OUR TEAM

Spanning continents, languages, and perspectives, the Tika Vaani team is united in its commitment to building a healthier future through impactful innovation in partnership with communities. Friendship, mutual respect, generosity and laughter form the basis for our work and have seen us through hard times. We’re better together.

OUR TEAM

Spanning continents, languages, and perspectives, the Tika Vaani team is united in its commitment to building a healthier future through impactful innovation in partnership with communities. Friendship, mutual respect, generosity and laughter form the basis for our work and have seen us through hard times. We’re better together.

ADVISORY BOARD

  • MR MOHAMMAD AMEEL
    Senior Consultant, Healthcare Technology. National Health Systems Resource Centre, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
  • Dr Arun Chaturvedi
    State EPI Officer, Directorate of Family Welfare, National Health Mission, Uttar Pradesh
  • MS SHYAMASHREE DAS
    Associate Program Officer, Vaccine Delivery & Infectious Diseases, India Country Office, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Dr. Pradeep Haldar
    Deputy Commissioner, Immunization (Imm. I/C) NATIONAL HEALTH MISSION Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
  • Dr Iqbal Hossain
    Senior Immunization Technical Advisor, JSI USA
  • Dr Jyoti Joshi Jain
    Head – South Asia, Centre for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP)
  • MR PULKIT KHARE
    District Magistrate, Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh
  • Dr Kendall Krause
    Programme Officer, Vaccine Delivery, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • MR PANKAJ KUMAR
    Mission Director, National Health Mission, Uttar Pradesh
  • Dr Sanjay KUMAR
    Medical Officer-In-Charge , Madhoganj CHC, Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh
  • Dr Akash Malik
    National Manager – Health system Strengthening, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), New Delhi
  • Dr ARVIND MISHRA
    Medical Officer-In-Charge , Mallawan CHC, Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh
  • Dr Shirshendu Mukherjee
    Mission Director, Program Management Unit at BIRAC (PMU-BIRAC)
  • Mr. Rustam Nabi
    Director, Shifo Foundation
  • Dr SANKAR KUMAR PAL
    Distinguished Scientist and Former Director – Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India. Padma Shri Awardee in Science and Engineering 2013
  • Dr Deepak Polpakara
    Team Lead – JSI India, Immunization Technical Support Unit
  • Dr Ved Prakash
    General Manager for Routine Immunization, National Health Mission, Uttar Pradesh
  • DR SK RAWAT
    Chief Medical Officer, Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh
  • Ms Anaita Singh
    Manager – Government Programmes, Dimagi
  • DR VIJAY SINGH
    District Immunization Officer, Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh
  • Dr Bhupendra Tripathi
    Country Lead – Routine Immunization & Neglected Tropical Diseases, BMGF – India Country Office

CORE TEAM

MIRA JOHRI

Co-Principal investigator

Mira Johri is Professor at the University of Montreal and Principal Scientist at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM). Mira has served as Consultant in the Department of Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health at the World Health Organization, and currently serves as Independent Expert to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and Commissioner for the Lancet Commission on Global Hearing Loss. Her research has appeared in high-impact journals such as the Lancet, BMC Medicine, and the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Mira’s current work focuses on equitable access to childhood vaccines globally and in India.

AADITESHWAR SETH

Co-Principal investigator

Aaditeshwar Seth is the co-founder of Gram Vaani, a social enterprise that builds innovative community media technologies for poor and marginalized communities to voice their opinions and demands. Gram Vaani has a been a pioneer in using voice-based technologies to build interactive applications for poorly literate and low-income communities, in the absence of Internet based access. Aaditeshwar is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at IIT Delhi, where he runs the ACT4D (Appropriate Computing Technologies for Development) research group which works on low-cost connectivity, data analysis, and other areas of application of information technologies for social development. Work by Aaditeshwar’s team at Gram Vaani and IIT Delhi is being used by over 150 organizations in India and other countries including several in Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and has influenced the use of ICTs for development within many international aid and development organizations.

AADITESHWAR SETH

Co-Principal investigator

Aaditeshwar Seth is the co-founder of Gram Vaani, a social enterprise that builds innovative community media technologies for poor and marginalized communities to voice their opinions and demands. Gram Vaani has a been a pioneer in using voice-based technologies to build interactive applications for poorly literate and low-income communities, in the absence of Internet based access. Aaditeshwar is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at IIT Delhi, where he runs the ACT4D (Appropriate Computing Technologies for Development) research group which works on low-cost connectivity, data analysis, and other areas of application of information technologies for social development. Work by Aaditeshwar’s team at Gram Vaani and IIT Delhi is being used by over 150 organizations in India and other countries including several in Africa, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and has influenced the use of ICTs for development within many international aid and development organizations.

