The HERD Team

The HERD Foundation’s team of senior leadership and staff members bring a broad range of talents drawn from different for-profit and not-for-profit sectors; social and political leadership, science, medicine, management, social development, arts and culture.


Mr Ranjit Deshmukh – Chairperson

Ranjitbabu learnt the lessons of statesmanship and community service from his father, Late Shri. Arvindbabu Deshmukh. As a youth, he was completely devoted to his party. He had a yen to struggle and develop popular leadership. He worked passionately and honestly and was acknowledged as a strong leader.

Beginning  his public career from his native village Wadvihira, Distt. Nagpur, he grew from strength to strength, holding key positions in the Nagpur Zilla Parishad. As President of the Zilla Parishad, Ranjitbabu carried out many development works.

In 1985, he got the candidature for Vidhan Sabha from Saoner in Nagpur Distt. and won with a substantial majority. He was the Minister of State for Irrigation and Slum Development (1988-1990), and the Minister of State for Education, Health Education and Health (1990-1991). Later, he was the Agriculture and Textile minister during 1999-2001. His remarkable work during his term as a Rural Development Minister (1992-1995) is well known. He was also the Guardian Minister of Nagpur District. He worked as the Agriculture and Textile Minister as well (1999-2001).

To this day, he has a strong allegiance for the Vidarbha Region.  He participates enthusiastically in all the activities of the Vidarbha movement. When he was Minister in the State Government., he worked for Maharashtra because he was the Minister of the State as a whole. But he always felt the need to support Vidarbha, socially and developmentally.

Ranjitbabu played a vital role in rural development, making key policy decisions. He opened schools in rural areas like Katol, Narkhed, Parseoni, etc. and opened the gates of education for people of the rural areas. He opened banks, sugar factories, development trusts etc. for the financial empowerment of the rural population.

Ranjitbabu is a man of his word. From his biography, the youth should learn the words of wisdom, “Never give up”.


Dr. Amol Ranjeet Deshmukh – Managing Director

Dr. Amol R. Deshmukh is the Hon. Secretary of Vidya Shikshan Prasarak Mandal, an organization that operates around 50 schools, colleges and healthcare institutes in Central India.

Dr. Deshmukh’s clinical experience in Trauma and Orthopaedics in the UK National Health Service is invaluable. Today, the main areas of his work are
– Health Policies
– Feasibility Studies
– Strategic Planning
– Master Plans for Hospitals
– Patient Safety
– Quality Management, etc.

As a health and hospital management expert, he leverages his experience in private and public sectors in his current portfolio. He has worked with international organizations like EU and KFW. His clinical and hospital management experience comes from countries like India, the United Kingdom, Germany, UAE, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Nigeria. He has also coordinated comprehensive healthcare procedures in Vietnam, India, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
He has managed three projects in Vietnam financed by German Development Corporation (KFW & GIZ), one private project in UAE on Medical City Planning and another private project in Nepal for private medical college and hospital expansion.

Amol is a founder member and director of HERD foundation. A hospital manager, hospital accreditation assessor in India, former director  health sciences institutes and now a project manager and consultant for hospital projects and services with a leading German consulting firm near Frankfurt, Amol straddles various domains of experience in healthcare, private and public sectors and international organizations like EU and KFW. His clinical and management experience comes from countries like India, United Kingdom, UAE, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Nigeria and others. He is also a well received speaker for conference and events in areas of Hospital Quality Management, Medical Tourism, Strategic Management, Public-Private Partnership, Hospital Management, Patient Safety and others.

Amol was born in Mumbai and grew up in Vidarbha and Mumbai and since has lived in Rajasthan, England and Germany. He studied MBBS at Nagpur University, India and did his Masters in Health Services Management from The University Of London- LSHTM & LSE. He was the President of the Students’ Representative Council at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and London School of Economics and Political Sciences, London. He was selected as the “Young Leader” by the Asia Society and represented the Asia Young Leaders’ Summit in Seoul, South Korea in Nov of 2006. Amol has served on the board of an Indian not-for-profit organisation working for school education, women empowerment and vocational training.

Dr. Amol Deshmukh is married to Dr. Suchika Gupta, a UK-trained Surgeon now working in management and  Managing Director of HERD. They reside in Bad Homburg, Germany and Nagpur, India.


Dr. Suchika Gupta Deshmukh – Managing Director

Suchika is a trained Surgeon who has completed her medical training in India and surgical training in the UK and has worked in the NHS, UK and India. She holds an MBA from Imperial College Business School, London and is a Rajiv Gandhi Scholar. Suchika has a broad-based experience and has worked in India, UK, Germany as a doctor and as a manager in hospitals, international organisations, one of the big four consulting firm in UK and in the pharmaceutical industry. As the European Fellow she was responsible for the formulation of growth strategy and business development for Net Impact in Europe. Suchika is an ex-trustee and supporter of HERA, (Her Equality Rights and Autonomy), a UK based NGO that trains and empowers trafficked women to transition back to mainstream society. Suchika co founded HERD.


Other Key HERD Members:

Mr. Anil Mahatme – Director, Media & PR
Ms. Sona Prasad – Director, Operations
Dr. Aniruddha Deshmukh – Executive, Operations
Mr. Bharat Bhosale – Executive, Media & PR
Mr. Rishu Vaidya – Social Mobilisation & Youth Affairs
Dr Parijit Wagh – Project Manager, Education
Shri. VR Kubde – Secretary ADP and HERD
Mr. Pravin Wankhede – Director, Development
Mr. Tongse – Director, Education



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