Ruma Bhargava

Lead, Mental Health, World Economic Forum

Dr Ruma Bhargava is a public health and social impact professional with over 14 years of experience working in policy, advocacy, research and implementation. A Chevening fellow from the University of Oxford, she currently leads the Health Care Vertical of the India Centre of the World Economic Forum.

She has worked with the International Red Cross defining policies for COVID relief across the Asia Pacific and earlier with the Govt of India to conceptualize strategies for India’s Universal Immunization Programme reaching 26 million children and 30 million pregnant women annually. Dr Rum also heads Samarpann, an NGO working in 70 schools with 13,500 children in rural and tribal India ensuring their health, education and livelihood. She regularly consults with multiple stakeholders – UN, Govt and Civil Society in domains of Health Systems Strengthening, Maternal and Child Health, Communicable and Non-Communicable diseases and digital health

She holds an MBA from NTU Singapore, and Masters in Public Health and Bachelors in Dental Surgery from Manipal University.

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