State Leadership

Devendra Kumar Tripathi

Senior State Director, Uttar Pradesh

Devendra has more than 17 years of experience in Reproductive, Maternal, New-born, Child, Nutrition & Adolescent (RMNCH+A), Program Implementation & Management, NGOs partnerships and capacity building of stakeholders with different organizations in Uttar Pradesh. Prior to IDF, Devendra was associated with India Health Action Trust (UPTSU), fhi360, Care India and PANI in different capacities. Devendra has a PhD in social work from Lucknow University, and a Postgraduate degree in Social Work from Dr. R. M. L. Awadh University, Faizabad. He was awarded the Governor’s Gold Medal for securing the highest marks in Masters in Social Work.

Rita Pradhan

Senior State Director, Assam

Rita is a public health Professional with more than 15 years of experience in liaising and coordination with the state governments and MoHFW. Prior to joining IDF, Rita served as Consultant Training and Human Resources with Regional Resource Centre, North East, Government of India where she would liaise with Mission Directors, National Health Mission and other officials, with MH&FW in Delhi for technical inputs for National Health Mission implementation. She would also provide technical support in preparation of annual State PIP and be responsible for capacity building for implementation of NHM.

Rita has done her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Tezpur University, Assam. She has also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital and Health Care Management from Symbiosis Centre for Health, Pune.

Tafsirul Mazahir

State Director, Bihar & Jharkhand

Tafsir is a public health professional with 21 years of program management experience. In the past he has managed and implemented critical projects and campaigns related to contraceptive social marketing, polio eradication and private sector engagement for improving Tuberculosis treatments. He has also served as Monitoring and Evaluation lead for a large-scale health service delivery program focusing on technology-based disease specific intervention. Prior to IDF, Tafsir worked with The Union for USAID India’s flagship project: iDEFEAT TB. Tafsir holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a specialization in Social Welfare, from Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi.

Karuna Singh

State Director, Rajasthan

Karuna has almost two decades of experience in the development sector, mostly in the domain of public health. She joined IDF in 2009 to lead the program in Rajasthan, and previously worked as a freelancer serving various organisation including Karnataka Health Promotion Trust, India-Canada HIV AIDS Project, Rajasthan State AIDS Control Society, PCI, and LBII. She holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology and post-graduate diploma in Epidemiology.

Risha Kushwaha

State Director, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh

Risha has experience of more than 20 years in social development and public health, specifically in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Nutrition & Adolescent Health (RMNCH+A); Water & Sanitization; Education and Women Empowerment. Prior to joining IDF, she was working with Ernst and Young LLP managing the Public Private Partnership programme of National Health Mission, Uttar Pradesh. She is a Master of Social Work from Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Development and Management from Institute of Engineering and Rural Technology