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 MD in Community Medicine from CMC Vellore. He was Health Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India, from 2008 to 2015. He has been the Chair for Technical Resource Group, NACO, Govt. of India; Engage Disability; and LINC Asia, a Disability Inclusive Network. Currently he is the President of the Christian Coalition for Health. He is a member of the Laudato Si Action Platform (LSAP), Steering Board, and the Lead for LSAP Healthcare Working Group, Vatican. Fr. Mathew is passionate about compassionate, affordable and quality healthcare for all, especially at the margins of the society.

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.

Ms. Theophine Venard

HR Manager - AXSHYA Project

Ms Theophine Venard has been working in CHAI for the last 33 years in various capacities. At present, she is the HR Manager -AXSHYA Project, in-charge of the Membership Department as well as takes care of the Directorate. Earlier, she has worked as Editorial Assistant in the Health Action team.

Dr. Kanupriya

Program Manager

Dr Kanupriya has MD in Community Medicine from India and Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, Royal College of Physicians, UK. She is working as National Programme Manager for Project Axshya Plus, a new intervention in the field of TB prevention aligned with two strategic pillars of India’s NSP 2017-2025 - Prevent and Build. She is implementing the roll out of Programmatic Management of TB Preventive Therapy in Maharashtra and Jharkhand, supported by The UNION and The Global Fund.

Dr. Rajni Gupta

Program Manager

Dr. Rajni Gupta is a public Health professional with a demonstrated history of working with Government & corporate Hospital. She has done Masters in Public health and more than 8 years of experience in public Health. She is Skilled in Monitoring & Evaluation, Data Analysis and Health programme management on e-Platform. She has worked in West Bengal, Gujarat, and Telangana in the field of Maternal& Child health, National Health Programme and Telemedicine. Currently, she is working with CHAI on Solar project implementation in Health institution in Assam, Maharashtra and Jharkhand with WRI and supported by HSBC.

Mr. Mohammed Mateen

Programme Manager

Mr. Mohammed Mateen comes with an educational background of Bachelors in Social Work (BSW), Masters in Social Work (MSW) and Masters in Business Administration (MBA). He has work experience of over 17 years and has worked with national and international NGOs including SAATHII, Alliance India, CRY and Futures Group International. Mr. Mateen has been associated with CHAI for over 10 years. His core expertise are programme management, strategic planning, technical and grant writing. Currently, he is responsible for oversight and coordination of the programmes implemented by CHAI.

Mr. Vijay Reddy

Senior Programme Manager

Mr Vijay Reddy holds Masters in Social Work and has over 25 years of experience working with in INGOs/NGOs in the field of social development sector. He has successfully worked with reputed organizations like Catholic Relief services (CRS), HLFPPT- program technical support to state governments supported by BMGF, SAATHII – PPTCT program supported by Global Fund and YRG CARE – Accelerate program supported by USAID and contributed to the organizations growth and development. His core area is systems strengthening, strategic planning, innovation and management of large number of IMs and teams.

Mr. M Vinay Kumar

Programme Manager

Mr. M Vinay Kumar is a development professional having an experience of nearly two decades in Public Health and Project Management. He is familiar with Community Engagement, Institution Building, Advocacy, Innovations and Change Management, Collaboration with Government and Non-Government and Private Health Care providers. He did postgraduation from Osmania University in Social Work and Psychology. He has worked with Prajwala an NGO based at Hyderabad, Telangana, Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust and recently joined Catholic Health Association of India.

Col. Leo Jonas Muthu (Retd)

General Manager HR & Admin

Col Leo Jonas Muthu (Retd) has joined CHAI in May 2023. He served in the Indian Army for thirty years. His expertise includes administration, supervision, logistics, resource management, strategic planning, implementation, communication, organizational skills, self-motivation, multitasking, decision-making, problem-solving, etc. Col Leo has been awarded the “CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF Commendation Card” for his exceptional services in 2012.

Dr. Shailesh Patil

National Program Manager, Axshya Plus Project

Dr Shailesh Patil has done B.A.M.S and Master of Health Administration from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He is working as National Programme Manager for Project Axshya Plus, a new intervention in the field of TB prevention aligned with two strategic pillars of India’s NSP 2017-2025 - Prevent and Build. He is implementing the Programmatic Management of TB Preventive Therapy in Maharashtra and Jharkhand, supported by The UNION and The Global Fund. He is committed public health professional with more than ten years’ experience in public health. He has worked in Gujarat, Bihar and Maharashtra in the field HIV, TB, Maternal and Child Health.


Mr. Srivathsan Aparajithan

Healthcare Consultant

Srivathsan is Managing Director of Intent Health Technologies Pvt Ltd, which helps hospitals turbocharge their operating margins through use of technology and process improvement in areas like procurement and revenue growth. He is also a co-founder of Vidal Healthcare Services, India’s largest and perhaps among the world’s largest healthcare administration companies. Prior to Vidal Health, Srivathsan worked with companies like IBM and Apollo Hospitals, and has played an anchor role in the development of the healthcare sector in India. He has a B.Tech from IIT Madras, and a PGDM from IIM Ahmedabad.

Mr. John Santhosh

Technology Consultant

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


Rosemary is a management professional with specialization 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 the GFATM Project in HIV/ AIDS for 5 years. She has worked extensively with the Catholic Healthcare network, particularly with Sisters in the “Action 2020: Repositioning Healthcare” initiative. Current focus areas are vocation promotion and future sustainability of Catholic Institutions.

Mr. George Paul

Communication Consultant

George 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.

Ms. Anuvinda Varkey

Legal Consultant

Ms. Anuvinda Varkey is an advocate; and she is the Executive Director of the Christian Coalition for Health. As ED, she proactively advocates on policy and health issues on behalf of the Christian networks. Previously, she was the General Secretary and CEO of YWCA Delhi. She has practiced at the Supreme Court of India and the Delhi High Court. She graduated from the Faculty of Law at Delhi University and studied Philosophy at St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi.

Mr. Harish Devarajan

Leadership Coach

Harish Devarajan is a Leadership Coach and Organisation Consultant. He graduated from the University of Madras and completed his Post graduation from XLRI. He has over 35 years of corporate and consulting experience. He was CHRO at Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (2004-2007). He has coached many senior leaders to be more effective in their roles. He has mentored and guided many HR professionals to distinguish themselves in their careers. He has facilitated the transformation of top executive teams and business units. He advises and supports a number of social sector organisations. He has recently served as an Independent Director on the Board of Bank of India. He is a co-author of the bestseller book, “HR here and now”.

Mr. Allen Andrade

Organizational Consultant

Allen J Andrade has over 35 years’ experience with Finance & Strategy for large, international companies in oil & gas, entertainment, banking & FMCG. He brings a strong technical capability, operational track record and advisory knowledge, combined with a highly developed acuity to identify the issues most relevant to industry of reference. Allen has worked with BG (later Shell Upstream), BNP Paribas, Universal Music & Johnson and Johnson heading the finance function covering various areas of finance including audit, treasury, risk & financial control and reporting, governance, operations, tax planning, tax administration, M&A. His experience covers a wide range of expertise in start up, restructuring, established and Joint Venture operations involving International companies interests in India.