On behalf of Duke University, it is a pleasure to welcome you tothe inaugural Duke India Health Conference 2018.
It is an exciting time for India, when public and private partnerships are shaping the structure and sustainability of its health system– at national, state and local levels. Together with our Duke colleagues and strategic partners, we have put together a programme that will ensure that you leave this conferencewith a better understanding of emerging health priorities in India.
We hope that the sessions put together by Duke University faculty members from the U.S., China and Singapore campuses, along with their collaborators, provide a strategic direction for shaping future health research, healthcare innovations and policy interventions.
Additionally, we hope that this conference provides a platform for cross pollination of ideas and innovation from a diverse range of health-related professionals. I believe that there will be something for everyone!
I look forward to an engaging and productive conference.
Duke University, based in Durham, North Carolina in the United States, is a top-ten research university with 40,000 employees and some 15,200 students. Duke regularly ranks in the top 25 in the international rankings of global universities, particularly regarded for its strengths in medicine, global health, public policy, economics, biology, biomedical engineering, and environmental policy.
Outside of the United States, India has the largest presence of the Duke community, with over 60 faculty across 30 research projects and activities, 500 student projects and internships, and 692 alumni. A substantial portion of this work occurs in the health sector, including efforts focused on health policy and financing, innovation and scaling impact, health and the environment, and generating stronger evidence to strengthen quality of health services and technologies.
In order to support Duke’s growing collaborations in India, including dozens of partnerships with the public and private sector across almost all states in India, and engagement with a strong alumni community, Duke University established the Duke in India Office in Bangalore in May 2017. The office aims to coordinate Duke research, student engagement, and alumni efforts and to assist in establishing partnerships with universities, NGOs, and agencies on the ground.
Health Conference: Innovation, Policy and Research
From the announcement of a new National Health Protection Scheme, to increasing emphasis on health and wellness, and a burgeoning private sector, India is at a crossroads in determining the structure and sustainability of its health system, at national, state, and local levels. Recognizing the growing importance of health policy, financing, and innovation in India to meet the health needs of the population in a sustainable way, as well as Duke University’s deep connections across the health sector in India, Duke University India will hold a multi-day inaugural conference in December 2018 focused on Health Innovation, Policy, and Research.
This event will convene and engage local partners, national and state-level policymakers, international research and development organizations, health researchers and academics, national and global healthcare corporations, investors, and homegrown health entrepreneurs.
This two-day event will bring together key local and global stakeholders to discuss emerging health priorities in India, highlight innovative approaches to developing and implementing evidence to improve health policy and practice, and facilitate collaborations among diverse stakeholders from the public and private sectors. Leading Duke University faculty will participate along with local and global leaders across the healthsector.
Health conference will focus on several key themes, including:
Health policy and regulation. The conference will explore approaches to advancing universal health care (UHC) and other health financing topics at the national and statelevels; the opportunity for value-based care delivery and payment reforms; regulatory and policy perspective on health innovation; and public-private partnerships in health care products, services, technology and delivery.
Participants will include Gavin Yamey, director of the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health, and Mark McClellan, director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy.
Scaling innovative health care services and delivery models. The conference will include perspectives from leading innovators working to transform health and healthcare across India; policy implications and lessons learned from supporting healthcare social enterprises in India; approaches to advance impact investing to scale health innovations; and findings from a grant program supporting innovative health care products, technology, and delivery models.
Participants will include Krishna Udayakumar, director of the Duke Global Health Innovation Center and executive director of Innovations in Healthcare.
Health and the environment. The conference will provide insights about innovations in technologies to better understand the impact of environmental change on human health; and potential pathways forward to address health and the environment.
Speakers and Participants will include faculty from Medicine, the Sanford School for Public Policy, the Pratt School of Engineering, the Global Health Institute, the Margolis Center for Health Innovations, and other constituents at Duke.
|13 December 2018, Thursday|
|09:00-09:15||Welcome remarks||Krishna Udayakumar, Duke Global Health Innovation Centre|
Dr. Christopher Plowe, Duke Global Health Institute
Anirudh Krishna, Duke University
|Morning Block: Health Sector Priorities|
|09:45-11:00||The pandemic of NCDs: How can India effectively transition from treatment to prevention?||
Moderator: Dr.Lijing L. Yan, Duke Kunshan University
|11:30- 12:45||Air Pollution in India: How bad is it and what can we do about it?||
Moderator: Dr.Michael H. Bergin, Duke University
|Afternoon Block: Health for Development and Impact|
|2:00-3:30||Increasing access to primary care services through technology innovation and dissemination||
Moderator& speaker: Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam, Duke University
|4:00-5:15||Evidence based policy for health in India||
Moderator: Dr Manoj Mohanan, Duke University
|5:15-5:30||Closing remarks||Namrata Jha, Duke Universityin India|
|14 December 2018, Friday|
|9:00-9:15||Opening Keynote Alma Ata at 40 Years: Reflections from the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health||Dr. Gavin Yamey, Duke Global Health Institute|
|Morning block: Public health policy|
|9:15-10:30||Public financial management of health in India: experiences from Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Assam||
Moderator: Dr.Gangadhar Prasad Shukla, Duke University
|11:00-12:15||Improving Health through Collaboration: Partnerships between India and the United States||Moderator: Dr.Kartikeya Singh, CSIS
|Afternoon block: Healthcare Innovation & Delivery|
|1:30-2:45||Global Insights for Advancing High-Value Health Care in India||Moderator: Dr. Krishna Udayakumar, Duke University
|3:15-4:30||Accelerating Health Innovation for Impact||Moderator: L. M. Singh, IPE Global
|4:30-5:00||Closing Keynote||Dr.Nachiket Mor, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, India|
|5:00-5:15||Closing remarks||Dr.Krishna Udayakumar|
Speakers will include faculty from Duke Health, the Sanford School of Public Policy, the Pratt School of Engineering, the Global Health Institute, the Global Health Innovation Centre, the Margolis Center for Health Policy, and other constituents from Duke, as well as experts and partners in India
Head - Strategic Partnerships and Business Development
UE LifeSciences Inc.
