• High Level Independent Review Panel Compositon

    The High-Level Independent Review Panel on Fiduciary Controls and Oversight Mechanism was established in March following media reports on the misappropriation of Global Fund grant funds in some countries. The Panel is co-chaired by former President of Botswana Festus Mogae and former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt.


    Festus Mogae
    former President of Botswana


    Michael O. Leavitt
    former U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services

    The appointment of this panel is part of the Global Fund’s commitment to ensuring financial controls are the most robust possible, and that donor investments go directly to fighting AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

    The other members of the high-level panel are:

    • Zeinab Bashir El Bakri, Director, Office of His Highness the Prime Minister of Kuwait and former Vice-President Sector Operations of the African Development Bank;
    • Norbert Hauser, Germany’s Vice-President of the Federal Court of Audit;
    • Gabriel Jaramillo, Chairman of the Sovereign Bank Board and Special Advisor at the United Nations Secretary-General Office of the Special Envoy for Malaria;
    • The Honourable Barry O’Keefe, Consultant, Clayton UTZ Sydney and former Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales (Australia);
    • Claude Rubinowicz, Chief Executive for France’s Agence du patrimoine immatériel de l’État (APIE, Agency for Public Intangibles of France) and former Inspecteur Général des Finances.

    The panel has assessed the Global Fund’s current practices in financial oversight and implementation. To perform the assessment, the members of the panel examined a representative sample of grants in 40 countries in different risk categories, drawing conclusions and making recommendations. The panel visited 12 of those countries and made recommendations to help strengthen the Global Fund’s financial controls and anti-corruption protections. This review is part of a broader set of measures that continue to be implemented to strengthen the Global Fund’s financial safeguards.

    Michael O. Leavitt served under President George W. Bush as Secretary of Health and Human Services from 2005 to 2009. During his three terms as Governor of Utah, the state was recognized six times as one of the U.S.’s best-managed. A seasoned diplomat, Leavitt led U.S. delegations to more than 50 countries, conducting negotiations on matters related to health, the environment and trade. Leavitt also served on the Homeland Security Advisory Council.

    Festus Mogae was President of Botswana from 1998 to 2008. He won the 2008 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African leadership in recognition of his record of good governance as President. Earlier in his career, he occupied posts at the International Monetary Fund and the Bank of Botswana