Director of Research and Policy
Alakananda joined Kissito in 2008 and was appointed to Director of Research and Policy in February 2009. Alakananda is responsible for International Development in the Sub-Saharan Africa, development and implementation of strategic communications initiatives, grant writing, bilateral and multilateral donor relations, partnerships between governments and NGOs, as well as policy-making processes among the bilateral and multi-lateral agencies. She is also responsible for health care utilization and outcomes research in the US primarily focusing on post-acute care services across different care settings. She started her career with the Denmark Government’s Leprosy Eradication Program in India and worked with Orissa Voluntary Health Association, Rotary International, Global Polio Eradication Program in India and with The University of Texas Medical School, The University of Texas School of Health Information Sciences and The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston in different capacities. She is passionate about global health issues and health inequities in particular. Her long-term goal is to address these issues to impact Health Policy. Alakananda holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Journalism & Mass Communication degree from India and a Masters of Public Health degree with a Global Health concentration from The University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston. In her spare time, she loves to read classics, history & literature. Her hobbies include bird watching, traveling, learning new languages and new cultures, movies, music and theater.