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 Jagdish Prasad

Professor Prasad is the current Director General of Health Services in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. He is also Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Vardhaman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjang Hospital (India). Professor Prasad completed his M.B.B.S and M.S. (General Surgery) at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, and his Masters of Surgery (Cardiothoracic Surgery) at KEM Hospital. Prior to being appointed Director General of Health Services, Professor Prasad served as the Additional Director General of the Ministry of Health and 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 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 P. K. Sen

Dr Sen is the Director of India’s National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme. 

Dr Daniel 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. 

Steering Committee

Prof Marleen Boelaert

Professor Boelaert is currently Head of the Department of Public Health and Professor of Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases at the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp (Belgium). She has previously worked as the Chair of the Board of Directors at Médicins Sans Frontières. Professor Boelaert completed her MD at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), and her PhD at Ghent University (Belgium).  

Prof Mary Cameron

Professor Cameron obtained her Bachelors of Science in zoology and PhD in entomology from the University of London. Her current appointment is Professor of Medical Entomology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK). Previously, she has worked as a Research Fellow at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (UK), and Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford (UK). 

Dr Pradeep Das

Dr Das has a Masters of Science from Kanpur University (India) and a PhD from the Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow (India). His current appointment is Scientist G and Director of the Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Science.  

Prof Aditya Prasad Dash

Professor Dash is the Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Tamil Nadu (India). He has previously served as the Director and Distinguished Scientist at the Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar (India), and Advisor to the WHO. Professor Dash holds an MSc, PhD and DSc from Utkal University (India).  

Dr N. Devadasan

Dr Devadasan holds an MBBS, and a Masters of Public Health and PhD from the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp (Belgium). He is the co-founder and current Director of the Institute of Public Health Bengaluru (India), where he works on health financing, access to health care and health management. Dr Devadasan worked with the Adivasis of Gudalur for 10 years to build a comprehensive health system, and with the WHO in Orissa and Delhi as head of their communicable disease cluster.   

Dr Raman Gangakhedkar

Dr Gangakhedkar is Head of the Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases Division of the Indian Council of Medical Research. His previous appointments include Director of the National AIDS Research Institute (India). Dr Gangakhedkar obtained his MBBS and DCH from Government Medical College, Aurangabad, before moving to Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, US) to complete a Masters in Public Health. Dr Gangakhedkar has significant experience researching HIV and AIDS.

Dr Raj Ghosh

Dr Ghosh currently works as the Deputy Director of India Vaccine Delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His previous appointments include Technical Director of PATH’s vaccine and drug development and delivery portfolios in India, Bangladesh and Nepal, Regional Coordinator for India’s National Polio Surveillance Project, and Director of the Japanese Encephalitis project at PATH. Dr Ghosh obtained his M.B.B.S from Calcutta National Medical College (India).  

Prof Graham Medley

Professor Medley completed a BSc in biology and computer science at the University of York (UK) before beginning his PhD in Epidemiology at Imperial College London (UK). He is currently Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK). Prior to joining LSHTM, he was Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Professor Emeritus at the University of Warwick (UK).  

Prof Suman Rijal

Professor Rijal is currently working as the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative’s Managing Director of the Regional Office in India. He holds an M.B.B.S. from Calcutta Medical College (India), and a PhD from Ghent University (Belgium). Prior to joining DNDi Professor Rijal was Professor of Internal Medicine and Chief of the Tropical and Infectious Diseases Centre at B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (Nepal).  

Dr Nupur Roy

Dr Roy holds a Doctor of Public Health and undertook her M.B.B.S. at the University of Calcutta’s Medical College (India). She is currently Additional Director and Head of Kala-Azar and Lymphatic Filariasis at the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (India).  

Prof Shyam Sundar

Professor Sundar holds an M.B.B.S and M.D. in medicine from Banaras Hindu University (India). He is currently Professor of Medicine and Programme Director of the Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory at Banaras Hindu University. He has previously served as Head of the Department of Medicine at Banaras Hindu University and Professor in Charge at the Centre of Experimental Medicine and Surgery.  


National Delegates

Dr R.K Das Gupta, Dr M P Sharma, Dr Geeta Yadav, Dr Vijay Nath Khanna, Dr Adhip Ghosh, Dr V K Raina, Dr Manju Rahi, Dr Poonam Salotra, Dr Sarala K. Subbarao, Dr Krishna Pandey, Dr Vijay Kumar, Dr V.N.R. Das, Prof A.P. Dash, Dr Rajesh Pandey, Dr Sridhar Srikantiah, Dr Ram Singh, Dr Sakib Burza, Prof Mitali Chatterjee, Dr Jambulingam Purushothaman, Dr Amresh Kumar, Dr Vishal Goyal, Dr. Shyamal Roy, Dr RP Goswami, Dr Om Prakash Singh, Dr Jaya Chakravarty, Dr R. Madhubala, Dr Sanghamitra Pati, Usha Kiran Tarigopula, Dr Vijayashree Holalkere Yellappa, Sarabjit Chadha 

International Delegates

Prof Simon Croft (LSHTM), Prof Graham Medley (LSHTM), Dr Piero Olliaro (WHO), Dr Marleen Boelaert (ITM), Prof Janet Hemingway (LSTM), Dr Dinesh Mondal (ICDDR), Dr Deirdre Hollingsworth (Warwick), Mr Richard Poche (Genesis), Dr Murari Lal Das (KIHS), Dr Malcom Duthie (IDRI), Dr Randall Howard (IDRI), Dr Greg Matlashewski (McGill), Mrs Shannon McIntyre (LSHTM)