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Pratap Kumar

Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Healthcare Management, Strathmore Business School
Dr. Pratap Kumar brings a background in clinical medicine, neuroinformatics and health economics to his work as an innovator and entrepreneur in public health. He studied and practiced medicine in India. His pre-doctoral (NIMHANS, India), doctoral (ETH/University of Zurich, Switzerland) and post-doctoral (Free University of Berlin, Germany) work focussed on the anatomy, electrophysiology and biochemistry of neural connectivity. He then obtained an MSc in International Health Policy (Health Economics) from the London School of Economics, and worked as a health economist in the pharmaceutical industry.
He moved to Kenya in 2012 and founded Health-E-Net, a social enterprise to improve access and quality of healthcare services for underserved populations. He joined Strathmore Business School in 2013 as the founding director of the Centre for Innovation, Research and Advisory Services (CIRAS-Health), and is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Healthcare Management where his research spans the fields of innovation, entrepreneurship and public health. He holds two patents for innovations in medical documentation.
Dr. Kumar was invited to the White House by President Obama for the inauguration of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in in 2015 in recognition of his work. He has received numerous grants and awards for his work on innovation in health, including a ‘Stars in Global Health’ award from Grand Challenges Canada, a Health Systems Research Initiative grant from the MRC/Wellcome Trust, and the 2018 Global Health Innovation prize from Unite for Sight.