Himanshu Sikka Project Director, USAID funded PAHAL Project (including SAMRIDH Healthcare Blended Finance Facility); Practice Lead – Health, Nutrition & Wash, IPE Global Limited Himanshu is a development planner by qualification and has worked with several international agencies including The World Bank, DFID, USAID, UNICEF, ADB, WHO and The Global Fund. He brings with him experience of working in diverse geographic settings like India, Bangladesh, Nepal, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana and United Kingdom. His technical experience ranges from working at the grassroot levels to supporting national and provincial government in developing policies and large scale programmes. Himanshu has over 20 years’ experience in international aid and policy, health sector reforms, health financing, financial and investment advisory, and institutional strengthening. He has been instrumental in designing and deploying innovative financing instruments such as impact bonds, conditional cash transfers and blended healthcare financing models. He currently serves as the Project Director for USAID funded PAHAL Project (including SAMRIDH Healthcare Blended Finance Facility) and Strategic Advisor for SAMVEG project. In the past he has been involved in large programmes like USAID funded VRIDDHI and DFID Bihar SWASTH projects. Himanshu is a Shell Centenary Chevening Scholar and Otto Königsberger Scholar.