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Chair of the Board
Norbert Hauser has had a distinguished career in government and public service, including as Vice President of Germany’s Supreme Audit Institution. He served as interim Inspector General at the Global Fund in 2012-13 and as a member of the High-Level Panel that created a blueprint for reform at the Global Fund in 2011. He began his career as a lawyer and prosecutor in Germany, and served for more than 20 years as a Member of the Council of the City of Bonn, and 15 years as District Mayor of the Borough of Bonn-Bad Godesberg. He also served as Chairman of the Panel of External Auditors of the United Nations and as External Auditor of the International Atomic Energy Agency, among other positions.
Vice-Chair of the Board
Aida Kurtovic has worked in the Global Fund partnership in numerous capacities, as a Board member, serving on Board Committees, and also on Bosnia’s Country Coordinating Mechanism. She is Executive Director of Partnerships in Health, an organization in Sarajevo whose mission is assisting institutions to build capacity and achieve sustainable improvements in the quality of basic and essential health services, changing the lives of vulnerable populations.
Director General, Health and Nutrition Bureau, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada
Amy Baker has served in numerous positions within the Government of Canada, including at CIDA, the Ministry of Justice, Status of Women Canada, and Human Resources Development Canada. She also served as founding Chief Operating Officer for the Queen Rania Foundation in Amman, Jordan, and Chief of Staff to the President of CIDA.
Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia
Chris Cannan became Assistant Secretary of the Global Development Branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in November 2015. He most recently served as DFAT’s Chief of Protocol, with responsibility for the Australian Government’s engagement with the diplomatic corps in Australia. He previously served as head of DFAT’s Staffing Branch.
Community Development Manager, Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+)
Rico Gustav has been advocating for the rights of and working closely with people living with HIV and with key population groups since 1998 at regional, national and global levels.
Advocacy and Communications Manager, International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW)
Maurine Murenga has advocated for access to rights-based services for women and girls living with HIV. She is active with Women4Global Fund, the Global Fund Advocates Network and the Malaria Free Society.
Executive Director, International AIDS Society
Owen Ryan leads IAS, the world’s largest membership association for HIV professionals. He previously served as Deputy Direector for Public Policy at amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. He worked for four years as a Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he was responsible for policy and advocacy work related to global health.
Mike Podmore is the Director of STOPAIDS, the network of 70 UK-based INGOs working on the global HIV response. Mike has been active on Global Fund issues at global and national levels since 2012.
Executive Director, Healthy Options Project Skopje
Hristijan Jankuloski’s work as Executive Director of HOPS focuses on establishing and scaling up harm reduction, HIV and TB prevention programs for vulnerable populations and advocating for increased financial support and sustainability of programs in Eastern Europe and across the global South.
Executive Director, KELIN - Kenya Legal & Ethical Issues Network on HIV & AIDS
Allan Achesa Maleche is a human rights lawyer who has been working in the field of health, HIV, TB, law and human rights since 2007. As Executive Director at KELIN, he is responsible for supervision, management and provision of strategic direction.
Former Director, National Emergency Response Council on HIV/AIDS, Swaziland
Dr. Derek von Wissell has served in Swaziland as Minister of Finance, Minister of Health and Minister of Commerce, among numerous senior roles. He has served on the Programme Coordinating Board of UNAIDS, and as President of the Federation of Swaziland Employers.
Former Director General, Uganda AIDS Commission
Dr. David Kihumuro Apuuli is a medical doctor with 43 years of expertise in Health Planning and Management. He served for 14 years as Director General of the Uganda AIDS Commission; and previously served in many other roles, including as Director of Mulago Hospital in Uganda.
General Secretary, Country Coordinating Mechanism, Macedonia
Ana Filipovska leads a social enterprise development process in Macedonia, strengthening communities in development of social enterprises as resource mobilization for health programs.
Chief of Unit, International Relations Department, Heydar Aliyev Foundation
Soltan Mammadov served as Chair of the Finance & Operational Performance Committee on the Global Fund Board. As an active member of Eastern Europe and Central Asia constituency, among other roles he has also served as CCM chair for Azerbaijan.
Director General, International Affairs Department, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Iran
Mohsen Asadi-Lari is a medical doctor and an expert in rural health care systems. He has served on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization, and as a member of the Country Coordination Mechanism in Iran.
Minister of Health and Environment, Iraq
Adeela Hammood has served as Iraq’s Minister of Health and Environment since 2014. A medical doctor with a specialty in gynaecology and obstetrics, Dr. Hammood practiced medicine until 2006, when she was elected as a member of the Iraqi Parliament. She has served in Parliament for three consecutive rounds, and has also served as Chair of Iraq’s Country Coordinating Mechanism.