ROHIT SINGH

Project Lead - Gram Vaani

In 2006, Rohit left the corporate world to work for the social development sector. Starting his journey with grassroots NGOs and social activists, Rohit acquired a broad experience in the area of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCH+A) and the challenges faced by rural and tribal populations across multiple states of India. In the last 6 years at Gram Vaani, Rohit has been developing innovative and engaging social media platforms for a diverse set of partners, enabling first-generation mobile phone users to access information and share their stories. An MBA from NMIMS (Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies) University, Rohit is currently pursuing a PhD in the role of ICT in Social & Behavioural Change Communication based partly on learnings from Tika Vaani.

DINESH CHANDRA

Research Manager

As Research Manager, Dinesh serves as the essential pivot point between Tika Vaani’s network of policy, research and technology partners and the field. With responsibilities ranging from survey design and data analysis to field management, Dinesh ensures creative synergy between science and the grassroots. Dinesh holds an MSc in Economics and has been working in public health research since 2011, focussing on critical areas such as family planning, nutrition in pregnancy and early childhood, water, sanitation and hygiene, and immunization. He has a track record of building effective collaborative partnerships with academic institutions, NGOs, the Indian government and, most importantly, with individuals and communities at the grassroots. To bring about sustainable change and enhance social justice, Dinesh believes that the community is the true bottom line.

DINESH CHANDRA

Research Manager

As Research Manager, Dinesh serves as the essential pivot point between Tika Vaani’s network of policy, research and technology partners and the field. With responsibilities ranging from survey design and data analysis to field management, Dinesh ensures creative synergy between science and the grassroots. Dinesh holds an MSc in Economics and has been working in public health research since 2011, focussing on critical areas such as family planning, nutrition in pregnancy and early childhood, water, sanitation and hygiene, and immunization. He has a track record of building effective collaborative partnerships with academic institutions, NGOs, the Indian government and, most importantly, with individuals and communities at the grassroots. To bring about sustainable change and enhance social justice, Dinesh believes that the community is the true bottom line.

AJIT B. SOLANKI

CEO of Jagriti Foundation

Ajit currently works as State Head for Pratham Institute’s development & growth of skilling program in the northern states of India. He holds a Master’s degree and M.Phil in Social Work and has more than 20 years’ experience working in field-based development projects. Ajit previously worked as State Head of Pratham Uttar Pradesh and designed, implemented and monitored Pratham’s Read India & Urban Program in Uttar Pradesh. He was a member of the Uttar Pradesh core team for the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), a nationwide annual survey of children conducted in every rural district in India. He has also worked to facilitate Pratham and ASER’s collaborative work in Pakistan and South Africa.
Ajit co-founded Jagriti in 2009 with the mission to foster innovative grassroots development projects in his home state of Uttar Pradesh. He believes that, in order to succeed, development projects have to be in constant contact with the community and dedicated to service with heart and mind. Impatient to see a positive future for underprivileged children and youth, he is a driving force for change.

ROUNAK SAHA

Technology Lead for Tika Vaani

Rounak is leading Gram Vaani’s engineering thrust to intelligently digitise immunisation data across India using computer vision techniques. A seasoned product engineer who can write Java, Android, Python and JS, Rounak is building the Tika Vaani platform and is responsible for the machine learning models on the platform.
Rounak is interested in human computer interactions in the last mile, computer vision technologies and network theory. Prior to his current role, Rounak graduated from King’s College London as a Chevening Scholar. He has previously led two organisation in Kolkata in the domain of web services – Digital Bongs and E Info Solutions.

ROUNAK SAHA

Technology Lead for Tika Vaani

Rounak is leading Gram Vaani’s engineering thrust to intelligently digitise immunisation data across India using computer vision techniques. A seasoned product engineer who can write Java, Android, Python and JS, Rounak is building the Tika Vaani platform and is responsible for the machine learning models on the platform.
Rounak is interested in human computer interactions in the last mile, computer vision technologies and network theory. Prior to his current role, Rounak graduated from King’s College London as a Chevening Scholar. He has previously led two organisation in Kolkata in the domain of web services – Digital Bongs and E Info Solutions.

VIJAY SAI PRATAP

Strategic partnerships

Co-founder and CEO of Gram Vaani, Vijay leads Tika Vaani’s efforts to achieve sustainability and scale through strategic partnerships. Vijay is pained by the fact that not many Mobile or ICT based initiatives for development around the world have been able to scale significantly or achieve sustainability. Vijay leads strategic partnership development for Tika Vaani with the goal of achieving impact at scale. Vijay built and led the LIS unit at OnMobile as Director-BD. An Electronics and Communication Engineering graduate (Univ. of Madras), MBA (Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning) and an MBL (National Law School of India University) with over 13 years’ experience in the Telecom and VAS industry, Vijay believes it’s time to make it happen and now!!

