Who we are and what we do

We want to create an eco-system of well-being for those family members, who are the primary caregivers to their dear ones battling chronic medical conditions or terminal illness. We are the companions for the Caregivers.

Caregiver Saathi is an endeavour to acknowledge and support Caregivers of patients with terminal illness or chronic conditions, so that together we can improve the quality of their lives, their well-being and those that they care for.

Saathi is Hindi for "companion" and we believe caregivers of terminally ill patients need a friend who understands, supports and is there for them as they walk along the difficult path of supporting their loved ones.

There are many ways in which a caregiver is challenged and often the caregiver also needs care, emotional support, understanding, easy access to information, guidance from experts and wisdom from others who have similar experiences. It is our endeavour to bring it all together and make it easy access for the caregiver.

Given our social narrative of caregiving, expectations from family, and the nature of caregivers, family caregivers tend to be unrecognized, unappreciated and deprioritized, even by themselves. It is our endeavour to highlight their significance and role in the well-being and healing of the patient (care-receiver).

We partner with doctors, health practitioners, employers and well-wishers of caregivers to build a supportive community for the caregivers.

We are currently looking at the cities of Mumbai, NCR and Bengaluru to create an impact before we expand to other cities.

we aim to energize ourselves and many more to manifest the following 5 goals

  • Reach out to at least 1000 caregivers and curate meaningful ways of creating well-being and healing, for them.

  • Create awareness among our society regarding the role, challenge and criticality of the caregiver. To do so we wish to run workshops through health institutions and organizations.

  • Create a community of caregivers and support, understand and enable each other.

  • Create a digital platform that enables the community and brings together the ecosystem that a caregiver needs.

  • Collaborate with other govt and non-govt organizations in the space of healthcare, specific illnesses and support systems.

  • Our ambition is to expand the scope in terms of geography to all over India and to integrate empathy and care in educational institutions.

The Caregiver Saathi Model


Our Logo & Inspiration

The logo, as a symbol for Caregiver Saathi has the healing leaves in the center, going through a journey from being unhealed (light and empty) to healed (vibrant and full) surrounded by a boundary and support system that creates an environment for healing. The environment for healing constitutes the systems like family/ friends, healthcare institutions/ hospitals, communities/ clubs/ support groups and Caregiver Saathi completes the circle of systems by being the support system for the Caregivers.

The logo is in the colour of amethyst which is believed to be a healing stone.

Amethyst is especially supportive of the emotional body, bringing those who are overworked, overstressed, or overwhelmed back to center. It eases the mental anxieties that lead to physical tension and headaches, and is a great crystal to calm those who tend to be hot-headed and easily angered.

The symbolism of the amethyst significantly coincides with the core ethos of Caregiver Saathi and therefore this is the colour that best represents it.

Ref: https://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/amethyst

This logo has been lovingly designed and graciously contributed by Digitial Driftwood

We are grateful to them for their contribution.

The inspiration behind Caregiver Saathi


My internship in Process work with Sumedhas Academy for Human context has significantly shaped my journey as a person. One of the meta labs, Learning Theater compelled me to think about my purpose, my dharma.

A few years ago, having spent many years in a typical corporate life, I was struggling for a sense of purpose and meaning for my life. A colleague and friend mentioned to me, that it is believed that one can find ones calling if one meditates under the full moon of Buddha Purnima. That experience, a deep impact of Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture, and my explorations with Sumedhas led me to the realization that in order to live my purpose, I may need to pursue more than one passion. So, I decided to listen to my heart, pursue my passion for motorcycle riding, build my consulting practice, set up a social venture and pursue my hobbies.

In 1999, when I had lost my father to a rare neurological condition called Shy-drager Syndrome (a condition similar to Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson's), I wanted to honour his memory by doing something in the area. In the years of his illness, internet was in its infancy and information was not easily accessible. Over time, as I tried to figure what I would like to do, I realized that increasingly, enough and more was being done for the patients of these medical conditions. However, the caregivers who are a common denominator across many similar conditions and are perhaps the most under-recognized and under-served, especially in our country. I also realized that in fact, my real life experience had been that of being a caregiver to my mother, who was the primary caregiver. My research over the last nearly 8+ years has convinced me that the well-being of the caregiver is pivotal to the well-being and healing of the patient. The fact that we are living in increasingly fragmenting family and community systems, especially in urban India, caregiving is becoming a ballooning challenge.

