Vas Narasimhan of Novartis: ‘we are not at all prepared for a pandemic’

New York Times

1 August 2019 - The son of Indian immigrants read Greek philosophy and worked at McKinsey before joining a giant drug maker.

Vas Narasimhan was drawn to work in public health. He pursued degrees in medicine, worked to combat disease in India and Africa and studied with Paul Farmer, the renowned physician.

But after a brief stint at the World Health Organisation, he became disillusioned with public-sector bureaucracy. “I found there to be a dearth of real leaders,” Mr. Narasimhan said. “There wasn’t a mind-set of: How do you create great leaders and how do you lead large organisations?”

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