Kavindhran Velen

Kavindhran Velen

Senior Scientist

Location Geneva, Switzerland

Health programme Tuberculosis

Department Medical Affairs

About Kavindhran Velen

Kavindhran (Kavi) Velen joined FIND in July 2021 and currently works across the TB and Access programmes as a Senior Scientist. He supports evidence generation for informing TB policy, but also developing accelerated strategies for scaling up diagnostic recommendations in high-burden countries.

Kavi has 15 years of experience in public health and epidemiological research within the private, government and NGO space in various technical, research and management roles. He is a trained microbiologist and epidemiologist with a specific research interest in optimizing TB active case finding strategies, particularly in low-and middle-income settings. His work has informed policy guidance, directly with the World Health Organization, the South African TB Think Tank and the Australian Tuberculosis Center for Research Excellence (TB-CRE).

He completed a post-doc with the University of Sydney and holds a PhD (University of Witwatersrand), a MPH (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) (University of Pretoria), a BSc (Hons) Medical Microbiology and a BSc (Biological Science) from the University of KwaZulu/Natal. He is also a graduate of the South African Field Epidemiology Laboratory Training Program (SAELTP) modelled and funded through the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Services (EIS) Program.