Head of Finance
As head of finance at the Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute, Mahendra Pattni, M.B.A., FCCA, oversees the continuous improvement and growth of Gates MRI’s financial operations.
Mahendra brings more than 30 years of experience in the biotech, pharmaceutical, and consumer healthcare industries, driving revenue growth, cost savings, and process improvements. Prior to joining Gates MRI, Mahendra served as head of finance, corporate functions, and information technology at Biogen, where he worked closely with senior leadership to define and deliver against short-term and long-term financial goals. Before becoming head of finance, Mahendra held the role of director of business planning, global business services at Biogen. Between 2005 and 2019, Mahendra served first as Shire Pharmaceuticals’ senior finance director of global supply chain and specialty pharma, and later as head of finance, G&A functions, capital management, and corporate governance. From 2014 to 2015, he was director of financial systems and processes for Rogers Corporation. Mahendra previously worked at GlaxoSmithKline for 17 years, where he started his career and had different roles with increasing responsibilities, supporting manufacturing plants and business functions in the UK and US.
Mahendra earned his M.B.A. from Western Illinois University and his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India. He is also a Chartered Certified Accountant from England.