At a personal level, I believe that building a sustainable organization that recognizes Caregiving will not just be my way of honouring the memory of my father, but also the legacy of my grandmother and mother who have been exceptional caregivers to many.

This mission calls out to me as my dharma, my purpose.

~ Bhavana Issar

Founder & CEO, Caregiver Saathi

Our Team



Bhavana is a passionate person with diverse interests. She is the Founder & CEO of a business consulting firm, Sambhaavna (www.sambhaavna.com), and a social venture Caregiver Saathi (https://caregiversaathi.co.in/)


Academic credentials include :

  • PG Diploma PM&IR, XLRI School of Business and Human Resources, Jamshedpur (www.xlri.ac.in)

  • Gestalt OD Practitioner, iGOLD International Gestalt Organization & Leadership Development (iGOLD™) Program (www.gestaltod.org)

Her story was featured in a book authored by bestselling author, Rashmi Bansal titled "Touch The Sky - The inspiring stories of women across India who are changing their destiny."

Areas of interest include Change, transitions, Innovation, Creative expression, group dynamics, transpersonal psychology, somatic and Yoga. She is currently based in Mumbai with her husband, daughter and dog and enjoys traveling. Her hobbies include poetry, painting, crocheting, cooking, gardening and motorcycle riding.

Being a motorcycle rider has helped her discover herself by pushing the boundaries of mind, body and soul and creating new possibilities, something she passionately lives by.

Ashu (Kumud Kalia) Issar

Co Founder ||

Ashu Issar, a postgraduate in Botany, married an Indian Air Force Officer in the early 70s. Marriage and two children couldn't dampen her quest for knowledge and learning. Proving the cliché that learning is a lifelong process did her Bachelor's in Education after a gap of seven years and found her mission and passion among adolescents with in the school system for 32 years. 16 years later, she completed a Diploma in Journalism to add professional expertise to her passion for the school publication.

32 years of teaching experience convinced her that a bond founded on trust catalyses learning as well as caring. Four years later she gave another twist to her career and started her journey of process work with Indian Society of Applied Behavioural Science (ISABS). As a professional member of ISABS, she has facilitated many human process labs with corporates, social and education sectors like BHEL, MDI Gurugram, IIHMR Jaipur, EMPI and social organizations like CINNI, Aklavya and Bare Foot Academy. As both of these are helping professions, it has given her deep insights into human behaviour and their emotional needs.

A diligent and the primary caregiver of many family members from early adolescent years, she has practical experience of dealing with bedbound terminal patients and their caregivers. The crux of caring for a patient is compassion and patience for the patient, as well as often-neglected caregiver, hence the birth of the Caregiver Saathi.


Aneesh Issar

Trustee ||

Aneesh provides leadership to a variety of activities with Caregiver Saathi to help conceptualize and execute on the road-map to scale this venture. He has worked in a number of early and growth stage firms as well as in intrapreneurial roles at larger organizations.

His last corporate assignment was at Datamatics, setting up and heading the research and consulting BU, a space he has worked in for over 12 years across a diverse set of responsibilities from operational delivery excellence to driving growth initiatives. Having worked with a variety of companies such as Johnson & Johnson, adidas, ICICI Lombard and Aranca, he has over 18 years of diverse experience.

Passionate about new experiences, he likes travel, meeting new people and procrastinates on writing a book.

After completing his Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical} from Birla Vishwakarma Mahavidyalaya College of Engineering, V.V. Nagar Gujarat, he went on to earn his MBA from IIM, Lucknow.