Based in Mumbai, Akshat heads global strategy and partnerships as well as fundraising and investor relations for Philadelphia headquartered impact driven medical device company, UE LifeSciences. Prior to joining UE LifeSciences, Akshat was a senior member of UBS’ top-notch Healthcare Investment Banking team in New York for 8 years where he focused on the global life sciences sector and advised companies on corporate finance and M & A.
After New York, Akshat returned to India to work with disruptive healthcare startups. He mentors early- stage startups and has served as a mentor and judge for a few international startup competitions. In 2011, Akshat co-founded Black Boxers Productions, which has produced three critically acclaimed stage plays and an independent, award-winning feature film, The Threshold. Akshat graduated magna cum laude from Washington and Lee University.
Shri Alok Kumar is an IAS Officer of 1993 batch borne on the Uttar Pradesh Cadre. He has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Princeton University in addition to a BTech from IIT Delhi. Presently he is on deputation to Union Government and is posted in the NITI Aayog as Adviser (Social Sector) looking after various portfolios, such as Health, Nutrition, Women & Child and Education. Prior to this posting, he has worked in the Governments of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Among his major assignments, he has held the post of Secretary to the Chief Minister UP, Managing Director of the State Industrial Development Corporation, besides the usual field level positions. He also has been on the faculty of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration- the apex training institution for senior civil servants. Thus he has a unique combination of experiences – policy making, execution and implementation as well as academic.
Anirudh Krishna (PhD in Government, Cornell University, 2000; Masters in Economics, Delhi University, 1980) is the Edgar T. Thompson Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University. His research investigates how poor communities and individuals in developing countries cope with the structural and personal constraints that result in poverty and powerlessness. His most recent book - The Broken Staircase: The Paradox and the Potential of India’s One-Billion (Penguin and Cambridge University Press, 2017) – examines why poverty persists despite rapid growth and addresses way to overcome inequality of opportunity. He has authored or co-authored five other books, including One Illness Away: Why People Become Poor and How they Escape Poverty (Oxford, 2010), and more than seventy journal articles and book chapters. Krishna received an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University, Sweden in 2011; the Olaf Palme Visiting Professorship from the Swedish Research Council in 2007; the Dudley Seers Memorial Prize in 2005 and 2013; and a best article award of the American Political Science Association in 2002. Before returning to academia, Krishna spent 14 years with the Indian Administrative Service, managing diverse rural and urban development initiatives (sites.duke.edu/Krishna).
Director, Duke Global Health Institute
Professor of Medicine and Global Health (Medicine/Infectious Diseases)
An acclaimed scientist and malariologist, Christopher Plowe, MD, MPH, F.A.S.T.M.H., is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on the molecular epidemiology of drug-resistant and "vaccine-resistant" malaria.
Prior to coming to DGHI in 2018, Dr. Plowe was the Frank M. Calia, MD Professor of Medicine and founding director of the Institute for Global Health at the University of Maryland. His malaria research group at the University of Maryland oversaw research in Africa, where he helped establish field research sites in Mali and Malawi, and in Asia, where he is a frequent traveler to new field sites in Myanmar.
While much of today's research on malaria focuses on developing new drugs or vaccines that might save lives in the future, Dr. Plowe's strategy aims to save lives right now by developing new tools to help countries eliminate malaria. His team is using molecular and genomics approaches to track the emergence and spread of drug resistance and to map the "silent reservoir" of malaria parasites responsible for transmission of new infections. He is also working to develop a vaccine that will be effective against genetically diverse malaria parasites that have shown the ability to escape the effects of first generation malaria vaccines.
Dr. Plowe received his MD degree from Cornell University Medical College and his MPH at the Columbia University School of Public Health. He completed his residency at St. Luke's Hospital in and his clinical infectious diseases fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
David B. Matchar, MD, is the Inaugural Director of the Programme in Health Services and Systems Research (HSSR) (2008 – 2018), one of five Signature Research Programmes within the Duke-NUS Medical School. Dr. Matchar is also a Professor of Medicine at Duke University in the United States. He received his AB in Statistics from Princeton University. After completing his MD degree and residency training he served as fellow in the Department of Internal Medicine at Duke University.
