Susmita Das

An accomplished public health professional with more than 18 years of experience, Susmita Das is the Deputy Regional Director for Nutrition International in Asia, where she provides technical and operational guidance through program conceptualization, management and policy advocacy for interventions in public health and nutrition. Ensuring that Nutrition International’s global mandate integrates with country strategies and systems, Susmita manages the complementarity of our work with that of donors and partners.

Susmita is adept at designing and leading comprehensive health programs on key public health issues. She is acknowledged for having successfully managed large-scale programs to improve the health and welfare of the vulnerable – especially women and children

Prior to joining Nutrition International, Susmita has worked in senior management roles with leading organizations; in the capacity of the Director (Programs) for International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF, South Asia Regional Office) and Associate Director (Programs) at the Johns Hopkins University, Center for Communication Programs (India).

Susmita’s program experience comprises of working with governments of countries in Asia, partners and donors, such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Government of Australia), Department For International Development (Govt. of UK), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Fund, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Buffet Foundation, Japan Trust Fund, and the MacArthur Foundation, to name a few.

Susmita is a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation scholar with a Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (USA), and a Masters in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics (India), having completed her undergraduate studies in Sociology from the Presidency College (India).

Previous key achievements include:

  • Developed a strategic roadmap for the International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF, South Asia Regional Office) for ‘Doubling IPPF’s Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services focusing on the poor and marginalized’. Under her leadership SRH services in South Asia Region went up from a baseline of 17.7 million services (2009) to 30.6 million services (2014), recording 73% growth.
  • As part of the senior management team working with Johns Hopkins University, Center for Communication Programs, was responsible for overall development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the USAID-funded ‘Unified Strategic Communication Response for the Second Phase of the HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care, Treatment and Support Program’ in India.
  • Working for EngenderHealth, led a team of experts and two sub-grantee NGOs to implement the ‘Access to Care and Treatment’ project in six HIV high-prevalence states of India, which was the first civil society grant in Asia to be supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) Round IV.