Our Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team

Dr. Wasundhara Joshi (Executive Director)

A paediatrician and former director of the Indian association SNEHA (Society for Nutrition Education and Health Action), Dr Joshi is a specialist in mother and child health. Dr Joshi taught and practiced paediatrics and neo-natal nursing for ten years. She then joined the public health sector by co-creating SNEHA, which seeks to improve women and children’s health in the slums of Mumbai.

Ms. Mamta Banerjee – Head of Department, Finance

Mamta is the Head of Finance at Action Against Hunger. She is a cost and management accountant with nearly 25 years of experience in the field of finance and accounts. She has experience in different industries like media, retail, manufacturing, and non-profits.

In the past, she has worked with organizations such as Magic Box Productions, Sankalp Retail Value Stores, Ginza Industries, and Magic Bus India Foundation.


Ms. Mousumi Gupta: Head of Department, Advocacy

Mousumi is the Head of Advocacy at Action Against Hunger. She has a rich experience of working in the field of public health & nutrition and development for more than 12 years. She has a Masters in Social Work from Visva Bharati University. She currently leads the advocacy initiatives in Nutrition both at national and state levels, and directs to the policy, media and political advocacy campaigns.

In her previous roles she has worked with Ministry of Women & Child Development, Voluntary Health Association of India, NIHFW, YWCA of India and CAPART.  

Dr. Pawankumar Patil, Technical Lead.

Dr. Patil is the Technical Lead at Action Against Hunger. He is a public health scientist with expertise in Maternal-Newborn-Child Health and WASH. He also leads the Research, Innovation and Design lab at Action Against Hunger.

He has completed his Masters in Public Health (MPH) from University of North Texas Health Science Center, USA. He has previously worked with institutions such as Society for Eduction, Action, and Research in Community Health (SEARCH) Gadchiroli, India, Johns Hopkins University's Center for Communication Programs (JHUCCP), and Community Empowerment Lab (CEL) Lucknow, India. Dr. Patil has led various public health projects, designing and implementing innovative solution toward solving various community health challenges.

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