Director, International Programs
Based out of Hyderabad, India, Yashwant holds a post-graduate degree in rural development planning and management and has 21 years of rich and progressive experience in the development sector.
He began his career working with grassroots NGOs, first supporting people affected by the Gujrat earthquake in 2001 and later promoting economic wellbeing for people experiencing poverty in Rajasthan. While working in Rajasthan, he joined the corporate social responsibility (CSR) team of Cairn India Limited, a multinational oil and gas exploration company. As leader, he was responsible for partnership development, team development, program planning and community engagement. Before joining Operation Eyesight in 2016, he was consulting for the Government of Rajasthan and Essar Foundation.
Yashwant supports his International Programmes Team members with his strong strategic programming skills and innovative thinking. He also works collaboratively with our teams in Africa, adapting and scaling up Operation Eyesight’s flagship model of Hospital-Based Community Eye Health across our countries of intervention.
Yashwant and his wife, Smita, have two sons, Aaditya and Tejas. He loves travelling with his family.
“I’m proud to be part of Operation Eyesight’s respectful, multicultural work environment. This allows me to support existing and new countries of interventions in providing much-needed quality eye care services.”