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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Appoints Girindre Beeharry to Lead the India Office


July 16, 2012 - New Delhi, Delhi, India

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced that Girindre Beeharry has assumed the leadership of its India Office headquartered in New Delhi, effective immediately.

"Expanding our work and partnership in India is an important priority for the foundation, and we are very pleased that Girindre will be leading this effort," said Jeff Raikes, CEO of the Gates Foundation. "Girindre has been a senior leader at the foundation the past few years and has played a pivotal role in defining its India strategy, expanding engagement, and developing effective grant programs.”

In his new role as the director for the India office, Girindre will oversee the Gates Foundation’s programs, initiatives, policy, advocacy, grant making, and partnerships in India. He will lead the foundation’s work with India's central and state governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and corporate partners to continue the expansion of the foundation’s work and strategic partnerships in India.

Mr. Beeharry has worked at the Gates Foundation since 2005. He most recently served as Director of Strategy for the Global Health program. Mr. Beeharry successfully led a team of strategy and evaluation experts to help guide planning across the global health program and ensured the foundation’s grant portfolio has the greatest possible impact on health in developing countries. He has also worked on developing access strategies for product development partnerships and accelerating access to new malaria drugs.

“Girindre’s valuable experience and leadership at the foundation will help us build on our transformative work in India and will allow us to continue the momentum in developing and running scalable, measurable programs such as Avahan and Ananya in Bihar ,” said Mark Suzman Managing Director International Policy and Advocacy of the foundation. “We are pleased to have him in the post.”

Prior to his work at the foundation, Beeharry served as a Business Development leader for immunization at Becton, Dickinson, and Co., where he worked on infectious diseases and cancers, and advancing research, discovery and production of new drugs and vaccines issues. Before Becton, Dickinson, and Co, Beeharry held a senior position at the World Bank and currently serves on the board of UNITAID.

Mr. Beeharry read Economics at Oxford University and the University of Paris-Sorbonne.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

Source: Business Wire India

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