Jaykumar Menon

Visiting Scientist

Department of Health Policy and Management

Jaykumar Menon is an international human rights lawyer working at the intersection of human rights and global health. He is a founder of the Open Source Pharma Foundation, which aims to create a new paradigm for drug discovery, and generate affordable new cures in areas of great health need, and of The India Nutrition Initiative, which is developing “DFS”, a salt that is double-fortified with iron and iodine, to address malnutrition caused by iron deficiency. DFS has reached millions of people.  As a lawyer, he has represented the student leaders of Tiananmen Square, victims of the Bosnian genocide, freed a man from death row, and helped free an innocent man serving life for murder as the fifteenth lawyer to take up the case. He is a recipient of the Brown Alumni Association’s highest honor, given to one graduate per year. A Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute, and a Research Fellow at the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law at McGill University, Jaykumar holds a JD and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA from Brown.