Monika Arora

Executive Director

HRIDAY (Secretariat of Healthy India Alliance), New Delhi-110049


Dr Monika Arora is a public health scientist working in the area of health promotion and health advocacy. She is Executive Director of HRIDAY, an NGO working on NCD prevention and control in India and also serves as the secretariat of Healthy India Alliance (India NCD Alliance) and India Network for NCDs and Youth (INNY). She is also the Director of the Health Promotion Division and Additional Professor at Public Health Foundation of India. Her expertise is in designing, implementing, managing and evaluating intervention trials in various health promotion settings, large scale group randomized trials as well as qualitative research on NCD prevention and control. Her research in India has focused on scientifically developing multi-component interventions for NCD prevention and control. She has led Rapid Program Reviews, Impact Evaluations, Implementation Science Research and Health Impact Assessments of various policies and programs in India and has proposed convergence models for National health programs. She has worked extensively with government at National and sub-national level. She has special interest in studying multi-sectoral working and convergence models across sectors to address various health issues. She has been involved in empowering youth with health advocacy skills in India and globally. She has published more than 100 scientific papers in high impact public health journals and her research recommendations have informed National Health Programs in India. Dr. Arora has been a member on various national and international expert committees on NCDs, tobacco control, Alcohol control and Adolescent Health related issues, formed by Ministry of Health and family Welfare, Government of India. She has been a member of Ad Hoc Working Group on Implementation, Monitoring and Accountability on Ending Childhood Obesity, formed by WHO Director General during 2014-2016. She is also a member of WHO Civil Society Working Group on the third High-level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on NCDs. She has been a commissioner on the Lancet Report “Our Future: A Lancet Commission on Adolescent health and Wellbeing” published in 2016. Dr. Arora has been honoured with the Best Practices Award in Global Health in 2011 by the prestigious Global Health Council, for demonstrating best practice example in the area of health promotion among youth and community, especially focusing on preventing NCDs. She has been awarded with the WHO Director General’s World No Tobacco Day Award in 2012; Dr. Prem Menon outstanding service award in January 2018 by World-India Diabetes Foundation (WIDF) in recognition of her contributions to the education and prevention of diabetes among children in India and “Exceptional Women of Excellence 2018 Award” by Women Economic Forum (WEF) in April 2018.

1 FEB, 2019 15:30-17-30 hrs. PS 1.2 Action Beyond the Health Sector – Addressing the Social Determinants of NCDs