For over 35 years, Professor Matchar has worked in clinical research, primarily related to stroke and other chronically disabling neurological disorders, as well as clinical and public policy analysis. He served as Director of the Duke Center for Clinical Health Policy Research and established the Duke Evidence-based Practice Center, which was responsible for analysis in support of coverage policy for the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as guidelines for medical professional societies.
In 2008, Dr. Matchar moved to Singapore to set up HSSR, a research department which focuses on the challenges of an aging population, health economics, and simulation modelling to promote informed clinical and public health policy. Professor Matchar was awarded the prestigious STaR Investigator Award by the Singapore Ministry of Health's National Medical Research Council (NMRC) to establish a system modelling laboratory to evaluate clinical and public policy issues related to aging and disability. His most recent work focuses on enhancing primary care in Singapore and in Cambodia.
Eric Savage is the Co-founder & CEO of Unitus Capital (UC). Eric moved to India in 2007 to help set up UC, an impact focused investment bank, and has led the company in raising US$2 billion for various impact businesses. He has had the privilege of working with many innovative companies that do life changing work in the fields of affordable health care, financial inclusion, renewable energy, affordable education, women empowerment and agriculture. Unitus Capital has been ranked the #1 Indian investment bank by Venture Intelligence and VCCircle for the past five years. Previously, Eric ran Citigroup’s Asian investment banking franchise in the power and infrastructure sectors, and helped secure and execute multiple landmark equity, debt and M&A transactions, totaling many billions of dollars. Eric was based in NYC and Hong Kong for 14 years with Citigroup/Salomon Brothers. Eric also headed Salomon’s utilities sector equity research and was selected to Institutional Investors’ All-Asia research team.
Eric is a graduate (cum laude) of Duke University and Harvard’s Kennedy School, where he received the Lucius N. Littauer Fellow Award, the program’s top honor. Eric serves on the boards of a number of leading companies, funds and educational institutions. In 2014, Eric was named Indian Expat Entrepreneur of the Year by Expat Entrepreneurs Circle, and, in 2016, was awarded the Indira Gandhi Sadbhawana Award for his contributions to the impact investing sector. He is a highly sought after speaker, particularly in the impact investing world. Eric is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Aspen Institute’s Finance Leaders Fellowship Program.
Eve Duffy is the Associate Vice Provost for Global Affairs and oversees the strategy and operations of Duke’s Office of Global Affairs. She is an adjunct associate professor of History at Duke. She joined Duke in September of 2013 as the senior program coordinator and director of what was then called the Office of Global Strategy and Programs. She came to Duke from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (UNC-), where she directed the College of Arts and Sciences’ Public Humanities program.
Dr. Duffy received her B.A. from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She received her Magister from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, and her Ph.D. in history from UNC-CH. She was an assistant professor at Trinity University in San Antonio, a Remarque Fellow at New York University, and an instructor (?) at UNC. While studying at UNC, she administered the TransAtlantic Masters Program, one of the first transatlantic masters in political science offered by a consortium of universities in Europe and the United States.
Together with Alida Metcalf, Dr. Duffy is the author of The Return of Hans Staden: A Go-Between in the Atlantic World (2011). She is the translator of two books from German to English: Dictatorship as Experience: Towards a Socio-Cultural History of the German Democratic Republic (1999) and Reluctant Accomplice: A Wehrmacht Soldier’s Letters from the Front (2010). She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including from the German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD) and Fulbright. Her interests in museum politics and the social and cultural history of Germany inform her current research and teaching on the Holocaust in Germany. She is presently engaged with a National Endowment for the Humanities grant that will map ghetto spaces throughout Eastern Europe.
Gangadhar P. Shukla is Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, and Director of the Program on Tax Analysis and Revenue Forecasting (TARF), Budgeting and Financial Management and Monitoring and Evaluation in the public sector. Previously, he was a lecturer and a Development Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and an Associate at the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID). Shukla teaches public finance, budgeting, tax policy and tax administration at Duke. While at Harvard, he taught courses at the Kennedy School and in the Economic Department, directed the Program on Tax Analysis and Revenue Forecasting, and provided technical assistance to over a dozen countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Transitional Economies on tax policy and project evaluation. He previously served the government of India for twenty years in a variety of local, state and central government executive positions – with considerable practical experience in local government finance, urban development, public sector management, financial management, budgeting, and revenue and expenditure analysis. Shukla has a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University.
Mr. Gautam Chakraborty holds an MBA degree with specialization in Finance and is currently working with USAID/India as Senior Advisor on Health Finance. He has over two decades of experience working on health systems in India, especially in the area of Health Economics and Finance. He has worked with various research and academic institutions, management consultancy firms, state and central governments and international donors in India. In his previous engagement with a USAID funded urban health program he assisted the Government of India with the financial plan, cost and budget norms for the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM). Earlier, while working with the National Health Systems Resource Center (NHSRC), he assisted states in designing and evaluating innovative public financial management initiatives. Currently in USAID, he is exploring innovative financing options like blended finance and impact bonds, to leverage private capital for primary healthcare in India.