Gayatri Menon

Coordinator - Online Content and Digital Marketing

Gayatri Menon, works remotely, but her exceptional organizational skills and commitment to work makes the process easier. She worked at her family business before moving away from Bangalore and starting a family. Now that her young family is older and not in need of constant supervision she felt it was the right time to get back into the corporate world. Her counseling background and volunteer experience of working with children with various disabilities urged her to be a part of our social organization. She is enthusiastic about constantly learning new things. Her interests include playing a sport, reading and travelling.


Nabiya Ethiraj

Project Coordinator (Outreach) ||

Nabiya has a Masters in Social Work (Criminology & Justice) from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai) and MBA from Madras University. She has an extensive experience working in the development, mental health and education sectors including but not limited to working with children & women from tribal populations, rehabilitating ex-Devadasi women, government officials, Dalit SHGs, female and transgender sex workers and their children and tsunami victims.


Executive Assistant ||

Anjali is a psychology graduate who aspires to be a Counseling Psychologist. Her interests include fine arts, astronomy and neuroscience. She aims to spread awareness on the importance of one's psychological well-being.


Sanjana Kumari

Action - Researcher

I am an action-researcher. I weave academic knowledge with the complexities, contradictions, and mysteries of lived experiences to make sense of myself and the world I inhabit.

Prior to joining Caregiver Saathi, I completed MPhil in Development Practice from Ambedkar University Delhi (2016-2019). In a Kondh-adivasi village in Rayagada, I worked with a collective of older women on questions of abandonment, while containing space for anger, vengeance, pain, fear, eros, joy, and death. Subsequently, I worked with SEWA Bharat and International Cooperative Alliance- Asia Pacific (ICA-AP) as Independent Research Consultant. Besides, I have MSc and BA in Economics from TERI University and St.Xavier's College, Mumbai, respectively.

After living through a long depressive episode recently, I have learned to keep grief and the practice of cultivating delight close to my becoming, and derive love to create art & writings that can help others mirror their concealed suffering, while finding hope in perspective. I am also a Kathak dancer under training, and excited to see how this part of me unfolds and helps me grow through practice and pleasure.

At this stage, my becoming is informed by the question-How do we love the other while preserving ourselves, amidst suffering? I feel, it informs our most invisible and intimate struggles, and is a reflection of what drives me to work with Caregiver Saathi, who work with family caregivers i.e. bonds of love, by prioritising self-care.


Mansi Pase

Program Coordinator

Mansi is a driven 23-year-old psychology graduate. She is a lover of the outdoors and her natural habitat is any borderline risky water body. Her intimidating, leather-jacketed look is contrasted by the fact that she is a child at heart. She likes to keep her friends close, notes organized, and tasks completed. Mansi has previously worked on chatbot and assessment tools development, social media marketing, and a broad spectrum of projects that add to her skillset. She is currently pursuing her graduate diploma from Bond University, Australia and is aspiring to practice as a clinical psychologist.

Internship Members

An internship at Caregiver Saathi is an opportunity for young adults to experience the challenges and workings of a startup in the social development space for healthcare. An intern gets the space to learn a wide variety of organizational aspects and an opportunity to contribute to the building of the organization. They also get guidance on building their careers with diverse learning opportunities.

We are always looking for enthusiastic young adults who wish to learn, challenge themselves and have the desire to make an impact in terms of social change.

Watch the video to hear from our earlier interns about their experiences and what they learnt from the internship.

To apply for an internship, please send in your resume to [email protected]


Yusra Sait

Yusra Sait


I am Yusra Sait, currently in my second year pursuing a triple major degree in Psychology, Economics and Sociology at Mount Carmel College, in Bengaluru I am very passionate about psychology and wish to pursue it as a career. I hope to do my master's in Clinical Psychology in the coming years.

I am a national level debater and MUNner and am also an avid writer and ai mostly focus on poetry. I have also hasd the honour of being editor of my college's psychology blog through which we talk about various aspects of psychology and am also the secretary of the MUN Society in my college. I have been part of AIESEC, an international youth organization for a year and am currently a team leader here.

