Women in Global Health Research Initiative

2020 Scientific Conference

April 28, 2020  New York, NY

Keynote Addresses

Soumya Swaminathan, MD; World Health Organization

Dr Soumya Swaminathan is the WHO Chief Scientist and was previously the WHO's Deputy Director-General for Programmes. A pediatrician from India and a globally recognized researcher on tuberculosis and HIV, she brings with her 30 years of experience in clinical care and research and has worked throughout her career to translate research into impactful programs.


Dr Swaminathan was Secretary to the Government of India for Health Research and Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research from 2015 to 2017. From 2009 to 2011, she also served as Coordinator of the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases in Geneva.


Dr. Swaminathan has published more than 350 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She is an elected Foreign Fellow of the US National Academy of Medicine and a Fellow of all three science academies in India. She has previously been on several WHO and global advisory bodies and committees, including the WHO Expert Panel to Review Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of the Global TB Department at WHO, and most recently was Co-Chair of the Lancet Commission on TB.

Individual, Degree; Institution

Personal biography around 200 words long detailing their work and qualifications. 

Indivdual, Degree; Institution

Personal biography around 200 words long detailing their work and qualifications

Panel Discussions

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Please find the full agenda for the 2020 Scientific Conference here.