Gavin Yamey MD, MPH, MA is the Director of the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health based in DGHI. The Center is an innovative policy lab that addresses critical challenges in financing and delivering global health.
He trained in clinical medicine at Oxford University and University College London, medical journalism and editing at the BMJ and public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He was Deputy Editor of the Western Journal of Medicine, Assistant Editor at the BMJ, a founding Senior Editor of PLOS Medicine, and the Principal Investigator on a $1.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the launch of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. In 2009, he was awarded a Kaiser Family Mini-Media Fellowship in Global Health Reporting to examine the barriers to scaling up low cost, low tech health tools in Sudan, Uganda and Kenya.
Before joining Duke, Dr. Yamey led the Evidence-to-Policy Initiative in the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and was an Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the UCSF School of Medicine.
Ipchita Bharali is a Policy Associate and the Public Financial Management Manager at the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health, Duke Global Health Institute. She manages the country finance work focusing on financing of global health specifically through improved public financing management in low- and middle-income countries. She is currently managing the center’s domestic work in India and Ethiopia, and other cross country studies understanding domestic resource mobilization and government financing of health. Ipchita Bharali received her Masters of International Development Policy from Duke University in Durham, USA and her Masters in Economics from Gauhati University, India. She previously worked for five years for the State Bank of India on credit delivery, financial inclusion, digital banking, and improving financial literacy for women entrepreneurs and small businesses. She has also worked with Oxfam America's Private Sector Department on tax evasion and financial regulation policies.
Dr. Ishu Kataria is a Senior Public Health Researcher with RTI International‒India, where she is a part of RTI’s Global Noncommunicable Diseases Initiative team. Dr. Kataria also serves as a Special Advisor to the World Health Organization for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), and is the NCD focal point for the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth. Dr. Kataria is an early career investigator, specializing in Public Health and Nutrition. She has experience in conceptualizing and developing training interventions and designing and implementing advocacy campaigns on NCDs. Her work focuses on NCD financing, adolescent health, and youth capacity building on NCD policy advocacy. She also serves as the Global Coordinator for the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (YP‑CDN)—a global nonprofit multidisciplinary community dedicated to policy analysis, advocacy, and social change for NCDs. At YP-CDN, she works with young local community leaders at the grassroots level for advocacy campaigns on NCDs and access to medicines. She has worked with the Aga Khan Foundation in India to conceptualize and develop training modules on growth monitoring and promotion for community health workers and on nutrition and hygiene for women self-help groups. Her previous experience also involves working with the World Obesity Federation, where she documented the policy and evidence in India to provide an evidence-based model for effective integrated intervention approaches in preventing or reducing the prevalence of obesity and its related comorbidities. Dr. Kataria also has worked with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences on their community outreach program using the positive deviance approach, and with the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, on their Integrated Child Development Services strategy.
Prof. K. Srinath Reddyis the President of Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)- an autonomous foundation engaged in capacity building in Public Health in India through education, training, research, policy development, health communication and advocacy. He formerly headed the Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He was appointed as the First Bernard Lown Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Health at the Harvard School of Public Health in (2009-13) and presently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard (2014-2023). He is also an Adjunct Professor of the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University and Honorary Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney. He was also appointed as Advisor on Health to the Government of Odisha, with the rank of a Cabinet Minister in 2017.
Widely regarded as a leader of preventive cardiology at national and international levels, Prof. Reddy has been a researcher, teacher, policy enabler, advocate and activist who has worked to promote cardiovascular health, tobacco control, appropriate nutrition across the life course, chronic disease prevention and healthy living across the lifespan. He edited the National Medical Journal of India for 10 years and is on editorial board of several international and national journals. He has more than 490 scientific publications in international and Indian peer reviewed-journals.
He has served on many WHO expert panels and has been the President of the World Heart Federation (2013-14). He recently chaired the High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage, set up by the Planning Commission of India. His contributions to public health have been recognized through several awards and honours. He has also won prestigious literary awards such as the Global Peace Essay contest. He was awarded Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) conferred by University of Aberdeen, Scotland (2011), Dr. NTR Medical University (2011), University of Lausanne, Switzerland (2012), and University of Glasgow, Scotland (2013) and Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) conferred by the Jodhpur National University, India (2013) & Doctor of Science (Medicine), Honoris Causa, University of London, UK (2014).
