Yusuf Hamied Distinguished Lecture

The annual Yusuf Hamied Distinguished Lectures – one in Mumbai and one in New York City – honor outstanding individuals whose work has advanced our understanding of global health challenges. We thank Dr. Yusuf K. Hamied for his generosity in establishing this distinguished lecture series, which enables our institution to strengthen and build academic relationships with the public health research community in India, in collaboration with our partner, the Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai.

Dr. Hamied’s accomplishments, exemplified by his extraordinary efforts focused on eradicating the HIV/AIDS epidemic, have profoundly benefitted the public’s health and established many of our 21st century models for a healthier population. Both a world-renowned scientist and chairman of Cipla, a global pharmaceuticals company that was built with local, indigenous investment and enterprise in India modeled on making the global South self-reliant in its need vital drugs, Dr. Hamied has spent much of his career working to ensure equitable access to generic AIDS drugs and other life-saving medications, regardless of patients’ ability to pay. In addition, Dr. Hamied was influential in pioneering the development of multi-drug combination pills for HIV/AIDS, TB, and other ailments.

In addition to this Distinguished Lecture series, Dr. Hamied’s generosity has made possible the Yusuf Hamied Faculty Fellowship Program

2023 Events 

Access to Vaccines Without and With a Pandemic: Lessons from India

April 19, 2023

Gagandeep Kang, MD, PhD, FRS 
Professor of Microbiology
Division of Gastrointestinal Sciences
Christian Medical College, Vellore

Access to Vaccines Without and With a Pandemic: Lessons from India


2022 Events 

Public Health is a Public Good 

April 28, 2022 

Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH
Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Director, The Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center

Presented by Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai


2021 Events 

A Person-Centered and Compassionate Health Care System

October 15, 2021

Vikram Patel, PhD, MBBS
The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health at Harvard Medical School


2020 Events 

Is Inequality Toxic for Public Health Agendas? 

October 23, 2020 

Gita Sen, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Director
The Ramalingaswami Centre on Equity and Social Determinants of Health
Public Health Foundation of India


Precision Public Health: A Pathway to Population Health

January 30, 2020

Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA
University Professor
Dr. Mathilde Krim-amfAR Chair of Global Health
Director, ICAP
Columbia Mailman School of Public Health

GIDEoN: A Vision for Ending Pandemic

July 8, 2020

W. Ian Lipkin, MD, John Snow Professor
Epidemiology, Professor of Neurology and Pathology and Cell Biology
Director, Center for Infection and Immunity
Columbia Mailman School of Public Health


2019 Events 

The Exposome: Measuring Complex Exposures on a Global Scale

March 4, 2019

Gary Miller, PhD
Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
Vice Dean, Research Strategy and Innovation 
Columbia Mailman School of Public Health

Public Health: A Bridge Between Science and Society

April 24, 2019

K. Srinath Reddy, MD, DM, MSc
Public Health Foundation of India