Ashok drives Alexander Associates’ thinking, values, and relationships. For the past four years, Ashok has been establishing his non-profit, The Antara Foundation, delivering several public health innovations at scale. Before that, he led the creation and growth of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s India office for ten years. There, he created Avahan, India’s national HIV-prevention program, credited by Lancet for averting over 600,000 infections.
Earlier, Ashok was Director at McKinsey and Company where he spent 17 years. He is a founding board member of the Public Health Foundation of India, served on the board of CARE India, and been a founding trustee of the America-India Foundation. He has been a Senior Fellow at the Harvard school of Public Health, teaching a course on scaling up health delivery. Married with two sons, his passions are painting in oils and charcoal, and chess in which he has been a US Master.
Aastha started her career as a researcher and has been working in the sphere of gender in urban spaces, public policy for around five years. She also dabbled for a while as a policy and soft skill trainer. She has co-authored publications in academic journals, books and has presented in international conferences on topics like sexual harassment at workplace, and engendering society in everyday life. During her stint at NITI Aayog as a Young Professional, she was inter alia instrumental in drafting India’s report for Voluntary National Review on sustainable development goals.
Aastha’s interests include reading, cooking, and travelling to new places. She holds a bachelor’s from St. Stephen’s College, master’s from Delhi School of Economics and M.Phil from Ambedkar University, Delhi. She is currently pursuing her PhD and is a Senior Research Fellow in Sociology.
Anjora Anuja Sarangi
Anjora started her career with a research fellowship to assist Members of Parliament. For the past four years, she has been engaged in policy research and analysis and also did a brief stint in knowledge management. She worked on a diverse range of projects such as impact evaluation of a women’s helpline in Punjab, research study on policy preferences of women parliamentarians, designing course curriculum for a mid-career public policy programme at Indian School of Business, and content creation and building of knowledge products in the education sector at Boston Consulting Group.
Anjora’s interests include food blogging, pottery and reading. She holds a bachelors from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University and a master’s degree from London School of Economics.
Kriti Gupta, a Chartered Accountant by profession, started her career as a Corporate Tax Advisor in Delhi. She was an SBI Youth for India Fellow and has worked with the tribals of Dangs district in Gujarat. Post her fellowship, she joined Alexander Associates as a Finance Associate. She is passionate about understanding and finding solutions to issues confronting rural India.
Kriti’s interests include traveling and exploring new places, reading and cooking.