Professor Winnie Yip

Principal Investigator, India Health Systems Project; and Professor of Global Health Policy and Economics
Department of Global Health and Population

Dr. Winnie Yip’s research focuses on: 1) the design, implementation and evaluation of systemic health care interventions, for improving affordable and equitable access to and the efficiency and quality of health care delivery, especially for the poor; and 2) modeling and evaluating the effects of incentives on the behavior of providers (organization and individual) and patients. Dr. Yip’s research encompasses both why health systems fail and how to improve them…

Professor William C. Hsiao

K.T. Li Research Professor of Economics

William Hsiao is the K.T. Li Research Professor of Economics and directed the Health Financing Program at Harvard University.  Hsiao was elected to be a member of the US National Academy of Medicine.  Hsiao received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.  He is also a fully qualified actuary with extensive experience in private and social health insurance and pension. Hsiao has conducted health financing studies for more than four…

Professor Michael R. Reich

Taro Takemi Research Professor of International Health Policy, and Director of the Takemi Program in International Health
Department of Global Health and Population

Dr. Reich’s research addresses the political dimensions of public health policy, including health system strengthening and reform, access to medicines and pharmaceutical policy, and the political economy of policy-making processes. He is founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Health Systems & Reform, which has published since January 2015. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science; M.A. in East Asian Studies (Japan); and B.A. in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry; all from Yale…

Anuska Kalita

Senior Research and Program Manager
Department of Global Health and Population

Anuska Kalita has worked in healthcare for more than 14 years in different capacities, ranging from funding and strategy to research and practice. Her work in conceptualizing and setting-up Indian think-tanks has involved strategy-development, building partnerships with a range of local and international stakeholders (both from public and private sectors), and institution-building. Prior to joining Harvard, Anuska worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on health systems design in…

Wendy Zhou

Program Assistant
Department of Global Health and Population

Wendy Zhou is the Program Assistant for the India Health Systems Reform Project, supporting the operational needs of its faculty, researchers, and events. Wendy received her B.A. in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley with a concentration in international development. Previously at the Berkeley Human Rights Center and the United Nations, she conducted open source investigations on human rights crises in Kashmir, Lebanon, Myanmar, Chile, and beyond. She…

Shubham Adhikari

Research Assistant (former)
Department of Global Health and Population

Shubham graduated in 2022 with an MPH in Global Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to Harvard, Shubham worked at the World Bank providing policy and implementation support to government clients in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia in education, health, and nutrition. Originally from Nepal, Shubham is interested in health financing as well as innovative institutional arrangements in the healthcare industry. On the India project,…

Vipul Aggarwal

Policy Fellow (former)
Department of Global Health and Population

Vipul is a physician turned civil servant from India with more than 20 years of work experience. Most recently he served as the administrative head of Ayushman Bharat PM-JAY, the world’s largest public funded health assurance scheme serving 540 million beneficiaries ( In previous assignments in Gujarat, he headed the National Health Mission, which is India’s major public health program, and also headed Procurement and Supply Chain Management for the…

Bijetri Bose, Ph.D.

Visiting Scientist (former)
Department of Global Health and Population

Bijetri obtained her Ph.D. in Economics in 2015 from the University of Washington. She has previously worked at Oberlin College, Ohio and at the University of California, Los Angeles where she focused on examining the impact of policies and social programs on education, health and welfare, particularly of girls and women, across various countries. Her research is in applied microeconomics and she is currently working on analyzing health outcomes and…

Jan Cooper, Ph.D.

Research Associate (former)
Department of Global Health and Population

Jan has studied social protection and cash transfer programs in India and in Tanzania. She focuses in particular on demand- and supply-side incentives for health promotion and women’s access to health care. With the India Health Systems Initiative, she studies the determinants and outcomes of access to effective care. Most recently, as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Jan was based in New Delhi…

Katie Gao

Research Assistant (former)
Harvard College

Katie Gao is a junior at Harvard College studying Neuroscience with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Having previously worked on policy-oriented projects related to health disparities and nutrition, she is interested in leveraging data to improve health systems.