Board of Governors, reconstituted annually
Dr. Nita Bhandari, President
Dr. Temsunaro Rongsen-Chandola, Vice President
Mr. Rahul Khare, Secretary
Ms. Manju Bagdwal, Assistant Secretary
Dr. T S Rao, Treasurer
Dr. Partha P Majumder
Dr. Ramanjit Kaur Johal
Dr. Nita Bhandari, Senior Scientist, MBBS, PhD, MNAMS, FASc, FNA
Nita has around four decades of experience of conducting large trials in child health and nutrition. Her research interests are child health and nutrition, development and evaluation of interventions to improve birth outcomes, survival, and growth and development in early childhood.
She is a leader in breastfeeding research in India, and one of her seminal works is promotion of exclusive breastfeeding through peer counsellors in rural Haryana. In addition to her content expertise in breastfeeding, complementary feeding and infant growth, she has substantial strengths in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. She is a member of several technical committees of Government of India including the National Technical Board on Nutrition of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), the premier policy making body of the Government of India.
Dr. Sunita Taneja, Senior Scientist, MBBS, PhD
Sunita is a public health researcher with over 25 years of experience in the areas of micronutrient research especially nutrition interventions on zinc, vitamin A and vitamin B12 and their impact on morbidity, growth and neurodevelopment outcomes. Some of her seminal works are on zinc and child growth and morbidity, KMC and child development, maternal food supplementation and impact on quality and quantity of breastmilk. She also leads the data management and analysis centre in the organization.
Dr. Sarmila Mazumder, Senior Scientist, MBBS, DGO, MCH, PhD, Diploma in Epidemiology, LSHTM
Sarmila has over 25 years of experience in conduct of very large community trials and in supporting government programs through implementation research. Her expertise is particularly in the areas of qualitative research and in newborn interventions. Her salient work includes the first trial of community-initiated Kangaroo Mother Care in low birth weight infants, neonatal vitamin A supplementation and a large cluster randomized trial that demonstrated the impact of the integrated management of neonatal and childhood illness on morbidity and treatment seeking practices.
Dr. Temsunaro Rongsen-Chandola, Senior Scientist, MBBS, MSc Epidemiology, PhD
Naro has worked in the field of clinical research for around two decades. Her expertise is in implementation of large community- and hospital-based vaccine trials and surveillance of infectious diseases. She has strong design and implementation strengths and in managing large teams.
Manju Bagdwal, Head, Administration
Manju has over 25 years of experience in planning, coordination and support for daily operational and administrative functions. She is highly focused and results-oriented in supporting complex, deadline-driven operations.
Swati Naik, Head, Human Resources
Swati, Head of Human Resources, is a management professional with around 15 years of work experience. Her key abilities include interpersonal and soft skills, employee engagement and team management. She leads the HR and has experience across the entire spectrum of HR roles.
Scientific and Program Advisory Committee (Year 2021)
Dr. NK Ganguly, Former Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research and Visiting Professor, Policy Center for Biomedical Research, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, Faridabad
Prof. Partha P Majumder, Distinguished Professor, National Institute of Biomedical Genomics, West Bengal
Dr. HPS Sachdev, Senior Consultant Pediatrics and Clinical Epidemiology, Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research, New Delhi
Dr. Siddharth Ramji, Neonatologist and Pediatrician, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi
Dr. Rajat Goyal, Country Director, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, New Delhi
Dr. T Ramamurthy, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata, West Bengal
Dr. Anura Kurpad, Professor and Head, Physiology and Nutrition, St Johns Research Institute, Bangalore
Dr. CS Yagnik, Director, KEM Hospital Diabetes Center, Pune, Maharashtra
Dr. B Sesikeran, Former Director, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad
Ethics Review Committee (membership renewed every 3 years)
Dr. Binoo Nayar, Chairperson (Clinician)
Prof. Satinder Aneja, Clinician
Dr. Rajat Goyal, Basic Medical Scientist
Dr. Jeeva Sankar, Basic Medical Scientist
Prof. Pratima Ray, Basic Medical Scientist
Dr. Rajib Dasgupta, Social Scientist
Dr. Sanghmitra S Acharya, Social Scientist
Mrs. Runa Ghosh, Social Scientist*
Colonel Gian Sagar, Legal Expert
Mrs. Medha Shekhar, Legal Expert*
Mrs. Girija Sapra, Community Representative
Mrs. Kiran Kanda, Community Representative
Ms. Swati Naik, Member*
Dr. Sarmila Mazumder, Member Secretary*
All are external members except those marked with *