Dr Suman Rijal, Director of DNDi Regional Office, DNDi in India

Dr Suman Rijal joined DNDi in 2014 as the Managing Director of the Regional Office in India.

Before joining DNDi he was Professor of Internal Medicine and Chief, Tropical and Infectious Diseases Centre, at B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal where he has been a faculty since 1997. Since the last 15 years he has been working in the field of neglected tropical diseases particularly kala-azar. He has coordinated several collaborative research projects and participated in the developments of guidelines for the control of kala-azar in the region.

He undertook his medical training in Kolkata, India and United Kingdom and was awarded a PhD from University of Gent, Belgium. He is a member of several national and international committees including the WHO Expert Panel on Parasitic Diseases (Leishmaniasis), Geneva, and Regional Technical Advisory Group on VL Elimination at SEARO/WHO.