Dr Lalit Kant
Former Senior Scientific Adviser, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Former DNDi Board Member
Dr Lalit Kant has been a Board Member of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative between 2003 and 2010 as a representative of the Indian Council of Medical Research – one of the founding partners of DNDi.
Before retiring, he was Senior Scientific Adviser at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he was responsible for ensuring that the products and interventions were developed and moved through the development pipeline (including regulatory processes) smoothly and were available in a timely manner. He interfaced with some of key health R&D partners in India (public and private sector, academia and research institutes, civil societies and industry) and worked closely with a number of R&D-oriented teams in Seattle.
He joined the Foundation in May 2011 as Deputy Director, Vaccines & Immunizations, and became Advisor in July 2013.
A medical doctor by training he did his MD from Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi University and M Sc in Communicable Disease Epidemiology from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr Kant was at the Indian Council of Medical Research since 1985, where he headed the Division of Epidemiology & Communicable Diseases for ten years before taking voluntary retirement in April 2011. He also held additional charge of the Divisions of Basic Medical Sciences and International Health.