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Gopi Gopalakrishnan

President and Founder, World Health Partners

Skoll Awardee


Gopi Gopalakrishnan has over 30 years of experience in implementing large-scale service-delivery programs in low-resource settings. He has founded two large organizations so far—World Health Partners which focuses on delivering primary health care to rural communities by innovatively harnessing existing resources in the poorest states of India and earlier Janani which delivers reproductive health services in Bihar and Jharkhand.

Gopi’s network management strategies have been recognized worldwide as some of the most effective methods for translating the vast unmet need of underserved communities into adoption with a focus on the ‘here and now’. He has won the Skoll, Schwab (World Economic Forum) and Asian awards for social entrepreneurship.

A major part of Gopi’s work has focused on operationalizing public–private partnerships in which private sector resources are tailored to complement public sector service provision. Increasingly, his recent work has devoted attention to integrate stronger management systems and technologies into public sector programming.

He 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 on large-scale cost-effective service delivery. He has served on the global technical advisory board of the International Finance Corporation, an affiliate of the World Bank, and is currently a member of the Advisory Group on Community Action (AGCA) of the National Health Mission.

During his career, Mr. Gopalakrishnan also worked as the Director of International Programs of DKT International based in Washington DC and as Country Director of DKT Vietnam based in Hanoi. He has been awarded by the Skoll Foundation, the Schwab (World Economic Forum) and Ashoka Foundation for social entrepreneurship and is also recipient of a prestigious civilian honor from the Government of Vietnam.


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