Meet the Team

Our Leaders

NNDC-IF is proud to welcome the international institutions and leaders that have joined us to further our mission.

Dr. Murali Rao is the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. He specializes in liaison and emergency psychiatry. Additionally, he serves as a member of multiple professional bodies including the American College of Psychiatrists, the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, CINP, the Indian Psychiatric Society, and the American College of forensic Psychiatry.

Dr. Rao has received multiple awards and fellowships including Distinguished Life Fellow by the APA, Outstanding Academician Award by the Indo-American Psychiatric Association, and the Master Teacher Award by the Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Rao has also had more than 50 journal publications.


Dr. Hina Sharma is currently serving as the Executive Director of the National Network of Depression Centers- India Foundation (NNDC-IF). She received her Ph.D. in Neurosciences from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. She is a qualified Biotechnologist and possesses knowledge in clinical research from Quintiles Research India Pvt. Ltd. She has worked as a senior research fellow for ICMR funded projects at AIIMS, New Delhi, and has also worked with international sponsors on Phase 2 and 3 drug trials in collaboration with Quintiles in various renowned hospitals in Ludhiana, Punjab. Dr. Sharma won first prize in the poster presentation funded by ICMR at TROPICON in 2015. She is also a certified trainer in ICH-GCP guidelines defined by the USA’s FDA.

Executive Director

Kiku Namita Paul is currently serving as the Associate Executive Director for NNDC- India Foundation. Her mission is to wholeheartedly participate in the efforts being made to tackle the epidemic of mental illness, as well as to help provide solutions through communication to effectively counter and eradicate the stigma around mental illness. She is an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and she has conducted workshops for the Pranab Mukherjee Foundation and READ India for grassroots school teachers in collaboration with NNDC-IF. She has also worked as an instructor, conducting training workshops for corporations- including big names in the pharma and travel industries. Additionally, Kiku has developed content for and conducted Happiness and Emotional Wellness Workshops as part of an outreach program for villages in rural Haryana, organized by the Pranab Mukherjee Foundation. Kiku has spent years building an experiential understanding of mindfulness and the positive impact it can have in our lives. She is a strong advocate for a routine practice of meditation, and believes it is essential for promoting positive mental well-being.

Associate Executive Director

Dr. Nand Kumar is currently a Professor in the departments of Neuropsychiatry and Psychiatry at AIIMS in New Delhi, India. He established the neuromodulation lab and clinic at AIIMS to provide clinical care to patients and conduct research to further the use of neuromodulation. Dr. Kumar also provides training for young psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and researchers.

Dr. Kumar is the Founder and President of the Neuromodulation Society in India. He has also held various leadership positions across multiple organizations such as the Indian Psychiatric Society, the International Headache Society, the Delhi Psychiatric Society, the Indian Association of Social Psychiatry, and TIDE.


Our Honorable Patrons

Air Marshal Naresh Verma (Retd.) is currently serving as the Director of the India International Centre, New Delhi. During his distinguished 40-year service in the Indian Air Force, he was responsible for inter-alia, infrastructure, planning and development, project management, medical services, education, legal matters, financial management, security, sports, adventure, ceremonials, catering, and HR management and development. He is also an alumnus of the National Defense College, New Delhi, the premier institute for higher strategic learning of the Defense Forces. After his retirement, he was appointed as a Member of the Armed Forces Tribunal, Chandigarh Bench. He also served as President of the Delhi Gymkhana club.
Chris is a leading exponent on global mental health practice, a social entrepreneur, and a mentor. Chris is the founder of BasicNeeds, the mental health charity working in developing countries, and previously founded Action on Disability and Development, and Thrive. He is currently co-founding citiesRISE, which is a multi-stakeholder initiative designed to promote mental health by catalyzing collective actions across sectors within cities. He is the Chair of Spring Impact, a Global Director of Leaders Quest and the Chair of Carers Worldwide. A much sought-after mentor, his mentees currently work in mental health, international work with deaf and hard of hearing children, organizational management, executive search, models of change 
Pavan Ranga is a Director of the N. R. Group, a diversified business group with ventures in fragrance, natural extracts, aerospace, and healthcare. Mr. Ranga is also the founder of Rangson’s Electronics, a leading electronics system design and manufacturing company in India. He also serves on the boards of several companies including N. Ranga Rao & Sons Pvt Ltd, Rangson’s Defense, Cyient DLM, NESSO, Ripple Fragrances, and Senzopt Technologies. Mr. Ranga has been fostering technology build up in the country through strategic business initiatives and investments through VC and private equity funds.