Dr. Sunil Chacko

Dr. Chacko received an M.B.A. with concentration on finance from Columbia University, an M.P.H. degree in public health from Harvard University on scholarship, and a medical degree from Kerala University, along with training in information technology (IT) and database/software programming. He was a Research Scholar at the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) prior to securing a competitive international scholarship to attend Harvard University.

He was the founding Assistant Director of Harvard University’s International Commission on Heath Research whose Report published by Oxford University Press was presented at a dedicated Nobel Conference, that paved the way for many of the current initiatives in global health of multiple US foundations, multilateral agencies and governments. He later served in the Executive Office of the World Bank Group, and won a commendation from the then-Bank President for the first Internet-based service of the World Bank Group, just as the Internet browser was developed, that he initiated with the support of the Government of Japan. Further he was a core participant in the successful $1 Billion capital increase for one component of the World Bank Group.

Dr. Chacko was Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta, Canada, one of Canada’s top-three Universities, and Adjunct Professor at MDI, one of India’s top-ranked business schools, and Visiting Professor at several other universities and a Govt. of India Medical Institute of National Importance.

Dr. Chacko has founded and led health and data and consulting companies in Japan, Canada, India, and the US. He advised the Governor/CM of a Japanese State/Province on an MoU with Maharashtra State, which he initiated with Indian Ministry of External Affairs officers, and advises Japanese central and state government entities. He initiated a Japanese Government Japan-India telecom energy and data project that grew with field research in remote Indian rural areas to become a $8 million project.

Dr. Chacko initiated, facilitated and organized the world’s first debt-for-health research swap, and directed the debt-for-development swaps project at Harvard University. He was closely involved in the reformulation of the Rockefeller Foundation’s health sciences strategy to focus on new product development against neglected diseases that is in place today, and was a key expert in the creation of several product development public-private partnerships that were financed by major foundations and international agencies.

He has also served as a Consultant/Advisor for the United Nations Development Program (U.N.D.P.), the United Nations Children’s Fund (U.N.I.C.E.F.), the World Health Organization ( W.H.O.), and major U.S. foundations. For the U.N.’s International Conference on Financing 2002 attended by heads of state and government, his chapter “Developments in Private Sector Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship in the South” was published by the U.N.D.P. in the official documentation for the conference. It included analysis of computer and Internet technologies and world-wide health R&D. He cooperated with some of the top venture capitalists in the world on extending micro-venture capital financing to developing countries as a new source of development finance. He was an invited participant at the U.S. Congress General Accountability Office’s (GAO) briefing for U.S. Senators, U.S . Representatives, and Congressional staff, and the U.S. Presidential Conference on vaccine research against neglected diseases held at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (N.I.H.).

He has published Opinion-Editorials in the Sunday Guardian, Huffington Post, Washington Times, and Business Standard.

Some of his articles:

Article on big data and joint learning with Dr Kurokawa, former Science Advisor to Japanese PM Shinzo Abe:

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