Varsha Venugopal

Co-founder

Varsha leads various activities across Suvita, including strategy, partnerships, communication and fundraising.

Varsha has more than 15 years' experience of setting up and running development projects and programmes in global institutions including the World Bank and the Open Society Foundation. She has a Master’s degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s in Urban Planning from the School of Planning and Architecture in India.

Our team

Fiona Conlon

Co-founder

Fiona leads various activities across Suvita, including strategy, operations and programme design and improvement.

Fiona recently graduated from the University of Cambridge with a first-class degree in Natural Sciences and Management. She has interned at the World Health Organization in Geneva, organising a conference on non-communicable diseases. Fiona has also worked on the planning, implementation and evaluation of health interventions in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with the student-led charity Cambridge Development Initiative.

Nithya Nagarathinam

Programme Manager

Nithya manages the delivery of our SMS programme and ambassador pilot, as well as leading our partnership with the Bihar state government. 

Nithya has several years of experience in publish policy research and international development. She previously ran her own nonprofit teaching critical thinking skills to school students and worked as a Research Associate at J-PAL on a project improving access to sanitation. Nithya studied B.E.(Hons) Mechanical Engineering and M.Sc.(Hons) Chemistry at BITS-Pilani. ​

Krutika Ravishankar

Partnerships Volunteer

Krutika previously worked as our Programme Manager in Maharashtra, developing our relationship with the Maharashtra Public Health Department in preparation to launch a state-wide SMS reminder programme in collaboration with the state government.

 

Krutika now continues this work in a voluntary capacity, alongside her work in the ecology sector, including as co-founder of Farmers for Forests - her own nonprofit.

Tanay Chanda

Programme Assistant

Tanay leads our data collection team in Bihar, facilitating caregivers' enrollment in our SMS programme and conducting our immunisation ambassadors pilot. He also co-ordinates with our state government contacts in Bihar to ensure that our work is aligned with theirs.

Tanay has a degree in Economics from the University of North Bengal and a Master's in Development Economics from the University of Sussex. He has previously worked on and conducted monitoring and evaluation for various projects in sanitation, health and livelihood.

Deepak Bansal

Survey Manager

Deepak manages our data entry team, ensuring accuracy and efficiency of data flow processes so that caregivers have a smooth experience of enrollment for SMS reminders. He also manages the survey team as they implement our immunisation ambassadors pilot.

Deepak has previously worked as a data officer, a surveyor and a field supervisor in various organisations including

J-PAL, IDinsight and on a project for the University of Chicago. His experience spans both the education and health sectors.

Ram Prakash Dube

Data Collection Officer

Mohammad Munaf

Data Collection Officer

Data Team

Ravi Prakash Ojha

Data Collection Officer

Mukesh Raj

Data Entry Officer

Sonu Kumar

Data Entry Officer

Our Story

Varsha and Fiona founded Suvita in 2019, after meeting at the Charity Entrepreneurship incubation programme. We were both passionate about increasing access to immunisation, and, after evaluating the results of the landmark study by Nobel Prize laureates Banerjee et al. (2019), we decided to focus on replicating and scaling up the researchers' proven approach for increasing uptake of vaccines: immunisation ambassadors.

In 2020, Suvita merged with Charity Science Health (CSH) - another nonprofit working to increase uptake of immunisation in India. CSH had been working since 2017 to send SMS reminders about immunisations to caregivers. Suvita and CSH decided to join forces because:

  1. Both organisations shared the focus of increasing uptake of immunisations and the principles of working in a way that was evidence-based, cost-effective and impact-focused

  2. According to the researchers during discussions about ongoing analysis of the study data, combining immunisation ambassadors and SMS reminders may be more effective and more cost-effective than either in isolation (further analysis will be published soon)

  3. Merging into one organisation would allow the combined team to work more efficiently and productively - we knew we would be stronger together.

We now have a strengthened team running two programmes - immunisation ambassadors and SMS reminders - to increase uptake of routine vaccinations. Our long-term goal is to take both to scale across India, in close collaboration with state government partners, to ensure that no child misses out on their routine vaccinations. 

Katriel Friedman

Katriel is the former CEO of Charity Science Health, which merged with Suvita in 2020. ​He led CSH's testing of various enrollment strategies for SMS immunisation reminders, shaping the approach we still use today.

 

Katriel previously worked with the Center for Global Development, the World Bank in Myanmar, and Innovations for Poverty Action in Kenya on impact evaluations across the health, education and agriculture sectors. He holds a Masters in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from Harvard University  

Advisors

Priya Ajmera

Priya is the Director of N/Core tech, which incubated Suvita in early 2020. Through this role, she has substantial experience and expertise supporting high-potential startup nonprofits in India with strategic decision-making on the journey towards scale and impact.

 

Priya has a background in Strategy and Product Management with various major tech firms (including Yahoo and eBay). She has also provided strategy consulting to a range of tech startups. Priya has an MBA from IIM, Bangalore.

Patrick Stadler

Patrick is a co-founder and chair of the board of GiveWell-incubated nonprofit, New Incentives, which he helped scale from 0 to over 100,000 programme users in Nigeria.

 

Patrick was previously a political advisor for Switzerland’s economic development agency, participating in the negotiation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. He also worked on strategic communications in the context of peacebuilding and mediation at the United Nations Department of Political Affairs in New York.

Ujwal Thakar

Ujwal has led a distinguished career across the nonprofit and private sectors. He served as CEO of India's largest nonprofit, Pratham, driving its growth phase to ensure that "every child is in school and learning". He was also CEO of GiveIndia, India's largest donation platform, and is on the board of various nonprofits, including Educate Girls.

 

Prior to joining the social sector, Ujwal held various senior management positions in the banking sector. He now brings the same expertise to support nonprofits in scaling and strategy.

Joey Savoie

Joey co-founded Charity Science Health in 2017 and led the development of our original SMS reminders programme, after conducting a systematic research process through which he identified SMS reminders for routine immunisations as one of the most cost-effective focuses for a new nonprofit.

Joey has since co-founded Charity Entrepreneurship, which provides entrepreneurs with support and training to launch impact-focused nonprofits.

Supporters

Our programmes have been generously supported by the following organisations (either as Suvita or formerly as Charity Science Health):

We are also extremely grateful to our individual donors - thank you for your support.

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