. Bringing partners together will provide access to and encourage them to share best practices, skills, knowledge, and experiences. Over the next few years, Mr. Khaitan aims to build a sector-agnostic portfolio of 5 to 6 organisations that the SSG can support in a meaningful way.
Mr.Dhruv Khaitan has a Bachelors’ degree in Physics from the University of Kolkata, a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT, USA, and a Master’s Degree from the University of California, Berkley, USA.