I love any sort of public speaking and writing and I thrive on helping people and trying to make their lives easier

Yusra Sait

Bipasha Sharma


I am Bipasha Sharma, currently pursuing my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Amity University, Noida. Some of my key experiences include working with and observing cases in the pediatric and geriatric population with mental health disorders and socio-emotional challenges under hospitals, clinical and educational settings, others include content development for social media and workshops.

I am passionate about Child Psychology and wish to pursue a career in it. I feel driven to understand the nature of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the experiences of their parents. I actively seek research opportunities and have presented papers in National and International I am a music enthusiast and was a part of Symphonia, the western music society of my college. At the end of the day, I regain my sanity by talking to people, singing a Taylor Swift song and bullet journaling.

Yusra Sait

Tivona Sivaram


Hi! I’m Tivona Sivaram, currently a first year Psychology Honours student at Christ University in Bangalore.

I'm an eager student and I'm interested in many fields of psychology, especially those such as forensic, clinical, social and child psychology.

I love working with new people, interacting with them and having new experiences. I'm a hard worker and I'll do my best in anything that is required of me and since psychology is an area that mainly exists to help and understand others I hope to do my best in this as well.

I’m also an artist and enjoy painting and drawing in free time. I plan to do my Masters in Criminal Psychology in the future.

Yusra Sait



Rebecca is a 21 year old graduate from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. She was part of the batch that had a virtual graduation. There are few things in life that she holds dear: the refuge of books, the resilience of friendships and complex female characters. She loves getting to know people and their stories. She considers herself to be an extroverted introvert and in her spare time loves watching foreign language films.

Yusra Sait

Mona Sarraf


I am Mona sarraf, a 22year old, management graduate from Banasthali university, Rajasthan.

There are a lot of things that define me.

I am a reader. I love to read non fiction novels especially Travel, Self help and science related.

I am a teacher. I teach underprivileged kids and aspire to impart education to those who can't afford

I am a learner. I love to grasp knowledge and learn new things.

I love to write and have a dedicated Instagram page for it.

Once my internship ends, I would like to be remembered as someone who was "Always there to help!"

Yusra Sait

Sanaya Tonsekar


I am Sanaya Tonsekar, currently a high-school student with a keen interest in Biology, Chemistry and Business Management, which I am currently studying at school. I am a passionate researcher and content writer, and I enjoy writing about a variety of topics ranging from politics, economics, global affairs, biological and medical sciences, neurology, etc. In addition to this, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, watching an amusing show on Netflix, or cycling and playing badminton with friends on a sunny day!

Yusra Sait

Nandu Krishnan A


Hi, I'm Nandu Krishnan A. I'm currently pursuing Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from XLRI Jamshedpur. I've been interning with Caregiver Saathi as an operations intern mainly dealing with database managers and automation of the query resolution process. Through this opportunity, I'm able to implement most of the management principles I imbibed during the course of my first year and they have benefitted thousands of people by now. I hope I can contribute a lot more for the cause to help people who are in distress because of the pandemic.

Yusra Sait

Tavishi Krishna


I am Tavishi Krishna. I’ve completed my Bachelors in Psychology Honors from Ambedkar University, Delhi and am currently looking forward to doing my Masters in Psychology. I’ve worked before with organisations which provide therapies and rehabilitation training to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disorders. I have always been a research enthusiast and have conducted several researchers in the field of psychology during my undergraduate degree and while working with organisations. Apart from my academics, I am also a dancer and a travelling enthusiast.

I am passionate about working in the field of psychology and discovering new and unfamiliar paths of research.

Yusra Sait

Rashi Khetan


Hi, I am Rashi Khetan, a 22-year-old graduate from Thames International College Kathmandu, Nepal. I am a passionate writer and believe in expressing myself through my writings. I have a very keen interest in Research and wish to do something in the field of Sociology.

I am a foodie and travel enthusiast and wish to travel all over the world someday.

Aditi Sharma

Aditi Sharma


I am Aditi Sharma. I have completed my graduation in bachelors in psychology honours from Ambedkar University Delhi. I am currently looking forward to study my masters in clinical psychology. Since I have a keen interest in the area of mental health, I have also worked for the given cause. I have worked with Indian Spinal Injuries Center Vasant Kunj, Support Foundation (NGO) and Child Rights & You (CRY). I have contributed in rehabilitation training and developmental research work.

