|Dr. Aparna Hegde
Urogynecologist, Researcher, Social entrepreneur, Founder and Managing Trustee, ARMMAN
During her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Sion hospital in Mumbai, Dr. Aparna Hegde witnessed how pervasive systemic problems in the provision of health care led to maternal and child deaths that were preventable. Unable to accept the status quo, she founded ARMMAN (Advancing Reduction in Mortality and Morbidity of Mothers, Children and Neonates; www.armman.org), a non-profit dedicated to designing cost-effective solutions at scale for complex health care problems. She conceptualized the four projects of ARMMAN; mMitra (with customized malnutrition and HIV-AIDS programs), HERO (Helpline for Emergency Response Operations), Arogya Sakhi home-based care and the Mother and Child High-Risk Factor Tracking system. ARMMAN’s programs make innovative use of technology to create cost-effective programs that find the right balance between the depth of impact and scale and have already impacted more than a million lives.
Dr. Hegde is also India’s leading urogynecologist and pelvic floor reconstructive surgeon with a master’s degree from Stanford University and IUGA (International Urogynecological Association) International Fellowship in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery from Cleveland Clinic Florida. She is the Founder and Director of the Center for Urogynecology and Pelvic Health (C.U.P) in New Delhi, a first-of-its-kind, clinical and academic international center of excellence in the field of Urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery in the country.
An accomplished researcher in her field, she has multiple national and international research awards including one of the best paper awards at the 2013 American Urogynecological Society (AUGS) Annual meeting and has more than 74 abstracts and publications in peer-reviewed national and international journals. She is an internationally recognized pioneer in the field of 2D and 3D ultrasound of the pelvic floor and is routinely invited as an expert to national and international conferences including IUGA and AUGS annual meetings. She is a member of the Editorial Board of International Urogynecology Journal (IUJ) and member of the Education Committee of the IUGA.
In recognition of her work, she was awarded the Ganatra award for social work by the Mumbai Obstetrics and Gynecological Society for the year 2013, the Prerak fellowship by IIM Lucknow for the year 2014, the Digital Woman Entrepreneur award in 2015 and the Mother Teresa Social Leadership Fellowship in 2016. She was one of the five global women leaders featured in the Voice of America Documentary, ‘A Single Step: Journeys of Women Leaders” narrated by Academy award winning actress, Sally Field in 2015. She was also a featured speaker in the TEDx Gateway event in 2014. Project mMitra was awarded the People’s Choice award at the Saving Lives at Birth event in Washington DC in 2011 and was a finalist at the mBillionth Award for South Asia in 2014. ARMMAN’s Arogya Sakhi home based care project was a finalist at the mBillionth Award for South Asia in 2015.
Chief Program Officer
Carlyle Pereira has completed his Bachelor In Social Work from Nitmala Niketan, and Masters in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work from TISS. He was introduced to the Development Sector as a volunteer at the age of 16 and has been associated with the sector from over two decades. He has varied interest from Evolutionary Biology to Astronomy.
Technology is his passion and has worked with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment & Ministry of Women and Child Development Govt. of India and their respective counterparts in the Maldives and Egypt implementing telecom solutions for social development. He has been part of DP (Development Plan) advisory committee – Health for the Mumbai City.
|Finance & HR Team|
A post graduate in finance management and law, Usha brings in more than 20 years of work experience with specialisation in FCRA compliances, budget preparation, financial reports, MIS, HR and financial policies, auditing and finalisation of accounts to name a few.The commerce graduate from SNDT University, Usha loves to keep herself updated by reading up on books and new happenings in the field of law and accounts.
Sai is a Bachelors in Commerce from Mumbai University and currently pursuing her final year of PG Diploma in Business Administration.
She has nearly 5 years of experience in Accounts. She loves listening to music and is a great cook.
Sindu has completed her Bachelors in Commerce from Mumbai University. She has 12 years of experience working in firms that range from VISSCO to NGOs. She has donned the role in Accounts Administration, Logistics and Human Resources.
She enjoys listening to music and she loves to live her life to the fullest by making the most out of each day.
|Communication & Resource Mobilization Team|
|Riddhi Badiyani Tanna|
Consultant- CSR & Resource Mobilization
Riddhi is a qualified Company Secretary and has also completed her Masters in Law from the University of Mumbai. She has been associated with various organizations in their legal and compliance teams for over 5 years. But her zest to build a career in Corporate Social Responsibility has bought her to being a part of Armman.
She strongly believes that her professional skills can be utilised to the betterment of the society. She wishes to join the movement of making the planet earth more sustainable rather than just sitting aback and waiting for a miracle. Being educated is an additional advantage and it can benefit this drive with more ease.
|Ritu Jain Gaurav|
Chief Technology Officer
Ritu has more than 20 years of hands-on Project Management experience with US and European MNCs as well as SMEs and her own start-up. She is Masters in Technology from IIT-Roorkee. She is a certified Project Manager (PMP), Agile Practitioner (PMI-ACP), Digital Transformation Consultant, Android App developer/trainer. She is an Engineer with keen interest in Technology be it IOT, Mobile/Web Applications, Data Analytics or Big Data.
Her Passion includes implementing Technology based solutions with a specific focus on improving the productivity, efficiency and day to day lives of people. She believes in using processes and technology together to bring transformation in delivering successful projects. A Mindful approach to Project Management with priority to impact people is her primary driving force.
|Rakesh Kumar Nigam|
Senior IT – Manager
Professional with 12 years plus experience as a Sr. Manager handling multi projects with different kind ofOffshore / Onshore teams and expertise of project requirement Analysis, Design, Development andImplementation of Web and mobile Applications (iOS and Android ).
Strong technical skills and hands on experience in development and managing the multi projects withassigned team.
Provides overall management, oversight and tracking to keep the project on track to complete accordingto the agreed baselines.
Manager, Health Institutions, mMitra
He is a Bachelor of Laws. He has completed his Masters from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Social Work with Gold Medal. He is been in the social sector since 15 years and has exposed to work with different kinds of stakeholders. He is passionate to work for the maternal and child health with good management skills with special focus on project management. He has been dealing with government systems and reached the expertise in networking and collaborating with various government institutions.
Previously worked with the prominent organizations like SNEHA, Rangoonwala Foundation (India) Trust, SATHI and DKT India and dealt with the health related projects on HIV/AIDS, Reproductive Health & Contraception, and Maternal & Child Health. He is quite focused and meticulous in his work. He enjoys working in teams and loves singing and listening music.
Manager Compliance, mMitra
Mandar holds a Bachelors of Commerce with specialization in Economics & Finance from Rizvi College of Management, Mumbai University. 14 years plus of professional experience, expertise in the areas of Project Management/Implementation & Operations, Managing Compliance & Administration.7 years in Banking Industry with banks like Kotak Mahindra Bank, 7 years plus in Social NGO Sector, working in Health on correction of Facial Deformities relating to Cleft & Burns with esteemed International NGO Operation Smile. Simultaneously worked with the team at USA head office & Norfolk officewith varies departments like Finance, Budgeting & Logistics, and dealing with government departments of Central Board of Excise and Customs for medical cargo & Medical Council of India. Volunteered with MCGM as Life Guard, Trainer with Disaster Management Control unit for more than 10 years.
Project Manager, mMitra
With a masters in management, Ashish has worked in the social development sector for the last 24 years. Specialising in capacity building, monitoring & evaluation and programme management, Ashish has worked with several organisations which address the issue of mortality and morbidity. Ashish had held the position of Senior Programme Officer at the Family Planning Association of India. In ARMMAN, he is responsible for projects located in Nandurbar, Ankleshwar and Palghar.
Ashish is also an active member of a church and enjoys serving as an assistant pastor for his community.
Manager, HIV/AIDS Programme, mMitra
Sharmila holds a Masters in Public Health (MPH) and an MBA in Hospital Management. She has about 5 years of experience in the public health sector working with Wockhardt Foundation, Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), Foundation for Research in Health Systems (FRHS) and Positive Women Network (PWN+).
She has extensively worked in the areas of malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, Primary Health care and Maternal and Child Health in projects across Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, etc. She is a multi-tasker with excellent communication skills who believes in great work ethics and teamwork. She loves travelling, food and enjoys writing poems, short stories and blogs.
Sr. Project Officer, mMitra
Nivedita has been working in ARMMAN since last 4 years after she completed her Master in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Science.
She has done her graduation in social work. Her passion is to work with women and children. She likes to travel and explore new cultures and environments.
|Ujjwala R. Panpatil|
Jr. Project Officer
Ujjwala is B.A. in Economics and Masters in Social Work from North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon. She has about 8 years of experience as an HIV/AIDS Counselor in Mumbai District AIDS control Society (MDACS).
She loves travelling, reading books and food.