As Nutrition International’s Country Director for India, Mini Varghese is responsible for leading on strategic planning, implementation, research and evaluation, for providing technical guidance on a range of projects, and for strengthening and scaling initiatives and capturing growth opportunities through thought leadership and innovation. She drives policy advocacy and partnerships with donors and partners, devising strategies and multisectoral approaches in line with Nutrition International’s mandate in India and the region.
With more than 25 years of experience in public health and knowledge on issues affecting underserved populations, Mini has made invaluable contributions to the India program over the past decade. She has advised the Government of India on a range of key public health issues and was involved in the development of national guidelines for the Anaemia Free India program in addition to being an active member of the Vitamin A Technical Working Group. She has also helped develop the first National Profile on Women, Health and Development for the World Health Organization’s South-East Asia Regional Office. Additionally, Mini also contributed to the Indian adaptation of the book ‘Where Women Have No Doctor’ (Hesperian Foundation, 2000).
Mini holds a Master’s degree in Health Administration from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, having completed her undergraduate studies in Nursing from the Christian Medical College, both in India.