Honoring Barry Metzger

24 December 2012

Barry Metzger, who served on the Global Fund Board's Audit and Ethics Committee, passed away in New York on 22 December 2012.

Mr. Metzger was a leading authority on economic development, international investment and finance in the Asia-Pacific region and on international organization and corporate governance. As a lawyer, he advised Asian, American and European financial institutions, corporations and international organizations for more than 40 years, participating in financing transactions and investments that played a key role in Asia's economic renaissance.

"Barry was a highly insightful and valuable member of our committee," said Graham Joscelyne, Chair of the Audit and Ethics Committee. "We are very grateful for his contributions and his service. We will miss him. We send our greatest sympathy to his family."

Mr. Metzger was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yankee Clipper Advisors, providing strategic consulting services. Previously, he served as a senior partner at Baker & Mackenzie, a leading international law firm. Before that, he served as General Counsel at the Asian Development Bank from 1995 to 1999. 

In addition to his service to the Global Fund, Mr. Metzger was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Trustee of Princeton-in-Asia, and a member of the Board of Directors of The Pacific Pension Institute. He was a founder of The Partnership for Transparency Fund, a not-for-profit corporation making grants to civil society organizations in the developing world to encourage and support innovative anti-corruption, transparency and accountability initiatives. He served as a member of its Board of Directors and as Chair of its Audit & Governance Committee.

Mr. Metzger was a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

"Barry's wisdom regarding oversight and ethics issues will be greatly missed," said Mr. Joscelyne.