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BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Our board comprises leaders from the government, development and corporate sectors, who have been working passionately over years on several social causes. We are thankful to them for guiding us in our mission.

Ashok Alexander

Ashok founded the Antara Foundation in 2014 to apply his experience in ‘scaled health delivery’ to solve maternal and child health problems, using methods of scaling from business. Prior to this, Ashok led the creation and expansion of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s India office from its inception in 2003 until 2012. There he created Avahan, an initiative to stem the growth of HIV in India. Avahan went on to become the world’s largest private HIV-prevention program credited with averting over 600,000 new infections (Lancet, 2013). Prior to the Gates Foundation, Ashok worked with McKinsey and Company in its Delhi and New York offices for 17 years, and left as senior partner. He has been a Senior Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and a health columnist with Mint, and Hindustan Times. Ashok is also an author – his first book, “A Stranger Truth” is a chronicle of his adventures with Avahan. Ashok studied in St. Stephen’s College, the Delhi School of Economics, and IIM Ahmedabad.

Anjali Alexander

Anjali is the former Chairperson of Mobile Creches, an organization that focuses on early childhood care and development for children of marginalised communities, in the form of provisioning of day care services at the workplace, particularly at construction sites, building capacities of childcare workers in NGOs, and joint advocacy on law, policy and programmes affecting young children. She started her journey with Mobile Creches as a volunteer in 1994, and since then has worked in various capacities on the Governing Board. Anjali completed her post-graduation in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, after which she taught the subject for nine years at Indraprastha College for Women in Delhi. She continues to be deeply involved in issues concerning children and women in the informal sector.

Krishan Dhawan

Krishan has extensive and diverse experience across the corporate and development sectors. He served as CEO for seven years with Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, an organisation that supports India’s sustainable development efforts by aiding the design and implementation of policies that encourage energy-usage efficiency and development of cleaner energy-supply alternatives. He is a founding trustee of IIMPACT, an NGO focused on literacy amongst rural girls in India. Krishan was earlier Managing Director of Oracle India, as well as Managing Director of Bank of America’s Asia Corporate Banking Group in Los Angeles. He is a graduate in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, holds an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, and is also a certified Executive Coach.

Meenakshi Ramesh

Meenakshi is passionate about working on social and civic causes and strongly believes that individual initiatives matter as much as collective effort. She is a founding trustee of Citizen Matters, an online magazine for increasing citizen engagement in solving urban civic issues, with chapters in Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai. She is currently Executive Director and CEO of United Way Chennai, an organisation that carries out holistic and sustainable interventions across sectors such as education, health, environment, livelihood, and disability. She has spent over seven years with Pratham, India’s largest NGO in education. Meenakshi also enjoys volunteering for local cleanliness drives and other civic initiatives. She has earlier worked with CRISIL and holds an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.

Piyush Mehra

Piyush is CEO of Antara Foundation, and has overall responsibility for programs and functions. He brings strategic leadership to the foundation and is involved in organisation building and development. Of his work in Antara, he enjoys his travel to various places in rural India the most. Prior to making a transition from business to social development through Antara in 2015, he worked as a management consultant for over ten years and in his last posting was managing the Malaysian office of Arthur D. Little. Prior to Arthur D Little, he had stints with KPMG and Deloitte. He has extensive CXO-level advisory experience in strategy formulation and implementation. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from ISB, Hyderabad.

Dr. Rajani R. Ved

Dr. Rajani has over 30 years of experience as a practitioner researcher in the area of women and children’s health and nutrition, and health systems. As a former Executive Director of the National Health Systems Resource Center (Government of India), she led the institutionalization of India’s ASHA program, and later the design and implementation support for India’s flagship primary health reform – Ayushman Bharat (Health and Wellness Centres). Her expertise spans policy development, implementation research, health system strengthening, and design and evaluation of large-scale health programs. She has a medical degree from Madras University and a master’s in public health from Harvard University. She is a visiting scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.