Core Team

Our team is tech-savvy and globally collaborative, working together efficiently in unique ways enabled by technologies like a donated Google apps platform, project management via Podio, Skype, UberConference and a file sharing information system via Dropbox and Box. The result is a collaborative effort between all of our staff and volunteers around the globe acting together to deliver our services as effectively, efficiently, and transparently as possible.

Raghu Appasani

Founder & CEO
I founded MINDS with a passion to bring the human right of proper mental health resources back into the hands of those in the most vulnerable regions of the world.

Niharika Bajpai, MBA, PhD

Chief Operating Officer
“If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it in the beginning.” – Mahatma Gandhi
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Ankeet Bhatt

Chief Financial Officer
I joined MINDS because its mission is simple, clear, and impactful. MINDS has allowed me to serve others across the globe with a group of incredibly dedicated and talented peers. As MINDS has grown, it has become abundantly clear to me that the organization is special because that vision is imbued in everything and everyone that MINDS touches.
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Lennox Byer

Director of Programs
I joined MINDS because I love helping the underserved, I love medicine and I love Wesleyan student-founded organizations. This is really rewarding for me and hopefully just as rewarding for the communities we serve. Mental healthcare access is an issue of human rights, just like access to clean water, food and schools.

Roma Shah

Director of Development
I joined minds because helping those around the world with mental health issues, and removing the negative stigma, is part of my life's mission and very near and dear to my heart. I believe that many lives can be saved and improved with a little more awareness, education and support around mental health in our communities. There is no better way for me to help conquer this monumental task, than by starting with those those in my home town.

Daniel Karlin, MA, MD

Director of Monitoring & Evaluation
Dr. Daniel Karlin is a board certified academic psychiatrist and medical ...

Field Team

Amul Joshi, MSW

Program Manager
I am very happy to be the teammate of MINDS Foundation because there is a freedom to work innovatively, usefully and effectively for the betterment of the poor, needy, deprived and helpless individuals at a very distinct level of dedication and caring efforts.

Vasundhara Thakur, LLB, MLISc, MSW

Mental Health Field Social Worker
The field of mental health is challenging as one has to deal with not only those who are having problems related to mental health, but also hesitation and apprehension related to their treatment due to stigma. I want to spread awareness about the need of treatment for problems related to mental health and in doing so, improve the overall health of people in our society.

Chintan Thakkar, MSW

Field Social Worker


Shyam Desai

Associate, Research; Wesleyan University Chapter Co-President
I truly believe that the MINDS Foundation has set its footpath in getting closer to eliminating the stigma around mental illness in India. I am very thankful for everyone who has aided to make my birth town better. I am glad to be a part of the Foundation and I hope that we are the first of many others to have gained this experience.

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Global Board of Directors

The MINDS Foundation is a U.S.-based 501c3 organization that partners with a sister India-registered non-governmental organization by the same name, and thus the organization is governed by both a global board and a local board in India. This structure allows us to receive focused organizational guidance, commitment, and support from experienced professionals in many areas of the organization.

Raghu Appasani

Founder & CEO
I founded MINDS with a passion to bring the human right of proper mental health resources back into the hands of those in the most vulnerable regions of the world.
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Carl Byers

Chair, Finance & Fundraising Committee
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Venture Partner, Fidelity Biosciences

Matthew Goldstein, MBA

Board Member
Principal at True Capital
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Rakesh Karmacharya, MD, PhD., M.M.Sc.

Board Member
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Director of Stem Cell Research - CHGR/PNGU, Massachusetts General Hospital Medical Director, Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Research Clinic, McLean Hospital Physician Scientist, Chemical Biology Program, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Matthew Kurtz, PhD.

Board Member
Chair, Psychology & Neuroscience, Wesleyan University

Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine
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Katherine Pier, MD

Chair, Programs & Research Committee
Psychiatry Resident, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Junior Leadership Council Member, New York Stem Cell Foundation
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Anoop Singh

Board Member
Head of Regulatory Affairs, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

India Board of Directors

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Rehan Mehta

The MINDS Foundation-India

Siddharth Ramalingam, MA, M.Sc.

India Board Member
The MINDS Foundation-India

Shoba Raja

India Board Member
The MINDS Foundation-India


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Neil Aggarwal, MD, MBA, MA

Medical Advisor
Research Psychiatrist, New York State Psychiatric Institute

Post-Doctoral Clinical Fellow, 2011-2013, Columbia University

Attending Physician, Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, Outpatient Division
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Alicia Bassuk

Founder & Executive Mentor, Ubica Inc.
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Craig L. Katz, MD

Medical Advisor
Director, Global Mental Health Fellowship, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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Maya Prabhu, M.Sc., MD, LL.B.

Medical Advisor
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine

Lead Counsel for Sustainable International Health Law, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law
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Sandip Shah, MBBS, MD

Medical Advisor
Professor & Head

Department of Psychiatry, GMERS Medical College

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