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Gopi Gopalakrishnan

President and Founder, World Health Partners

Skoll Awardee


Gopi Gopalakrishnan has over 25 years of experience in implementing large-scale service-delivery programs in low-resource settings in India and Africa. He founded and administered two large organizations—World Health Partners in 2008 and Janani in 1995 and implemented programs for Population Services International and DKT International, two global organizations. He also worked as Director of International Programs of DKT- I based in Washington DC.

WHP and Janani have won national and international acclaim for their innovative and creative management that pays particular attention to cost efficiencies and self-sustainability. In 2013, Gopi won Skoll’s Global Award for Social Entrepreneurship and the World Economic Forum-linked Schwab Foundation award. In 2015, he won the Asian Award for Entrepreneurship and was selected a Fellow of the Ashoka Foundation. He received a prestigious civilian honor from the Government of Vietnam in 2006 for his work as the Country Director of DKT International.

While all the organizations Gopi has been associated with specialize in using private sector resources to supplement public sector delivery of services, WHP is increasingly moving toward integrating the range of technologies it has developed for private sector engagement into public sector programming and finding common avenues of collaboration. The approach of creating an ecosystem of delivery that will accommodate all available resources to address critical health needs of the community is finding increasing resonance among policy makers.

Gopi has been a member of India’s Population Commission and has advised the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and numerous national and international organizations. He served on the global technical advisory board of the International Finance Corporation, and is currently on the Advisory Group on Community Action (AGCA) of India’s National Rural Health Mission. He is on the expert panel advising Global Coalition against TB.


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