Dr Priya Agrawal: Managing Director for MSD Sub Sahara Africa
Dr Priya Agrawal was appointed Managing Director for MSD Sub Sahara Africa, effective August 2019. In her previous most role, Priya was Executive Director for Vaccines and Women’s Health (WH) in the UK.
During this time, Priya integrated Vaccines back into MSD UK from SPMSD, built a high-performing team that delivered double digit growth each year and protected over 4 million people in the UK with MSD vaccines.
In addition, Priya spearheaded a cross-enterprise Business Model Innovation Program for global vaccines talent which is now being rolled out. She also sponsored the UK NextGen network which launched with a cross-industry event at Google.
Priya previously served as Executive Director of MSD for Mothers where she launched and led the global initiative for the company for four years.
Priya brings a wealth of public health experience with a strong track record for advancing successful public health initiatives within both the private and public sectors. She has worked and travelled in more than 45 countries using the introduction of sustainable innovations to improve the health outcomes for underserved women and their families.
Immediately prior to joining MSD, she served as Director of Research and Innovation for the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health. She has contributed to various international technical committees and advisory councils for the WHO and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded initiatives. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. In 2012, Priya’s contributions to global health were recognized with the Harvard School of Public Health Alumni Award for Public Health Professionals and she was recently honoured with the Forbes Impact Award in Advocacy.
Priya trained as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in the NHS, was selected to be NHS Emerging Leader and awarded a NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship. After receiving her degrees in medicine from the University of Cambridge and University of Oxford, she graduated with a master’s from the Harvard School of Public Health on a Fulbright Scholarship.