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Dr. Unni Karunakara

Dr. Unni Karunakara has been a humanitarian worker and a public-health professional for two decades, with extensive experience in the delivery of healthcare to neglected populations affected by conflict, disasters and epidemics in Africa, Asia and the Americas. He was medical director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines (2005-2007) and later its International President (2010-2013). Dr. Karunakara serves on the Board of Directors of Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) India and MSF Holland. In 2001, he helped found Vivo, an organization that works toward overcoming and preventing traumatic stress and its consequences. Dr. Karunakara is currently a Senior Fellow of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University, and a visiting professor at India’s Manipal University.