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 divided India needs to heal itself, urgently

Why I think India needs to heal. At stake is our fundamental ability to communicate amongst ourselves. The solutions to mend bridges between families, within communities, across religious divides, first and foremost lie with us.
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WHO transparency resolution seeks to dispel opacity around drug prices and sheds light on international policy-making

Disease unites the world. So does the impact of unbridled capitalism. Rich and poor countries alike, came together this week to take first steps to understand why medicines cost as much as they do. The 72nd World Health Assembly that convened in Geneva, adopted a resolution to push for greater transparency around the prices of drugs, but fought shy to endorse costs associated with research and development and clinical trials.
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Broadening its donor base and non-state actors – Does WHO really have a choice when it comes to financing?

When global health policy wonks talk about the financing pressures of the World Health Organization, there is a certain kind of despondency. Many of the 194 of its member states do not want to cough up more money to enable WHO to do what it must. Not only that, they also want WHO to do more than it does.
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What the recent discussions on access to medicines at WHO’s Executive Board tell us

When the Tedros administration assumed office in 2017, there was some apprehension in certain sections of the global health community, about the extent to which WHO would protect and pursue the contentious issue of access to medicines. Less than two years on, one can be fairly convinced that this administration is serious in leading from the front and some might even say, successfully walking the tightrope – for now.
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WHO Report Flags Distortion of Investment and Innovation in Cancer Research

Geneva: High prices of cancer drugs hurting desperate patients have caught the attention of policymakers everywhere. But do high prices of medicines that provide huge financial returns to pharmaceutical companies also distort innovation? A new cancer report by World Health Organisation (WHO) has both countries and the pharma industry debating on just how much profit cancer drugs generate for pharmaceutical companies.
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Battle for Access to Medicines Takes Centre Stage at WHO

From prohibitive cancer drugs to making resources available to fight microbial drug resistance, or getting access to timely diagnostics – access issues are the cornerstone for equitable health systems worldwide.
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WHO Priorities Likely to Be Constrained by Finances

Irrespective of all the ambitions for the future and earnest intentions to reform the administration, ultimately it will be financing that will dictate how far WHO can go.
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WHO Gets to Work: 2018 a Litmus Test for New Team

Ambitious priorities, strained budgets and a changing political order dominate the World Health Organisation’s upcoming annual executive board meet in Geneva
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Global Fund Elections: American influence in Global Health Politics

Peter Sands was elected the executive director of the financing organisation even though he did not have American support, perhaps indicating the country’s waning importance.
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American Offensive Against WTO’s Dispute Settlement System

The US has been blocking the appointment of ‘judges’ to WTO’s Appellate Body because of disagreements with both the procedure followed and some of the body’s rulings. This can have serious implications for the dispute settlement system in international trade.
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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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Priti Patnaik

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

During my 15 years in journalism, I have worked in Geneva, New York City and New Delhi. 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 finance, India’s monetary policy and the financial sector, for the biggest economic newspapers 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 work.