Kartikeya Singh is deputy director of the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at CSIS. His research interests include climate change and energy policy, innovation, and the geopolitics of energy use. Dr. Singh has travelled from the Antarctic to the Arctic exploring the challenges of energy geopolitics in a changing climate. His work has allowed him to field-test and deploy clean energy technologies, including electric vehicles and off-grid solar solutions in India and Uganda. His ability to create networks and foster cross-sectoral partnerships started with the founding of the Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN), a nonprofit designed to build a national movement to drive India to lead the clean energy revolution. From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Singh served as an adviser and negotiator on behalf of the Republic of Maldives at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, focusing on mitigation and technology transfer. He also used his experience in the intergovernmental negotiation process to train diplomats and other government officials on climate change negotiation and renewable energy technology deployment. In addition, he has served on the external advisory committees focused on sustainability for major corporations such as Électricité de France and LafargeHolcim. At CSIS, Dr. Singh is charged with leading the Wadhwani Chair’s work on India’s states, including a new project on energy. Prior to joining CSIS, he worked at the U.S. Department of Energy supporting and managing U.S.-India and U.S.-Pakistan bilateral energy cooperation. Dr. Singh received his B.S. in ecology and sustainable development from Furman University, his M.E.Sc. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is the recipient of several national awards, including the Morris K. Udall Scholarship, the Switzer Fellowship, and the Boren Fellowship.
Dr. Krishna Udayakumar is the founding Director of the Duke Global Health Innovation Center, focused on generating deeper evidence and support for the study, scaling, and adaptation of health innovations and policy reforms globally. He is also Executive Director of Innovations in Healthcare, a non-profit co-founded by Duke, McKinsey & Company, and the World Economic Forum, leading the organization’s work to curate and scale the impact of transformative health solutions globally.
At Duke University, Dr. Udayakumar holds the rank of Associate Professor of Global Health and Medicine, and is a core faculty member of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. He is also Associate Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore. His work has been published in leading academic journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, and Academic Medicine.
Born in Bangalore, India, Dr. Udayakumar spent his childhood in Virginia, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia, with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with distinction. He received both an MD and an MBA (with a concentration in Health Sector Management) from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar. Dr. Udayakumar completed his residency training in internal medicine at Duke and served as Assistant Chief Resident at the Durham VA Medical Center before joining the faculty of Duke University.
Head, USAID PAHAL and Impact Investments at IPE Global; CEO at Ajooni Impact Investments
L. M. Singh leads the USAID/India flagship Innovation in health financing platform PAHAL at IPE Global and is the CEO at Ajooni Impact Investments that catalyses innovation and financing for Sustainable Development Goals. PAHAL takes a holistic approach to scale business models that can improve access to quality, affordable healthcare for the poor and vulnerable, by providing access to blended finance and market linkages.LM has over 3 decades of diversified entrepreneurial, investment and advisory experience serving high growth SME’s and social enterprises. He has held senior management and board positions working in India, New York London, UAE and Bahrain, leading public market investing, private equity, mergers, acquisitions, buy outs, re-structuring, turnarounds, capital raise and exits. LM graduated with B.Com (hons) from SRCC, Delhi University, is a qualified Chartered Accountant (FCA, India) trained with Price Waterhouse, and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA, USA).
Lijing L. Yan, PhD, MPH, is the Head of Non-communicable Chronic Diseases (NCDs) Research at the Global Health Research Center since July 2014 and Director of Graduate Studies for the Master of Science in Global Health Program at Duke Kunshan University in China, and an Associate Research Professor at the Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University in the USA. Previously, she was the Deputy Director of the George Institute for Global Health at Peking University Health Science Center and Director of the China International Center for Chronic Disease Prevention, a large network of 5 international academic institutions and 7 Chinese institutions dedicated to combat NCDs in China. She is also an Honorary Associate at the Center for Healthy Aging and Development Studies, National School of Development, Peking University, Beijing, China and Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Australia and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Peking University, a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology and a doctoral degree in Demography from the University of California, Berkeley. Her main areas of research are primary care and community-based chronic disease prevention and control (hypertension, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes in particular), healthy aging, health innovation and implementation science. She is the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on a number of US NIH and UK MRC-funded and China-funded research grants. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers some of which in leading medical journals such as JAMA, the Lancet, and Circulation. She is the former secretary general of the China Consortium of Universities for Global Health and the elected member of the Chinese Global Health Society of the China Preventive Medicine Association. She also provides advices and consultancy to national and international organizations.
Malliga J Subramanian (MD), is the associate professor, Department of Gynaecologic Oncology and Head–in charge at Department of Preventive Oncology, Cancer Institute (WIA), Chennai, A clinician trained in Gynaecologic oncology, her work primarily focuses on prevention of cervix and breast cancers. Dr. Subramanian is involved with epidemiological and interventional studies related to these cancers. Her research initiatives and related work involve generating evidence and develop best practices suitable for community-based application in prevention and early detection of common women cancers. She is part of the State cervix cancer control working group and National NCD control expert committee.
Her current work involves HPV testing as primary screening in low resource settings and a feasibility study on implementation of HPV vaccination in the community.
She has done MD in Gynaecology from Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai in 2002. She followed it with a research fellowship in Gynaecologic Oncology at Tata Memorial Center, Mumbai. Dr. Subramanian has also attended the IARC summer school on epidemiology.
