Abha Shri Saxena

Researcher and Consultant in San Mateo, California

Abha Shri Saxena

Researcher and Consultant in San Mateo, California

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Abha is an international consultant working across the thematic areas of gender equity, social inclusion, community participation, health, mental health, HIV and AIDS, and disability-related issues.

Previously with Ernst & Young's (EY) Development Advisory Services, her professional portfolio includes engagements with UN agencies, NGOs, corporate foundations, and government entities for whom she provided monitoring & evaluation, social research, results-based management, documentation, and other related services. She has worked extensively in the Southasian region. Her key consultancies are with UN Women, WHO, UNICEF India, UNICEF Thailand, and UNDP India.

Abha has successfully managed Action for Mental Illness (ACMI) India's advocacy program. She set up a caregiver’s advocacy lobby for legislative amendments of mental health laws in India, which was registered in 2009. This entailed capacity development of caregivers groups on mental health and disability legislation; and extensive networking and liaising with government departments, caregivers, donors, and other stakeholders.

Abha has masters degrees from the London School of Economics (MSc. in Health, Community and Development) and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (M.A. in Social Work with specialisation in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work).

  • Work
    • Independent Consultant
  • Education
    • MSc in Health, Community and Development; MA in Social Work