Deepika is the Senior Portfolio Manager of the Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace, an initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, Norad and USAID, where she manages its portfolio of innovative high impact health-focused start-ups and innovations that serve low and middle income countries.
In this role, she strategically supports portfolio ventures to achieve their investment, growth and impact milestones by applying her impact and management expertise and catalyzing network connections to help innovations scale during and beyond the transition to scale stages. Deepika comes from a background in health sciences and technologies, through her ten years of experience across a variety of scientific disciplines, including infection biology, virology, immunology, cancer and bioengineering. She is a recognized thought leader in the sector of scaling health impact innovation in low and middle income countries and is often called upon for her insights.
Deepika was a postdoctoral scientist with the University of Toronto, at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. She received her PhD from the Hannover Medical School in Germany and her Masters in Molecular Microbiology from the University of Nottingham in the UK. Her breadth of international experience also includes her native country, India, where she completed her BSc in Microbiology from the University of Mumbai. Deepika has a certificate in Strategic Management from the Copenhagen Business School and is a candidate for the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation.