Our People

Loving and caring, professional and committed 

Our employees all work with us because they care for other people. They want to show their love for them by serving them.

Their level of commitment is huge, and the professionalism with which they undertake their roles means that they are truly effective. Some are volunteers who give their time freely, some are salaried and have been with us for all their careers; but they all share the same values and put a passion into their work which is what makes Asha such an effective and special organisation. 

Dr Kiran Martin

Dr Kiran Martin studied at the University of Delhi’s Maulana Azad Medical College, gaining a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree. She then specialised in paediatrics at Lady Hardinge Medical College within the same university. Responding to a cholera outbreak in a Delhi slum in 1988, Dr. Martin began treating those residents and saw the need not only for quality healthcare in the slums but also the need to address other social determinants.

Dr. Martin’s achievements were recognised by the Indian Government when she was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian awards. Asha’s work has been praised and replicated by organisations in many countries. Dr. Kiran is the nerve center of Asha, envisions the strategic roadmap and provides key management input in all aspects of Asha’s endeavours.

Dr Kiran Martin
Ajitha Raj

Ajitha Raj

Born and brought up in Kerala, Ajitha Raj settled in Delhi after marriage. A commerce graduate, she joined Asha in 1999 and is now working as Senior Programme Officer -finance. Apart from her interest in making budgets and finance reports, she likes to listen to music and watch movies in her free time.

Amitava Mazumdar

Amitava Mazumdar

Amitava Mazumdar is part of Asha’s Programme and Communication team and works as a Programme Coordinator. He is responsible for reporting and documentation, proposal writing, programme implementation, and fundraising. Apart from his professional competence, Amitava brings to the table passionate commitment, keenness to learn, good listening skills, flexible approach to adapt to any situation.

Ayesha Seymour

Ayesha Seymour

Ayesha Seymour has completed her post-graduation in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She is also a trained counsellor. Ayesha has 24 years of work experience in the social sector. She has been working in Asha as Senior Programme Manager and her main job responsibilities are fundraising and communication, resource mobilisation, and supervising the implementation of different programs. She is a people’s person and likes to travel and try new and challenging things.

Godfrey Martin

Godfrey Martin

Mr. Godfrey Martin is one of the founding members of Asha and has been involved with it, from its inception. Presently, heading the finance but ever-present in times of crisis to help in areas of administration, HR, or IT. He travels extensively to the US, UK, and Northern Ireland along with students from the slum community speaking in schools, organisations, charities, and corporates, fundraising, and raising the profile of Asha. He loves to cook and often has friends from the slum community over for a meal, and like someone once said that nothing brings people together like good food. A place where all barriers are broken and true friendships are built.

Leelani Masih

Leelani Masih

Leelani Masih joined Asha in September 1988 and is the oldest member of the organization. She is a trained nurse by profession and has seen Asha’s growth and development over these long years. Having worked across different Asha slum centres, Leelani, lovingly called Lily is currently the Team Leader of Asha Kalkaji. She is widely respected and loved by all the members of her team as well as the community.

Rema Suresh

Rema Suresh

Rema Suresh joined Asha in 2005 as a qualified Nurse at Asha Polyclinic and is a key member of the Asha Healthcare team. Her caring and selfless service, commitment, dedication, and the highest level of professional competence especially during the Covid-19 pandemic was widely admired and appreciated by everyone. She assists the doctor and serves hundreds of patients every day to provide the best care and comfort.

Dr Sharmila Lal

Dr Sharmila Lal

Dr Sharmila Lal is a trained gynaecologist who has spent more than a decade working at Asha. She finds the work a rewarding and humbling experience treating disadvantaged patients. Asha has enabled her to expand the horizon beyond gynecology since she gets to treat patients with varied complaints.

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After being founded by one person who worked surrounded by dirt, ignorance and despair, and who overcame the obstacles of political intrusion and corruption, Asha is now transforming the lives of more than 700,000 slum dwellers in over 91 slum colonies of Delhi.

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Asha’s Mission is to work with the urban poor to bring about long-term and sustainable transformation to their quality of life.

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