Vasant (Vas) Narasimhan


African Parks Network, South Africa

Vasant (Vas) Narasimhan, M.D was appointed as African Parks’ Chairman of the Board on December 2022. Having previously served as a Board Member for three years, and as Novartis Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Vas takes on this role bringing a wealth of experience and value to African Parks.

Dr. Narasimhan was the Global Head of Drug Development and Chief Medical Officer for Novartis from 2016 to 2018. Prior to that, he held a range of leadership roles in product development and general management, such as Global Head of Development for Novartis Pharmaceuticals from 2014 to 2016; Global Head of the Sandoz Biopharmaceuticals and Oncology Injectables business unit in 2014; Global Head of Development for Novartis Vaccines from 2012 to 2014; and North America Region Head for Novartis Vaccines, as well as United States Country President for Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, from 2008 to 2012. During his career at Novartis, Dr. Narasimhan has overseen the licensure of over 30 novel medicines, including cell and gene therapies and vaccines.

Dr. Narasimhan received his doctor of medicine from Harvard Medical School, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Chicago in the U.S. During and after his medical studies, he worked extensively on a range of public health issues in low- and middle-income countries, and he continues to champion global health priorities today. Dr. Narasimhan is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and sits on the board of fellows of Harvard Medical School. He also serves on the boards of African Parks, a nonprofit conservation organization, and of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.