Noora Health Board & Partner Retreat 2022

Hello, and Welcome to Bangalore!

We hope you had a smooth trip and have taken a moment to rest and recharge.

We look forward to a week of meaningful and in-depth discussions with the team, day trips to area hospitals to see our work in action, and quality time as a group to celebrate the year and plan ahead. And of course, we’ll make time for many cups of chai, indulge in some culinary delights (masala dosa is a requirement!), and take in the special sights of this beautiful city.

We can’t overstate our gratitude for your continued dedication and guidance – and for your presence here now. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to gather together. We’re thrilled for you to see and feel the magic of shared purpose and passion across our team.

In this welcome kit, you will find a preview of the week’s agenda, a snapshot of team members you’ll meet and sites we will visit, and other important information such as contact numbers and addresses.

Again – warmest welcome!

Edith, Shahed, + the entire Noora Health team​


*Please note: you will receive an individual itinerary with more specific timings.

Day 1

Monday | October 10

The Board arrives in Bangalore – welcome, Kate, Ajay, and Iqbal! Use the day to rest and recharge, then meet us for a delicious local dinner in the evening at Bangalore Oota Company.

Day 2

Tuesday | October 11

We will kick off the day gathering at the Noora Health offices, followed by the Q3 board meeting and a local site visit. We will end the day with a group dinner at Olive Beach.

Day 3

Wednesday | October 12

We will spend today at the Noora Health office for dedicated time with our leadership team, an all-team meeting and Q&A session, breakout sessions with the team, and dinner at Bombay Brasserie. We will be joined by one of our incredible partners – welcome, Marie! We will also have the great pleasure of welcoming one of our greatest supporters from the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab – welcome, Dr. Kaur!

Day 4

Thursday | October 13

We will leave early to visit district hospitals outside of Bangalore, joined by one of our supporters from the Dovetail Impact Foundation – welcome, Amit!. This will be a long day, but we promise to have plenty of snacks and coffee/tea breaks!

Day 5

Friday | October 14

Welcome to two of our partners – Lucien (from the Audacious Project) and Danielle (from Bridgespan)! We will meet at the Noora Health office again for breakout sessions with the team, follow-up conversations from the week, discussions with our Bridgespan colleagues, and a farewell-to-the-board dinner at Go Native.

Day 6

Saturday | October 15

We will travel to a local Bangalore area hospital, visit with our nurse trainers, and have individual meetings with our team.

Day 7

Sunday | October 16

Off to Bangladesh, where we will connect with one of our long-time funders – the Mulago Foundation. Welcome, Laura!  

Day 8

Monday | October 17

Today, we will visit Jamalpur District Hospital to see a session and meet our wonderful trainers there.

Day 9

Tuesday | October 18

We will visit Shishu Hospital in Dhaka followed by time with the team at the Noora Health Bangladesh office.

Day 10

Wednesday | October 19

We will have a day with the team at the Noora Health office followed by a farewell dinner!


Our Leadership Team

Edith Elliott

Co-Founder and Co-CEO 

Shahed Alam

Co-Founder and Co-CEO

Anand Kumar

Director, Training

Anubhav Arora

Head of Product

Arefin Islam

Country Director, Bangladesh

Arjun Rangarajan

Director, Global Partnerships and Strategy

Deepali Thakur

Senior Director, Operations & Finance

Jacqueline Cooksey

Director, Brand and Caregiving labs

Keri Watcher

Chief of Staff

Neha Sahi

Global Head of People and Culture

Nira Jethani

Chief Financial Officer

Samina Rahman

Associate Director, Design

Seema Murthy

Senior Research Specialist

Suparna Kalghatgi

Director, Programs

Varun Rangarajan

Director, Implementation

Breakout Session Participants

Brand and Communications

Jax Cooksey | Director, Brand and Caregiving Labs


Kelly Hagler | Senior Communications Manager


Saloni Panda | Social Media & Digital Marketing Manager


Sanchita Jain | Lead Brand Designer

Finance and Operations

Dr. Deepali Thakur | Senior Director of Operations & Finance

Nira Jethani | Chief Financial Officer

Anil Krishna | Consultant

Goutam Biswas | Lead Finance

Usha | Finance Manager




Will Funk | Senior Development Manager



Dr. Arefin Islam | Country Director, Bangladesh

Varun Rangarajan | Director Implementation

Dr. Abhimanyu Kotwal | Senior Program Associate, Maharashtra

Dr. Bhanu Pratap | Implementation Lead

Dr. Huma Sulaiman | Senior Program Manager, Punjab

Dr. Raia Azmi | Program Manager, Bangladesh

Dr. Sareen Kak | Senior Program Manager, Madhya Pradesh

Dr. Tanmay Singh | Implementation Lead

Vinayaka Musale | Senior Program Manager, Karnataka

Anant Rao Pawar | Senior Program Associate

Atul Gautam | Senior Program Associate

Juhi Jain | Senior Program Associate

Mahesh AM  | Senior Program Associate

Manikanta | Senior Program Associate

Nagesh M | Senior Program Associate

Nilesh Gawande | Senior Program Associate

Parag Soni | Senior Program Associate

Shailendra Topar | Senior Program Associate

Sravani M | Senior Program Associate

Pragati Gurjar | Program Associate


Jax Cooksey | Director, Brand and Caregiving Labs

Anjali Moorthy | Lead Design Manager, Labs

Manju Pothen | Lead Service Designer, Labs

Medical, Content, Design

Suparna Kalghatgi | Director of Programs

Samina Rahman | Associate Director Design

Deepa G. Subramanya | Assistant Manager - Translations and Administration

Kevat Padh | Visual Design Lead

Krishna M Sujith | Project Manager

Naina Singal | Medical Operations Lead

Dr. Neelima Devdas | Medical Lead: Health Services & Strategy

Nupoor Rajakumar | Service Design Lead

Rachana Deshpande | Film & Storytelling Lead
Simerneet Bajwa | Health Communications Lead

