Dr. Raj Panjabi was appointed by President Joe Biden to lead the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative in February 2021. Born in Liberia, Dr. Panjabi settled in the United States after fleeing civil war at age nine.
Before joining PMI, Dr. Panjabi served as CEO of Last Mile Health, an award-winning nonprofit he founded in 2007. At Last Mile Health, he enabled community and frontline health workers to deliver life-saving care—including for malaria, COVID-19, Ebola, and other diseases—to the world’s most remote places. He also served as an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and advisor for the World Health Organization’s Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response.
Dr. Panjabi is a recognized thought leader and social entrepreneur passionate about building rural health systems and ending epidemics. TIME magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World and 50 Most Influential People in Healthcare. He has also been listed as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune and is a recipient of the $1 million TED Prize.
Dr. Panjabi earned his medical degree at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, completed his residency at Harvard Medical School, and holds a Master’s in Public Health in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University.