Sunil Mehra

Technical Lead, Health Systems Development, Communicable Diseases and Communications 

Sunil Mehra has 35 years experience of working with international health and development programmes and bilateral and multilateral donors in over 20 countries in East and South Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and in Japan and USA. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, programme design and management, institutional development, monitoring and evaluation, development communications and change management. He has experience in programmes focusing on health delivery systems, maternal and child health, reproductive health and family welfare; communicable disease control especially malaria, literacy and nutrition. Sunil is the founder and until recently the Executive Director of Malaria Consortium, a non-profit international malaria organisation which he built into a globally reputable leader in its field. Now based in Japan,  Sunil is the founder and CEO of Health Partners Asia and from 2012 to 2017 was a Director and Partner of Health Partners International.

Background and relevant experience

Sunil is currently the joint lead HPI Partner on the Integrated Approach to Neglected Tropical Diseases (UNITED) programme in Nigeria. As Executive Director of Malaria Consortium, he led a rapidly expanding organisation and was responsible for managing multi-disciplinary teams globally in 25 offices in Africa and Asia with over 400 staff. In this capacity, he was also responsible for Programme Development and Management for the Malaria Consortium, covering maternal and child health, community development and communications.

While working for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as Strategy and Policy Coordinator, he provided technical advice to partners on policy development and implementation; taught health policy and human resources development, including training methodologies; oversaw the development of policy to implementation series; developed the Malaria Consortium’s role as a provider of strategic planning and policy support to Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partners at international and national level, and provided technical advice on policy implementation; and advised on strategic investment in malaria control in the context of wider health and public sector reform.

Prior to this Sunil was Coordinator for Community Development under the Healthy Mother/Healthy Child Project based in Egypt. As a senior management position, reporting to the Programme Director for a large (>$ 25m) result-oriented project covering five governorates of Egypt, his responsibilities included overseeing and co-ordinating the implementation of three programme components: community participation; grant development and support for local NGOs; and information, education and communications. In this role, he led multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural teams for design and implementation of national campaigns; community-based participatory activities, research and surveys; provider behaviour and client satisfaction; quality assurance and standards of care. Sunil contributed significantly to strategic development with special focus on balancing technical interventions with human elements and guiding technical staff to strategically important programme goals and objectives. He managed all contracts for communications, community development and adolescent health teams.

In his early career Sunil was a Communications Development specialist for organisations such as Voluntary Health Association of India, Appropriate Health Resources and Technologies Action Group (AHRTAG UK and The MEDEX Group, University of Hawaii.

Sunil has worked extensively with local governments and civil society organisations in low income countries and bilateral and multilateral agencies such as DFID, World Bank, WHO, UNICEF and USAID.

Selected Publications, presentations and reports


‘Publications with Health Systems Strengthening. What difference does it make? Practical experiences from Africa’. Presented at the National Institute of Public Health Japan. Health Systems Management Course.