Dr. Shyam Bishen is a senior healthcare executive with over 25 years of global experience in healthcare public-private partnership, strategy development, M&A, and business development. He comes to the Forum from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle where he was a regional/deputy director for seven years and was responsible for partnering to harness advances in healthcare to save lives. Before moving to Gates Foundation, he spent more than 20 years in private sector, and most recently headed up emerging markets strategy & innovation at Merck (MSD) in New Jersey as vice president and general manager. Prior to joining the corporate sector, Dr. Bishen was in academia and worked as an Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He is qualified with a Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.