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The Center For Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy is comprised of individuals representing the business community, public health organizations, former policymakers, as well as pre-eminent scholars. The board provides overall direction for the organization and meets twice annually. Members are eligible to serve for three three-year terms.

CDDEP is deeply committed to bringing to the board, in ever-greater numbers, leading figures from outside the United States as well as representatives of minority populations from North America.

Professional affiliations of board members are listed for identification purposes only.



Keshav Desiraju
Former Indian health secretary
Chennai, India


Ramanan Laxminarayan
Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy


Didier Pittet
Infection Control Programme & WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety
The University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine
Geneva, Switzerland


Stephen Tollman
MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit Head,
Health & Population Division, School of Public Health
University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa





Ramanan Laxminarayan, Director


Ramanan Laxminarayan directs the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy.  He is also a visiting scholar and lecturer at Princeton University. His research deals with the integration of epidemiological models of infectious diseases and drug resistance into the economic analysis of public health problems. He has worked to improve understanding of drug resistance as a problem of managing a shared global resource.


Laxminarayan has worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank on evaluating malaria treatment policy, vaccination strategies, the economic burden of tuberculosis, and control of non-communicable diseases. He has served on a number of advisory committees at WHO, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Institute of Medicine. In 2003-04, he served on the National Academy of Science/Institute of Medicine Committee on the Economics of Antimalarial Drugs and subsequently helped create the Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria, a novel financing mechanism for antimalarials. His work has been covered in major media outlets including Associated Press, BBC, CNN, the Economist, LA Times, NBC, NPR, Reuters, Science, Wall Street Journal, and National Journal.




Keshav Desiraju

Keshav Desiraju has recently retired from a career with the Indian Administrative Service and in 2013 was Secretary, Health & Family Welfare to the Government of India. He continues to remain engaged with issues in public health, particularly mental illness and mental health, primary health care and community health, and serves on the board of several non-profit organizations in the sector.




Didier Pittet

Didier Pittet, MD, MS, is Professor of Medicine, the Hospital Epidemiologist and Director of the Infection Control Programme and World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety at the University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland. He holds Honorary Professorships at Imperial College London, UK, Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Health Science, and the First Medical School of the Fu, Shanghai, China. Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine, Ireland. Honorary member, All-Russian Scientific Societies of Epidemiologists, Microbiologists and Parasitologists. Professor Pittet is Lead Adviser of the WHO “Saves Lives: Clean Your Hands campaign, active in more than 180 of the 194 UN member states.


Professor Pittet is the recipient of several national and international honours including a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) awarded by Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II for services to the prevention of healthcare-associated infection in the UK (2007), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Lectureship for his contribution to infection control and healthcare epidemiology (2008), the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases’ Award for Excellence (2009), the American Society for Microbiology (ASM/ICAAC 2016) and the Robert Koch award (2017). The book “Clean Hands Save Lives” by the French writer Thierry Crouzet (Editions L’Âge d’Homme, 2014), published in 18 languages (2017), and the movie “Clean Hands” (AFTERMEDIA, 2016), describe Didier Pittet medical odyssey to promote patient safety worldwide.


Professor Pittet is co-author of more than 500 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 50 textbook chapters. He is the editor of the first textbook “Hand Hygiene – A Handbook for Medical Professionnals”- Pittet, Boyce, Allegranzi, Wiley-Blackwell, 2017). Professor Pittet serves on the editorial boards of several journals and is an editorial consultant of the Lancet. Professor Pittet has delivered a large number of plenary/opening lectures at all major meetings/congresses in the field of infectious diseases/infection control/patient safety. He is recognized as a fascinating and very engaging speaker. Professor Pittet current research interests include the epidemiology and prevention of healthcare-associated infections, methods for improving compliance with barrier precautions and hand hygiene practices, as well as innovative methods for improving the patient care and safety. He is also involved in research on the epidemiology of infectious diseases, and public and global health issues. The experience of his team in engaging nations and healthcare settings worldwide in a universal commitment to patient safety is unique.