Prof. Manoj Mohanan is an Associate Professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. He also has secondary appointments in the Department of Economics and the Global Health Institute at Duke. Prof Mohanan is an applied economist, focusing on health and development economics, with a background in medicine and public health. His research spans topics in applied microeconomics, focusing on health and development economics, as well as topics on health policy in developing countries in general. His research has contributed to development of standardized patients methodology to measure quality of care and documenting the know-do gap in quality of care delivered. In his earlier work, he studied causal effects of health shocks on economic outcomes. In addition to his work in India, Mohanan has also conducted research on health policies in Kenya, Rwanda, and China. As a co-founder of COHESIVE-India (Collaboration for Health System Improvement and Impact Evaluation in India), he has led large scale evaluations of policies and innovative programs in Gujarat (Chiranjeevi), Bihar (Telemedicine / Social Franchising), Uttar Pradesh (Social Accountability), and Karnataka (Thayi Bhagya). He has conducted large-scale randomized field experiments in the health sector in India to examine the effect of incentive contracts on healthcare performance and the effect of monitoring / accountability on child health outcomes. Mohanan’s current research examines how information within social networks influences participation in civic action in the context of community monitoring in the health sector. He also leads the evaluation of India’s cash transfers for maternal health (PMMVY) in Madhya Pradesh. At Sanford, Mohanan teaches core courses in microeconomics and empirical research methods, in addition to survey research methods and other applied topics. Prof Mohanan has a PhD degree from Harvard University.
Dr. Bergin is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Prat School of Engineering, Duke University. Dr. Bergin's research focus is on the influence of air pollution on both climate and human health. His specific interest is particulate matter (PM), and he has done a wide range of study on the emission, formation, deposition and impacts of PM. He is particularly interested in how PM impacts climate by modifying the radiation balance of the atmosphere and he has done studies in both pristine regions of the world (Greenland and the Himalaya), as well as hazy regions (the South-eastern US, China, and India).
More recently, Dr. Bergin has been studying the influence of PM on human health with emphasis on determining the relative contributions of sources (such as biomass burning and vehicular emissions) to acute health impacts. He is also involved in developing and deploying the next generation of air quality sensors to inform citizens on the quality of the air they are breathing so that they can make informed decisions to improve their air. His vision involves combining a multidisciplinary, multicultural approach to research and education that brings together researchers from around the world to collectively work together to make the air cleaner.
Dr. Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at IIT Madras and Director of the Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre (HTIC), an R&D centre of IIT Madras. After his PhD and postdoctoral training in US in medical devices for 8 years involving implantable devices for restoring biological functionality in blindness and paralysis, he returned to India with the goal of developing affordable medical technologies in the country. Since 2009, he has successfully built an ecosystem of technologists, clinicians and industry, culminating in setting up of Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre (HTIC) in 2011. HTIC has grown into a unique and leading med-tech innovation ecosystem in the country bringing together more than 30 medical institutions, industries, government agencies, collaborating with HTIC in developing affordable healthcare technologies and deploying them through industry and government partnerships.
Muzna Fatima Alvi, is an Associate Research Fellow with the Environment and Production Technology Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute, New Delhi. Her research interests include studying ethnicity and social identity in the context of economic decision making around employment, health and education, particularly for women. Muzna has a PhD and MA in Economics from Michigan State University and an MPhil in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has previously worked with the World Bank, Planning Commission of India and GIZ.
Director, India Country Office,
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
In his role as director, India Country Office, Nachiket Mor oversees the foundation's efforts to improve family health, sanitation, financial inclusion, and agriculture in India. He and the foundation team based in New Delhi work closely with India's central and state governments, local and global nonprofits, community groups, researchers, and the private sector to help India achieve its health and development goals.
Nachiket Mor is a Yale World Fellow. He has a BS in Physics from the Mumbai University; a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad; and a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, with a specialization in Finance from the Wharton School. He has interests in the fields of financial services and healthcare.
In healthcare, he was a member of the Planning Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Universal Health Care, the Primary Care Task Force of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Task Force on Global Health at the National Academy of Medicine in Washington DC, and the Health Commission for the State of Himachal Pradesh. He also helped create a new model for comprehensive primary care, pioneered by SughaVazhvu Healthcare in remote rural parts of Tamil Nadu and offers a seminar on Health Systems Design at the Chennai based Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health.
In financial services, he has worked with ICICI for over two decades , and was a member of its Board of Directors with responsibilities for project finance, corporate banking, treasury, and rural banking. During this period, he was also board chair of the Fixed Income Money Market & Derivatives Association and helped launch the National Commodities and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX). He has served as the chair of the Governing Council of IFMR Trust and as a member of the Boards of the RBI, NABARD, CRISIL, and MUDRA. For the RBI, he has also chaired the Eastern Area Local Board, the Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low Income Households, and the Committee on the Licensing of Payment Banks.
