Director, Girl Capital, India

Manjula leads on CIFF’s Girl Capital strategy.

Manjula is a respected development sector leader in India. She has nearly 20 years of policy and technical experience with India, international organisations and donor partners.

She is Director Programmes & GIRL Capital at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) where she leads CIFF India’s Child Health & Development, Adolescents and GIRL Capital portfolios.  Her work spans the breath of health, nutrition, education, life vocational skills, sex education, livelihood and empowerment. She is passionate about the potential of girls all over the world and is committed to helping them be independent and realise their full potential. She is a Board Member of Girls First Fund, a philanthropic global fund for community-based groups to end child marriage.

Prior to joining CIFF, Manjula worked with the UK’s Department of International Development (DFID) in India as Senior Nutrition and Health Adviser, where she led on delivery of large-scale programmes on Health, Nutrition and WASH in India and was responsible for overseeing a budget over $200 million.

She has been involved in many of the recent policy debates in India about nutrition, and also has experience in other South Asian countries and in Tanzania. Prior to DFID, Manjula worked with FHI 360 and Care India on issues such as adolescent reproductive health, HIV and AIDS and relief and emergency rehabilitation of two major catastrophes in India – Odisha super cyclone and Gujarat earthquake.

Born and raised in India, Manjula is a post graduate in Social Work (1999) and, Public Health (2005). She was a member of various government advisory committees including NITI Aayog’s Vision 2022 and has contributed to ‘Strategy for New India @ 75’ and ‘Three-year Action Agenda 2017-2018 to 2019- 2020’. She is based in New Delhi, India.