WHP Announces New Advisory Council

Gopi Gopalakrishnan, World Health Partners President & Founder, is pleased to announce the founding of WHP’s Advisory Council.

“I am honored and excited to welcome so many distinguished professionals and experts in the fields of business, communications, global health, and technology to the WHP Advisory Council,” said Gopalakrishnan. “This group will be an invaluable resource in guiding the future direction and growth of WHP.”

The advisory council will be comprised of:


Dr. Nikhil Balram, President & CEO, Ricoh Innovations Corporation, a Silicon Valley company that develops innovative technologies and creates global new businesses for Ricoh Company Ltd.  With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Balram is widely hailed throughout industry and academia as an expert and innovator in advanced information and display technologies. He has won numerous awards including a 2012 Gold Stevie® Award for Executive of the Year and a 2012 Fellow Award from the Society for Information Display.


Professor Peter Berman, Director, Global Health & Population Educational Initiatives, Harvard School of Public Health has over 40 years of experience in training and education in global health, policy analysis, and research. Previously, he worked as the Lead Economist for Health, Nutrition and Population in the World Bank’s New Delhi office.

Raman Dhawan

Mr. Raman Dhawan, has over 35 years of experience working with the TATA Group of companies, which comprises over 100 operating companies operating in 80 countries and seven business sectors. He started his career with the TATA Group in Zambia in 1978 and played a key pillar in building the group’s business and teams in Africa. He continues to serve as the Chairman of AMH Africa as well as for TATA on the boards of Itezhi Tezhi Power Corporation Limited and Neotel (Pty) Limited.


Ms. Gracelle Gerber, CEO, Imprimis is a seasoned communication professional and an expert in strategic advocacy and reputation management. She has international expertise and experience in pharma and healthcare as well as, manufacturing, information and communication technology, agriculture and tourism.


Ms. Leith Greenslade is a Vice-Chair at the MDG Health Alliance, a special initiative of the UN Special Envoy for Financing the Health Goals in support of the UN Secretary-General’s Every Woman, Every Child movement. Leith served on the US Board of Gavi and in several positions with the Australian Government, including as Policy Advisor and Speechwriter to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health; as Economic Adviser to the Leader of the Opposition; and as Chief of Staff to the Shadow Minister for Social Security and the Status of Women.


Dr. Jon Rohde, Former Head, UNICEF India, is a pediatrician, researcher, health service manager, and served as the principal adviser on health for UNICEF. He spent his 45-year career living and working in developing countries, including in South Asia for 14 years. His work served as driving force behind UNICEF’s commitment to breastfeeding, immunization, oral rehydration therapy, and growth monitoring for children.


Dr. Peter M. Small is the Founding Director of the Global Health Institute at Stony Brook University. Dr. Small is a global expert in tuberculosis biology and control, epidemiology, and treatment. He served for nearly a decade as the Team Leader for Tuberculosis at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, including spending two years in New Delhi designing and implementing the foundation’s


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