Dr. Nachiket Mor is the Director, India Office of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He oversees the foundation's efforts to improve health, sanitation, financial inclusion, and agriculture in India's most vulnerable communities. He and the foundation team based in New Delhi work closely with India's central and state governments, local and global nonprofits, community groups, researchers, and the private sector to help India achieve its ambitious health and development goals.
Dr. Nachiket Mor was the Chairman of the ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth and prior to that the deputy managing director of ICICI Bank. He is a Yale World Fellow and has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania with a specialisation in Finance from the Wharton School.
He is currently the Board Chair of CARE India and a Board member of the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India and a Member of the Standing Council of Financial Sector Experts, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. He is passionate about the welfare and progress of the less privileged and has contributed significantly to pro poor policies as a member of the Universal access of Health and other such committees. He is widely published and has contributed to many leading publications and journals.
Dr. Joske Bunders graduated in Chemistry and Physics at the University of Amsterdam and her PhD thesis focused on participatory approaches to the development of science-based innovations in agriculture. Her specific field of interest is the linking of knowledge and expertise of end users (e.g. small-scale farmers or patients) with developments in modern science and national and international policy.
She sits on several government commissions and advisory boards, including; the "Gender Advisory Board of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development" (UNCSTD); the Steering Committee on "Technology Assessment" for the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Fisheries; and the Council for Research in Planning, Environment and Nature.
Dr. Bunders has published widely in the area of biotechnology and the role of users in shaping the innovation process. She has also conducted research on the development of methodology to stimulate and facilitate interactive and transdisciplinary processes of problem solving.
Dr. Ramesh Raghavan is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the School of Social Work. He is also a member of the core faculty of the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research. Dr. Raghavan conducts mental health services research on the needs of vulnerable children, with a specific interest in children in the child welfare system. Dr. Raghavan has conducted studies on Medicaid managed care, on quality of care, including on the use of public finance mechanisms to promote quality of mental health services, racial/ethnic disparities in Medicaid-funded mental health expenditures for children with histories of maltreatment, and on the development of novel risk adjustment mechanisms to better insure the mental health needs of children with emotional disorders.
Dr. Raghavan chairs NIMH’s Mental Health Services Research review committee (SERV), and serves on the editorial boards of Child Maltreatment, and Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.
Dr. Deborah Padgett has a doctoral degree in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and post-doctoral training in public health and psychiatric epidemiology at Columbia University and Duke University, respectively.
She is the editor of ‘The Handbook of Ethnicity, Aging, and Mental Health’ (1995) and ‘The Qualitative Research Experience’ (2004), author of ‘Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research’ (2008) and ‘Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Public Health’ (2012), and co-author of ‘Program Evaluation’ (2009).
Dr. Padgett has published extensively on mental health needs and service use of homeless mentally ill adults, older women, ethnic groups, and children/adolescents. Her areas of expertise include homeless adults with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders; mental health; cross-cultural research on service use and barriers to care; cancer prevention and control; community-based models; and qualitative and mixed methods.