Kavita Ayyagari

Country Director HDI-India and India Team Lead, Game of Choice, Not Chance

Kavita Ayyagari brings 19 years of rich experience in the field of Public Health Advocacy, Marketing & Communications and Program Management to her current role as the HDI's Country Director in India. As the India Team Lead for Game of Choice, Not Chance she is directing the design, development, and implementation of the end-user marketing program for Game of Choice, Not Chance.


Prior to joining Howard Delafield International (HDI), Kavita has led innovative private-sector partnerships for Pathfinder International and Abt Associates on adolescent health and family planning. She has worked with the International Union against tuberculosis and lung disease by increasing political will and mobilizing leadership and resources for TB.  At Save The Children, Kavita addressed newborn child survival and applied her expertise at the World Bank, sanitation and hygiene challenges. She has 10+ years of experience with USAID and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded endeavors and has worked with diverse teams and partners implementing projects across UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Maharashtra.


She holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and a Post Graduate diploma in Mass Communications and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at JNU in the Department of Community Health & Social Medicine.


Kavita divides her time between two cities, a cat and a dog, two teenagers, her terrace garden and her work.