Shalini Unnikrishnan: We need to turn our response to crisis inside out

About this talk: During the peak of the Ebola crisis, the recovery process in Africa was not going according to plan. Failure after sobering failure forced health consultant Shalini Unnikrishnan to recognize that they had approached the crisis from the wrong direction. In an impassioned talk, she urges the response to the next pandemic to be centered on the people it impacts rather than the virus that spreads the disease. She advocates for a new approach that will infuse scientific procedures with the emotion, tradition and belief that are inextricably intertwined when crises are both global and local at once.

About this speaker

Shalini Unnikrishnan is a Principal in the Chicago office of BCG and sits on the U.S. Board of Directors of the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative (TB-AGI). In 2014, Unnikrishnan provided on-the-ground support in the creation of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response to handle the escalating crises in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Previously, she worked with TB-AGI supporting private sector development in President Kagame’s government in Rwanda, and later as TB-AGI Country Head and advisor to President Joyce Banda in Malawi. She holds an MBA in Healthcare Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in International Relations from SAIS Johns Hopkins University.

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