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We have been mentored by eminent leaders from business and public health - including Arjun Malhotra, Shiv Nadar, Bill Gates, Vinod Paul and Raj Bhan. They have actively guided and supported our work. We are grateful for their encouragement.

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Culture and Core Team

What do we swear by, what are we like, where do we come from?

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"Public health delivery at scale". This idea has attracted young, entrepreneurial talent with diverse experiences - former consultants, development professionals, doctors, entrepreneurs, researchers, journalists and the list goes on.

Antara Foundation is all about putting the community first. It's about being open to feedback. It's about creative thinking. It's about transcending one's comfort zone. It's about being data-driven.It's about having the senses of possibility and the urgency. It is scale thinking. It is about a shared vision. It is one team.

We take our work very seriously and pride ourselves on going above and beyond. The same holds true for our interests outside work. We do not take ourselves too seriously, though. We're serious about hiring for humour.

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Core Team

Ashok Alexander


Ashok is the heart and soul of Antara Foundation. He drives our thinking, values and relationships. He has over thirty five years of experience and headed the Gates Foundation’s India office for nine years. He led Avahan, the world’s largest private HIV prevention program and oversaw grants amounting to a billion dollars. He was earlier the Director of McKinsey and Co. He serves on the board of PHFI and was Menschel Senior Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. He was educated at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi School of Economics and IIM, Ahmedabad. A renaissance man, he is passionate about chess, art, Urdu poetry and writing.

Trivia: Has 26 hours in his day. Seriously.

Piyush Mehra

Chief Executive Officer

Piyush 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.

Side note: His hobbies/ interests change on a weekly basis!

Reenu Uppal

Director - Operations

Reenu leads our operations. She has been with the foundation since Day one. She has played an integral role in managing the Foundation’s growth into a salient organisation. She has over twenty-five years of experience and has worked with the likes of BIll and Melinda Gates Foundation, ABN-AMRO and Airbus. She enjoys house pets, exploring art, and is proficient in English, French, Punjabi, and Hindi.

Side note:You don’t negotiate with her. You agree.

Priyadarshini Roy

Director - Programs

Priya has twenty years of experience in management of large scale service delivery programs, fund raising and donor management. She has led social marketing and social franchising health programs in Bihar and Jharkhand, played a key role in establishing Marie Stopes International’s India office and headed global partnerships at Naandi Foundation. She has co-authored publications and presentations in international journals and conferences. She holds a Master’s in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work and PGD in Health Economics, Healthcare Financing and Health Policy.

Side note: Dot your ‘i’s and cross your ‘t’s. Priya will not miss it, i or t.

Neeraj Jham

Manager - Programs

Neeraj is a seasoned public health professional with over 15 years of experience in program management across five states, with special focus on quality improvement, capacity building and results based management in the health sector. He holds a Masters in Social Work and an Executive MBA in Healthcare management. He enjoys spending time at home with his young son and cooking.

Side note: The most charming man in Rajasthan.

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Current Opportunities

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