Nalini Saligram, Founder and CEO of Arogya World

Nalini Saligram, Founder and CEO of Arogya World

Nalini Saligram, Ph.D. is founder & CEO of Arogya World (arogyaworld.org), a global health non-profit helping people lead healthier lives by preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) through health education and lifestyle change, in India. She is an Ashoka Fellow and has a Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science. A tireless advocate for NCD prevention, Nalini leverages public-private partnerships and global platforms to improve the world we live in.  She led  Arogya World to make and fulfill multiple commitments at Clinton Global Initiative and United Nation’s Every Woman Every Child  initiative.  Arogya World was a finalist for the Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation (2014), was highlighted in a book The Healthcare Gamechangers (2019), and was a recipient of the 2021 Google AI for Social Good Award.  

Under Nalini’s leadership, Arogya World designs and implements scalable, science-based NCD prevention programs. The non-profit, now >10 years old, has reached more than 7.5 million people in India, using a Doorstep health model, taking prevention to people where they live, learn and work.  Having shown proof of concept, Arogya in the next decade, is expanding reach and impact by working with government and large partners, leveraging technology to really scale (Goal: 50 million in 5 years). Nalini and her husband Ravi have donated and raised millions to support the organization’s public health mission. Through Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, where Nalini serves on the Dean’s Council, they have established the Nalini and Ravi Saligram Scholarship, which is intended to provide financial support for MPH or PhD students who have a demonstrated interest in diabetes prevention research in India. Previously Nalini worked at Merck, Glaxo Wellcome, Hill & Knowlton etc. in 6 countries, moving from science, to industry, public affairs and global health.  She now lives in Atlanta and Bangalore.