Senior Director, Companion Animals and Engagement Department
Humane Society International
Rahul Sehgal has been with HSI since 2007 and currently directs all dog and cat welfare programs across Asia and Africa. He has developed effective strategies to counter the sometimes inhumane ways animals are treated in developing countries. He and his team have successfully implemented city- and countywide spay/neuter programs in places such as Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, the Philippines, India and Mauritius.
Rahul’s team has successfully carried out over 30 dog population surveys around the world. He was instrumental in creating and implementing one of the first community engagement programs in India directed at reducing human-dog conflicts in urban spaces. He oversaw the development of phone applications as cutting-edge technology for use in dog population management. He also initiated a very robust rabies control program in the Philippines; several other cities now want to replicate its success using similar methodology. He manages a training program that has helped more than 4,000 veterinarians and animal welfare officers improve their skills.
In addition, Rahul coordinates and oversees disaster response across Asia and Africa, directing a highly motivated and well-trained Animal Rescue Team that is based in India.
Before joining HSI, Rahul founded and managed the Animal Help Foundation in Ahmedabad. He was responsible for managing a wildlife rehabilitation clinic and several street dog sterilization teams (including catching units and veterinary clinics), along with fundraising.
He is the recipient of the Venu Menon Animal Allies Award (2005).
He is married with one human daughter plus two rescued cat and two rescued dog daughters and lives in Ahmedabad.