Advisory Board


Dr. Kenneth E. Thorpe

Chairman, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease

Kenneth E. Thorpe, Ph.D., is a Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management, in the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He also co-directs the Emory Center on Health Outcomes and Quality.

He was the Vanselow Professor of Health Policy and Director, Institute for Health Services Research at Tulane University. He was previously Professor of Health Policy and Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; an Associate Professor and Director of the Program on Health Care Financing and Insurance at the Harvard University School of Public Health and Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Public Health at Columbia University.

Dr. Thorpe has also held Visiting Faculty positions at Pepperdine University and Duke University. Dr. Thorpe was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1993 to 1995. In this capacity, he coordinated all financial estimates and program impacts of President Clinton’s health care reform proposals for the White House. He also directed the administration’s estimation efforts in dealing with Congressional health care reform proposals during the 103rd and 104th sessions of Congress.

As an academic, he has testified before several committees in the U.S. Senate and House on health care reform and insurance issues. In 1991, Dr. Thorpe was awarded the Young Investigator Award presented to the most promising health services researcher in the country under age 40 by the Association for Health Services Research. He also received the Hettleman Award for academic and scholarly research at the University of North Carolina and was provided an “Up and Comers” award by Modern Healthcare.

Dr. Thorpe has authored and co-authored over 85 articles, book chapters and books and is a frequent national presenter on issues of health care financing, insurance and health care reform at health care conferences, television and the media.

He has worked with several groups (including the American College of Physicians, American Hospital Association, National Coalition on Health Care, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Service Employees International Union, and the United Hospital Fund) and policymakers (including Senators Wellstone, Corzine, Bingaman, Snowe, Clinton, Obama and Kennedy) to develop and evaluate alternative approaches for providing health insurance to the uninsured. He serves as a reviewer on several health care journals.


Kevin Walker

Executive Director, Partnership To Fight Chronic Disease

As one of the original founders of The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, Mr. Walker today serves as its Executive Director where he focuses his efforts on educating governments, NGOs and other stakeholders, around the world, about the growing social and economic impact of chronic, non- communicable disease and explores for innovative solutions to address these growing problems.

For more than 25 years, Mr. Walker has focused on public affairs, public health policy and politics at a state, federal and international level.  Mr. Walker has also served on the senior staff of several elected officials including Leadership of the United States Congress.  He is also a founding partner of the Washington DC-based Penn Quarter Partners, an international public affairs consultancy.


Aman Gupta

Country Representative, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease

Aman Gupta is the Country Representative of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD). He is also the Managing Partner at Strategic Partners Group (SPAG Asia) with over 16 years of experience in strategic communications and media across various sectors.

His work includes brand building as well as internal and external communications for multiple business objectives. He acts as an adviser to CEOs, organizations and companies across various sectors.

He has trained a little more than 150 spokespersons till date. TED, the leading conglomeration of the top 500 people from technology, entertainment and design, awarded him a fellowship. Aman is also the founding associate member of BAIRD’s CMC, the global conglomerate of senior communications and public policy advisors networked across the world.

He has counseled Corporate and other clients across various sectors – Pfizer India; Johnson & Johnson; Nicholas Piramal India Ltd; Apollo Hospitals Group; Almond Board of California;  Monsanto, Imagine, ProAgro, Crop Life, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Novartis, IMS Health and IAVI, to name a few.

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