Dr Marcella has spent more than 3 decades in rural development, six years of which were spent on the Andes Mountains in Peru, South America where she established and managed an extensive community-based rural health program.
Marcella D’Souza has been the Executive Director of the Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR) since 2006 and a Trustee since 2016.
As Programme Coordinator for women’s promotion in the Indo-German Watershed Development Programme (IGWDP), Maharashtra, Dr. D’Souza developed the pedagogy to integrate health, gender and women’s empowerment in watershed development projects, which has been widely adopted.
In addition to founding the Sampada Trust (ST), Marcella has initiated several innovative interventions in WOTR – a recent one being the establishment of the WOTR Centre for Resilience Studies (W-CReS), a think tank for applied research, that seeks to provide evidence based insights to improve policy making, program implementation and capacity building for enhancing resilience to climate change and building adaptive capacities in rural areas.
A physician by training, she opted for Community Health early in her career. Marcella is an alumnus of the Government Medical College, Nagpur and a Takemi Fellow of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).