Sandeep Ahuja

Founder & CEO, Operation ASHA

Sandeep is a management and strategy expert. He co-founded Operation ASHA and has led it since 2006. Under his leadership, the population coverage of Operation ASHA has expanded by 500 times in 9 years. He is also an advocate for improved care for public health and specifically TB, for the bottom of the pyramid markets, at the local, state, national, and international level.

Before starting Operation ASHA, Sandeep was a member of the Indian Revenue Services (1991 batch). In the IRS, Sandeep played many roles, starting from implementation of excise laws in Mumbai, then tax fraud detection in Mumbai and later in Western India. Then he moved to a policy making position in the Ministry of Finance and played a role in improving India’s export competitiveness. He authored a book on the Drawback Tax Rebate Program in India. 

Sandeep was conferred Public Service Award by the University of Chicago in 2013. He was also invited by the Aligarh Muslim University as a keynote speaker on the Founder’s Day (Sir Sayyed Day) Celebrations in 2002. AMU also conferred on him Abdul Aziz Medal, University medal and National Merit Scholarship.

Sandeep has taught a short course on “Global Health Problems” at University of Chicago in 2008. He has also delivered lectures at various forums, Ivy League and other top universities and conferences across the world. He was a guest lecturer at Indian Institute for Foreign Trade, PHD Chambers of Commerce and National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics from 1999 to 2006.