Leadership Group

Dr Soumya Swaminathan

Dr Swaminathan holds an M.B.B.S from India’s Armed Forces Medical College, and an M.D. in paediatrics from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in paediatric pulmonology at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, University of Southern California before joining the Department of Paediatric Respiratory Diseases, University of Leicester, UK. In 2012 Dr Swaminathan was appointed Director of the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, and in 2015 was selected as the Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research and Secretary of the Department of Health Research (Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare). 

Prof Nirmal Ganguly

Professor Ganguly graduated from R. G. Kar Medical College before completing his M.D. in microbiology at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (India). He is currently appointed as an Advisor at the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, and is an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Health at the University of Minnesota. Professor Ganguly has previously served as the Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research, President of the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (India), Director of the National Institute of Biologicals, and President of the Asian Institute of Public Health. 

Dr P.K. Sen

Dr Sen holds an M.B.B.S. from Calcutta Medical College, and completed his M.D. in Preventive and Social Medicine at Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (India). He had a long tenure as a public health specialist at the All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health, Calcutta and is currently serving as the Director of India’s National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare), responsible for planning, coordination and monitoring of implementation of programmes for control of vector borne diseases viz., malaria, kala-azar, lymphatic filariasis, dengue, chikungunya and Japanese encephalitis in the country.

Dr Ahmed Jamsheed Mohamed

Dr Mohamed obtained his M.B.B.S from Indira Gandhi Medical College, Nangpur University, before completing a Masters in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He worked as the Director General of the Centre of Community Health and Disease Control (Maldives), Chief Operating Officer of ADK Hospital (Maldives), and the WHO’s EB 2nd Vice Chairperson before being appointed the Maldives’ Minister of Health. Dr Mohamed is currently serving as a Regional Advisor to the WHO’s Southeast Asia Regional Office.  

Dr Dan Strickman

Dr Strickman completed a BA in Biology at the University of California, Riverside, and an MSc and PhD at the University of Illinois. He currently works as a senior project officer in vector control at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr Strickman's previous appointments include chief of the Department of Entomology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, entomologist at the Santa Clara County Vector Control District, and director of overseas laboratories and national programme leader at the Agricultural Research Service, US Department of Agriculture.