Dr Ramesh Mashelkar, formerly the Director General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in India, has assumed office as the first president of Global Research Alliance (GDR),
an international health agency, with its head quarters in Johannesburg. The Alliance has nine countries as its members including India, Australia, Denmark, South Africa, Finland, Malaysia, etc. Dr Mashelkar will be heading an envious team of more than 65,000 scientists across the world. The global body will be mainly working on health-related projects for the poorer nations of the world which will be funded by different world agencies like World Bank, World Health Organizations, International Development Research Centre, etc.
As President, Dr Mashelkar will, in association with the existing GRA structures, be responsible for the formulation of strategy and implementation, revenue generation, member participation and building the value proposition of the Alliance. Dr Mashelkar’s responsibilities will also include international positioning and relationship building.
Dr Mashelkar has played a critical role in shaping India’s Science &Technology policies in post-liberalised India, has served on the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister and also on the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet and is the recipient of over 40 awards and medals.
Dr Mashelkar has received extensive international recognition and is a Fellow of the Royal Society (UK), a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Science (USA), a Foreign Fellow of the US National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) and a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science (USA). Twenty-five universities have honoured him with honorary doctorates, including the Universities of London, Salford, Pretoria, Wisconsin and Delhi.