I-MAK Directors

 Tahir Amin is I-MAK's Co-Founder and Director of Intellectual Property. Tahir practised as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales with two of the leading IP firms in the UK and also served as an in-house global IP manager for a multinational company. Tahir has over 15 years experience in prosecuting, licensing, opposing and litigating trademarks, patents, and designs. Prior to founding I-MAK, he spent two years in India researching public interest IP issues and working on pharmaceutical patent oppositions. He has served as legal advisor/consultant to many groups, including the World Health Organization (WHO), GAVI, UNITAID, the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative, Doctors without Borders, Oxfam, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, United Nations Environment Programme, the European Patent Office and governments seeking to improve the patent system. Tahir has published and presented in many prominent fora including Health Affairs, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Vaccine, Nature Biotech and Science, The International AIDS Conference (2012), the World Trade Organization, World Intellectual Property and WHO Joint Technical Symposium on Access to Medicines and Patent Information (2011) and Mayo Clinic's Transform Symposium (2010). Tahir was a Fellow at the Harvard Medical School in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine (2007-2012), a 2008 Echoing Green Fellow, a 2009 TED Fellow, a 2010 delegate for the Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit and an adjunct faculty member at the St.Luke Foundation/Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy. In 2012, Tahir was a recipient of the South Asian Bar Association of New York's Legal Trailblazer Award.

Email: tahir@i-mak.org


Priti Krishtel (née Radhakrishnan) is Co-Founder and Director of Treatment Access of I-MAK. Priti obtained her law degree from New York University (NYU) School of Law and has worked as a health attorney in the U.S., Switzerland and India. In 2007 Priti coordinated the efforts of TEAM VINAY- a movement that registered 25,000 new bone marrow donors in the South Asian American community, which received the National Marrow Donor Program's Lieutenant General Frank E. Peterson Jr. award for innovation and commitment to minority recruitment & retention of bone marrow donors. In 2008, Priti was awarded the Echoing Green Fellowship for social entrepreneurs, the Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellowship and was selected as one of 160 dynamic young leaders for the 2008 Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit in Tokyo. The Asia Society also selected Priti as one of three young leaders from the United States for its 2009 Class of Asia 21 Fellows. Priti was awarded the 2010 Black, Latino, Asian Pacific American NYU Law Association's Young Alumni Award. She was named NYU School of Law's Alumnus of the Month (November 2009) and was the 2010 Honoree of the NYU Law Women of Color Collective. Priti was also selected by the King Baudouin Foundation as one of a group of young visionaries making change for its Spotlight on the Millennials series. In 2011, Priti was named an Associate Fellow by the Asia Society. In 2012 she served as a Mentor at the Unreasonable Institute, an international accelerator for high-impact entrepreneurs.   In 2012, Priti was a recipient of the South Asian Bar Association of New York's Legal Trailblazer Award. Priti is currently serving as a Fellow with the India-Pakistan Regional Young Leaders Forum, as an adjunct faculty member at the St.Luke Foundation/Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy and as Faculty for Pop!Tech's Social Innovation Fellows Program. In 2013, Priti was also awarded the National South Asian Bar Association's Public Interest Achievement Award and was named to the Good 100, a selection of the 100 most innovative individuals changing the world.

Email: priti@i-mak.org