Dr. Manica Balasegaram trained as a medical doctor at the University of Nottingham, UK from where he started his career in internal and emergency medicine.
From 2001, he worked as a doctor and researcher in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia and gained important experience in emergency medicine during humanitarian interventions, including with Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
At the end of 2007, he joined the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) as Head of the Leishmaniasis Clinical Program, a position he held for four years before returning to MSF as Executive Director of their Access to Essential Medicines Campaign in Geneva. In June 2016, he was appointed Director of GARDP and its Executive Director in July 2018.
Dr. Balasegaram is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) and the Scientific Advisory Board of FIND, two Geneva-based organizations. He has also been a lecturer since 2013 at the University of Geneva for a Diploma and Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) program in clinical research and development.
An expert in global health and infectious diseases, Dr. Balasegaram is also recognized for his international work on health policies and access to medicines. He also has experience in clinical trials and drug development as a lead investigator and in project management.