Sonny S. Patel, MPH, MPhil, is a Visiting Scientist at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. He was recently awarded the presitgious Emerald Publishing Literati Award (2021) of Outstanding Paper of the Year in Disaster Prevention and Management. He is a former National Institutes of Health Fogarty Global Health Scholar who has developed protocols, programs and training to build capacity and knowledge in communities worldwide - from subject matters in Public Health, Community Health, and Mental Health to specialized topics in Emergency Management, Community Resilience, and Disaster Risk Reduction. He was named by USAID in India as one of the top DevDisruptors in Mental Health (2020) and by NATO peers in Ukraine as a rising star in Environmental Health and Security in Conflict Zones (2018). Patel is a Public Health and Global Health Executive who serves on advisory committees and board of directors of organizations looking to create positive social and community impact, such as The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. He is an optimistic executive strategist and seasoned problem solver in achieving success in midst of chaos, working with international governments, non-profit organizations, corporations, and start-up companies around the world. He continues to provide executive guidance and training to corporations, non-profits and international non-governmental organizations who are aiming to grow, be sustainable and deliver high impact programs.
Previously, Patel held research positions at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, at the UK National Institute for Health Research’s Health Protection Research Unit in Emergency Preparedness and Response at King’s College London, and at University of Southern California’s Department of Preventative Medicine and Institute for Global Health. At Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, he designed monitoring and evaluation processes on ongoing resilience-building programs in China and surrounding countries along with creating partnership with NATO in building collaboration in Ukraine to reduce the impact among communities affected by the East Ukraine Conflict. At King's College London, he carried out work that looked at health, resilience and flooding in the UK. Prior to joining King's College London, Sonny was a research associate at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he carried out global health research and evaluated programs related to Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters along with supporting domestic public health initiatives. He has received his Bachelors from University of California, Berkeley, his Masters from University of Southern California (Public Health and Global Health Leadership) and King’s College London (Psychological Medicine).