The Population Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Manoj Gopalakrishna to its Board of Trustees.  

Manoj Gopalakrishna brings over three decades of cross-sector experience in South Asia’s healthcare arena. Over this period, he has held senior leadership positions at HLL Lifecare; Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD); HCL Healthcare; and CARE. At HLL Lifecare and CARE, he designed and executed large-scale family planning, maternal and newborn care, and reproductive health programs in partnership with global development agencies. Under his leadership, BD scaled up its manufacturing, marketing, and research and development operations in South Asia. He is currently leading operations of the global MedTech startup Maternal and Newborn Health Innovations PBC (MNHI) in South Asia.

Gopalakrishna is an active player in the start-up ecosystem in India. He is currently incubating a digital oncology platform to bridge gaps in cancer care delivery. He is also serving in an advisory role with CARE USA to advance market-based approaches in health, livelihoods, and education, and to build a Global Impact Innovation Hub.

Based in Delhi, India, Gopalakrishna holds a master’s degree in business administration from Calicut University, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Manoj is a visionary leader in establishing public-private partnerships for health,” said Pat Vaughan, Interim Co-President and General Counsel of the Population Council. “Manoj has collaborated with the Population Council for many years,” added Jim Sailer, Interim Co-President and Executive Director of the Center for Biomedical Research. “I had the privilege of working with him to arrange a Phase 3 trial for our progesterone vaginal ring in India. His expertise in designing innovative health care products and services will advance our efforts to lead the global market in high-quality and affordable products that promote sexual and reproductive health, rights, and choices for people in low- and middle-income countries.”

Gopalakrishna joins 15 other Trustees on the Population Council’s international board, and who bring a diversity of expertise in areas including sexual and reproductive health, biomedical research, education, climate change, communications, international law, finance, investment, and management.

View a complete list of the Council’s Board of Trustees.

October 16, 2023

By: Population Council

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