Trustees

The Trustees of the Anusandhan Trust constitute the governing board of CEHAT. The Trustees are responsible for the overall vision and mission of CEHAT and provide guidance, act as a sounding board and the final authority for the redressal of grievances, and intervene if there is a crisis. Similarly individual Trustees involve themselves with the work of CEHAT which is of direct interest to them and also provide advice and guidance to the researchers and administration when called upon to do so.

Dhruv Mankad (Managing Trustee): Graduate in medicine. A leading spokesperson on Primary Health care in Maharashtra. He was Director of VACHAN, a Nashik based NGO, for nine years. Presently working with the Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Open University, and with VACHAN as its Acting Director.

Dr. Jaya Sagade: Doctorate in Law; her research areas are women's rights, violence against women, mental health and law; Retired as Vice Principal from ILS Law College, Pune. Currently is Director, Women's Studies Center, ILS Law College.

Padma Prakash: Doctorate in Sociology,Specialistion in sociology of medicine and health, sociology of sports, academic journalist, women's rights and health activist, is Editor/Director, eSocialSciences, an Asia focused repository and publication space, a unit of IRIS Knolwedge Foundation. She was formerly Acting Editor/Associate Editor, Economic and Political Weekly.

Mohan Deshpande: Graduate in Medicine. Involved for more than two decades in School Health Education and Training of Village Health Workers, grass root activists especially on Health-Communication.

Dr. Raghav Rajagopalan: Graduated in Chemistry and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Management from IRMA (1984). His first work phase was in grassroots organisations for a decade, with an exposure to public health, agriculture, dairying, fisheries and allied livelihood sectors. Next, he became a Fellow of Sumedhas Academy, and embarked on a phase of consulting in Human Relations (HR) and Organisational Development (OD). In his third career phase, Raghav built an independent practice in OD consulting and undertook teaching. After successful completion of a doctoral programme in Systems Sciences, he continues consulting, with the application of systems thinking to large scale, complex problems.

Dr. Rakhal Gaitonde: Completed his MBBS from Government Kilpauk Medical College and MD Community Medicine from Christian Medical College, Vellore. He has since worked in Maharashtra as part of a project to evolve a people controlled health system .and for Society for Community Health Awareness Research and Action (SOCHARA) where he was project manager of the Community Action for Health process in Tamilnadu State. He is presently pursuing a PhD with the University of Umea, Sweden and is based with the Centre for Technology and Policy (CTaP) IIT-M, Chennai, where he is working in the area of Vaccine related decision making. He also works on issues of Environment and Occupational Health supporting a number of pollution impacted communities through research and advocacy. He is a member of the Patient Advisory Board of The BMJ. He is part of the People's Health Movement and the medico friend circle.

Padmini Swaminathan: Doctorate in Economics,her research areas are Industrial Organization, Labour and Employment, Occupational Health, Education and Skill Development - From a Gender perspective. Currently Professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad.

Ravi Duggal: Masters in sociology. Health researcher, and activist,pioneered work in health economics. Has worked with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi and was the country coordinator of SWISSAID.He was Coordinator of CEHAT from 1999-2005.Presently working with the International Budget Partnership in health budget related research and training worldwide.

Vibhuti Patel: Doctorate in Economics. Women's rights, and social activist. Has made important contribution to Women's Studies and gender Economics. Presently, Professor and Head Dept. of Economics, SNDT University Mumbai.