Zeena Johar returned to India after obtaining her PhD in Molecular Diagnostics at ETH, Zurich, Switzerland in 2007. As the Founding Member, Zeena led the incorporation of SughaVazhvu Healthcare and IKP Centre for Technologies in Public Health (ICTPH) working towards replicable service delivery networks at the interface of affordable healthcare technologies and innovative human resource solutions for inaccessible rural populations of India. Zeena serves as the President at ICTPH and MD & CEO at SughaVazhvu Healthcare (SVHC). SVHC launched its first rural clinic in 2009, in Thanjavur (Rural Tamil Nadu, India), and now is a network of seven such rural clinics. SHVC has served over 50,000 patient visits and screened more than 6,000 adults for chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. Zeena also spearheaded ICTPH’s academic alliance with School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania launching India’s first joint certificate Bridge Training Program for AYUSH practitioners as a skill building curriculum for evidence-based medicine. Zeena was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2013.
Academic Interests: Zeena is a member of Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII) - National Council on Public Health and the Governing Board at Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB), Bangalore. Zeena co-taught the first off-campus course along with Prof. Ramesh Raghavan at Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis. Zeena led representations in multiple national and international forums, most notably Asia Healthcare Forum, Singapore (2009); ICOWHI, Philadelphia (2010); Role of Private Sector in Global Health, The Wharton School (2010); MIT-MISTI India Program (2010); Innovation in India’s Healthcare Sector, Wharton and Indian School of Business (2011). Zeena has published in The Economic Times, Chemistry - A European Journal, Helvetica Chimica Acta and PharmaBiz Chronicle, NextBillion.net, YourStory.in, ACM DEV-4.
Sivaram Bandhakavi is the President and CEO of IKP Trust and is a Director on the Board of SughaVazhvu Healthcare. As the President of IKP Trust, he serves and promotes IKP group’s mission of using advances in science and technology, especially in healthcare and life sciences, for social progress. As Director of SughaVazhvu, he has the overall responsibility for its strategy and impact.
Before joining IKP Trust, Sivaram has 15 years of program design, management and consulting experience in public and private sectors, working in India and in the USA. In his most recent role before IKP Trust, he was the Director of Cambridge Policy Research, where he conceptualized and designed large-scale transformation programs in the public sector. He served clients such as UID Authority of India (Aadhaar), Ministry of Home Affairs, HRD Ministry and National Institute for Smart Government; and he designed public programs, developed operations strategy and implementation models and led consulting teams that developed implementation solutions. Earlier he was a consultant with the World Bank’s Private Sector Development group. Before that, Sivaram worked with Cognizant for several years in USA and India. In his most recent role at Cognizant, he worked closely with senior management on issues related to public policy and external engagement and on internal consulting engagement in various aspects of organization development.
He has a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School, an MBA from Indian Institute of Management Lucknow and a B. Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He is the co-author of “Leading without Licence” and is an adjunct faculty at IIT Madras.
Sivakumar Mahalingam, Chief Technology Officer of ICTPH, anchors the technology initiatives that support SughaVazhvu’s operations. At ICTPH, he’s responsible to design and execute the technology road-map for IKP-TechPrima (ICTPH’s tech platform for primary care). He has 14+ years of experience in IT industry with exclusive focus on healthcare domain.
Prior to joining ICTPH, Siva worked with Cognizant Healthcare practice and had managed delivery of large IT programs and projects across different technologies in legacy, client/server and web platforms with peak revenue of US$50+ million. His areas of domain expertise include Health Insurance, Benefits, Claims Adjudication and Pharmacy Benefits Management. He had been part of seed/”first” teams in Cognizant Healthcare’s key initiatives.
Siva loves to “ideate and execute”. He holds Masters in Computer Applications from Anna University, Chennai.
Aparna Manoharan, PhD, anchors the Research program and BTP Planning at ICTPH. Aparna is a Biological Science major from BITS, Pilani, in India and has received a doctorate in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Florida. Through her work at ICTPH, she has developed expertise on innovative strategies in primary health care delivery aimed at inaccessible, rural populations. She has been involved in work on capacity building of alternate human resources in health.
As part of the chronic disease management program design team, she has contributed to the development of the SughaVazhvu diabetes care management program experiences into a case study on Global Accountable Care in collaboration with the Centre for Health Policy at Brookings Institution. Her research interests include understanding the influences driving the uptake and retention in care of health services among patients with chronic conditions in resource limited settings.