Subhanu Saxena

Subhanu Saxena

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 healthcare systems,


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.