Chief Country Access & Policy Officer, Roche Pharma India, Member of the B20 India Taskforce on Technology, Innovation and R&D along with B20 Action Council on ESG in business

Dr. Monika Puri is a medical doctor and a trained public health specialist with more than 15 years of experience working in the healthcare sector, in diverse roles, to pursue her passion for accessible and affordable health care for all.

She relocated to India in September 2022 after serving at Roche Headquarter Basel, Switzerland in the Global Access function. In her most recent role, she was responsible for advancing Roche’s role as a credible health systems partner in key opinion- leading circles viz. WHO-Geneva, UN bodies, G20 platforms, non-governmental organizations, and trade associations. She led and coordinated cross-functional efforts, in alignment with global health organizations (WHO, UNICEF, Global Fund, UNITAID, and other ACT-Accelerator partners),

to provide access to Roche’s COVID-19 treatment in low and middle-income countries.

In her current role, as Director-Market Access & Policy, India she leads the key activities to promote a business-friendly environment while engaging with the external stakeholders.

Monika joined private sector from the World Health Organization (WHO), South-East Asia Regional Office where she has worked as a public health professional. She assisted South-East Asian Member Countries of WHO in assessing and implementing their National Medicines Policy. Her keen area of interest has been Health Systems Development for ensuring Universal Health Coverage.

Additionally, she has worked in the fields of deep patient management, essential drugs & medicines, health systems strengthening, epidemiology, reproductive and child health, non- communicable diseases, immunization and malnutrition. She possesses extensive technical knowledge of key public policy trends and practices in population-health service delivery and is a competent strategic negotiator with the ability to achieve time-bound results. She specializes in synergizing the role of the corporate sector in delivery of public health interventions, drawing on her experience in developing and implementing public health programs in India, policy shaping for Southeast-Asia and building credible relationships with Global Health Institutes.

Monika holds MD, in Community Medicine from Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India. She is a Member of National Academy of Medical Sciences and was awarded the Chevening Scholarship by British High Commission to attend the Leadership and Excellence program at King’s College London, UK. In 2020, she was named as the global ambassador for the G20 Health and Development Partnership, and is currently a member of the B20 India task force on Technology, Innovation and R&D along with B20 Action Council on ESG in business, G20 India.