My work experience includes working with child and adult disability, children with neuro-developmental disorder, people with clinical mental disorders and rehabilitation.

I am also a kathak graduate and I have assisted in dance movement and muscle relaxation therapy.

With Caregiver Saathi, I look forward in exploring and increasing my spectrum of knowledge and work in this area.


Dr M. R. Rajagopal


Dr Rajagopal is the director of the WHO Collaborating Center at Trivandrum, Kerala for Policy and Training on Access to Pain Relief, and the founder-chairman of "Pallium India".

His initiatives to remove regulatory barriers in availability of oral morphine for pain relief have contributed significantly to the recent Amendment of the NDPS Act of India in 2014. His initiative has also contributed to the development of a Government policy on Palliative Care in the state of Kerala in 2008 and Government of India's National Palliative Care Strategy in 2012.

In 2014, Human Rights Watch honored him with Alison Des Forges award for "Extraordinary activism in promoting the notion that denial of pain relief is a violation of human rights".

In 2017, a documentary film titled "Hippocratic: 18 experiments in gently shaking the world" based on Dr. Rajagopal's contributions to palliative care was released by Moonshine Agency, Australia (http://hippocraticfilm.com/). In 2017, he was named one of the 30 most influential leaders in hospice and palliative medicine by American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM).

In 2018, Dr Rajagopal was honored with Padma Shri, the third highest civilian award given annually from Republic of India.

Prof. Rajiv Sarin


Prof. Rajiv Sarin is the Former Director of Advanced Centre for Treatment Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC), Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai.

He is In-Charge of the Cancer Genetics Unit & Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Tata Memorial Centre. Trained in Clinical Oncology & Radiation Oncology at The Royal Marsden Hospital & Tata Memorial Hospital, he has over 2 decades of experience in Oncology. His research interests include Cancer Genetics, Breast cancer, Technology development & Public health.

He has about 100 scientific publications pertaining to cancer management, cancer genetics and radiotherapy. He established the first Indian comprehensive Clinical & Laboratory Cancer Genetics services at the Tata Memorial Centre and leads the ICMR Centre of Advanced Research in Cancer Genetics and Genomics at ACTREC.

He serves as a member of the Ethics and Pathology working groups of the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC). In his capacity as an expert advisor in various committees and task forces of Indian medical and scientific funding bodies like CSIR, ICMR, DBT and in various developing world forums he has contributed towards developing Cancer Control, Cancer Research and low cost technology development programmes in these regions. As the leader of one of the very few Comprehensive Cancer Research Centres in the developing world and as the executive editor of main cancer journal from the developing world - Journal of Cancer Research & Therapeutics (JCRT), he has championed the cause of open access to medical literature and public health issues such as access and cost of cancer care.

Dr Madhukar Shukla

Mentor ||

Dr Madhukar Shukla is Chairperson, Fr Arrupe Centre for Ecology & Sustainability and Professor (Strategic Management & OB) at XLRI Jamshedpur (India), and has keen research and teaching interest in the development sector and social entrepreneurship. He serves on the Board of School of Management & Labour Studies, TISS, and is a member of the Board of Governors of XLRI Jamshedpur. Madhukar is on jury for the oikos Case Competition on Social Entrepreneurship, and is also a Member, Livelihood India Advisory Group. He has been the Conference Coordinator for the National Conference on Social Entrepreneurship since 2009-2017.

Madhukar holds a Masters degree in Psychology from Lucknow University and is a PhD from IIT, Kanpur. Prior to Joining XLRI in 1990, he has worked with National Productivity Council and Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad. He was also a visiting faculty to ESADE, Barcelona during 1993-94.

Raghu Ananthanarayanan

Mentor ||

Raghu has been enquiring into three questions relentlessly in his life, these are how does one become the best that one can be? How do organizations and groups become the best that they can be? What does it mean to be an Indian?