Christina Sukhadhan | Medical Content Lead


Sandeep Dwivedi | Creative Content Manager


Trianka Mitter | Project Manager


Vinayak Jayashree | Creative Lead


People and Culture

Anjana Shekhar | Manager People Culture & Facilities
Dr. Deepali Thakur | Senior Director of Operations & Finance

Neha Sahi | Global Head of People and Culture


Neha Sikarwar | Lead Human Resources


Sonali Pattnayak | Recruitment Lead


Anubhav Arora | Head of Product
Hassan Kumar | Product Manager

Nikhil Nalin | Product Development Engineer


Preeti Raju | Senior Medical Support Executive


Shreyas Prakash | Product Manager


Sreeram | Technology Lead


Victoria G. | Product Manager

Research and Evaluation

Dr. Seema Murthy | Senior Research Specialist

Shirley Yan | Qualitative Research Lead

Abel Desai | Field Operations Lead

Adithi Chandrasekar | Senior Research Associate

Kanika | Research Manager

Sateesh | Associate Data Specialist


Sahana S D | Research Lead


Pooja | Research Assistant


Strategy and Partnerships

Arjun Rangarajan | Director of Global Strategy and Partnerships


Anand Kumar | Director, Training
Chethana Naik | Lead Trainer Trainee
Pushpalata Mule | Training Manager
Dr. Nazneen Q | Training Manager, Bangladesh
Girish Babu | Senior Health Education Manager
Jeevitha Jeevitha | Senior Health Education Manager
Parveen Parveen | Senior Health Education Manager
Saritha Saritha | Senior Health Education Manager
Sayali Tayade | Senior Health Education Manager
Shanthi Poojari | Senior Health Education Manager
Shwetha Gowda | Senior Health Education Manager
Veena Devoor | Senior Health Education Manager
Vishal Dubey | Lead Trainer						

Site Visits

Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research

Jayadeva is an autonomous, 1,150-bedded cardiac sciences hospital with state-of-the-art equipment in the form of 7 cath labs, 7 operating theaters, non-Invasive laboratories, and 24-hour ICU facilities. The Cardiac CCP was implemented at SJICSR-Bangalore in 2018. The program expanded to SJICSR-Mysore and Gulbaraga in 2022. CCP master trainers have trained 60,000 patients and caregivers in cardiac care (pre-surgery, post-surgery, and cardiology patients), and we offer remote engagement services for patients and caregivers to stay connected at home.

H. Siddhia  Maternity Hospital

H. Siddhia Maternity Hospital is an urban maternity hospital of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (municipal corporation), where we launched our program in 2019. The hospital provides maternity (with Special Newborn Care Unit – SNCU) and outpatient services. This hospital acts as a referral hospital for urban poor and marginalized communities of Bangalore. CCP master trainers have trained 2,275 mothers and caregivers in CCP sessions for Antenatal Care (ANC), Postnatal Care (PNC), and SNCU mothers.

District Hospital, Ramanagara

Ramanagara is located 50km from Bangalore. Previously known as ‘Closepet,” it was later renamed Ramanagara which was derived from Ramagiri hill near the town. We launched our Maternal and Newborn Care program at DH Ramanagara in 2019. The CCP master trainers have trained 10,000 mothers and caregivers in the ANC, PNC, and SNCU CCP training sessions.

Sub-District Hospital, Chintamani

Chintamani is a town near Kolar. It’s famous for its silk and tomato production. SDH Chintamani is a taluk hospital (CHC) with a 100 bedded maternal and newborn care wing. The CCP master trainers have trained 2,746 mothers and caregivers in the ANC, PNC, and SNCU CCP training sessions.

Travel Tips & Tricks

What to bring


Comfortable shoes that you’re okay getting dirty/dusty; both sandals and close-toed. 

A shawl/scarf

Water bottle

Necessary travel medications

Face masks (we’ll provide masks throughout your visit but feel free to bring your own!)

Sunscreen and insect repellent 

Rain jacket (it’s monsoon season)

Hand wipes / sanitizer


Tips for Attire


For the Noora Health office

We’re quite casual! 

Dresses, tunics, trousers, long skirts, cotton/linen button-ups, sandals/closed-toe shoes, etc.

For facility/hospital visits

Business casual
Men: collared Shirt (half or full sleeves), Pants/trousers (no jeans), shoes
Women: long length top/kurta (half or full sleeves), long dress, pants/trousers, etc. (If you don’t have these, we can visit Fab India before the hospital visit.)

Pack a pair of socks for your visit, as some maternity wards request you to remove your shoes before entering the unit.

Contact Information





Contact Information 

Shahed – +91 702284400

Edith – +91 8884800219

Deepali – +91 9535811711

Tanmay – +91 9741767127, +919760939666(WA)




Hyatt Centric Hotel, 

1/1 Swami Vivekananda Road,

Mahatma Gandhi Road,

Bangalore, Karnataka 560008

Phone no. – 080 4936 1234


Bangalore Office

Noora Health (aka “Aurora Health Innovations” on Google Maps)

853, 2nd Floor, 10th Main,

4th Cross Indiranagar 2nd Stage

Bangalore, Karnataka 560038, India



Contact Information 

Shahed – +91 702284400

Edith – +91 8884800219

Arefin – +8801970013513

Raia – +8801715287019




The Way Dhaka
House No 10/B/2,

Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh

Phone no. – +880 1844-027421



Dhaka Office

Noora Health Co Space,

Level 4, 34 Awal Center,

Kemal Ataturk Ave,

Dhaka 1213, Bangladesh