Head of Unit, Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission
Aida Liha Matejicek is responsible for policy development, financing and management in the areas of education, health, culture and research at the European Commission's Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development. She previously served as a regional program manager at UNDP and in Deloitte management advisory services.
Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development, European Commission
Jan Paehler leads the team working on Global Health Initiatives in the European Commission's Directorate General for Development Co-operation. Jan is a medical doctor and served in clinical service in a government hospital in Ghana, and as an advisor in Child Health and Infectious Diseases.
Ambassador for the fight against HIV/AIDS and communicable diseases, France
Philippe Meunier has spent his entire career in the French diplomatic service, working in the fields of European cooperation, security, economic diplomacy, and global issues, and in posts in Brussels, Nairobi, and Ottawa. He was Deputy Director General for Global Affairs, Development and Partnerships, then Director for Development and Global Public Goods.
Assistant Director for Health, Food Security, and Human Development, France
Mariam Diallo has served the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a diplomat at headquarters in Paris in the Middle East and North Africa Department, and abroad as a political advisor at the Embassy of France in Israel. She was a negotiator on Security Council issues in the Permanent Representation of France to the United Nations.
Deputy Director General for Democracy, Human Rights, Social Development and Digital World, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
Hans-Peter Baur has served as a deputy director in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since 2013. He has worked as the director of planning and policy; head of the Division for Cooperation with the Private Sector; and the head of the Division for Private Executing Agencies, Development and Volunteers Services, German Development Service.
Head of the Division for Health, Social Security and Population Policy, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
Heiko Warnken has served in multiple positions in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since 1991, including as country manager, head of the Environment Division, and head of the Division for Coherence and Coordination within the German government. He has also worked in German embassies, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and as part of the country’s representation to the United Nations in Geneva.
Deputy Director-General, International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan
Keizo Takewaka has served in numerous positions for Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including in economic security and at Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He also served as Consul-General at Japan’s Embassy in the Philippines. Manila.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Aya Otaki has served the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in the United Nations Planning and Administration Division, and in the Central and South-Eastern Europe Divison. She also has served the Embassy of Japan in Bulgaria for three years.
Minister of Health and Social Security, Grenada
Nickolas Steele was appointed Minister of Health and Social Security for Grenada in December 2014. He previously served as Grenada’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Business, beginning in 2011. He has served numerous boards, including the Grenada Board of Tourism, the Grenada Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and others.
International Senior Adviser Global Public Health
Dr. Mirta Roses is a medical health professional, specializing in infectious diseases and public health. She served as Director of Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for 10 years. She has also served in the Ministry of Health in Argentina, in a regional office of WHO, and has been posted to Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia and Washington, D.C.
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Denmark in Geneva
Ambassador Carsten Staur has served as Permanent Representative to the UN in New York and as Denmark’s State Secretary for International Development. He has also been Director of Development Policy, Ambassador to Israel and Under-Secretary for Management as well as for Bilateral Development Cooperation, with extensive experience in national, international and multilateral reform.
Special Advisor on Global Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Eivind S. Homme was previously Norway’s Ambassador to India and Bhutan, and also to Indonesia, Timor Leste and ASEAN. A career diplomat, Eivind has served the Norwegian Foreign Service for more than 31 years, which includes towards the UN Agencies in Rome, in Washington D.C. and Manila.
Deputy Director, Global Policy and Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Kieran Daly is responsible for HIV, TB, Malaria and the Global Fund. With an academic background in development economics, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO), and also worked for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance as the Senior Policy Advisor. He has extensive experience with the UN, with particular focus on HIV policy and programming.
Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation
Jennifer Kates oversees policy analysis and research focused on the U.S. government’s role in global health and on the global and domestic HIV epidemics.
Executive Director, Global Public Policy, Merck & Co.
Paul Schaper is responsible for global health policy issues in infectious disease, non-communicable disease, and reproductive health. His work has involved HIV prevention and treatment issues for over two decades. In previous positions at Merck, he worked at the Merck Vaccine Division on Merck's HIV and HPV vaccine programs.
Senior Manager, Global Policy, Mylan
Erika Satterwhite is Senior Manager of Global Policy at Mylan, a generic and specialty pharmaceutical manufacturer, and is responsible for developing policy strategies to promote sustainable access.
Vice-Chair of CCM – Timor-Leste
Filipe da Costa worked as an advisor to the President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste on Policy matters. Among other tasks, he has worked on nutrition, maternal and child health, economic growth and democracy and governance.
Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare – Bangladesh
Syed Monjural Islam serves in the top bureaucratic position in the ministry, acting as its Chief Executive. He is actively involved in administration and oversight functions, for both state and non-state healthcare stakeholders.
Director, Global Funds, Department for International Development (DFID), UK
Donal Brown has over 25 years’ experience in international development. He has lived and worked in Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as spending considerable time in the Middle East. In his current role, he is responsible for DFID's policies, programmes, financial management and shareholder relations with global funds and innovative finance in health and education, and DFID’s senior representative in Geneva.
Global Health Funds Team Leader, Global Funds Department, Department for International Development (DFID), UK
Sarah Boulton is responsible for UK investments in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria; and UK investments in UNITAID. In a previous role, she led the UK Multilateral Aid Review.
U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator & U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy
Ambassador-at-Large, Deborah L. Birx, M.D., is a world-renowned medical expert and leader in the field of HIV/AIDS. Her three-decade-long career has focused on HIV/AIDS immunology, vaccine research, and global health. She previously served Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Global HIV/AIDS, and as the Director of the U.S. Military HIV Research Program at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.
Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
Ambassador Jimmy Kolker has had a 30-year diplomatic career with the U.S. State Department, serving as U.S. Ambassador to Uganda, Burkina Faso and as Deputy Global AIDS Coordinator. He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassies in Denmark and Botswana, and as Chief of the HIV and AIDS Section at UNICEF.
Minister of Health, Republic of Senegal
Awa Marie Coll-Seck has served as Minister of Health since 2012 in Senegal, where she initiated far-reaching reform of the health sector. She previously served as Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and in a senior role at UNAIDS. She is the author of over 150 publications and a member of more than 20 professional societies.
Minister of Health – Republic of Liberia
Dr. Bernice T. Dahn has over 19 years of experience as a public health physician, administrator, policy-maker and educator. She spearheaded the establishment of a Postgraduate Medical Education for Physicians and Surgeons in Liberia, and previously served as an Assistant Professor for Public Health at the University of Liberia.
Vice Minister of Health, China
Ma Xiaowei is the Vice Minister and Member of Party Leadership Group of the National Health and Family Planning Commission. Dr. Ma is in charge of hospital administration, community health system, and international exchange and cooperation.
Health Project Manager, Wan Smolbag Theatre, Vanuatu
Siula Molu Bulu has been a Senior Secondary teacher by profession for 17 years, and currently serves as Health Project Manager of Wan Smolbag Theatre, an NGO based in Vanuatu. She is acting chair of the Pacific Islands Regional Multi-Country Coordinating Mechanism.
Executive Director, UNITAID
Lelio Marmora served at the Global Fund and at the World Bank before joining UNITAID. A lawyer by training, Mr Marmora has also worked at a variety of other international organizations such as UNESCO and UNDP, as well as for the government in his native Argentina.
Chief Technical Advisor, African Leaders Malaria Alliance
Melanie Renshaw oversees the ALMA Scorecard for Action and Accountability, tracking country level progress in achieving key malaria and health targets in Africa, supporting national malaria control programs and Ministries of Health in Africa to resolve technical and implementation bottlenecks. Dr. Renshaw also works to facilitate filling key funding gaps and enhancing procurement mechanisms.
Executive Director, UNAIDS
Michel Sidibé has spent more than 30 years in public service. As Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, he has provided distinguished leadership with a vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.
Deborah von Zinkernagel oversees UNAIDS’ collaboration with the Global Fund at the global, regional and country level. She has worked in HIV/AIDS clinical care, program and policy for 25 years, most recently as Principal Deputy at the U.S. State Department Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator for four years.
Assistant Director-General, WHO
Ren Minghui is Assistant Director-General at WHO for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases. A medical doctor, Dr. Ren previously served as Director-General for International Cooperation in the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China, and represented China in numerous international organizations, including the Board of the Global Fund.
Senior Adviser, WHO
Mubashar Sheikh is a senior adviser on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases at WHO. Originally from Pakistan, and trained as a medical doctor, Dr. Sheikh served previously as UN Resident Coordinator in Kuwait, leading joint actions of multiple UN agencies.
Senior Director of Health, Nutrition and Population, World Bank Group
Tim Evans has been at the forefront of advancing global health equity and strengthening health systems delivery for more than 20 years. At WHO, he led the Commission on Social Determinants of Health, and has been a co-founder of many partnerships including GAVI the Vaccine Alliance.
Director, Trust Funds and Partnerships, World Bank Group
Jaehyang So has worked throughout World Bank’s front line and corporate units focusing on privatization of utilities, financial and corporate restructuring of state owned enterprises, and infrastructure operations in East Asia, South Asia, Eastern and Central Asia, and Africa.