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Innovative research for data-driven and evidence-based impact

The Population Council Institute confronts critical health and development issues in India from ensuring access to health services, ending malnutrition, and improving reproductive health to building resilience to environmental risks and achieving gender equality. Through biomedical, social science, and public health research, we work with the Indian government, bi- and multilateral agencies, private businesses, and research organizations to design innovative solutions that lead to more effective policies and programs. The Population Council Institute is a locally registered entity in India.

Meet Our Team

Our team of professionals are experts in quantitative and qualitative research; program design, implementation, and evaluation; and diverse disciplines, including sociology, public health, anthropology, demography, economics, data science, and communications.

Board of Directors

Senior advisors on our Board of Directors are representative of the sectors we work in and advice the Population Council Institute’s overall strategy.

Niranjan Saggurti

Dr. Niranjan Saggurti, PhD, a demographer, statistician and public health researcher with more than 20 years of experience…

Kanuru Sujatha Rao

Ms. Sujatha Rao, is a former Union Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India…

Anil Paul

Anil Paul, a management graduate, is a result-oriented, seasoned corporate strategist and management professional…

Leadership Team

 Rajib Acharya

Dr Rajib Acharya is a statistician, demographer, public health specialist, and policy advisor with more than two decades of experience in public…

K.G. Santhya

Dr. Santhya is an economist and population scientist with almost three decades of experience in conducting research…

 Sapna Desai

Dr. Sapna Desai is an epidemiologist and public health practitioner whose areas of interest are women’s health, sexual, and reproductive health…

Bidhubhusan Mahapatra

Dr. Bidhubhusan Mahapatra is a monitoring, research, and evaluation professional with over 12 years of experience in public and nonprofit sectors…

Avishek Hazra

Avishek Hazra is a demographer and statistician with over 15 years of experience in public health research and program evaluations…

Avina Sarna

Avina Sarna, MD MPH PhD, is a public health physician with expertise in sexual and reproductive health, HIV, nutrition, and migrant…

Sowmya Ramesh

Dr. Sowmya Ramesh is an epidemiologist and public health researcher with more than 18 years of experience in maternal and neonatal…

Recent Resources

COVID-19 Study Methdology Brief

COVID-19 Study Results – Role of SHGs

COVID-19 Study Results – Family Planning

COVID-19 Study Results – Return Migration