Harkesh Dabas is the Country Director of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) India office. In this role, he provides leadership and strategic direction to CHAI operations and partnerships in India. Previously, Mr. Dabas led CHAI’s Access program efforts in new initiatives and organizational engagement with manufacturers of generic ARVs as well as other drug and vaccines.
Prior to joining CHAI, Mr. Dabas served in the Indian Navy for over two decades in various leadership positions, including Joint Director of Operations at the Ministry of Defence, where he was responsible for the development and execution of strategic plans and policies. He also commanded an anti-submarine warfare corvette and served as the Secretary to the Commanders’ Conference, the Navy’s highest strategic decision-making body, wherein he was involved in the development of strategy across a broad spectrum of issues.
Mr. Dabas holds post-graduate degrees in Nautical Science and Operations, a Masters in Defence and Strategic Studies, and a Masters in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.