Anika works with the World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia. She is a health
communication specialist with a passion to promote social messages through various forms of art. She
has conceived and delivered engaging health campaigns including that on depression, diabetes, stroke
and health promotion. She has directed over 12 productions including animation videos, musicals and
She has demonstrated leadership in community service for which she has been nationally and
internationally recognized including by the former Prime Ministers H.E. Mr Deve Gowda; and H.E. Mr I.K
Gujaral; and Former President of India, H.E. Dr Abdul Kalam. Based on her history of activism in
community service, she was selected out of 150,000 applicants to represent India at international youth
conferences, that recognized the world’s most active, innovative, and capable young leaders. The World
Youth Congress series, endorsed by the United Nations, focused on youth-led development, in an effort
to ‘Make Poverty History’ and promoted the role of young people in achievement of the UN’s
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and now the Sustainable Development Goals.
She was invited by Peace Child International, U.K. as a Guest Editor for the book “Water Rights and
Wrongs: A Young People’s Summary of the UNDP Human Development Report”. She has been the
managing editor of various health-related newsletters including Niramaya and Health Connect.
She previously lived and worked in Australia with the Disability Employment Services network, assisting
disadvantaged members of the community through employment and support services. It was here that
she developed her passion to work in the area of public health. She has also held professional positions:
Board of Director, Sydney Drug Education and Counselling Centre; and Member, Executive Committee,
Vivekananda Sevakendra-O- Sishu Uddyan (VSSU), a grass-root level organization giving micro-finance
services and skills development training to self-help groups in rural India.
She is also the Founder, Art for Activism (AFA) movement, for which she was recognized as a young
social entrepreneur and awarded by Lloyds TSB (UK) for developing a model that provided sustainable
employment outcomes for artists and craftsman. Through the AFA platform, she also raised awareness
on various social issues including the MDGs through workshops in schools, colleges and with youth
She is also the co-founder of a successful instagram handle #Delhihai – a creative platform to express
love for her city Delhi through original photography and blogs on food, places to visit, travel stories,
social issues including education, environment and health. Anika particularly enjoys writing human
stories and expresses herself through poetry. She is also a professional baker, and enjoys dancing and
Anika has a fire in her belly to make health information accessible to all through creative and engaging
campaigns; she wants to make “Arts for Health” a movement of like-minded passionate people who
want to contribute to healthier and happier lives through their artistic strengths and talents.