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Sunil Chacko
Dr. Sunil Chacko was Professor (Adjunct) at the University of Alberta, Canada, one of Canada's top-three Universities, and currently is Professor at one of India's top-ranked business schools. Dr. Chacko is Partner with New Info Solutions LLC, a biotechnology and finance advisory agency he co-founded in 1999 with offices in Washington DC, US, Vancouver, Canada, Tanabe, Japan and New Delhi, India. He is Co-Convener of the India Pacific Council, a Board Member with MarineTech Corporation, Japan, and Vice President for North America and Japan of the Global India Foundation. Dr. Chacko is an International Scientific Committee Member of Canada's National Centre of Excellence: Advanced Foods and Materials Network. Dr. Chacko is an Advisor to Japanese Central and State (prefectural) Government agencies.

He has received an M.B.A. with concentration on finance from Columbia University, a master's in public health from Harvard University, and a medical degree from Kerala University in India, along with training in information technology (IT) and database/software programming. He was a Research Scholar at the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) prior to getting a scholarship to attend Harvard University.

He currently researches functional foods and works on chronic diseases prevention
and has been advising on the new sciences industry, pharma & biotech and on incentives to encourage partnerships between academia, government research institutions and industry on harnessing the new sciences for product development of new medicines, vaccines and diagnostics.

Dr. Chacko holds a current medical license. He has worked as a physician, and was the founding Assistant Director of the Harvard University-based Commission on Health Research for Development that first quantified and documented the severe gap in capacity and financing for health research targeted at neglected diseases after undertaking a worldwide study. That co-authored study (1987-1990) Health Research: Essential Link to Equity in Development published by Oxford University Press in 1990 and released at the Nobel Conference on Health Research, became the basis of the work in global health of major US foundations and multilateral agencies, especially the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

He authored one of the earliest papers linking the spread of HIV/AIDS to the poverty, destabilization and instability in Sub-Saharan Africa: "Sexual Behavior, AIDS and Poverty in Sub Saharan Africa" published by the International Journal of STD and AIDS, January 1991.

Dr. Chacko initiated, facilitated and organized the world's first debt-for-health research swap. It was for $1 million for developing countries in 1990. He directed the debt-for-development swaps project at Harvard University.

He was closely involved in the reformulation of the Rockefeller Foundation's health sciences strategy to focus on new product development against neglected diseases that is in place today, and was a key expert in the creation of several product development public-private partnerships that were financed by major foundations and international agencies. Among those, he developed the organizational framework for a new financing entity in new antibiotics research, especially focused on reducing the length of time and enhancing the effectiveness of treatment against Tuberculosis that each year causes
2.4 million deaths worldwide.

In 1993, just as the Internet browser was developed, he initiated & advocated for, and was a member of the core team that built the first Internet-based service of the World Bank Group. It was on foreign direct investment. He thereafter became Advisor and Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President of the World Bank Group.

He has also served as a Consultant/Advisor for the United Nations Development Program (U.N.D.P.), the United Nations Children's Fund (U.N.I.C.E.F.), the World Health Organization ( W.H.O.), and major U.S. foundations. For the U.N.'s International Conference on Financing 2002 attended by most heads of state and government, his chapter "Developments in Private Sector Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship in the South" was published by the U.N.D.P. in the official documentation for the conference. It included analysis of computer and Internet technologies to accelerate world-wide health R&D.

He cooperated with some of the top venture capitalists in the world on extending micro-venture capital financing to developing countries as a new source of development finance.

He was an invited participant at the U.S. Congress General Accountability Office's (GAO) briefing for U.S. Senators, U.S . Representatives, and Congressional staff in August 1999, and the U.S. Presidential Conference on vaccine research against neglected diseases held at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (N.I.H.), July 2000. He was appointed the Rapporteur for the U.S. National Institutes of Health Meeting on Nevirapine, international debt, and financing constraints, December 1999, held at the N.I.H.

