Priti Patnaik

Independent Journalist & Researcher

Geneva, Swizterland

Priti Patnaik

I am a financial journalist and a researcher in international development.

Geneva. New York. New Delhi.


A New Administration Settles in at the WHO

A new team and new priorities are taking shape at WHO, but will the new director general engage with challenging issues or maintain status quo?
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One can easily overlook a discreet corner of Geneva Palexpo, a convention centre in the outskirts of this small city, especially on a chilly winter evening in January this year, when temperatures plummeted below zero. The atmosphere inside was just as discreet, but warm with anticipation. Art dealers and underwriters mingled with prosecutors, lawyers, and forensic specialists to find out how self-regulation in the art market address money laundering.
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Challenges Awaiting the Next WHO Chief

The 70th World Health Assembly saw the election of a new leader, a strong resolution on battling cancer and unexpected coalitions around access to medicines, among others
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The Summit on Neglected Tropical Diseases

The Geneva Commitment on Neglected Tropical Diseases: Key Takeaways

WHO is Electing a New Leader. Here’s What’s at Stake

A look at member states’ considerations, candidates plans for the future of global public health management and contemporary issues for the WHO.
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What is the Worth of Investigative Journalism?

In Democracy’s Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism, James T. Hamilton gives a bird’s eye view of the ecosystem of investigative reporting and addresses its costs, benefits and impact. The need for investigative reporting has seldom been more acute. Even as investigative journalism thrives by way of cross-border collaborative projects such Panama Papers, pessimism about the profession itself continues.
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US’s Inconsistent Policies on Pharma Could Compromise Global Access to Medication

A recently released UN report highlights international “policy incoherence” on medication, but the US has denounced its findings, signalling its unwillingness to institute reforms.
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Deconstructing India’s Model Bilateral Investment Treaty

India was one of the most sued countries in 2015. Will the country’s new model bilateral investment treaty attract and safeguard foreign investment more effectively? India’s efforts to attract and safeguard foreign investment while protecting public interest will be keenly watched in the midst of reforms in international investment agreements.
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Switzerland becomes Brexit casualty

The U.K. vote to leave the European Union threatens to claim collateral damage in Switzerland, whose own negotiations with the bloc have become much more difficult as a result. The Swiss, who voted to cap immigration in a 2014 referendum, are approaching crunch-time in their relationship with the EU, which is based on a myriad of bilateral agreements. Link to Story

Trade Experts: Financing Not IP Slows Down Adoption Of Clean Energy Technologies

Constraints on financing, restrictions on services and not so much access to technology emerged as one of the biggest challenges in the innovation, deployment and diffusion of clean energy technologies during an unusual session last week in Geneva which brought together climate scientists and trade policy wonks. Technologists and chemical engineers also came together to discuss how unlocking trade could help clean technologies in the context of the implementation of the Paris agreement on climate change.
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Switzerland fears it will be a Brexit loser

If British voters decide to leave the EU this week, Switzerland will likely reap an influx of money from the City of London. who last week decided to withdraw their dormant 1992 application to join the European bloc — are more worried about the negative fallout from a Brexit than busy counting their potential gains. Link to Story

India Solar Dispute: Right Intent, Wrong Means

India’s solar dispute at the World Trade Organization (WTO) is being viewed as an important case given the implications it has for the rapid deployment and scale up of renewable energy globally. It is also drawing attention to whether international trade rules should be used to adjudicate on matters having wider implications beyond trade including for the environment, energy security and socio-economic objectives of developing countries. And worryingly, the practice of discriminating in favour of domestic producers could potentially leave countries like India open to being challenged by investors.
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Priti Patnaik

I am a financial journalist who also works in international development.

I have worked as a journalist for more than a decade in New Delhi, New York and Geneva. Outside of journalism, I have had stints at a trade law firm specializing in WTO disputes and at a UN public health organization in Geneva.

I have reported on public finances, India’s monetary policy and the financial sector, for the biggest pink papers in India, based out of Delhi. In New York, I reported on debt and bankruptcy in the immediate aftermath of the financial crises in different newsrooms. In Switzerland, I write on issues of banking secrecy, illicit financial flows, bilateral trade deals, intellectual property and the pharmaceutical industry.

I hold a master's degree in Business & Economic Reporting from New York University (2010) and a master's in Development Studies from The Graduate Institute in Geneva (2013). I also have a PG Diploma in broadcast journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai (2003). I graduated with a bachelor's degree in science, majoring in microbiology, genetics and chemistry from Osmania University, Hyderabad (2002).

I look forward to opportunities in, not limited to, corporate responsibility, public health, environment and trade - areas where science, economics and law come together.

I am keen on opportunities that will not only utilize my journalistic skills in writing, editing and investigations but also give me scope to do development-related fieldwork.