Vikram Patel is a Professor of International Mental Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow in Clinical Science at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (UK). He is the Joint Director of the School’s Centre for the Control of Chronic Conditions, based at the Public Health Foundation where he also serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is a co-founder of Sangath, a community based NGO head-quartered in Goa. He is a Fellow of the UK's Academy of Medical Sciences and serves on the WHO’s Expert Advisory Group for Mental Health; he was a member of the Mental Health Policy Group of the Government of India and serves on the Institute Body of the National Institute for Mental Health and Neurosciences, India. He was awarded the Institute of Medicine’s Sarnat Medal for Mental Health in 2014.