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CHAI Directorate

Rev. Dr. Mathew Abraham C.Ss.R, MD

Director – General

Fr. Mathew is a Redemptorist Priest with an MBBS from Kottayam Medical College and an MD in Community Medicine from CMC Vellore. He has held positions in the leadership of the Catholic Healthcare Network as Secretary – CBCI Office of Healthcare from 2008 to 2015, as Secretary – CBCI CARD from 2009 to 2015 and as the Chairman of the TRG instituted by the National AIDS Control Organization.

Dr Sameer Valsangkar

Lead-Research and Monitoring

Dr. Sameer Valsangkar has a master’s in Public Health from USA, and an MD in Community Medicine from India. He has been working in research and public health development since 15 years. He has designed, operationalized and implemented public health projects in close collaboration with the government in several regions in India.

Ms Maji Manesh

Finance Manager

Maji Manesh is a Commerce Graduate. Also holds a Higher Diploma in Software Engineering. She has over 15 years of experience in accounting and financial management in the NGO sector. Presently she is the Finance Manager at CHAI, facilitating financial management of the organization and over 20 projects being implemented by CHAI across the country.

Vishal Gupta

Senior Programme Manager

Vishal Gupta has been with CHAI for more than 10 years and is currently Senior programme manager. He is a development professional with over 12 years of experience with supporting qualifications of management and social work. He focuses on Program Implementation, Monitoring & Evaluation, Training & Capacity development and Grassroots level advocacy. Vishal is a certified Disability management expert and a US-Fulbright Scholar.

Dr S. Bharat Kumar

National Programme Manager – Project AXSHYA

Dr S. Bharat Kumar has been associated with CHAI as National Programme Manager for the last three years. He is an MD in Community Medicine. He has expertise in epidemiology, public health management, programme management, monitoring and evaluation. He has worked in different national-level programmes with reputed bodies like NACO, CDC, RNTCP. Currently, he is looking after the Axshya programme of TB under GFTAM.

Dr Arti Mishra

Manager - Documentation

Dr Arti Mishra is working with CHAI as a Programme Manager for “Pratyasha: A Holistic Palliative Care” initiative of CHAI. She has a PhD in Medical Anthropology from Pt. RSU University, Raipur, Chhattisgarh. She has over 14 years of experience in the area of public health. She has previously worked with State Health Resource Centre (SHRC), Chhattisgarh, Indian Institute of Public Health Delhi (IIPHD) and The New Delhi Birth Cohort (NDBC).

Ms Indira Rani

Programme Manager

Ms Indira Rani has been associated with CHAI since 2015 as Programme Manager for community health programmes. She did her post-graduation in Arts. She has over 20 years of experience working in the development sector, across both national and international organizations like PATH, LEPRA and Alliance South Asia Regional Technical Support Hub. She is also experienced in implementing various Public Health Programmes.

Ms Jessy Joy Joseph

Programme Manager

Ms Jessy Joy Joseph, a graduate in Economics, has been associated with CHAI for the last 30 years, serving various positions. She is presently a programme manager for non-communicable diseases with a focus on diabetes and cancer. She works on projects related to communicable diseases, especially HIV/AIDS, rehabilitation, nutrition support programme and palliative care etc.


John Santhosh

Technology Consultant

Mr John Santhosh is an entrepreneur focused on enabling large organizations to achieve their business objectives through effective use of technology. In 2010, he set up GIEOM Business Solutions, with a software product that is used by over 40 institutions globally to achieve Operational Excellence and Compliance Assurance. He founded Billion Lives, a social impact technology company to develop software products for social good. He has worked with the Pregnancy Aid Scheme of GoI, Village Social Transformation Project of Maharashtra Govt and the TB Eradication project of GoI (e-Nikshay).


Ms Rosemary Thomas

Management Consultant

Ms Rosemary Thomas is a specialist in Human Resource Development. After her MBA, she worked for 5 years with organizations like The Times of India Group and Tally Solutions Pvt. Ltd. She then shifted to the Development Sector working with a GFATM Project in HIV/AIDS for 5 years. Subsequently, she worked as a consultant with different congregations gaining a strong understanding of the Catholic Healthcare Network. She is now with CHAI as a Consultant, working towards implementing the Action 2030 : Repositioning Healthcare plan.

George Paul

Communication Consultant

George Paul holds an MDes degree in Visual Communication from IIT Bombay and has worked on a wide range of projects in print, identity and UX design. From 2004 to 2012, He founded and managed a full-service graphic design agency with a team of design professionals as design lead and director. Currently, he is the principal of a solo design practice focusing on information design, UI design and print media working mostly with non-profit organizations.