Governing Council


Governing Council


Shreelata Rao Seshadri ~ President

Shreelata is a Professor at Azim Premji University, Bangalore. She has previously worked with the Center for Global Health Research (CGHR), University of Toronto. In her last position as the Resident Director of CGHR in Bangalore, she led the team working on a national study on the use of evidence in health sector decision making; providing policy guidance on the most cost-effective strategies to reduce avertable death and disability; and conducting focused studies on transparency and governance issues in the health sector.

Shreelata has worked extensively with the World Bank and other international organizations on the development, supervision and evaluation of large scale health projects, including in Karnataka, Odisha, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu (among others). She has also worked with many NGOs to support the implementation of interventions under National Aids Control Program and in Management of Primary Health Centers. As a member of the Karnataka Knowledge Commission (in 2009), she has contributed to the development and writing of the Karnataka Health Status Report (November 2010) and will continue to be involved in the development of strategies to implement these recommendations. She is on the Board of the Center for Budgeting and Policy Studies.


Narayan D ~ Vice President

Narayana is currently the Director of Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation (GIFT), Thiruvananthapuram. Prior to this, he was a Professor, Reserve Bank of India Development Studies Chair at the Centre for Development Studies (CDS) Trivandrum where he taught for about 25 years. Prof.Narayana earned his Ph.D. at the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. From 1994 to 95, he was a Fulbright scholar at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and Visiting Professor at Unité de Santé Internationale, Montreal, Canada between January and June 2006. He was actively involved in capacity building at the level of the local governments and with women’s self-help groups in Kerala. His areas of interest include health financing, decentralized governance and health care services.


K S James ~ Secretary

James is the Director and Senior Professor at International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS). Prior to joining IIPS as Director, he was the Professor of Population Studies, at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Professor and Head of the Population Research Centre, Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore. He has worked extensively on demographic changes with the focus on population and development issues. His areas of interest include demographic and health transition, aging issues and migration. He has published widely on demographic transition and demographic dividend in India and his paper on the implications of demographic changes in India is published in Science in November 2011. He has been a visiting fellow at the Harvard Centre for Population and Development, Harvard University, USA, International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA), Austria, London School of Economics, UK, and INED, Paris.


Subrata Mukherjee ~ Joint Secretary

Subrata received his Ph.D. in Economics with Health Economics specialisation from the Centre for Development Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He was a recipient of HOPE Fellowship instituted by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and a post-doctoral fellow at the International Health Unit of the University of Montreal. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata. He has published a number of papers in national and international journals on issues related to perceived quality of healthcare, inequality and financing in health and health care and health of the elderly. He is one of the founder members and former joint secretary of IHEPA.


Nilanjan Bhor ~ Treasurer

Nilanjan is working as a Project Coordinator at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, India. Earlier to joining here he was also associated with National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai, Christian Medical College, Vellore etc. He is an alumnus of TISS, Mumbai, CMC Vellore and Manipal University. He has enriched a diverse experience in the field of public health. His research interest includes nutrition, social determinants of health, non-communicable diseases, internal migration and family studies.


Achin Chakraborty ~ Ex-Committee

Achin is a Professor of Economics and the Director of the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK). He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Riverside, USA. Earlier had been on the faculty of the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram and taught Health Economics at Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies. He has been invited to lecture at various universities in India and abroad, including Global Equity Initiative of Harvard University, OPHI at Oxford University and Sciences Po at Paris. He has coordinated a number of research projects commissioned by the government and international agencies and published widely in the national and international journal in the areas of welfare economics, human development, and methodology.


Denny John ~ Ex-Committee

Denny has over 12 years of experience across various domains; managing hospitals and health projects, economic evaluation, health financing, evidence synthesis, implementation research, teaching and advocacy. He is currently working as Evidence Synthesis Specialist with the Campbell Collaboration, and is based out of New Delhi. He has experience of working with development organisations, insurance companies, and healthcare consulting for conducting economic evaluation, systematic reviews, and disease forecasting studies. His experience spans of working in India and Nepal, and supporting community health financing projects in Bangladesh, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Ghana. He has been the Principal Investigator/Co-Investigator for over 15 research studies conducted across various states in India, and has been awarded several research and project grants from national and international bodies. In 2013, he received CAD$113000 research grant as part of the Stars in Global Health program, Grand Challenges Canada. He has experience of working/consultant on projects funded by national and international donors, such as World Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Misereor (Germany), Save the Children (Germany), Malteser International (Germany), Oxfam, DFID, and 3ie. He has published over 25 articles, and presented in national and international forums in the field of cost-effectiveness analysis, systematic reviews, and health financing. He is co-author of the first proposed ‘Pharmacoeconomic and Outcomes Research Guidelines for India’. He is Associate Editor-International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care (IJTAHC), and reviewer for Bulletin of the World Health Organisation, Journal of Public Health, Value in Health-Regional Issues, Patient Experiences Journal, and reviews of the Cochrane Collaboration. He has been a co-guide to MSc and Ph.D. students for topics on economic evaluation, evidence synthesis, and public health nutrition. He has a Master of Public Health (MPH) from University of Auckland, New Zealand (recipient of Commonwealth Scholarship), MBA in Hospital Management from Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), Jaipur, and Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Mangalore University. He is Fellow of Royal Society of Public Health, and Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Health, in the UK, 2015-17 Chair-Elect for ISPOR Asia Young Professionals Group , and member of Cochrane and Campbell Economic Methods Group (CCEMG).


U S Mishra ~ Ex-Committee

Udaya, a Statistician/Demographer, is on the faculty of Centre for Development Studies Trivandrum, Kerala India. He is engaged in research and teaching on Population and Development issues and has a number of national and international publications to his credit. In recent times, he has served in various capacities of guiding scientific research in social sciences. During his two and a half decades of teaching and research experience, he has contributed in the areas of aging, health, nutrition as well as population policy and programme evaluation. His current research interest includes measurement issues in health and equity focus in evaluation of outcomes. His scholastic distinctions include (i) Takemi Fellow, in the dept. of Population and International Health, Harvard school of Public Health, Boston USA during 2003-05 (ii) Associate member of Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, University of Southampton, UK and (iii) Expert group member to review the draft handbook on `Designing of Household Sample Surveys’ at the United Nations Statistics Division, UN, New York.


Vijayalakshmi Hebbare ~ Ex-Committee

Vijayalakshmi is a non-stream Economist specializes in applying economic analysis in the context of Health and Education. She did her Ph.Din Economics and Education (interdisciplinary) from University of Pune and MA in Economics from Osmania University. As an Economist she served at Institutions like Centre for Global Health research (CGHR) and St. John’s Research Institute. She was associated with the World Bank assisted projects at Government organizations – KSWDC, KHSDRP. She is a Member and Consultant to not-for-profit organizations – Azim Premji Foundation, Bangalore. She was appointed by the European commission as an Expert contract evaluator to the evaluation panel of the India-EU coordinated call; and by theWorld Bank as a consultant to carry out the evaluation studies on DPEP I & II. She has also directed Microfinance, Rural Development and Empowerment projects.