He co-organized, along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, the Conference on Public Health Surveillance against emerging infectious diseases 1998. That work appears prescient in view of the risks of the H1N1 and other pandemics.

He undertook a review of the health sciences and the new medicines and generics pharmaceutical industry of North America, Europe, Japan, India, Brazil, South Africa, undertook equity analysis for valuing new economy companies, as well as the implicit equity participation of public entities such as foundations in joint ventures with the private sector.

He has published Opinion-Editorials in the Huffington Post, the largest-read online newspaper, Washington Times and the Business Standard, Indian affiliate of the UK's Financial Times, and wrote three large volumes of insight, analysis and recommendations to the Rockefeller Foundation's senior management: Health Biotechnology, Tuberculosis and Opportunities in the South (May 1999), Harnessing New Sciences for Neglected Diseases through Partnerships (Nov. 1999), Looking to the Future: Partnerships for Neglected Diseases R&D (June 2000).

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Historical Diplomacy and Modern Sensitivities: Taiwan, the US, Japan and India

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2016 | 4:31 PM

It is hard not to notice in historical paintings and drawings, the characteristic (for South Asians) truncal or central obesity in profound figures who led Indian soft power historical diplomacy -- for example the South Indian monk Bodhidharma (known in Japan as Daruma) who is credited with being...

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Abenomics' Innovations Threatened by Failure on Contracting Reform

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 9:03 AM

With the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War II being commemorated next year, attention is being focused on the post-War life-cycle of Japanese industry and the government that so dutifully sought to back it, perhaps in ways unimaginable in the US. But what part of overall Japanese...

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BRICS Bank Is Mostly a Jointly Managed Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF), and Opportune Time for a Japan-India SWF

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 1:30 PM

Amid some fanfare, a new Development Bank, otherwise called the BRICS Bank, modeled on the multilateral development banks, as well as a Contingent Reserve Arrangement modeled on the IMF, were signed into existence by the members of BRICS -- Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, on July 15, 2014 (see...

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Investor Confidence and Dispute Resolution

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 4:19 PM

Private and public investment in employment-intensive sectors like manufacturing will likely be priorities, given the rising number of youth who need jobs, irrespective of who wins the parliamentary elections in India. Therefore, essential are clear signals that ensure that investor confidence is not impacted negatively.

A case playing out...

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Overcoming Adversity and Running for Parliament

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 1:18 PM

The raucous election campaign for the largest election in the world's history, enabling potentially 814 million people to vote, and involving 930,000 polling stations, and 1.9 million electronic voting machines, is underway in India with the Election Commission of India and its model code of conduct taking center-stage.

There have...

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India's Yes Bank and 'Fit and Proper' Criteria for Board Membership

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 6:27 PM

Bold headlines in Indian newspapers highlighting the concept of "fit and proper" (to serve as Board Member of private banks) of the Reserve Bank of India, the Central Bank or Fed of India, carried statements by Yes Bank top management and an ex-Board chair that gave off the subliminal impression...

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Dr. Kurokawa Wins Most Prestigious American Academy for the Advancement of Science Award

(3) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 8:55 AM

Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa, Chairman of Japan's Parliamentary Nuclear Accident Investigation Commission, won the most prestigious American Academy for the Advancement of Science 2012 Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award.

The Academy stated:

"Dr. Kurokawa is honored for the extraordinary responsibility he demonstrated in his frank and transparent chairmanship of the...

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Safety Metrics Made in Japan and Canada

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 10:17 AM

Japan's Parliamentary Nuclear Accident Investigation Commission, the first of its kind in the history of Japan's constitutional government, independent and having subpoena power, submitted its Report to the leaders of both Houses of Parliament on July 5, 2012. Chaired by Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa, a medical doctor who was...

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Professor DPT, Living History of the Vibrancy of India's Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 11:41 AM

Book Review: Portrait of a Student Activist by Pushpesh Pant. Smriti Books, New Delhi. 2011*

Background and book release ceremony
A new book* on the General Secretary of India's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Prof. Devi Prasad Tripathi or DPT as he is widely known, casts light on the unique...