Dr Nima Asgari is the Director at Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. He has over 20 years of experience, working in public health development and health systems focusing on strategic planning and coordination of development across multiple partners. He has worked on international health in Thailand, Cambodia, China, The Philippines and is now heading the APO in Delhi. He is Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health in UK and his particular interest is on the role of health systems in strengthening response to chronic and emerging diseases. He has recently co-edited a book on resilient and people-centred health systems in Asia. Dr. Nima Asgari received his medical degree as well as Bachelor’s degree in Parasitology from University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has a Master’s degree in Public Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health in England. He has numerous peer reviewed publications covering various aspects of emerging diseases
Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Global Health
Director, Center for Global Women's Health Technologies
Dr. Ramanujam is the Robert W. Carr Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and also a faculty member in the Global Health Institute and Dept. Pharmacology and Cell Biology at Duke University. She is an innovator, educator and entrepreneur and her mission is to develop and leverage technology to have the most wide reaching impact in women’s health. She directs the center for Global Women’s Health Technologies (GWHT), a partnership between the Pratt School of Engineering and the Duke Global Health Institute. Through the GWHT, she is empowering her trainees at Duke and beyond to be agents of change - providing them with the knowledge, confidence and critical thinking skills to create impactful solutions to improve women’s lives.
Dr. Ramanujam’s research focuses on womens’ cancers and in particular breast and cervical cancer. Her goals are to design innovations that enable complex referral services often reserved for hospitals to be accessible at the community/primary care level, develop technologies to see and treat women with early stage disease in one visit and to develop tools that will make cancer treatment more effective and efficient. One example of a technology she and her team has developed to achieve health care impact is the Pocket Colposcope. The Pocket colposcope has the potential to revolutionize cervical cancer screening in low resource communities by enhancing the effectiveness and scalability of the screening process, reducing loss to follow up and guiding treatment decisions.
Women around the world are disproportionately impacted by health, educational and economic inequities. Thus, much of Dr. Ramanujam’s work has a global reach. Countries she and her team have worked in include India, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Peru, Honduras, Guatemala, Haiti and the U.S. These interactions have resulted in a community that is growing exponentially and has an international reach across a number of different sectors including academia, industry, non-governmental organizations and the government.
Professor D. Prabhakaran is a cardiologist and epidemiologist by training. He is an internationally renowned researcher and is currently the Vice President- Research & Policy, Public Health Foundation of India, Executive Director of Centre for Chronic Disease Control, New Delhi, India and Professor (Epidemiology) London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. He heads the Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions at PHFI which is a joint initiative of four leading institutions (Public Health Foundation of India, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and Emory University). This centre conduct cutting edge research in the prevention of chronic diseases in India and the developing world. Prof. Prabhakaran is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, UK, Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India, and an Adjunct Professor at the Emory University. He is member of Executive Council of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) and Chair of the International Society of CVD Epidemiology and Prevention (ISCEP). He has received funding from NHLBI, Wellcome Trust, European Commission and several other international and national funding bodies. He has mentored over 50 post-doctoral and doctoral students so far. He has authored several chapters and over 400 scholarly papers with an H index of 67. He is the lead editor of the Cardiovascular Disease Volume of the latest Disease Control Priorities Project.
Rajeev Sadanandan is a career civil service officer with specialization in health systems and health financing. During his three terms as health secretary of Kerala he initiated transformation of health systems with a focus on primary, designing and executing disease prevention and health promotion programmes, integrating social and epidemiological determinants to health care and applying technology to improve healthcare delivery. He was the CEO of RSBY, the India’s national social health programme. Rajeev had been involved in developing and managing the TB control programme, HIV/AIDS programme at the national and state level. He also developed Kerala’s programme for prevention and management of Non Communicable Diseases. He worked for a brief stint in UNAIDS and has been a member of technical committees set up by UNAIDS and WHO and is currently one of the editors of WHO’s Global Report on Cancer.
Ronak Sutaria is an Industry Partner to IIT Kanpur, along-with other research PIs from IIT Bombay, IISc Bangalore & Duke University on a 5-year DST-Intel funded project, administered by IUSSTF on "Realtime Air Quality Monitoring" called SATVAM (Streaming Analytics over Temporal Variables for Air quality Monitoring).” He has over 16 yrs of technology architecture, research & solution development experience & is currently the Co-founder & Director of Mumbai based Respirer Living Sciences Pvt. Ltd. which, as part of its UrbanSciences initiative, has developed the “Atmos - Realtime Air Quality Network”. Atmos is India’s first peer-reviewed & scientifically validated Realtime Sensor-based Air Quality Monitoring Network. The network at present has over 200 Realtime PM2.5 monitors deployed in 25 cities of India. Prior to this, he successfully led a team at an award winning governance & policy research foundation in Mumbai where he launched a data journalism focused air quality monitoring network called #Breathe. The project won the mBillionth 2016 award in the environment category and an honourable mention in the Data Journalism Award 2016 in the Open data category. Ronak started his career in Sept 2001 at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) working on sponsored network security projects. He has worked for 5 years in Silicon Valley, California in a funded startup working on cryptographic solutions for Visa & MasterCard. He is also at present a PhD Researcher at IIT Bombay focusing on Urban Policy issues using Big Data Analytics & Wireless Sensor Networks. He has a Bachelor of Engineering & Master of Science degrees in Computer Science.
Prof. Sachchida (Sachi) Nand Tripathi currently holds Senior Professor position in Civil Engineering Department and also associated with Centre of Environmental Science and Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He had his Ph. D. from Reading University and post-docs at Bhabha Atomic Research Center and Oxford University. He obtained his B. Tech. in Civil Engineering from IIT-BHU (Formerly IT-BHU).
