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Arjun Malhotra and Bill Gates actively guide and support our work. We are grateful for their encouragement.



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

*TAF Offsite, Goa, 2018


"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.

The 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 a sense of possibility and 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

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 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, Ashok is passionate about chess, art and writing.

He published his first book “A Stranger Truth: Lessons in Love, Leadership and Courage from India’s Sex Workers (Juggernaut)”in November 2018.

Side note: 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 its inception. 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.

Neeraj Jham

Sr. Program Lead - Training & Implementation

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.

Paras Nath Sidh

Program Lead - Training & Implementation

Paras is a humanitarian professional with over 10 years of work experience in public health, disaster management and corporate social responsibility. His vast experience involves project management and planning, both at the state and community level with a focus on system strengthening and quality improvement. He has led different development programs in Pathfinder International, HLFPPT, Sphere in different states. He has a Masters in Social work and MBA in Healthcare management. Paras is passionate about community service and has often volunteered in disaster hit areas. When not working, he loves to spend time with his family.

Side note: Our own in-house serial entrepreneur

Piyush Bhatt

Program Lead - Training & Implementation

Piyush has more than 11 years of experience in the development sector, working in the public health and livelihood domains. He has led various community interventions across states in India. At Antara, Piyush looks after various program management activities, including design and implementation of interventions. During his time at Reach India, he was awarded the best trainer in 2010 and best social entrepreneur in 2011. Piyush has an MBA in Human Resource Management. In his spare time, Piyush loves to sing and write ghazals.

Side note: An aspiring playback singer (check out his YouTube channel!)