MSF Scientific Days – Asia 2020: Editorial Committee

Farhat Mantoo

Farhat Mantoo joined Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 2003 and has worked in national and international field operations and various headquarters. During these last 16 years she has worked in Asia, Europe and Africa with MSF and other organisations in various roles. She has a specialisation in communication, medical anthropology and human resources apart from being trained in humanitarian assistance linked to international humanitarian affairs. 

She served for three years (2015-18) as part of International HR Director Team who oversaw the people strategic direction of MSF. Currently, she is the General Director of MSF India.

Dr Ankur Rakesh

Dr Ankur Rakesh is a Medical Doctor and Epidemiologist who has worked as a physician and a public health researcher within both the private and government sectors. He started his career in India as a Medical Doctor in 2008 and has been involved with vulnerable populations like street children and other high-risk groups for HIV / AIDS. Over the years, he has worked in India, Uganda, Malawi, Nigeria, Zambia, Yemen, Bangladesh, DRC, Guinea and Mozambique in projects addressing HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Refugee health, floods and outbreaks of various diseases such as Measles, Cholera, Meningitis and Marburg haemorrhagic fever.

In addition to supporting regular and emergency mission activities, he has worked with Epicentre, Paris, as an investigator for ‘HIV Second line resistance study’ (Chiradzulu, Malawi), ‘Virological failure in adolescents’ (Chiradzulu, Malawi), ‘High maternal morbidity and mortality’ (Jahun, Nigeria), ‘Single dose vaccination for cholera during an outbreak’ (Lusaka, Zambia) and ‘Yemen cholera outbreak case-control study’ (Sana’a, Yemen).

Currently, he is responsible for the implementation of the ‘Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine’ course in South Asia together with the MSF UK (Manson Unit) and academic medical institutions in India. He is also part of the MSF Southern Africa Medical Unit and supports ‘Advanced HIV disease’ projects in West and Central Africa. He is currently a member of a group of doctors who came together to provide voluntary service through phone and online consults to contribute in alleviating the suffering of the population amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and is a recipient of the National ‘Atal Swasthya Bhushan’ award for dedication to professional excellence.

Peter Tinnemann

Peter Tinnemann is a public health consultant working at the Akademie für Öffentliches Gesundheitswesen and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. His main research areas include social medicine and global health. He studied Medicine, holds a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Medical Parasitology, a Masters of Studies degree in Public Health and a doctorate in medicine. He was trained in public health in governmental public health offices in the United Kingdom and in Germany. 

His professional career includes more than 10 years international working experience with various humanitarian organisations, ranging from practicing paediatrics in low-resource settings to managing medical projects.

Dr Clara van Gulik


Dr. Clara van Gulik is a paediatrician presently working with the International Guideline Publications team at MSF International and is also a medical advisor to MSF Japan. She joined MSF in 2005 and since then she has worked with the organisation in different capacities. In the past, she has represented MSF at international platforms concerning paediatric HIV/TB, contributing to the WHO expert committees on paediatric ARVs, early infant diagnosis, and childhood TB guidelines. She is also the author-coordinator for MSF’s first international editions of the Neonatal Care: Clinical and therapeutic guidelines published in 2018. 

Dr. van Gulik graduated from the School of Medicine at Imperial College in London and completed her paediatric speciality rotation in London. She obtained the DTMH at the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2006 and a Masters in International Law from SOAS.


Dr Emilie Venables

Dr Emilie Venables is an anthropologist with over 15 years of research experience.  She has worked in contexts including Liberia, South Africa, Lebanon, DRC, Italy, Greece, Mozambique, Cambodia and Kenya on issues including Ebola, HIV/AIDS, TB, migration, torture and malaria.

Emilie holds a PhD and MSc in African Studies from the University of Edinburgh, an MSc Development Studies from SOAS and a BA Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. Emilie worked for MSF for seven years and recently joined the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as an operational researcher based in Geneva

Dr Petros Isaakidis

(MD, PhD)

Dr Petros Isaakidis is a medical doctor with a PhD in epidemiology. He worked as clinician and epidemiologist; as biological disasters planner during the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, and in-charge of infectious diseases surveillance and outbreak investigations. Since 1997 he has been working for humanitarian organizations, mainly MSF, (Zimbabwe, Gaza & West Bank, Kenya, Cambodia, Thailand, India, South Africa) coordinating large-scale HIV/TB projects and supporting operational research(OR). 

In 2012, he was appointed Senior OR Fellow at MSF-Luxembourg (LUXOR) and mentored researchers at Structured OR Training Initiative (SORT-IT) in Europe, Africa and South Asia. In 2017, he joined the MSF/Southern Africa Medical Unit (SAMU) in Cape Town as OR Coordinator, supporting a large HIV& TB OR portfolio. He has >100 peer-reviewed publications with >2000 citations.

Dr Mrinalini Das

Dr Mrinalini Das is an epidemiologist and operational researcher. She has completed her Masters in Public Health with majors in Epidemiology and is currently pursuing  a PhD in Public Health.

She has been involved in operational research activities for more than seven years in the fields of HIV, malaria and tuberculosis (TB), with a focus on Drug-resistance TB. She has contributed in multiple research publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals.

She is currently working with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/ Doctors Without Borders-OCB-India as a Deputy Medical Coordinator (Epidemiologist).



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