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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 MD in Community Medicine from CMC Vellore. He was Health Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India, from 2008 to 2015 and 2009 to 2015 Secretory CBCI CARD. 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.

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.

Dr. Kanupriya

National Program Manager, Axshya Plus Project

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. Previously she worked with Provincial Medical Services, Uttar Pradesh as a female medical officer (FMO) and later went on to work with Doctors Without Borders India/ Médecins Sans Frontières India in the Delhi Sexual and Gender Based Violence Project for over three and half years.

Mr. Mohammed Mateen

Senior 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.

John Rajeesh N

Programme Manager

He hold a Master’s Degree in Computer Applications from Madurai Kamaraj University and Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Annamalai University. He is a Professional with 14+ years’ experience in Business Operations and Project Management with special focus on the Training and Development Industry, with a well-established history of propelling critical Business, Project, Stakeholder, and Team Management initiatives towards guaranteed success. Skilled leader credited with impressive collaborative communication and operational excellence in deriving best results from multi-functional teams, corporate stakeholders and legal bodies across a gamut of business domains.


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<br /> 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 is passionate about preventive health and would like to see every individual financially well equipped to deal with the spending on high cost medical treatment He has a B.Tech from IIT Madras, and a PGDM from IIM Ahmedabad.

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


Ms. Rosemary Thomas 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.

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.

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.<br /> He has recently served as an Independent Director on the Board of Bank of India. He is a co-author of the best seller book ``HR here and now``.