Shelly Batra, MD, is a renowned Gynaecologist & Obstetrician and Advanced Laparoscopy Surgeon, Huffington Post blogger and Penguin author. She is the President and Co-founder of Operation ASHA, delivering last mile health solutions for the poorest of the poor. She has developed Operation ASHA's low cost, high impact, scalable, sustainable and replicable model for health, that has grown 500 times in 12 years. In 2014, she was selected Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation and the World Economic Forum. She has a compelling and audacious goal, that of a tuberculosis-free world. She has lectured at leading institutions including the University of Chicago and Harvard University in the US, and Oxford & Cambridge, UK. She has obtained her MD from King George’s Medical College, India. For decades, she has served the needy with free consultations and surgeries before founding Operation ASHA in 2005.
She is a much sought out speaker at global platforms. Some of her talks have been:
• TEDx talk for the World Bank in Oct 2014
• TEDx talk for the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, India
• Keynote speaker in the plenary at the Geneva Health Forum, Geneva, April 2014
• Guest speaker at IPIHD, Washington, USA, April 2014
• Guest speaker at the Social Enterprise Summit, Delhi, March 2014
• Guest Speaker at CSO , World Bank, DC, Oct 2014
• Chief guest and keynote speech at premier of Aeras film on TB Unmasked, in Barcelona, Nov 2014
• keynote speech at Forum 2015 held at PICC in Manila, in 2015
• Keynote speaker at Development Dialogue at the Ek Soch Sandbox, Varanasi, on July 19th, 2016, (Ek Soch Sandbox is a collaborative venture of the Deshpande Foundation and Ek Soch Foundation)
• Keynote Speaker at Development Dialogue, Hubli, Varanasi, Jan 2017
• Keynote speech at Global Opportunities & Threats conference (GOTO) at the Said School of Business, Oxford University, January 2018
She has received several awards for her work, some of which are as follow:
1. Exemplary Contribution Award for selfless work for the under-served, given by the Indian Medical Association
2. Ashoka Changemaker, 2010
3. World Wide Achievers award for excellence in Health care, given on March 2014
4. Strategy award at India’s National Competitiveness Forum and Porter Prize event 2014.
5. Gifted Citizen award 2015 given by Puebla City, Mexico.
6. Porter Prize for innovative healthcare- 2016
7. Recipient of several gold and silver medals and trophies, including the Mary. E. Shannon Memorial fellowship for the Best All-rounder Student of Isabella Thoburn College, and the Abdullah Haji Memorial Trophy for the Best All-rounder Student of King Georges Medical College, India.
She has served on the Pediatric Advisory Board of TB Alliance for 3 years, a position that resulted in development of Pediatric formulatons for TB medicines, which are now there in more than 70 countries.