Mr. Debarshi Bhattacharya

Debarshi Bhattacharya
Lead, State Health Systems
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Debarshi leads the grants portfolio leading up to sustainable impact on Maternal and Newborn Health and Mortality, Nutrition and Immunization outcomes in Bihar as part of the Ananya program. Other grants under the Ananya initiative, including the G2P engine, community mobilization, shaping demand and practices and private sector engagement are also supported by Deb. He also manages key innovation grants in Bihar like the Bihar Innovation Lab, Knowledge Network Dashboard which are exploring alternative product and sustainability approaches to long-term results in health and nutrition in Bihar. Debarshi is also involved in the MLE function of theAnanya program and has supported the concurrent monitoring of the program’s progress through the large scale execution of the LQAS methodology for RMNCH outcomes at the sub-district level in Bihar.

Deb had more than a decade of corporate experience before moving to the non-profit space in 2010. He has worked at Johnson & Johnson in Marketing and Sales functions and most recently before joining the foundation, he was the Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Treasurer of ACCESS Health International. He has an MSc Finance majoring in Economic Policy from the University of London and an MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He is a mining engineer by undergraduate education and a data miner by choice.