Supriya Bezbaruah

Supriya Bezbaruah

Senior Director

Supriya Bezbaruah has over 15 years experience in public health, science and development.  She specialises in shaping complex issues of development, health and science into action for the public, in a clear and engaging manner.  She has experience of working with governments as well as non-governmental stakeholders, having held many responsible positions, such as Project Manager and Communications Specialist in WHO, Science and Technology Adviser to the British High Commission in India, and as Health and Science Editor of India Today magazine.  Prior to GHS, she worked for over 10 years at the World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia (WHO SEARO).  Most recently, as Project Manager, she managed for the 11 countries of WHO South-East Asia, the global multi- million dollar fund for pandemic influenza preparedness, under the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework (PIP Framework) which brings together Member States, the pharmaceutical industry, civil society and WHO. She has developed and helped implement plans and policies for science and public health in South-East Asia, while in WHO as well as the British High Commission in India. These include diverse situations such a bilateral agreement to promote science between UK and India; risk communication strategies outbreaks to comply with International Health Regulations (2005); advocacy and public awareness campaigns for tuberculosis, dengue and other communicable diseases;  training material for community engagement for outbreaks like dengue and avian influenza; and health communication during the post-conflict humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka in 2009/10. While in India Today, her cover story on diabetes won her the Novo Nordisk  award for health writing in India and was among the five shortlisted internationally.  Supriya has a PhD in Cell Biology from University College, University of London, and a B.Sc in Biochemistry from Kings College, University of London.  She also has a certificate in Project management from Duke University, USA