Sharmila Mhatre

Sharmila Mhatre is acting director of the Open Society Public Health Program. Her expertise in health systems and policy research in low- and middle-income countries comes from over 20 years of experience leading, designing and managing multi-sectoral health programs with government, donor, and civil society collaborators in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia.

Prior to joining Open Society, Mhatre worked at Canada’s International Development Research Centre for over a decade where she headed the Governance for Equity in Health Systems program. The program supported leading scholars, policymakers, and civil society organizations from low- and middle-income countries to redress health inequities and improve health services, systems, and policies.

Mhatre worked from 1996 to 2003 as a research fellow with the nongovernmental agency, Community Information and Epidemiological Technologies. Her research focused on areas of primary health care, community-based information systems, and the prevention of sexual violence and HIV/AIDS in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this position, she worked with UNICEF. Currently, she is a board member of the British Medical Journal Global Health. Mhatre earned a PhD in health services research in 1994 from the University of Toronto. Mhatre was voted to the Board in November 2021.