Meet our core team

DKMS-BMST is a joint venture of two reputed non-profit organisations: BMST (Bangalore Medical Services Trust) and DKMS, one of the largest international blood stem cell donor centres in the world.

Last updated: 04/03/2021

DKMS-BMST is a joint venture of two reputed non-profit organizations: BMST (Bangalore Medical Services Trust) and DKMS, one of the largest international blood stem cell donor centers in the world.

DR. Latha Jagannathan: Chairperson & Director


Dr. Latha Jagannathan studied Medicine from the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, and was trained at Hoxworth Blood Center, the University of Cincinnati, Ohio in Tissue matching and typing. She founded Bangalore Medical Services Trust, a not-for-profit organization in 1984. She set up this Rotary, Bangalore–TTK Blood Bank and has been responsible for its operations till date with International quality standards, a 100% voluntary donor base and its growth as a Regional Blood Transfusion Centre, Karnataka. Today the blood center issues 70 thousand units of blood components per annum. She is an invited member of several Government bodies & NGOs including the National Blood Transfusion Council, National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immuno-haematology (ISBTI) and country head of the Asian Association of Transfusion Medicine (AATM), India chapter and the Task Force on Health and Family Welfare constituted by the Government of Karnataka.

MR. Sirko Geist: Director

Sirko Geist

Sirko Geist has been Managing Director and the Chief Financial Officer of DKMS since 2013. He oversees the areas of finance and accounting as well as the administration and management of the DKMS locations. His responsibilities also include process and quality management and legal services. On an international level, he is active in various roles on the boards of the local DKMS entities.

Sirko studied law at the Technical University of Dresden and graduated with the first state examination. He successfully completed his legal clerkship in the Chemnitz district of the regional court with the second state examination. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the Danube University Krems.

After numerous years working for a leading auditing company, he worked in management positions within the textile industry. At the end of 2009, he started working as the Commercial Manager of the DKMS Life Science Lab and since then he has been working in different leading positions in the DKMS Group.

Dr. Dr. Alexander Schmidt: Director

Dr. Dr. Alexander Schmidt

Dr. Dr. Alexander Schmidt has been Managing Director and the Chief Medical Officer of DKMS since 2013. He is responsible for all areas that provide professional information and advice as well as coordination and support for donors before, during and after a donation, thus ensuring safe bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell donations.

In addition, Alexander oversees the ongoing relationship management with transplant centers, search units and registries and the medical advice for all international DKMS entities. He and his teams are also responsible for various quality programs and scientific projects.

Alexander holds a doctorate in mathematics and medicine. After working as an intern at Heidelberg University Hospital, he worked as a management consultant with a focus on health care issues. He has been working for DKMS since 2002 in various management positions. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of the DKMS Life Science Lab and the DKMS Stem Cell Bank and Chief Scientific Officer of the DKMS Registry.

MR. Khokale Narayana Rao Prabhashankar: Director


Mr. Khokale Narayana Rao Prabhashankar did his Bachelor of Commerce in 1973 and passed out his Final Chartered Accountancy examination in 1977. Presently he is a Founder and Senior Partner in M/s. Ashok Kumar Prabhashankar & Co., Chartered Accountants, Bangalore. He has more than 35 years of experience in the Accountancy profession. Mr. Prabhashankar joined the Rotary Club of Bangalore (RCB) in the year 1986 and he was the President of RCB in the year 1993-94. He was instrumental in conducting many humanitarian projects in the community and he was recognized by the Rotary Foundation for his contribution to the Foundation during his term as District Governor of District 3190 during the year 2003-04. He continues to serve the Rotary Foundation through various programs and he was instrumental in setting up a hospital for the poor during his tenure as President. He is actively involved as a Trustee of the Bangalore Medical Services Trust (Rotary Bangalore TTK Blood Bank). He is serving as the Chairman of the Trust for the last 8 years. His responsibility is to take care of the working of the Blood Bank in terms of better administration and good financial ethics.

Meet our core team

MR. Patrick Paul: Chief Executive Officer - India

Patrick Paul

DR. Nitin Agarwal: HOD - Donor Request Management

Dr Nitin Agarwal

DR. Sanjana Dontula: Lead – Medical Partnerships, Quality Management & Special Projects

Dr. Sanjana Dontula

MR. Sayantan Datta Gupta: DGM - Donor Recruitment & Fundraising

Sayantan Datta Gupta

DR. Minerva Mary: HOD - Information, Education and Communication

Dr. Minerva Mary

MS. Deepa Nair: Team Lead - HR

Deepa Nair

MR. Chethan Krishna: AGM - Data Management & Online Donors

Chethan Krishna

MR. Yathish C: Relationship Manager

Yathish C

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