Director, Cognizant Foundation
As I write these words, Cognizant Foundation has extended over ₹11 crores to organisations and hospitals across the country to help them in their emergency responses to COVID-19. It is a mark of the Foundation’s commitment that we were able, in the face of the very sudden outbreak of the virus, to source proposals, identify organisations in need, re-order budgets and make necessary funds available. Clearly these activities will dominate our work plans over the current year and I would like to express my appreciation to our colleagues who, through lockdown, have worked on reaching funds to recipient organisations. Cognizant Foundation’s work is growing and we are able to expand the scope of our interventions even within our identified priority areas. We are aware of the need to support organisations in regions where we do not, at present, have a footprint. We are constantly on the search for new partners, but we are also happy to continue supporting organisations we have worked with in the past.”
Keshav Desiraju has recently retired from a career with the Indian Administrative Service and in 2013 was Secretary, Health & Family Welfare to the Government of India. He has held many positions with the Government of Uttarakhand, the Government of Uttar Pradesh, and the Government of India and retired as the Union Secretary in the Department of Consumer Affairs.
He continues to remain engaged with issues in public health, particularly mental illness and mental health, primary health care and community health, and serves on the board of several non-profit organizations in the sector. He is the Chairperson of the Governing Board of the Population Foundation of India (PFI).
Mr. Desiraju has a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.