Secretariat & Campaign Advisory Group


The campaign is managed by the secretariat with guidance from the Campaign Advisory Group. Currently Foundation for Reproductive Health Services India is hosting the secretariat for Pratigya Campaign.

Campaign Advisory Group

The Campaign Advisory Group (CAG) made-up of individuals who are interested and committed to the campaign goals and objectives has been constituted. The CAG will assess the campaign needs and interests and the external environment; and help prioritize the campaign issues, advise, guide and review the campaign activities.

Currently, the CAG members include:

Dr. Jaydeep Tank

Deputy Secretary General, FOGSI

Jaydeep Tank is an obstetrician, gynecologist and an IVF consultant at Ashwini Maternity and Surgical Hospital and Jupiter hospital, Mumbai, India. He is the Deputy Secretary General of the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) , and the Vice Chair of International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (FIGO) working on prevention of unsafe abortion. He currently serves as the Chair Publication and News-letter committee of Asia Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (AOFOG). He served as Chairman MTP committee (FOGSI) from 2004 – 09. He is a member of the board of Ipas Development Foundation and Vice President for Forum For Enhancement of Quality in Healthcare (FEQH). Dr. Tank previously worked at AZ VUB, one of the world’s leading fertility clinics, in Brussels, Belgium.

Dr. Kalpana Apte

Secretary General, FPA India

Dr. Kalpana Apte, Secretary General, FPA India has been working for last 25 years as a development professional in Public Health, particularly Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights and Family Planning in India. Areas of experience include planning and implementing clinical and community based intervention that deliver health, particularly sexual & reproductive health services, address stigma and discrimination around abortions, HIV AIDS, Sexual orientation and also intervention aimed at Gender equity and equality including strategies to mitigate Gender Based Violence. A passionate advocate of family planning in a rights based perspective, her work enables her to learn from communities and taking their voices and needs to donors and the governments, helping the programmes and policies to become relevant to people’s needs.

Dr. Nozer Sheriar

Former Deputy Secretary General, FOGSI

Dr. Nozer Sheriar is an obstetrician and gynecologist with a longstanding commitment to the advocacy and promotion of women’s rights and access to safe abortion. He is Past Secretary General of the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecological Societies of India (FOGSI) and Past President of the Mumbai Obstetric and Gynecological Society. During his tenure as chairperson of FOGSI’s Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Committee, he participated in the amendment of India’s MTP Act and the development of the national comprehensive abortion care guidelines. He currently serves on the board of the Guttmacher Institute and Ipas. He is a former member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s governing council and a member of the Medical Advisory Panel of FPA India.

Dr. AL Sharda

Director, Population First

Dr. A.L. Sharada has been working in the development sector for more than three decades. She was a faculty member at Hyderabad University and Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), Jaipur. She was associated with SIFPSA, a joint population program of Government of India, Government of Uttar Pradesh and has provided technical assistance to international agencies, NGOs and Government working on issues of Mental Health, Adolescents, gender and RCH in Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Maharashtra. She is also a member of state-level committees working on drafting Child Rights Policy, proposed MTP amendments and developing a communication strategy for the effective implementation of the PCPNDT in Maharashtra.

A Doctorate in Sociology, she was invited by US Government under International Visitors Leadership Programme to discuss “Role of NGOs in addressing Global Gender Issues” in June 2009. Dr. Sharada was awarded Anita Parekh Award – Rotary Club and the ‘Changemaker Award’ by Working Mothers in 2016. Population First has also received the CSR Award in 2015.

Ms. Rupsa Mallik

Director, Programmes and Innovation, CREA

Rupsa Mallik is Director, Programs and Innovation at CREA. She is responsible for developing and implementing CREA’s strategic initiatives and programmes in India and South Asia region, and at the global level. Over a decade and a half, Rupsa has been engaged in advocating for sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equity and justice in various capacities. This includes grant-making with the National Foundation for India; legislative and policy advocacy with the Centre for Health and Gender Equity in the US; and strengthening sexual and reproductive health, including abortion service delivery, in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan at the South Asia Régional Office of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. Rupsa holds a Masters degree in Women and Development from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Mr. Vinoj Manning

CEO, Ipas Development Foundation

Vinoj Manning, Executive Director, Ipas Development Foundation, oversees the organization’s efforts to improve the environment for safe abortion and increase access to comprehensive contraceptive care in the country. Vinoj, who has more than two decades of marketing and program management experience, is particularly interested in strengthening the capacity of health systems to provide high-quality abortion and contraceptive care and improving the evidence base for the provision of safe abortion care. He has a post-graduate diploma in Rural Management and an MBA Plus leadership certificate from the School of Business, Portland State University.

VS Chandrashekar


V.S.Chandrashekar, or Chandra as he is known to colleagues and friends is currently the Chief Executive Officer of FRHS India. He has spent over three decades steeped in the reproductive health field in India, bringing with him an array of expertise in family planning, maternal health, safe abortion, and HIV/AIDS. Beginning with social marketing, Chandra has managed large service delivery, technical assistance, capacity building and behavior change communication programs at state and national levels. He has worked with cooperatives, national and international NGOs and the private sector. His previous positions include – Country Advisor – India, Population and Reproductive Health Program, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation; Country Program Director, Population Services International; Country Director – Ipas; Resident Advisor, Center for Communication Programs, Johns Hopkins University and TTK Healthcare. Prior to joining the reproductive health sector, Chandra was involved in the dairy cooperative movement in the state of Madhya Pradesh. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management Anand (Gujarat, India) as well as a Bachelor’s in Business Management from the University of Mysore.

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