Suneeta Krishnan named RTI International’s India country director

NEW DELHI, India— Suneeta Krishnan, Ph.D., a social epidemiologist at RTI International, has been named India country director for RTI's new subsidiary, Research Triangle Institute Global India Private Limited that is based in New Delhi.

As country director, she will lead the expansion of RTI's partnerships and technical activities focused on enduring and emerging development challenges in India, including sanitation, women's health and gender equity, noncommunicable diseases, sustainable and renewable energy and climate change.

"I can't think of anyone better to represent RTI in India," said Tim Gabel, executive vice president, Social, Statistical, and Environmental Sciences at RTI. "Dr. Krishnan is an accomplished scientist, as well as a very effective leader. Our interests in India are in good hands with Suneeta at the helm."

Since 1982, RTI has supported improvements in health, water and sanitation, energy and the environment in India. RTI recently launched a wholly owned subsidiary, Research Triangle Institute Global India Private Limited, based in New Delhi, to better serve our clients and expand collaboration opportunities for our people and projects.

Krishnan specializes in community-based research in India with a focus on the intersections between gender inequities, violence, and women's health over the life course. For the past 15 years, her research has aimed to uncover the pathways through which gender inequities lead to adverse health outcomes and health disparities, and to develop and test interventions focused on individuals, families, communities and the health system that promote health and gender equity. 

She has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, private foundations, and the World Bank to conduct research on gender-based power and prevention of intimate partner violence, HIV, cervical cancer, and other adverse women's health outcomes, and to provide technical assistance for the development, implementation, and evaluation of women's health promotion programs.

In recognition of her research and community service, Krishnan received the 2004 U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. She has also authored or co-authored several book chapters, peer reviewed journal articles and technical reports focused on violence against women, HIV/AIDS, and gender inequities.

Krishnan has an adjunct appointment with the St. John's research Institute in Bengaluru and is a scientific and research collaborator of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative.

Krishnan holds a doctorate and master's degree in epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley. 

 

Highlights

  • Suneeta Krishnan, Ph.D., a social epidemiologist at RTI International, has been named India country director for RTI's new subsidiary, Research Triangle Institute Global India Private Limited that is based in New Delhi
  • She will lead the expansion of RTI's partnerships and technical activities focused on enduring and emerging development challenges in India, including sanitation, women's health and gender equity