Dr Balasegaram is a medical doctor who trained at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. He received further post-graduate training in internal and emergency medicine in the UK and Australia. He joined MSF in 2001, working as a doctor in the field in several countries in Sub-Sharan Africa and Southern Asia.
After gaining significant operational research experience, Dr Balasegaram became Head of the Manson Unit – a London-based medical research and implementation arm of MSF – in 2005. He then joined MSF partner organisation Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) in 2008, where he worked for four and a half years, finishing as DNDi’s Head of Leishmaniasis Clinical Development Team before joining the Access Campaign.
Dr Balasegaram has worked extensively on issues around access to medicines, with a particular focus on tropical and neglected diseases; to this end he has considerable training in both Public Health and Tropical Medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with significant work experience in both areas. He also has substantial experience in clinical trials and drug development working as a site investigator, principal investigator and project manager.