Unni Karunakara

AIEI Board of Advisors; Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale Law School

Unni Karunakara is a senior fellow at the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale Law School and assistant clinical professor at the Yale School of Public Health.

He has been a humanitarian worker and a public health professional for more than two decades, with extensive experience in the delivery of health care to populations affected by conflict, disasters, epidemics, and neglect in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Previously, he was international president of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) from 2010-2013. He was also medical director of the MSF's Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines and co-founder of VIVO, an organization that works toward overcoming and preventing traumatic stress and its consequences. Karunakara serves on the board of directors of Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) India and MSF Holland. He was also a senior fellow of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University.

Karunakara has held various academic and research fellowships at universities in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Germany, and the United Kingdom, focusing on the demography of forced migration and the delivery of health care to neglected populations affected by conflict, disasters and epidemics. He served as the deputy director of health of the Earth Institute, Millennium Villages Project, and was assistant clinical professor at the Mailman School of Public Health, both at Columbia University.

Featured Work

FEB 18, 2015 Podcast

Ebola and Other Viral Outbreaks: Providing Health Care to the Global Poor in Times of Crisis

Why were initial responses to the Ebola outbreak so disastrously inadequate? How can dysfunctional health systems--at all levels--be improved, so that this doesn't happen again? ...