This quest has led to more than a decade of intense study of Yoga with Yogaachaarya T Krishnamaachaarya and Desikachar. During this period he also had the opportunity to interact deeply with J.Krishnamurti and learn Process Work from Prof. Pulin K. Garg. He obtained his Postgraduate Degree in Bio-Medical Engineering from IIT Madras during this time for which he studied the application of Yoga and Praanaayaama in curing back pain. He has published a very well received book "Learning Through Yoga".

Raghu Ananthanarayanan has co-founded Sumedhas Academy for Human context, The Barefoot Academy for Governance and FLAME TAO Knoware (Pvt. Ltd); He serves on the board of several companies. He is now engaged in mentoring a young group of "sacred activists" called Ritambhara, as well as co-creating a platform of Yoga Teachers from the Krishnamaachaarya Tradition called "Ananta Yoga". He is also associated with YogaVahini, a training and healing centre that specializes in offering Yoga teacher training and therapist training programs.

Dr. Roop Gursahani

Mentor ||

Dr. Roop Gursahani is currently a Consultant Neurologist and Epileptologist at the P.D.Hinduja National Hospital, Mumbai.

He passed his MBBS (1981) and MD (1984) from the Government Medical College, Nagpur; DM in Neurology in 1988 from GMC and JJ, Mumbai. He was Head of the Department of Neurology at Nair Hospital and T.N.Medical College from 1991 to 1994 and Honorary Assoc Prof in Neurology at Grant Medical College & Sir JJ Hospital 1998-2012.

In addition to Clinical Neurology, his main interest is in Epilepsy and EEG. He is associated with the Epilepsy Clinic on the Lifeline Express. He is a founder trustee of FINE (Forum for Indian Neurology Education) which organizes teaching courses in Neurology. He is on the steering committee of ELICIT, the interdisciplinary task force of intensivists, palliative care physicians and neurologists for End of Life Care in India.

Council of Advisors

Our advisory board is a team of deeply empathetic and accomplished individuals who are passionate about social impact and the cause of caregiving. They have been pioneers in their areas of expertise which range across medicine, palliative care, yoga therapy, social innovation, behavioural science, process work, research, design, business strategy, organization development, besides being caregivers or carers of caregivers themselves.

(in the alphabetic order of first name)



Apoorva Gupta Jalan is the founder of In.Breath, and has been studying and teaching yoga, facilitating healing and personal journeys for individuals for over a decade now. Her journey has been one of tremendous growth and personal transformation, and she has found these practices and philosophies to be an empowering source steering her health, inner growth and evolution.

She has trained extensively as a Yoga Acharya and Yoga Vaidya (Therapist) in the tradition of Sri.Krishnamacarya. She is also a Reiki Master and a Breathwork Therapist. In her work, she brings together passion, conviction, and experience, offering the ancient wisdom and tools of Yoga in today's language and context. She is particularly passionate about the power of working with the breath to deal with physical and mental/emotional aspects of our lives.

Over the years, Apoorva has done a wide range of work- from taking personalized classes, to taking large group classes in schools, colleges and corporates all over India, to conducting workshops and talks both in India and abroad. As she herself puts it, she is willing to be anywhere to support others in bringing these practices into their lives.

Gaurav Suri


Gaurav Suri provides leadership to the marketing and communication functions along with BIU & Digital Eco System for the UTI Asset Management Company Ltd. He is a member of the AMFI financial literacy committee and leading communication development on "MF Sahi hai " campaign.

His previous assignment was as Director Marketing and Product Development, Metlife. Having worked with a variety of companies such as FMCG Majors (Britannia Industries Limited-Danone group and Perfetti Van Melle} and the Insurance industry, he has over 23 years of diverse experience.

After completing his Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical} from Regional Engineering College, Bhopal he went on to earn his MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Dr. Khushnuma Mullanfiroze


"Cure sometimes, relieve often, comfort always!"- a quote by Hippocrates, I really relate to!

Even though, most of us in the medical profession strive towards this, we often ignore the care-givers of our patients.

