Keynote Address

Keynote Speaker

Vikram Patel, PhD


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Vikram Patel is a Professor and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Public Health Foundation of India. He is a co-founder of Sangath, an Indian NGO which works in the fields of child development, adolescent health and mental health. He is a Fellow of the UK's Academy of Medical Sciences and serves on two WHO expert committees: for mental health, and for maternal, child and adolescent health. He has served on several Government of India committees including the Core Committee on Health of the National Human Rights Commission and the Mental Health Policy Group. 

He is a recipient of the Chalmers Medal from the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (UK), the Sarnat Medal from the US Institute of Medicine, an Honorary Doctorate from Georgetown University, the Chanchlani Global Health Research Award from McMaster University and an Honorary OBE from the UK Government. He was listed in TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential persons of the year in 2015.