He has been a Senior Fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. SachchidaNand Tripathi has been awarded NASI-SCOPUS young scientist award 2009 in Earth Sciences, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award 2014 in Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences (highest in science given by Government of India) and is an elected fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering and The National Academy of Sciences India. He is also Distinguished Alumnus of Banaras Hindu University. He has visiting Professor assignments to many universities including University of Tokyo (Japan), Orleans University (France) and Georgia Institute of Technology (USA). He is the Principal Investigator of National Aerosol Facility at IITK the first in country and indeed in academic institutions in Asia which will help quantify the aerosol source term simulators of 'Severe Reactor Accident Scenario' and their impact on the environment.
Saloni Goel is a consultant in the environment and development sector and is currently engaged in the World Bank funded Uttar Pradesh Health System Strengthening Project, wherein she is consulting for Sanitation in Kumbh Mela 2019, and is responsible for developing, piloting and implementing initiatives for management of environmental implications of healthcare delivery. She is a member of the Expert Appraisal Committee of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India, and Plastic and Solid Waste Management Committee of Central Pollution Control Board. She has been part of the UNDP appointed team consulting to the Government of Uttar Pradesh for developing the Sustainable Development Goals for the state where she worked with the Departments of Health and Forest to document their current status, and develop targets, indicators and strategies for the future. She is a recipient of the ‘Kalam Award for Innovation in Governance’. Saloni Goel received her Master of Science degree in Environment & Development from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and completed the Integrated Master of Technology degree in Biochemical Engineering & Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
Sandeep Ahuja, is the Co-Founder and CEO of Operation Asha. As CEO, Sandeep has led the organization since 2006. His sharp business acumen has earned praise and created a cost-effective method of treating tuberculosis. He was member of the Board of the Stop TB Partnership from 2009-12 where he represented NGOs of developing countries. Before founding Operation ASHA, Sandeep served for many years as additional commissioner for the Government of India. He then travelled to the U.S., where he earned a masters degree in public policy at the University of Chicago and a certificate in health policy & administration. During his tenure at the University of Chicago, he was awarded the Harris Fellowship. He was also selected as a McCormick Tribune Community Leadership Fellow in Chicago. Sandeep has also taught a short course titled “Global Health Problems” at the University of Chicago in February 2008. He is a Member of Advisory Board at GlobeMed, University of Chicago and an External Student Advisor for Dartmouth College, US.
Shoumik Guha is the Head of Partnerships at WISH Foundation. With over 20 Years of demonstrated experience in business development, strategy, planning including business operations in understanding client requirements, devising PPP models and analysing businesses, Shoumik drives strategic alliances at WISH. Shoumik has over the years essayed multiple roles in large healthcare organizations such as Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Limited, Max Healthcare, Bilcare Limited and brings his passion, experience and knowledge to the public health domain. Shoumik holds a Degree in Chemical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal & is an MBA in Marketing from Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon. Shoumik is an avid auto enthusiast and an off road junkie.
Suneeta Krishan is the Country Lead- Measurement, Learning and Evaluation at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She is a social epidemiologist with 20 years of experience conducting research and engaging policymakers on the promotion of health and social equity, with a focus on India. Drawing on the frameworks and tools of social epidemiology, biostatistics and medical anthropology, she has studied the pathways through which poverty, gender and other social inequities lead to adverse health outcomes such as unintended pregnancies, HIV/AIDS, and noncommunicable diseases. She has developed and tested novel interventions to promote health and social equity. Suneeta has also actively engaged with national and state governments and non-governmental actors on the translation of evidence into policies and programs. She served as country director of Research Triangle Institute's Indian subsidiary and has held faculty positions at the University of California San Francisco and Berkeley, the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, the St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore and the James P Grant School of Public Health in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and has been a member of the Gender and Rights Advisory Panel of the World Health Organization Department of Reproductive Health and Research. Since 2016, she has been at the Gates Foundation’s India Country Office where she now leads the Measurement, Learning and Evaluation team. Suneeta is a graduate of Barnard College and received her doctoral degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a recipient of the 2004 U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
Professor Vivekanand Jha is the Executive Director at The George Institute for Global Health, India, and a James Martin Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health, University of Oxford, and the President-Elect of the International Society of Nephrology. Prof Jha is recognized as a global expert on kidney disease, and focuses on emerging public health threats globally and in India. He currently leads research projects operating in more than 20 countries. He is particularly interested in using multi-disciplinary approaches and innovations to address the system level health and economic challenge posed to humanity by non-communicable diseases. He has published over 280 peer reviewed papers, many in the most prestigious journal in the world and over 40 book chapters. He is frequently invited to lecture at major international conferences. He has held leadership positions in many organizations, is a member of Task Forces and Scientific Advisory Committees of the Department of Science and Technology of Govt of India, an Advisor to the WHO, has been on Editorial Boards of major journals and has been Section Editor of The Oxford Textbook of Clinical Nephrology.