Manica Balasegaram, Director, GARDP, DNDi
Dr Manica Balasegaram trained as a medical doctor at the University of Nottingham, UK from where he started his career in internal and emergency medicine. From 2001 onwards, he worked as a doctor and researcher in several countries in Sub- Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. He also gained significant experience working in humanitarian emergencies and responses, largely with Médecins sans Frontières (MSF).
At the end of 2007 he joined the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative as Head of Leishmaniasis Clinical Program – a position he held for four years before returning to MSF as Executive Director of their Access Campaign. He was appointed director of GARDP in June 2016. He is also currently a board member of the Medicines Patent Pool as well as of FIND’s Scientific Advisory Committee.
Manica’s experience spans clinical and public health practice in infectious diseases, international work on health policy & access to medicines where he has served on numerous international technical and health policy panels and experts groups. He also has substantial experience in clinical trials and drug development working as a site investigator, principal investigator, and project manager.
Photo credit: JCNougaret/MSF