GRAMVAANI

Technology & content partners

No wonder we’re friends. The Gram Vaani team shares one idea – ‘junoon’ (meaning ‘passion’, bordering on obsession). GramVaani works to create better, more community-relevant technology that will fundamentally improve social structures. We thank the entire GramVaani team for ongoing contributions in the areas of ideas and inspiration, technology development, content development, field mobilisation, and administration, with a special recognition to:

  • RACHIT PANDEY
    Chief Technology Officer, Gram Vaani
  • BREJESH DUA
    Tika Vaani Project Coordinator
  • SRIRAMA MARUTHI
    Technology Development Staff for Tika Vaani
  • SANGEETA SAINI
    Lead – Content Ideation and Development for Tika Vaani
  • DINESH RAUTELA
    Senior Executive – Content Ideation and Development for Tika Vaani
  • VEER
    Financial & Administration Officer for Tika Vaani

JAGRITI FOUNDATION

In the Field

Jagriti Foundation brings together field staff expert in community mobilisation, behaviour change communication, and research data collection through household surveys. Field team members contributed to earlier phases of this research project from 2011 – 2015. For the Tika Vaani project, the Jagriti team works closely with the communities to introduce the platform, refine the intervention model, and ensure effective program reach and a two-way flow of information through offline communication channels. Jagriti also plays a key role in field data collection.

“Jagriti” means “awakening” in Hindi. Community empowerment is at the heart of our vision.

RESEARCH PARTNERS

Leading scientists and technical specialists generously share their expertise, helping us to ensure that we use the most rigorous and up-to-date concepts, designs and methods in our field research.

  • DR NEIL ANDERSSON
    Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University, Executive Director at CIET-PRAM
  • DR CHETAN ARORA
    Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT Delhi)
  • DR SAM HARPER
    Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health, McGill University and Endowed Chair in Health Inequalities, Department of Public Health, Erasmus Medical Centre
  • DR MARK JIT
    Reader at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Senior Scientist at Public Health England
  • DR GEORGES K KONÉ
    Principal Technical Advisor for Health Financing at Management Sciences for Health (MSH)/USAID 
  • DR ALOK K MATHUR
    Associate Professor at IIHMR University, Jaipur
  • DR ISABELLE MICHAUD-LÉTOURNEAU
    Senior Technical Advisor, The Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition
  • DR ARIJIT NANDI
    Canada Research Chair in Political Economy of Global Health, Associate Professor in the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the Department of Epidemiology at McGill University
  • DR VALERY RIDDE
    Research Director, Centre Population et Développement (CEPED) Université Paris Descartes, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
  • DR S V SUBRAMANIAN
    Professor of Population Health and Geography, Harvard University
  • DR MARIE-PIERRE SYLVESTRE
    Principal Scientist at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Center (CRCHUM) and Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Montreal School of Public Health (ESPUM)
  • DR LEHANA THABANE
    Principal Scientist in the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster; Professor/Interim Chair, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (formerly the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics); Associate Member, Departments of Anesthesia/Pediatrics; Schools of Nursing/Rehabilitation Sciences, McMaster University; Director, Biostatistics Unit, St Joseph’s Healthcare–Hamilton; Senior Scientist, Population Health Research Institute, Hamilton Health Sciences
  • DR STÉPHANE VERGUET
    Assistant Professor of Global Health in the Department of Global Health and Population – Harvard Chan School of Public Health

TRAINEES

Since 2014, students and interns have been an integral part of the Tika Vaani team. Master’s degree and Ph.D students have received support from the University of Montreal, IC-IMPACTS, and the Government of Canada’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships. We thank them for their energy, their laughter, and their amazing contributions!

SYLYUK, Mariya; Université de Montréal, MSc Intern 2020

AUGUSTE, David; Université de Montréal, MSc thesis 2020

MAMGAI, Namrata; Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, BSc 2019

PEREZ, Myriam Cielo; Université de Montréal, MSc thesis and PhD student –  2012 to present

GOEL, Harshit; Department of Computer Science, IIT Delhi, BTech 2019

JAIN, Shubham; Department of Computer Science, IIT Delhi, BTech 2019

RAKOTONARIVO, Rindra Doriane; Université de Montréal, MSc Intern 2019

DELACAS, Melinda; Université de Montréal, MSc intern 2019

BHAGAT, Pranav; Department of Computer Science, IIT Delhi, BTech 2018

LEFEBVRE, Joanie; Université de Montréal, MSc intern 2018

SAUVÉ, Frédérique; McGill University, BSc intern 2018

OTIS, Alexandra; Université de Montréal, MSc intern 2018

PLOURDE, Janie; Université de Montréal, MSc intern 2018

BOJANOWSKI, Claudia; Université de Montréal, MSc intern 2016

NASH, Eleanor; Université de Montréal, MSc intern 2016-17

RODGERS, Louis; Université de Montréal, MSc intern 2016-17

BERGERON-CARON, Cassi; Université de Montréal, MSc intern 2015

ABOU RIZK, Cybil; Université de Montréal, MSc intern 2015

MINOYAN, Nanor; Université de Montréal, MSc intern 2014