Our Special Guest

Dr. Ananda Sankar Bandyopadhyay Deputy Director-Polio Global Development Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

We are thrilled and honored to welcome Dr. Bandopadhyay as our Special Guest for the 2022 Gift of Health 5K in Seattle.

Dr. Ananda Sankar Bandyopadhyay is a medical epidemiologist with experience in global health, infectious disease epidemiology and vaccine research. Ananda grew up in Kolkata, India and completed his medical graduation from Calcutta National Medical College & Hospital (2005) with a gold medal and several honors certificates. He received his Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Global Health from Harvard School of Public Health (2010).

In his professional career spanning more than 15 years, Ananda has worked in diverse settings and has contributed to disease control initiatives across the globe. He worked as a Surveillance Medical Officer with National Polio Surveillance Project, WHO and contributed to India’s historic polio elimination effort and measles surveillance initiatives. During his tenure in India, Ananda worked in hard-to-reach areas of Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Sikkim and coordinated vaccination campaigns for the underserved communities.

Based out of Seattle, United States, Ananda in his current role as a Deputy Director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation coordinates global research to facilitate polio eradication. His work on development of novel vaccines for global health emergencies has been impactful in policy formulation and have been published in leading peer-reviewed journals. Ananda is associated with advanced degree programs in public health and vaccinology in several globally renowned teaching venues as a guest faculty