Unni Karunakara is senior fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University. He was formerly international president of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
Karunakara started working with MSF in 1995, when he set up a tuberculosis control program in Ethiopia. He went on to work as a medical coordinator for MSF programs in Azerbaijan, Brazil, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Karunakara also worked in MSF's public health department in Amsterdam, later becoming medical director of MSF's Access Campaign. In 2007, he was part of the medical emergency response team that treated victims of cyclone Sidr in Mathbaria, Bangladesh.
In addition, Karunakara has held various academic and research fellowships at universities in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Germany, and the UK. He also served as the deputy director of Health of the Earth Institute, Millennium Villages Project, and assistant clinical professor at the Mailman School of Public Health, both at Columbia University.
Last Updated: August 5, 2017