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Pradeep Kakkattil

Pradeep started his life as a filmmaker and journalist in India. When a friend of his tested positive for HIV in 1991, he gave up his media career and started working on setting up some of the early prevention programs which became a model for HIV prevention and were scaled across the country. He currently serves as the Director of the Office of Innovation at UNAIDS where he helped found the Health Innovation Exchange (HIEx), a neutral platform that builds trusted partnerships between countries, innovators and investors to scale up access to healthcare. HIEx addresses the disconnects between several sectors that limit the potential of innovation and technologies to scale up access to healthcare - from addressing the lack of reliable energy through the solar for health partnership to scaling investments in health ventures through the Investor Coalition.

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