Team Annam

Advisory Board
Dr. Mahesh Balsekar
Dr. Mahesh Balsekar

Dr. Mahesh Balsekar is a consultant pediatrician with three decades of experience. He is an honorary pediatrician at Breach Candy Hospital & Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital. Dr. Balsekar has a special interest in newborn care and public health education. He is the founder and trustee of the charitable trust Healing Touch - a Children Medical Aid Trust, which provides financial assistance to children with critical illnesses from low-income households. He is a medical adviser to St. Jude India - an NGO that provides free of charge shelter and holistic care to children undergoing cancer treatment. He also serves on the board of Project NEEDS an NGO which assists low income rural school children. He has authored a book: 0 to 2 Baby & You - A Pediatrician's Handbook of Practical Parenting.

Suman Agarwal
Suman Agarwal

Suman Agarwal is a renowned nutritionist, author and founder of Selfcare. From starting her career as a dancer and classical singer, she went on to become an Oxford certified nutritionist and a qualified fitness trainer from the National Institute of Aerobics. Within a short span of fifteen years, Suman has positively influenced the health of over 12000 people across the globe including industrialists, doctors and Bollywood personalities. Suman Agarwal is frequently hailed as the new age guru of fitness and health. That is because when she sets a diet program, it is a fine tuned health plan that you can live by forever!

Pooja Taparia
Pooja Taparia

Pooja Taparia is the founder and Chief Executive of Arpan, an NGO based in Mumbai with a mission to prevent the occurrence of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) and heal those who have been affected by it. She began her work against CSA in 2006 and has grown Arpan from a team size of 3 to around 60 professionals (the largest team in India) who run various activities and workshops & provide training and counselling services to deal with CSA. Arpan has so far helped over 120,000 children and adults directly through its services and over 500,000 individuals indirectly through trainings and capacity building programs.

Arpan has won multiple awards for its exemplary work and high organizational standards, including the India NGO Award 2011 and the Dasra Girl Power Award 2015. In the past, Pooja has been awarded the Architects of the Future Award 2013-14; an international award for social entrepreneurs and her life work has been installed in the Melk Abbey, a museum in Austria. Pooja is a graduate in Graphic Design and Commerce. She is currently a Director on the Board of UnLtd India and plays an advisory role on their strategies and programs.


Annam aspires to help underprivileged children and women in and around Mumbai city by providing nutrition supplements so that they can have a healthy chance of life.


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