Dr. Nalini Saligram, Founder and CEO of Arogya World

Dr. 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.  Nalini recently won the 2022 Business World award for Individual Excellence in Healthcare.

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).   She is now leading an ambitious effort to make Bangalore India’s first Arogya City.

Nalini was included in Indiaspora’s 2021 Philanthropy list. She lives in Atlanta and Bangalore.