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Risk Management in Introducing High-Technologies Into High-Growth Markets

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 1:23 PM

High-growth markets like India face a range of challenges, and thus present vast opportunities, especially for introducing leap-frogging technologies in the area of energy infrastructure. Just like speedy development of the mobile phone market in India and its allied services now being increasingly offered via mobile phone platform such as...

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World Bank Board: Time to Step Up for an Open and Transparent Selection Process for the Next Bank President

(1) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 2:30 PM

Unlike the chaotic and haphazard manner in which IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn was replaced by another European, Christine Lagarde, the next president of the World Bank ought to be selected carefully and in an open and transparent manner. It is January now and the next president should be selected...

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Japan's Parliamentary Panel On The Nuclear Crisis Should Draw Methods From Other National Investigations

(118) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 10:32 AM

Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa, medical doctor, former professor at Tokyo University and the University of California, Los Angeles, and former president of the Science Council of Japan, was appointed to head the Japanese national investigation into the Fukushima nuclear disaster (see here and here).

Dr. Kurokawa was...

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Japan and India

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 2:20 AM

Even in the late 1980s when I had the pleasure and privilege of working closely with eminent Japanese, such as the late Dr. Saburo Okita (see here and here and here), once a key intermediary between Japan's politicians, government and businesses with America and...

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Cost of Nuclear Power May Enable Renewable Energy to Gain Further Ground

(119) Comments | Posted July 22, 2011 | 11:13 AM

In the past, renewable sources of energy, such as solar, wind, bio-fuels, and geothermal, had been relegated in comparison with the pre-Fukushima rush for nuclear energy. Indeed, Japan went so far as to plan for 50% of its power to come from nuclear by 2030, in a nation where people...

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Time for Antibiotics-Free Animal Industry Practices

(2) Comments | Posted June 22, 2011 | 10:43 AM

The misuse of antibiotics in medical care for humans and in the animal industry is at the center of the increasing problem of antibiotics resistance. Low-dose antibiotics are used prophylactically in the animal industry with the goal of preventing illnesses in crowded animal facilities and to promote growth.

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Senator Mark Kirk, World Banker

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2010 | 6:46 AM

Senator Mark Kirk, who won President Obama's Senate seat, is the only Senator who has been on the staff of the World Bank Group. In the broadcasted Q&A session of his speech at the AEI a few years ago, I asked him about the oversight of the Bank, and he...

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United States - India Business Council Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2010 | 12:23 PM

Hundreds of US and Indian participants celebrated the 35th anniversary of the US-India Business Council (USIBC) in Washington, DC on June 1 and 2. The sessions this year were focused on the themes of "Education, Infrastructure & Inclusive Growth." The word infrastructure, as defined, includes "hard" power plants, roads, bridges,...

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Senator Bayh's Long Bye Bye

(1) Comments | Posted March 30, 2010 | 12:06 PM

To be passed over for the Vice Presidential ticket by the likes of John Edwards and Joe Lieberman must hurt. But it must bother Senator Evan Bayh even more because it appears to have happened to him with more regularity than other prominent Senators or...

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Japan's Prime Minister Dr. Hatoyama, Debt, and Toyota

(2) Comments | Posted February 16, 2010 | 5:13 AM

Having done case studies even in the late 1980s at U.S. universities on Kaizen (improvement) and Total Quality Management (TQM) that originated in Japanese industry, it now comes as a startling surprise to see the extent of the current eight million vehicle recalls...

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Vancouver, Multicultural Gateway To The World

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2009 | 11:17 AM

Beyond hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver is fast emerging as a key North American bridge to East, West, North and South. Three events in the past days specially emphasized that:

Vancouver Peace Summit: Nobel Laureates in Dialogue

Compassion, forgiveness and interdependence were major themes at the dialogue. The...

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