As a practicing paediatrician initially and now as a Pediatric Hemato-Oncologist, I have personally seen and experienced the amount of stress, pressure, anxiety and mental turmoil the parents (and/or care-givers) have about their children afflicted by life-limiting illness.

Through the platform of Caregiver Saathi, I hope to touch more lives and ensure good quality of life, not only for the patients directly but also to the caregivers who in most situations get ignored.

Mustafa Moochhala


Mustafa has worked in both Corporate and Social sectors for over 30 years. He has worked in social organisations at the field and board levels.

He has promoted micro-livelihoods in poor communities. He has promoted poultry farming and organising village level families into clusters and federations and creating viable enterprises owned by them. He continues his association with the social sector by being on the Boards of a couple of NGOs and acts as advisor and consultant to a couple more.

In industry, he has gained experience as a Trainer and an Organisational Development Consultant. He focusses on HR strategy and policy, structuring and culture building.

He has run profit centre operations in India and UK. He headed businesses in Consulting and Recruitment. He has set up from scratch operations for these units.

He has worked in the following organisations so far – Bradma, Modi Xerox, Pradan, Ma Foi and Innobridge.

He is a fellow of Sumedhas, a society for human context.

He has a post-graduate diploma from XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Roop Sen


Roop Sen is a researcher and facilitator, who is a founding member of a non profit organisation Sanjog (www.sanjogindia.org), and also consults with organisations and governments (www.changemantras.in). He specialises in the intersectional space of migration, youth and violence and has worked in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Roop has anchored 9 researches on human trafficking that studied causalities and vulnerabilities, response mechanisms and its effectiveness and systems of criminal justice and social welfare in addressing survivors and the vulnerable populations. He is a member of the Central Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking, and standing committees and the Interministerial Committee that has drafted a new law on human trafficking in India.

Dr. Seema Rao

  • • Senior Consultant, Department of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care Kasturba Medical College and Hospital, Manipal

  • • Full-time Faculty and Consultant, Palliative Care Training Program for Cancer Treatment Centers in India

  • • Honorary Tutor, School of Medicine, Cardiff (UK)

  • • Member of the Clinical Consultative Committee, PALCARE, Mumbai

Dr. Seema Rao completed her postgraduate studies in Psychiatry in the year 2001 from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore. Her work in the field of mental health involved working with the vulnerable and abandoned – the destitute elderly, those with dementia, and chronic mental illnesses in Mumbai. She completed the ‘National Fellowship in Palliative Medicine’ in 2013 and joined Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai as a Senior Research Fellow in the Geriatric Palliative Care Project. During her tenure of six years at Tata Memorial Hospital she was responsible for the clinical and administrative functioningof the 13-bedded inpatient respite palliative care facility. Dr. Rao completed her Masters in Palliative Medicine with distinction from Cardiff University, United Kingdom in January 2019.

She was awarded the Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue her MSc. She is currently working as a Senior Consultant in the ‘Department of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care’ at Kasturba Medical College and Hospital, Manipal. She is also an Honorary Tutor at School of Medicine, Cardiff University, UK. She is a full-time faculty and consultant with the Palliative Care Training Program for Cancer Treatment Centers in India, which is a collaborative effort of Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care, Asia Pacific Hospice and Palliative Care Network, AIIMS - New Delhi, and Kasturba Medical College and Hospital, Manipal.

As a palliative care physician her role encompasses management of physical symptoms in advanced cancer patients, psychosocial care of patients and their caregivers, and end-of-life care. Her special focus of interest is psycho-spiritual care. A physician by profession and a writer by choice, she pens her creative thoughts in her blog https://randommusings69.wordpress.com

Dr. Rajam Iyer


Dr Rajam Iyer is a pulmonologist and palliative care physician with Bhatia and Hinduja Hopitals. She has completed MRCP (UK), DNB, MD and has been a practicing Pulmonologist for 25 years. Her aim is to provide good quality healthcare in a compassionate manner. She believes that educating patients and their families is the key to improving healthcare in India.

KS Narendran


Narendran is an Organisation Development consultant. He writes from time to time on matters that strike a chord or touches a raw nerve in him.

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