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India Board of Directors

The India Board of Directors provides programmatic support and oversees financial and administrative operations.

John Ambat

John Ambat (Trustee)

John has more than 20 years of experience working in the medical industry across South Asia, leading strategic business units at Siemens and Philips Healthcare and setting up turnkey hospitals.

John has spearheaded several St. James’ Church charity and development projects, including organizing medical camps and monthly food banks in remote villages in the Sundarbans, and founding an urban child empowerment center with the Church of Scotland. John currently oversees India operations for Expedition Voyages.

Kalyan Kumar Roy

Kalyan Kumar Roy (Managing Trustee)

Kalyan played a vital role in establishing and growing the Calcutta Kids Trust.

Before Calcutta Kids, Kalyan served as CEO of a private clinic in Calcutta that provided free or heavily subsidized health services to beneficiaries of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity and other nearby NGOs. His expertise, support, and reputation in the community have made the work of Calcutta Kids possible.

Sudipta Sinha Roy

Sudipta Sinha Roy (Trustee)

Sudipta has more than 30 years of experience in information technology (IT) and corporate management, including starting his own IT company, BEAS Consultancy, and working for NIIT and Tata Consultancy Services.

Sudipta has a strong record of philanthropy. He serves on the management committee of several Kolkata-based charitable NGOs and has been instrumental in establishing an eye care clinic for Kolkata’s underserved and an education program in rural West Bengal. He provides fundraising support and IT expertise to Calcutta Kids.

Sriya Srikrishnan

Sriya Srikrishnan (Trustee)

Sriya received her Masters in Public Health from the Boston University School of Public Health. Her work focuses on maternal and child health, nutrition, early childhood development, and behavior change and communication.

Since 2016, Sriya has worked at Dimagi, a company that develops technology for social impact, where she develops digital interventions that aim to improve child health in India. Sriya worked with Calcutta Kids from 2012–2013 as an American India Foundation Clinton Fellow and has maintained active involvement with Calcutta Kids ever since.

U.S. Board of Directors

The U.S. Board of Directors primarily supports fundraising efforts and provides high-level public health and nutrition expertise.

Evangeline Ambat

Evangeline Ambat

Evangeline is the current co-director of Calcutta Kids and a Kolkata native. She has an academic background in organizational psychology and education policy, and she has extensive experience working in the non-profit sector throughout India. She specializes in education — including informal education initiatives, reproductive and sexual health education, and government-run schools — and child health.

Evangeline now focuses her efforts with Calcutta Kids on designing programs and providing technical assistance. She also works on U.S. education research and policy at the Education Development Center.

Alan Berg

Alan Berg

Alan is a nutrition expert known internationally for his work to address malnutrition, especially among children and pregnant women. He has held many notable positions, including as Deputy Director of USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, co-chair of the White House Interagency Nutrition Task Force, and Senior Nutrition Advisor at the World Bank.

In India, Alan served as Chief of Food & Nutrition for the Agency for International Development and as Coordinator of international food aid during the famine in Bihar. In 2008, Alan received a new United Nations award for outstanding lifelong contributions to international nutrition.

F. James Levinson

James Levinson

James is a nutrition expert, scholar, and professor. He has served as Director of the International Food and Nutrition Center at Tufts, the International Nutrition Planning Program at MIT, and the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Nutrition in Washington.

Internationally, James has conducted nutrition-related research and consulting for the World Bank, UNICEF, the Micronutrient Initiative, USAID, Save the Children, and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition. He worked closely with the World Bank-assisted Bangladesh Integrated Nutrition Project and India’s Integrated Child Development Service.

Noah Levinson

Noah Levinson

Noah is the founder and co-director of Calcutta Kids. Noah’s commitment to advancing public health in India began when he was a college student volunteering at Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying Destitutes in Kolkata. He then spent 15 years living in South Asia — primarily in Kolkata — studying public health, establishing and growing Calcutta Kids, and building relationships with Calcutta Kids stakeholders. In 2014, Noah received a National Caring Award.

Noah now focuses his efforts with Calcutta Kids on fundraising and high-level oversight. He is also a practicing psychotherapist in the Boston area.

Pranav Reddy

Pranav Reddy

Pranav is a physician-social scientist and resident physician with the Department of Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. His research investigates how social forces are biologically embedded across the lifespan.

Pranav has worked for the Canadian Parliament as a Legislative Aide on the Health Committee, investigated barriers to HIV care in pregnancy in the Dominican Republic, and co-founded Rhode Island’s Asylum Clinic. Pranav worked with Calcutta Kids from 2012–2013 as an American India Foundation Clinton Fellow and has maintained active involvement with Calcutta Kids ever since.

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee provides high-level expertise on public health and nutrition.

Dr. Denish Moorthy

Denish Moorthy

Denish is a physician-methodologist with more than 15 years of experience in global health and nutrition. He currently serves as a senior technical advisor at USAID Advancing Nutrition, where he manages the micronutrient portfolio. His areas of expertise include micronutrient deficiency reduction programs, systematic reviews and meta-analyses in health and nutrition, intervention monitoring and evaluation, teaching research methods, strengthening health systems, nutrigenomics, and thyroid disorders.

Denish has a medical degree from Mysore University in India and a degree in food policy and applied nutrition from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston.

Jon Rohde

Jon Rohde

Jon is a Harvard-trained pediatrician and public health specialist, professor, and consultant who has lived and worked in countries of the global south for the past 50 years. Jon lived in India for 12 years, during which he served as Special Advisor to the UNICEF Executive Director and as India’s UNICEF representative. Jon also served as Director and Senior Health Advisor for the South African EQUITY Project with Management Sciences for Health, helping to restructure the South African health care system.

Jon is the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Emeritus Bernard Lown Professor and he currently teaches at schools of public health in South Africa and Bangladesh.