2022 Leadership Journey Project: Institutionalizing gender within organizations and programmes
Sanghamitra Singh is a trained cell biologist, writer and an experienced public health researcher who has led several international and national research studies, reviews and evaluations in multiple contexts and domains.
As the Lead, Policy and Programmes at the Population Foundation of India, Sanghamitra straddle multiple roles within the organization. These include building and expanding organizational partnerships with key stakeholders, policy formulation, leading the development and dissemination of the Foundation’s research studies, literature and handling media engagements. In the past two years, Sanghamitra has been involved in the drafting process of the state Population Policies of two Indian states: Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
A regular print and digital commentator, Sanghamitra has written and spoken extensively on issues such as the impact of COVID-19 on women’s health and the need for a gender-sensitive and inclusive approach to the formulation of health-related policies and programme implementation.
Sanghamitra commenced her career as a Research Associate at the Department of Biological Sciences, George Washington University, where she led National Institutes of Health (NIH)- commissioned research studies, in addition to designing and teaching undergraduate courses in introductory biology, health and nutrition. She has previously been associated with the National Institutes of Health Federal Drug Administration and Ajinomoto Corporation, Japan.
Since 2020, Sanghamitra has been serving as a Commission Fellow at the Lancet Citizen’s Commission for reimagining India’s health System, a first of its kind attempt to view health care beyond its traditional boundaries. She is also an editorial board member of the Journal of Development Policy and Practice. She is a trained Indian classical dancer and has a passion for visual arts and handicrafts.