Sonali Kochhar

Sonali Kochhar

CEO and Medical Director of Global Healthcare Consulting
Scientific Researcher, Department of Public Health, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam

A physician and clinical researcher, Dr Sonali Kochhar leads efforts to develop safe, affordable, and accessible vaccines and drugs for infectious diseases prevalent in the developing world. As the CEO and Medical Director of Global Healthcare Consulting and Scientific Researcher, Department of Public Health, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, she has over twenty years of experience in a Leadership position for global Phase I-IV Clinical Research, Epidemiology and Safety Studies for Vaccines and Drugs conducted in the USA, Europe, Asia, Africa and India in Adult and Pediatric populations, Infectious Diseases (HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB, Influenza, Diarrheal Diseases, Neglected diseases), Vaccines for Pregnant women, Introduction of New Vaccines and Technology, Healthcare Systems Strengthening (including Governance, Capacity Building, Logistics and Supply Chains) for Immunization and Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health programs, Pandemic Preparedness, HIV/AIDs Prevention, Care and Treatment, Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health, and working with vulnerable and at-risk populations (including women, neonate, children, MSMs,  IDUs and Sex Workers).

She has been responsible for leading complex international projects and teams in thirteen Asian and four African countries, Europe and the USA. She has set up global multi-million dollar International Partnerships, Policy Development, Institutional Strengthening, Strategy and Advocacy with Government Partners (across Asia-Pacific, Africa, and South America), International Aid Agencies (Gates Foundation, USAID, Basque Government etc.), Public Health Authorities,  International and Bilateral Organizations (e.g. WHO, NIH, CDC), Regulatory Bodies (including the FDA, EMEA, African and Asian National Regulatory Authorities), Ethical Committees, Scientific Organizations, International Pharmaceutical Companies, Local Communities and the Media.

Kochhar has co-authored multiple internationally accepted Vaccine Safety Research Standards, Case definitions of Adverse Events for Vaccines Research, Guidelines for Vaccine Safety Research and Template Research Protocols. She led the development of Maternal and Neonatal Case Definitions for use in Immunization programs globally and has a lead role in the development of maternal immunization guidelines in LMICs (Low and Medium Income Countries). The definitions and guidelines are being utilized in Immunization Programs and Maternal and Child Health Research globally.

She serves on various International Steering Committees, including the Wellcome Trust’s Independent Review Committee for Clinical Study Data Requests, International Alliance for Biological Standardization Human Vaccine Committee, the Brighton Collaboration Science Board- Strategic Advisor for Capacity Building, Maternal Immunization Pharmacovigilance programs for Low and Medium Income Countries, the Global Alignment of Immunization Safety Assessment in Pregnancy (GAIA), and is a member of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (IABS) Vaccine Special Interest and Maternal Immunization Expert Groups. She was on the International Steering Committee of the WHO Consultation on Safety of Immunization in Pregnancy in Mothers and Newborn Children and served as the Session Chair for the WHO Pediatric Deliberative Session on neonatal events in maternal immunization. She was a member of the Gates Foundation’s Global Health Clinical Consortium Leadership Group, Harvard University’s Multi-Regional Clinical Trial Group, expert groups involved in the development of a WHO globally integrated Vaccine Safety Monitoring system, Safety Standards for Malaria, Tuberculosis and AIDS Vaccine trials and the Vienna Vaccine Safety Initiative working on global vaccine research and safety.

Kochhar serves on International Scientific Advisory Boards, as Guest Faculty for International Public Health and Vaccinology Programs, as a reviewer for journals like Vaccine, Lancet, Cochrane Review etc. and has published numerous peer-reviewed publications in the areas of Maternal Immunization, , Immunization Programs strengthening, Vaccine and Drug Research and Safety.

As the Medical Director for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative earlier, she provided leadership for the first AIDS vaccine research in India, as the Clinical Research and Drug Development Specialist she provided leadership for clinical research for PATH and as the Country Director for the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT for John Snow India Pvt. Ltd., she lead efforts to strengthen Healthcare Systems and enhance the use of technology for health systems planning and monitoring.

She has been awarded the Vaccinology Fellowship Award from University of Geneva and Fondation Mérieux Global Leadership Awards from Eli Lilly & Company, Indianapolis, U.S.A; Bharat Jyoti (Light of India) Award for medical achievements and the Serviers Young Investigator Award by Institute de Recherches Internationales, Servier, France. Dr Kochhar received her M.D. in Pharmacology, has done International Advanced Vaccinology courses from the University of Geneva and Fondation Mérieux, Annecy, France and Seoul, Korea and Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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