Our Team

Ms. Archana Joshi Director
Ms. Archana Joshi Director

Ms. Archana Joshi Director

Ms. Archana Joshi is the Director of Deepak Foundation, a registered civil society organization since the past 13 years. She has a prior experience of 14 years in research in social sector with an international consultancy research organization-Nielsen. Her research papers are published in several international journals and conference proceedings. As the Head of the Foundation, she has been instrumental in: (i) scaling up the operations of the Foundation to establish pan-India presence; (ii) designing and implementing large scale public private partnership projects aimed at achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since 2005; (iii) partnering with various Corporates for implementing their CSR activities since 2012-13; (iv) establishing systems for conducting evidence based research and evaluation; (v) replicating successful models across various locations; (vi) policy advocacy; (vii) diversity into new and emerging sectors like Occupational Health and Social Entrepreneurship. She has been a member of the Ethics Committee Technical Review Committee of various universities. She is a member of Internal Complaints Committee on Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) of various Companies and Institutes. She is the fellows of Aspire Circle, a not-for-profit forum that promotes social leadership in India through Fellowships and Research with the purpose of building India’s foremost Social Leadership forum (http://aspirecircle.org/fellows/). She was a member of the World Bank – Health, Nutrition and Population Civil Society Consultative Group (WB-HNP CSCG) from 2013-16. She has a Masters Degree in Foods and Nutrition, certified course in Reproductive Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and certified course on Monitoring and Evaluation of Population and Reproductive Health Programs, University of North Carolina, USA.

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Ms. Sushma Bhonsale, Head-Accounts
Ms. Sushma Bhonsale, Head-Accounts

Ms. Sushma Bhonsale, Head-Accounts

Ms. Sushma Bhonsale has experience of managing Accounts and Administrative division since the past 28 years. She heads the Accounts Department and manages finances of large scale projects including government grants, foreign funds, and CSR funds. Apart from handling nearly 35 projects of the Foundation, she monitors and analyzes the accounting data and produces the financial reports/statements in compliance with various laws, handles annual audits, and many difficult legal and administrative matters of the Foundation. In addition to the financial matters of the Foundation, over the years she has also gained experience in managing major HR & administrative issues, legal issues in labour court and charity commissioner office.
She was a member of the World Bank – Health, Nutrition, and Population Civil Society Consultative Group (WB-HNP CSCG) from 2013-16. She has a Masters Degree in Foods and Nutrition, certified course in Reproductive Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and certified course on Monitoring and Evaluation of Population and Reproductive Health Programs, University of North Carolina, USA.

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Dr. Jai Pawar Dy. Director
Dr. Jai Pawar Dy. Director

Dr. Jai Pawar Dy. Director

Dr. Jai Pawar has been working with Deepak Foundation as Deputy Director, handling since the past 12 years. She handles projects related to livelihood, skills building, research and development. Has nearly 15 years of experience in implementing Natural Resource Management (NRM) based development projects, ranging from large scale multisectoral (agriculture, water resource development, animal husbandry, and skill building) development initiatives. Has handled ecological restoration and protected area ecology management projects earlier. Has experience in and developed expertise in the following areas: 1) Capacity building of communities, worked with a large number of farmers (especially women farmers), by building their understanding and capacity in sustainable agriculture, allied sectors like animal husbandry and water resource management; and ecology. 2) Collectivization of the communities through Farmer Producer Groups, Women’s Dairy Cooperatives, Village Watershed Committees, Village Health and Sanitation Committees, or Self Help Groups. 3) Liaison with the State and Central Government, implemented Public Private Partnership Projects. She had done PhD in Zoology.
She was a member of the World Bank – Health, Nutrition, and Population Civil Society Consultative Group (WB-HNP CSCG) from 2013-16. She has a Masters Degree in Foods and Nutrition, certified course in Reproductive Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and certified course on Monitoring and Evaluation of Population and Reproductive Health Programs, University of North Carolina, USA.

Dr. Ruchi Mehta, Head-Strategy
Dr. Ruchi Mehta, Head-Strategy

Dr. Ruchi Mehta, Head-Strategy

Dr Ruchi Mehta is currently head of strategy at Deepak Foundation with a focus on innovative interventions for quality education. She is a promoter of social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities. Prior to this, she worked in London for 3 years advising the UK government on health policies and the corporate sector on healthcare investments. She did her undergraduate degree in Chemical and Bioengineering from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. At Hopkins, she was a researcher for a $40m Synthetic Yeast Genome 2.0 project and has published in a leading journal Science. While in the USA, she was an active member of Engineers without borders (EWB) and collaborated with South African government bodies and local rotaries to initiate projects for adequate water supply for local deprived communities in South Africa. After her undergraduate studies she went on to do her PhD in Medical Oncology/Surgical Sciences at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Prof Sir Walter Bodmer (Ex-Chairman, Human Genome Project) at the University of Oxford. While at Oxford, she was awarded the Marie Curie Fellowship and the Horatio Symonds Scholarship.
Dr. Akash Kumar Lal, Dy. Director
Dr. Akash Kumar Lal, Dy. Director

Dr. Akash Kumar Lal, Dy. Director

Dr. Akash Kumar Lal is the Dy. Director and has been working with Deepak Foundation since the past 7 years. He has expertise in bio-statistics and is responsible for analysing data for the projects implemented by Deepak Foundation. He has around 10 year of experience in working in various healthcare related projects for Government, International and Civil Society organisations. He has exhaustive experience in healthcare planning, monitoring and evaluation. He has presented papers in various national and international conferences and seminars related to public health. He has a Masters Degree in Public Health.