About Us

Our Values

Grassroots Approach

Mental illness is a highly stigmatized and deeply personal health issue. The MINDS Foundation is committed to a bottom-up, grassroots approach based on the knowledge that creating lasting change requires strong partnerships with local communities, health workers, and other stakeholders.

Direct Service Delivery

Although, we understand the importance of advocacy, policy, and research in the mental health sector, we believe and focus our efforts on bringing direct mental health services to communities. Hence, our efforts lead us to focus on mental health education programs, medical treatment, and training local stakeholders to become community mental healthcare workers—sustaining our efforts long-term.

Community Education and Engagement

We believe that patients and their family members should not feel shame in seeking help for a mental illness. The first step in overcoming the many social barriers to accessing mental health services is giving community members information about what mental illness really is and what services are available. Learning to accept and understand individuals with a mental illness is a critical step toward improving access to and utilization of mental health services.

Commitment to Rural Populations

India’s rural citizens have little access to information about mental illness and the least access to mental health services compared with those living in urban centers. Those living with a mental illness can face severe social exclusion and present a huge economic burden to their family and the community at large.

Core Team

Our team is tech-savvy and globally collaborative, working together efficiently in unique ways enabled by technologies like a donated Google apps platform, project management via Podio, Skype, UberConference and a file sharing information system via Dropbox and Box. The result is a collaborative effort between all of our staff and volunteers around the globe acting together to deliver our services as effectively, efficiently, and transparently as possible.

 Raghu Appasani

Raghu Appasani

Founder & CEO

                  Read More ->

Amul Joshi

Amul Joshi

India Country Director

Read More ->

 Lennox Byer

Lennox Byer

Director of Programs

Read More ->

Roma Shah

Roma Shah

Director of Development

Read More ->

 Ankeet Bhatt

Ankeet Bhatt

Chief FInancial Officer

Read More ->

Daniel Karlin

Daniel Karlin

Director of Monitoring & Evaluation

Read More ->

Kaushal Parmar

Kaushal Parmar

Mental Health Field Social Worker

Read More ->

Chintan Thakkar

Chintan Thakkar

Mental Health Field Social Worker

Read More ->

Associates

Pragya Lodha

Pragya Lodha

Associate

Read More ->

Shyam Desai

Shyam Desai

Associate, Research

Read More ->

Ambika Chand Lall

Ambika Chand Lall

Associate

Read More ->

Vasundhara Thakur

Vasundhara Thakur

Mental Health Field Social Worker, Consultant

Read More ->

Shruti Venkatesh

Shruti Venkatesh

Associate

Anoushka Thakkar

Anoushka Thakkar

Associate

Global Board of Directors

The MINDS Foundation is a U.S.-based 501c3 organization that partners with a sister India-registered non-governmental organization by the same name, and thus the organization is governed by both a global board and a local board in India. This structure allows us to receive focused organizational guidance, commitment, and support from experienced professionals in many areas of the organization.

Raghu Appasani

Raghu Appasani

Founder & CEO

Read More ->

Carl Byers

Carl Byers

Chair, Finance & Fundraising Committee

Read More ->

Matthew Goldstein

Matthew Goldstein

Board Member

 

Read More ->

Rakesh Karmacharya

Rakesh Karmacharya

Board Member

Read More ->

Matthew Kurtz

Matthew Kurtz

Board Member

 

Read More ->

Katherine Pier

Katherine Pier

Chair, Programs & Research Committee

 

Read More ->

 

Anoop Singh

Anoop Singh

Board Member

Read More ->

India Board of Directors

Rehan Mehta

Rehan Mehta

Trustee

Siddharth Ramalingam, MA, M.Sc.

Siddharth Ramalingam, MA, M.Sc.

India Board Member

Shoba Raja

Shoba Raja

India Board Member

 

Sumeet Chatterjee

Sumeet Chatterjee

Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications & Brand - RPG Enterprises

Advisors

Neil Aggarwal,

Neil Aggarwal,

Medical Advisor

 

Read More ->

Alicia Bassuk

Alicia Bassuk

Advisor

Read More ->

Craig L. Katz, MD

Craig L. Katz, MD

Medical Advisor

Read More ->

Maya Prabhu

Maya Prabhu

Medical Advisor

 

Read More ->

Sandip Shah

Sandip Shah

Medical Advisor

Read More ->

Ashu Sikri

Ashu Sikri

Advisor

Read More ->