Dimagi India

Sumanthra Rao

Managing Director - Nutrition & HealthCare and Country Representative, India

About Sumanthra Rao

Sumanthra Rao is the Managing Director of Dimagi‚Äôs Integrated Child Development Services-Common Application Software (ICDS-CAS) Division in Delhi. The ICDS-CAS program has a national outreach to hundreds of thousands of Anganwadi Workers across India, targeted at tackling the nutrition related issues, through deployment of appropriate technologies, as part of the POSHAN Abhiyaan Program. 

In his career of over 35 years, Sumanthra has held various advisory, consulting and program management positions spanning diverse business domains while specializing in managing large cross-functional programs. Since 2002, Sumanthra has worked on multiple initiatives of the Government of India and the Government of Haryana. He has a demonstrated track record of taking projects from concept development to successful delivery in the eGovernance and social sector domains. Some of these projects have served as reference models to the IT modernization under the Mission Mode Program of Government of India. 

Prior to joining Dimagi, Sumanthra served as Deputy Director at the Centre for Digital Financial Inclusion where he was very extensively associated with the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. He has steered the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, a maternity benefit scheme that has helped streamlining Direct Benefit Transfers. He has contributed to the data-driven governance project for the State of Meghalaya that facilitated the monitoring of critical parameters in public service delivery in the areas of health, nutrition, education and livelihoods and provided a foundation for the social audit sector. Besides managing projects, Sumanthra has specialized in user requirements and business process management besides usage models to ensure rapid technology adoption across the ecosystem. 

Earlier in his career, Sumanthra has been an entrepreneur and also held senior positions at Intel, Covansys (since merged with Computer Sciences Corporation) and Digital Equipment Corporation (merged with Compaq-HP). Sumanthra has worked in the aero-space, manufacturing, banking and retail finance sectors managing projects for marquee clients in Asia, the United States and Europe. He has extensive international experience and was based outside India for a few years.

He holds a masters degree in Physics. During the initial ten years of his career Sumanthra was working as a programmer and a corporate trainer specializing in transaction processing and CASE tools. He has also been an implementer on methodologies for software development and quality frameworks(ISO/CMM).