Episode 73

Open Source Solutions with Jaykumar Menon


May 11th, 2021

50 mins 35 secs

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About this Episode

Greetings Glocal Citizens!

This week my guest is a social entrepreneur that is on the cutting edge of solving for some of our most pressing global challenges. In this timely conversation I meet with Jaykumar Menon, an international human rights lawyer plying his craft at the intersection of human rights and global health. He is a founder of the Open Source Pharma Foundation, which aims to create a new paradigm for drug discovery, and generate affordable new cures in areas of great health need. He is also a founder of The India Nutrition Initiative, which is developing “DFS”, a salt that is double-fortified with iron and iodine, to address malnutrition caused by iron deficiency. DFS has reached millions of people.

In his work as a lawyer, he has represented the student leaders of Tiananmen Square, victims of the Bosnian genocide, freed a man from death row, and helped free an innocent man serving life for murder as the fifteenth lawyer to take up the case. He is a recipient of the Brown Alumni Association’s highest honor, given to one graduate per year. A Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute, and a Research Fellow at the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law at McGill University. Jaykumar holds a JD and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA from Brown University.

I am sure this discussion will be plenty of food for thought and practice; I encourage you to read on, visit and get involved with this pioneering work!

Where to find Jaykumar:
On LinkedIn
On Twitter
On Facbook

What's Jaykumar reading?
The Stoics and Marcus Aurelius
Joan Dideon
Ernest Hemingway
Sherwood Anderson
Tom Wolfe
Bruce Chatwin
Arundhati Roy

Other topics of interest:
XPRIZE Foundation
Dr. Robert Gallo
March of Dimes
University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology
The Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine (I-AIM)
8 Limbs of Yoga
The Five Tibetan Rites