Our Team

Mukti K Bosco

CEO and Secretary General

Mukti Bosco, co-founder of Healing Fields, has utilized her deep understanding of rural communities and their needs to pioneer a series of community driven innovations in health and women’s empowerment. Mukti's twenty year journey developing community health and empowerment began with one of the first micro-insurance programs in India and has expanded to include education, health services and livelihood development. Today, Mukti leads a preventative health education program that reaches over 6 million families in India. She is now working to enable women’s agency in order to amplify the ability to access and hold health systems accountable for 300 million people in India by 2030.
Dr Bimal Charles

Executive Director: Programs, Projects, and Strategy

He has worked across primary health care, targeted interventions related to HIV and tuberculosis, and technical assistance to health care systems, including the government and global institutions. Dr Charles was the CEO of the Christian Medical Association of India till 2019. He graduated as a doctor from the Coimbatore Medical College and holds a masters degree in Health Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics. He has previously served as Director of the USAID funded AIDS Prevention and Control Project in Tamil Nadu and worked as Medical Epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers of Disease Control in India. He has had several technical panel and board positions. Currently, he is a board member of ICMDA. At Healing Fields, Dr Charles leads the quality and compassionate delivery of our range of programs.
Gayathri Prashanth

Chief Operating Officer

Gayathri Prashanth has been a leader at the intersection of public health and women’s empowerment for over 15 years. Currently, she is the COO of Healing Fields Foundation where she leads program design, implementation and research. During her tenure at Healing Fields, she has grown the Community Health Entrepreneur Program to reach 6.25 million people in India and over 100,000 people in Indonesia. She is now working to enable these CHEs as telehealth facilitators in order to bring access to healthcare to India’s rural villages. She sits on the research panel for the Rapid Rural Community Response Coalition (RCRC) and has previously contributed to an international working group on developing financial and social indicators for micro insurance.
Sandeep Panikkal

General Manager:Operations

He holds a MBA degree and has over 15 years of experience in banking and financial consulting. He has worked banking institutions like HDFC Bank, International Commercial Bank and Development Credit Bank (DCB) in retail, corporate, rural/agriculture banking and financial inclusion. He has also worked extensively in rolling out microfinance and financial inclusion strategy for the banks. At Healing Fields Foundation, he is responsible for the operations and is engaged in effective scale-up of the community health education programme multiplied with several initiatives with different stakeholders.
Maya Welch

Manager Program Monitoring

Maya graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Political Economy and Mathematics. She has since worked in sustainable development supporting various environment and women’s empowerment related projects. Maya leads documentation, evaluation and monitoring projects covering Healing Fields’ new initiatives.
Aparna Adhikari

Senior Manager Training

Aparna has completed MPhil, in Psychology and is currently pursuing a PHD in Psychology. She has 20 years of experience working with different organizations. She started her career from CHILDLINE India Foundation Mumbai, worked in state HIV/AIDs Helpdesk, the Suicide Prevention counseling center, as a School Counsellor and as a Psychological Counsellor for My Choices Foundation.
Pradeep Rai

Program Manager Operations

Pradeep is a graduate in Masters in Social science from Varanasi in 2007.He has a total work experience of 10 years. He has valuable work experiences from Steel Authority of India Limited-CSR, Society for Educational and Economic Development (SEED). He heads the training programme for Community Health Entrepreneurship(CHE).
Dileep Kumar

Program Manager Training

Dileep graduated in Social work from Shobhit University Meerut in 2015 and has an overall work experience of 12 years in the NGO field. He always wanted to work with the rural marginalised community to improve their health and education. He believes in India many people die every year by preventable diseases and many children in our country become dropouts from school due to financial difficulties. Dileep currently leads field training.