Country Director – PATH India & Director – PATH South Asia
Neeraj leads the South Asia Region at PATH which comprises of India, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Neeraj has over 30 years of extensive leadership experience in strengthening organizations. His strengths lie in business development, setting up new ventures, organizational development, ecosystem development, and strategic leadership for change management in organizations across Asia and Europe. With his leadership, PATH’s South Asia hub has tripled its annual portfolio, quadrupled its headcount, and expanded its presence into 4 new countries, and 23 Indian states.
Neeraj is in charge of managing the strategic direction, programmatic engagement and financial operations for a matrix of global and in-country programs implemented across PATH’s offices in South Asia to ensure that our innovative work has the maximum impact in accelerating health equity so all people and communities can thrive. Over the last few years, the South Asia region has witnessed great progress in public health due to political & donor support. Neeraj’s current focus at PATH is to partner with the governments and partners for Health systems strengthening, especially Primary health care, and mobilize PATH’s technical assistance and on-ground operations for the same.
Prior to joining PATH, Neeraj led WaterAid India through a dynamic phase of transition as its Chief Executive. He was also instrumental in the setup of the India Sanitation Coalition as part of the governing committee and headed the engagement with central and state governments’ task force for them. The coalition, launched in June 2015, is leading the sanitation conversations in India by bringing together organizations and individuals to find sustainable solutions for sanitation.
Prior to WaterAid India, Neeraj was associated with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, where he brought his extensive experience from the corporate sector to work for child development, with a focus on nutrition, early learning, and child survival in the perinatal period. He was also heading the Asia region for Vestergaard Frandsen, a Swiss company that manufactures water purifiers and insecticidal mosquito nets, primarily aimed at increasing the health impact against vector- and water-borne diseases.
Neeraj is a member of CII’s Nutrition and Public Health committees where he engages with industry leaders on the need for greater investments in India’s public health systems. He is also member at the Global Learning Collaborative for Health Systems Resilience (GLC4HSR) and member of the Management committee of the Food Fortification Resource Centre (FSSAI). Neeraj is on the Boards of the non-profit organizations - Digital Green, Social Alpha and Arogya World. He is also a member on multiple advisory boards of CURE, Ocimum Partners Private Equity and The Pravin Agarwal Foundation (TPAF) organizations working in the development sector. He is also on the committee of the India Ssnitation Coalition.
Neeraj completed his MBA with majors in finance & strategy from the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi and holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.