Former health secretary Keshav Desiraju joins PFI as its chairperson

Keshav Desiraju has recently retired from a career with the Indian Administrative Service and in 2013 was Secretary, Health & Family Welfare to the Government of India. He continues to remain engaged with issues in public health, particularly mental illness and mental health, primary health care and community health, and serves on the board of several non-profit organizations in the sector.


New Delhi: Former Union Health Secretary, Mr Keshav Desiraju, has been appointed as the Chairperson of the Governing Board of the Population Foundation of India (PFI).

Mr Desiraju, a retired civil servant, was an IAS officer from the 1978 batch of the Uttarakhand cadre. He has a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has held many positions with the Government of Uttarakhand, the Government of Uttar Pradesh, and the Government of India and retired as the Union Secretary in the Department of Consumer Affairs.

About the appointment, Executive Director of PFI Poonam Muttreja says, “After the valuable contribution of Dr. Vinay Bharat-Ram, PFI is both privileged and extremely fortunate to have Mr Keshav Desiraju as PFI’s Chairperson. His experience in a range of sectors, especially as Union Health Secretary, will greatly compliment and strengthen PFI’s programmes.”

PFI, a national NGO, promotes and advocates for the effective formulation and implementation of gender sensitive population, health and development strategies and policies. The founder and first Chairperson of PFI was the late eminent JRD Tata.