Prof. Dileep Mavlankar has been heading the Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar as its Director since 2012. Dr. Mavalankar received an MBBS and MD in Preventive and Social Medicine from Gujarat University in Ahmedabad, and MPH and Dr. P.H from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, USA. His work experience includes faculty and research positions in NHL Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad, National Institute of Health in Bethesda, USA, Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India and Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, NY, USA. He has worked as consultant to many agencies including Columbia University, Mother Care Project (USA), the WHO (Geneva, Western Pacific Regional Office), UNICEF (New Delhi), DANIDA, UNDP/World Bank (India), the Aga Khan Foundation, CEDPA etc. Dr. Mavalankar has authored several publications. He has been adviser to key academic and government organizations and NGOs.
Dr. Mavalankar is actively involved in research focused on improving management of EmOC in rural hospitals, strengthening reproductive health programme management, improving quality of care in family welfare including maternal health, health policy analysis and implications for programme management, management training for health & family planning, government, NGO collaboration in health programmes, management of service sector and quality of services.
Dr. Mavalankar has achieved various honours &awards, including Paul Harper Award 1990, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, USA; Hewlett Foundation Fellowship for doing Doctor of Public Health at Department of Population Dynamics, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, 1984; nominated to the membership of Alpha Chapter of Delta Omega, The Honorary Public Health Society, USA, 1983;and National Science Talent Award,NCERT, New Delhi, 1975. Dr. Mavalankar was appointed by the Prime Minister to the high level Missions Steering Group of the National Rural Health Mission constituted by the Government of India in 2005. He is the Chair of Technical Working Group on Maternal Health by Government of India. He is also a member of the Steering Group on Health for the 12th Five year Plan of the Planning Commission of India.