Dr Balwant Singh, Chief Executive

Since 2010, Balwant has provided strategic and executive leadership to all aspects of the Trust’s work and partnerships. Earlier roles include Global Director of a maternal and child health initiative across Africa and Asia funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Regional Director for Asia with Save the Children, Executive Director of Doctors of the World USA in New York and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in India, Director of International Programmes at International Family Health in London and Country Director with Project HOPE in Russia. Balwant is a physician with an MBA.

Andrew Vivian, Head of Programmes

As Head of Programmes, Andrew leads programme development and manages grants in India and the UK. Prior to joining Kusuma in 2012 he was International Programmes Manager at the University of London, and has six years’ experience working with the British Council where he established school partnership programmes between the UK and East Asia.

Dr Christine Oliver, Head of Research

Christine develops and manages research, monitoring and evaluation of the Trust’s programmes. She has over 20 years of research experience, including 18 as Senior Researcher at the Institute of Education, University of London. Christine has an MA in Social History and Sociology and a PhD in Sociology from UCL, Institute of Education.

Priti Sesha, Finance Manager

Priti manages all aspects of finance at the Trust. She has a background in charity and corporate financial management and before working for the Trust was Finance Manager and Company Secretary at the Oxford Research Group and Head of Finance and Operations at Right to Play UK. Prior to this she held financial management roles at corporate firms in Canada. 

Andy Arthurson, Office Manager

Andy has been responsible for the operations of the Trust and overseeing the work funded in Gibraltar since joining in 2012. He has 12 years experience in the charity sector and prior to joining the Trust, worked for eight years at Young Enterprise, the UK’s largest enterprise education charity in roles including National Education Support Manager and Office and Administration Manager.