Subhanu Saxena is
currently Regional Director Life Science Partnerships, Europe at the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation. Subhanu leads the Foundation’s industry engagement in
Europe. In this capacity, he maintains and develops a deep understanding of the
industry and the companies of primary interest to the Foundation. He sustains
and enhances the Foundation’s relationships with current and emerging partners,
identifying opportunities to augment their Global Health
contributions. He guides and supports teams who are engaged or are
planning to engage with corporations in Europe. In addition, Subhanu is a
Senior Advisor to Bain Capital and a managing partner in New Rhein Healthcare,
investing in companies that bring innovation whilst reducing the cost to
Subhanu is a highly
accomplished global executive whose experience has spanned markets in Europe,
North America, Africa and Asia. He has worked in various industries including
in Pharmaceuticals, FMCG, Consulting & Banking.
Subhanu graduated with
an MBA from INSEAD - France, Fontainebleau, and a MA (Hons) in Engineering
Science from Oxford University, both with distinction. A citizen of the United
Kingdom, and an India OCI cardholder, he is fluent in English, Hindi and
Sanskrit, and has a good working knowledge of French, German and Russian.
Prior to his current
role, Subhanu was with Cipla and was MD & Global CEO, from February 2013 to
August 31, 2016. Cipla is a pharmaceutical manufacturing company with a
presence in over 170 countries.
Prior to that, he was a
member of Novartis' Pharmaceutical Executive Committee where he was Head of
Global Product Strategy and Commercialisation, and was responsible for
marketing, sales, global medical affairs, and health economics. He assumed this
role after a 4 year stint as Novartis' UK Pharma CEO & Country President.
He has also worked with
Citigroup, Boston Consulting Group and Pepsi Co Inc. Subhanu’s early industry
experience includes developing entry and growth strategies for Pepsi. He is an
Associate Director for Inspiros Worldwide, a leadership coaching and advisory
firm that helps organisations build purpose-led strategies.
On the non-professional
side, Subhanu loves loud music and Sanskrit and Vedanta teaching. Subhanu is a
lecturer / teacher of Sanskrit and ancient Indian literature, and has a love
for Urdu poetry. He also plays classical guitar and is an Executive Committee
Member of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, UK.