Pallium India comprises of 100 full time staff, 10 consultants, and a network of over 150 active volunteers. The staff consists of 10 doctors, 21 nurses and 12 non-medical clinical staff, providing direct services, 10 homecare/opd teams and administrative and supportive staff. We also have a state facilitation team of 6 program officers who handle expansion at a zonal (multi state) level.
Leadership – Senior Management
Dr. M R Rajagopal
The organization is given leadership and direction by its Chairman, Dr. Rajagopal. He directs the Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences (TIPS) which is also a WHO Collaborating Centre for Training and Policy on Access to Pain Relief.
As Executive Director of TIPS, Manoj handles the operations and finances. He holds an MBA in operations and marketing, with 21 years of experience in the corporate as well as the NGO sector.
Programmes and constituent projects are led by Smriti Rana, Head – Policy, Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement. She has a Masters of Science in Integrative and Holistic Psychological Counseling, with 18 years of experience in palliative care.
Dr. Sunil Kumar
Additional Director of TIPS Dr. Sunil has a Diploma in palliative medicine (India and Cardiff) and a Masters in Palliative medicine (Cardiff) with 15 years of experience in palliative medicine.
Clinical services are overseen by Dr. Sunil Kumar.
Nurse in-charge Sr. Geetha holds a degree in General Nursing and Midwifery, and has been certified in nursing administration. She has 35 years of experience in nursing.
Nursing services are overseen by Sr. Geetha.
Kishore Kumar S
Head – HR of Pallium India, Kishore Kumar is a Senior Human Resource and Administration Professional with 18 years of corporate experience at senior levels at India and GCC. Came to the corporate sector after serving Indian Air Force for 17.5 years. Wide experience in multi-platform environments in cross functional industries spanning from Airline, Information Technology, BPO, Construction, Education and Defence Sectors.
Dr Rakesh Pillai
Head – Research & Development Dr Rakesh Pillai, PhD has over 15 years of experience in field epidemiology research, translational projects and was a faculty in research leadership. He holds a PhD (Verona, Italy) and MPhil in Epidemiology (GMC, TVM) and was trained in biomedical research from UK (Strathclyde). He is also a pharmacologist and a practitioner of ‘evidence based quality improvement (EPQI) in health and systems thinking.
Shalini Arora Joseph
As Head – State Facilitation Division, Shalini with her team, facilitates the development of palliative care services in all States and Union territories envisioning to integrate palliative care into the entire healthcare system of India.
Shalini has an experience of 22 years as a Management Professional, working with different multinational firms and delivering across positions in Operations, Project Management, Business Development, Client Relations, Advocacy and Training & Development.
As Head – Resource Mobilisation, Shriya manages fundraising, partnerships, new initiatives, strategy and project management.
She is a counselling psychologist certified in Healthcare Management from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. Her 11 year professional journey is diverse, starting from working in the field of rehabilitation, conference management, service delivery of assistive devices to heading operations in a start-up.
Dr M R Rajagopal, Founder & Chairman
Dr. M.R. Rajagopal is also the director of Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences, the flagship of Pallium India. He founded Pallium India in 2003, with a mission to catalyse and facilitate integration of palliative care with healthcare in India.
In 2018, the Indian Government honored Dr M. R. Rajagopal with the Padma Shri award.
Ms Poonam Bagai, Vice–Chairman
An ex-bureaucrat, Ms Poonam Bagai is a cancer survivor. Her fight with cancer left her with the determination to do something about it and she founded “Cankids…Kidscan”, a very successful Non-Government Organization that provides comprehensive cancer care to children in many parts of India. She is also a joint secretary of the Indian Cancer Society. In 2011, the American Cancer Society chose her to be a “Global Cancer Ambassador”. She is based in New Delhi.
Sri Ashok Chitale
A senior lawyer in the Supreme Court of India, he devotes much of his time to charitable work and is involved with seven different charitable trusts in the country, three of them, dealing with cancer. He volunteered his services free, and represents the Indian Association of Palliative Care in its Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court of India.
Ms Ashla Rani
Ashla Rani had come to Pallium India as a care receiver in 2014, became a full-time volunteer and is now both a care recipient and a care provider. She works with people with disabilities and also acts as a counselor for children whose families have been devastated by serious illnesses.
She won Kerala Government’s “youth icon” award in 2017. In the same year, she also won the state award for the most efficient employee in the non-government sector.
Mr S M Vijayanand IAS
Former secretary for Rural Development of Government of India and later Chief Secretary of the government of Kerala. He heads Kerala State Finance Commission and is based in Trivandrum. Enjoys a great reputation as a person with integrity, commitment and exceptional pragmatism. Has been active as an advisor to Pallium India for two years before becoming a trustee.
Dr C Mohanan
An Anaesthesiologist by training and till recently a member of the teaching faculty at a Medical College, Dr Mohanan was volunteering as Senior Administrator of Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences since its inception. He has been associated with Pallium India activities since 2006.
Mr Binod Hariharan
Binod Hariharan is an engineering graduate and has over 18 years of experience in different capacities in the IT industry. He is currently the Chairman of the board of two companies; Astro-Vision Futuretech Pvt. Ltd. and Malayogam Pvt. Ltd. He has been involved with the activities of Pallium India since its inception and has been working more closely over the last one year, providing consultancy on professionalizing the management of the organisation.
Dr T S Guruprasad
A caregiver for wife living with MS and father who passed away due to Parkinsonism and Alzheimer’s for many years, Dr. Guruprasad is the Co-Founder Trustee of Swarga Foundation, an NGO based in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, that supports people with neurological diseases and disorders.
He has a doctorate in Supply Chain Management and is an alumni of IIM Kozhikode. He has 24 years of industry experience in the Supply chain planning & Logistics. He is also the brain behind Sarathi, Tamilnadu’s first transport facility for people with disabilities.
Justice M. R. Hariharan Nair
Program director (Legal)
Mr Kishore Nair
Kishore Nair has volunteered as a technical and management advisor for Pallium India since its inception. His background is in architecting technical solutions and in building high performance teams. With over twenty years of experience at companies like Yahoo!, Morningstar and Envestnet, he has spent most of his career in the US and is now settled in Trivandrum with his family.
Kishore has an engineering degree from College of Engineering Trivandrum, an MS from Cleveland State University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.