Celebrating 10 years of medical and public health research in India

The George Institute for Global health has completed ten years of medical and public health research in India. We are celebrating our tenth anniversary on 15th December 2017 from 2.00 pm to 5.30pm in New Delhi.

Over the past decade, as part of our mission to improve the health of millions of people, our focus has been on reducing premature death and disability from chronic and critical conditions, such as heart and kidney disease, diabetes and stroke etc.

The main highlights will be an Oration delivered by Prof. K. Srinath Reddy, President at Public Health Foundation of India, on 'Chronic Diseases in India: Challenges in Catalysing Research and Converting Policy', followed by a high-level Panel Discussion involving experts from various health sectors on 'Patient and Public participation in Healthcare Delivery'.

We will also give out prizes to the winners of our Essay Writing Competition on Adolescent Health and Health Innovation Contest 2017, and release TGI tenth anniversary booklet during the event.


Ms Harinder Kaur Sidhu, a career officer with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), is presently Australia’s High Commissioner to India. Her most recent role was as head of the Multilateral Policy Division of DFAT.

Professor K. Srinath Reddy is presently President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and formerly headed the Department of Cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University and Honorary Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney.

Dr Rajani R Ved is Executive Director of the National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC) and has around 30 years of experience working on community-based health services delivery and health systems strengthening. Dr Ved has an MBBS from Madras University and MPH from Harvard University and is a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 

Ms Sujatha Rao is former Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. She served as Union Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the Government of India until 2010, where she was involved in the development of the first national program for non-communicable diseases. She has represented India on boards of the WHO, Global Fund and UNAIDS. Ms Rao was previously a Takemi Fellow for International Health at Harvard School of Public Health (1993).

Mr Dinesh C. Sharma is an imminent health and science journalist who is currently working as editor of the India Science wire. He has more than three decades of experience as a journalist and is the author of two books, “The Long Revolution: The Birth and Growth of India’s IT Industry” and “Know Your Heart”.

Professor Ian Jacobs is President and Vice-Chancellor of UNSW Sydney (the University of New South Wales), a position he has held since February 2015. Immediately prior to joining UNSW he was Vice President and Dean at the University of Manchester and Director of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre. He was previously at University College London, where he created and led the Institute for Women’s Health, was Research Director of UCL Partners and Dean of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences.

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. He is a physician with a specialization in kidney diseases and serves on the international advisory boards of several organisations. Recently, he was chosen as the President-elect of the International Society of Nephrology from 2019.  

Professor Robyn Norton is co-founder and Principal Director of The George Institute for Global Health. She is Professor of Global Health and Oxford Martin Senior Fellow, University of Oxford; Professor of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney; and Honorary Professor at Peking University.

Dr Henk Bekedam is the WHO Representative to India. He is a Dutch national and a medical doctor by training. Prior to his arrival in India, Dr Bekedam was the WHO Representative to Egypt. Dr Bekedam was also for six years the Director of Health Sector Development in the WHO Western Pacific Region.

Dr Narottam Puri is Medical Advisor, Fortis Healthcare and Advisor, Health Services, FICCI. He began his medical journey in the public sector at the Irwin Hospital (LNJP) and had the privilege of four decades of clinical practice in very prestigious institutions including Maulana Azad Medical College, Mool Chand Hospital, Max Healthcare, Maan Hospital, Sant Parmanand Hospital and Fortis Healthcare Ltd.

Dr Dinesh Arora, an IAS officer of 2002-batch, Kerala is the Director of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog). Prior to this, he served as the Executive Director, Rural Electrification Limited (REC Ltd). A doctor by study, Arora started his Indian Administrative Service career in 2002. For three years, Arora served as Mission Director of National Rural Health Mission from 2006-2009 and served as District Collector of Thiruvananthapuram in 2011.

About The George Institute for Global Health in India

Established ten years ago in 2007, we have been working to generate high-quality evidence and improve the health of millions of Indians by reducing premature deaths and disability from non-communicable diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney disease, stroke, mental health, and injuries.

TGI India’s research uses innovative approaches to create system-wide change for people at the bottom of the pyramid, develop affordable and scalable solutions, and to empower people to improve their own health.

Our ten-year journey has been characterised by research and advocacy around areas traditionally neglected by the healthcare and policy community -the health of women and girls, adolescents and promoting healthy eating and living.

With researchers in Delhi, Hyderabad and around India, TGI India is a stellar example of Australia and India working together to improve people’s health. Local innovation and medical research expertise paired with a global reach embody the work at The George Institute, India.

Related Contact:

Kannan Krishnaswamy,
Communications Manager, 
Email: kkrishnaswamy@georgeinstitute.org.in
Tel: +91-9911123951