| About Us

The Board

We are committed to accelerating HIV response in India

A not-for-profit Indian organisation established in 1999, India HIV/AIDS Alliance is overseen by a six-member board that defines our direction and ensures our policies and strategies reflect our mission and values. Board members come from all over India and are chosen for their relevant experience and expertise in a range of disciplines including HIV, sexual & reproductive health, human rights, governance, management, finance, resource mobilisation, research, advocacy and communications. Our board meets three times each year.

| Board Chair

Dr S Y Quraishi

Dr Quraishi is well known in India and abroad as an incisive thinker on development and for his inclusive style of leadership bringing together diverse groups and institutions to achieve common objectives. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1971 and rose to become India’s Chief Election Commissioner. Earlier he served as Secretary of Youth Affairs & Sports and as Director General, NACO. He established the India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management to professionalize election management in democracies around the world. He also founded the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development and was its first director from 1993 to 1997. Dr Quraishi was included in the Indian Express list of 100 Most Powerful Indians in 2011 and 2012 and has travelled widely to represent India at international conferences and dialogues. He received his PhD from Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi.

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Dr Shalini Bharat

Dr Bharat is a Director and Professor of School of Health System Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). Dr Bharat teaches and conducts research in HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, gender and family studies. Her work on HIV/AIDS has contributed to a greater understanding of household and community responses in India, the gender dimension of AIDS, linkages with reproductive health, stigma and discrimination, and structural vulnerabilities to HIV. She has been a member of a various committees, including Mission Steering Group of National Rural Health Mission; Executive Committee, National Health Systems Resources Centre; and Advisory Group for Community Mobilisation and Structural Interventions of Avahan. Dr Bharat’s work has been supported by donors including Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ICMR, UNAIDS, DFID, and the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare among others. She holds a PhD in Psychology from Allahabad University

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Dr Saroj Pachauri

Saroj Pachauri MD, PhD, DPH is a Population Council Distinguished Scholar. She joined the Population Council in 1995 as Regional Director, South and East Asia, and established the Council’s regional office in New Delhi. Prior to joining the Council, Dr Pachauri worked with the Ford Foundation, where she developed the Foundation’s child survival and reproductive health programmes. She initiated work on HIV and AIDS when there was little acknowledgment of the problem in India and no government programme was in place. From 1971 to 1982 she worked with FHI conducting research and clinical trials on contraceptive technologies in countries around the world. Dr Pachauri has published extensively on family planning, maternal and child health, SRH, HIV/AIDS, adolescents, and reproductive tract infections. She has played a major role in influencing policy and has been a board member of numerous national and international organisations.

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Dr Sanjay Patra

Dr Patra has more than 25 years of experience in the development sector. He is currently Executive Director of Financial Management Services Foundation (FMSF), where he has served since 1999. FMSF is a nonprofit organization that undertakes financial monitoring and capacity building of development organizations in South Asia (India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan). FMSF works with more than 300 development organizations in the region. Dr Patra has published frequently on finance and legal compliance for NGOs and has been a member of a number of committees for the Government of India and several national and international nonprofit groups working on civil society issues. He firmly believes in the values of transparency and accountability and their importance in promoting development effectiveness. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and holds an M.Com and B.Com from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack. He was awarded his Ph.D in 2016.

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Madhu Bala Nath

Madhu Bala Nath is the India Country Representative for Engender Health, which works to promote quality reproductive health and family planning services by strengthening India’s public health system. Madhu brings three decades of worldwide leadership experience in the areas of public health and women empowerment. She was the Regional Advisor for Asia and the Pacific, and Senior Advisor at UN Women headquarters. She has served on the advisory boards for the Women Power Connect and for the Research development unit of the ICRW. She is also an independent director on the board of HPL Electric India. She has worked continuously in various capacities to strengthen the global HIV/AIDS response, improve reproductive and sexual healthcare, and ensure women empowerment.

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Arati Radhika Jerath

Ms. Arati Jerath is a noted media professional and Journalist who has associated with various prominent print and visual medias in the country. She is an acclaimed political, foreign policy and current affairs commentator known for her critical as well as unbiased views on the subjects she debates.

Mr Kapil Kaul

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Mr Kapil Kaul

Mr Kapil Kaul has had a career spanning over four decades that he describes as exciting, challenging, and diverse full of personal landmarks. His diverse portfolio includes a wide range of industries from Indian & multi-national business houses to government & UN agencies, from the social and voluntary sector to media & communication. He has also been associated with the Election Commission of India, the world’s largest election management body. He has held an array of leadership positions ranging from Account Director, General Manager, and Executive Director to Managing Director. His areas of expertise include business and market development, media and public advocacy, public speaking, establishing alliances and networks for cause-related activities. Currently, Mr Kapi Kaul is Director & CEO at Sparsh Social Foundation. The organization implements development programs in a wide variety of sectors majorly focusing on working within Goal 8 of the SDGs, which is to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.