Deepti Tanuku has a mixed background in business and global health. She is currently the Director of Accelovate, a USAID-funded global award under the Technologies for Health (T4H) grant that is dedicated to increasing the availability and use of life-saving innovations in low-resource settings, particularly across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Her main focus is designing “introduction-to-scale” strategies for essential medicines and health technologies within the areas of maternal and newborn health, HIV prevention, and other infectious diseases. She also focuses on developing innovative partnerships between the public and private sector to finance global development goals. Ms. Tanuku manages a multinational team headquartered at Jhpiego, a global health NGO affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. She is also an advisor for a number of global taskforces and working groups, including the UN Commission on Lifesaving Commodities for Women and Children, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Technology Partners Network, and the INGO Impact Investing Working Group, which focuses on finding blended finance solutions to global health and development.
Prior to her current role, she worked as a management consultant and provided business advisory services to an accelerated incubator for social entrepreneurs. She has scaled HIV prevention services across India with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, promoted neonatal mortality reduction in tribal South Indian populations with the Naandi Foundation, and researched the equity of childhood immunization rates in 40 Sub-Saharan African countries at the World Bank. Ms. Tanuku holds master’s degrees from both the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute/Wharton School of Business as well as the George Washington University’s School of Public Health. She speaks French, Hindi, and Telugu.