Chivas Social Entrepreneur of the Year


Gopi Gopalakrishnan

Gopi Gopalakrishnan is the President of World Health Partners which uses technology and franchising to increase the quality and coverage of essential health care services to rural areas around the world. Gopi Gopalakrishnan was educated at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Rajasthan. Gopalakrishnan founded Janani in 199530, a non-profit entity devoted to providing child and reproductive health services in one of the poorest regions of India. He is a member of India's Population Commission and in 2007 he received a prestigious civilian honour from the Government of Vietnam for his contributions whilst serving as Country Director of DKT International in Hanoi. Currently Gopalakrishnan is on the global technical advisory board of the International Finance Corporation which offers investment, advisory and asset management services to encourage private sector development in developing countries. He is also on the Advisory Group on Community Action (AGCA) of India's National Rural Health Mission. In 2013 Gopalakrishnan received two prestigious awards for Social Entrepreneurship from the Skoll Foundation and the Schwab Foundation.

Praise for Gopi Gopalakrishnan

Via World Heath Partners, several million patients have been helped through the 6,000 rural Sky franchisees. The franchise system allows World Health Partners to leverage local community relationships, providing a way for rural providers to refer acute patient cases to trained medical professionals. Rural patients benefit from affordable and preventative care.


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