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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently announced that Ashok Alexander will step down from his position as director of the India country office after almost a decade of service.
Alexander set up the office in 2003 and quickly brought his management experience to bear in driving the huge success of the foundation’s HIV/AIDS initiative, Avahan.
Alexander set out to demonstrate that public health solutions can be tackled through rigorous business-led principles and the program’s success at reducing the Indian AIDS epidemic and building an HIV prevention model at scale owes much to his entrepreneurial approach.
“Working for the foundation has been life-changing and I am proud of the impact we have made. I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to build and work with a great team focused on supporting the poorest and most marginalized communities and making a contribution to them living healthier and safer lives. I am personally looking forward to pursuing new ventures,” Alexander, who will leave at the end of June, stated in a press release.
The foundation also announced that Girindre Beeharry, currently director of strategy for the foundation’s Global Health program, has been named as the new director of the India office and will take up his new responsibilities in July.