Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Unni Karunakara

Unni Karunakara

Senior Fellow of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University

Dr. Unni Karunakara has been a humanitarian worker and a public health professional for more than two decades, with extensive experience in the delivery of health care to populations affected by conflict, disasters, epidemics, and neglect in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. He was was Medical Director of the humanitarian medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors Without Borders’ Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines (2005–2007) and later its International President (2010–2013). Unni serves on the Board of Directors of Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) India and MSF Holland. In 2002, he co-founded VIVO, an organisation that works toward overcoming and preventing traumatic stress and its consequences. Unni is currently a Senior Fellow of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University, and a Visiting Professor at Manipal University.