The Board of the Global Fund includes 20 voting members, with equal representation by implementers and donors, and an additional eight non-voting members.

  • The Chair and Vice-Chair chair Board meetings and play roles in advocacy, partnership, funding raising and information sharing.
  • Members represent the constituencies. One Board Member heads each constituency and is seconded by an Alternate Board Member.
  • Focal Points coordinate information sharing within the constituencies. There is one focal point per constituency.

Chair and Vice-Chair

Aida Kurtović

Chair of the Board

Aida Kurtović became Chair in May 2017. She previously served as Vice-Chair of the Board for two years, and before that as a Board member, on Bosnia’s Country Coordinating Mechanism and on Global Fund Board committees. 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.

John Simon

Vice-Chair of the Board

Ambassador John Simon is founder and managing partner of Total Impact Capital, an impact investing firm. He has served as United States Ambassador to the African Union, and as Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). He previously served as a senior director in the U.S. National Security Council and as Special Assistant to the President.



Board Member – Amy Baker

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.

Alternate – Thomas Teuscher

Head of Health, Embassy of Switzerland in Tanzania, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Thomas Teuscher, a medical doctor and general practitioner, serves as the head of health at the Embassy of Switzerland in Tanzania. With more than two decades of international experience managing public health programs, Dr. Teuscher has served as acting executive director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and as CEO of the Ecosystem Health Consortium. He is also a member of the Country Coordinating Mechanism in Tanzania.


Board Member – Maurine Murenga

Executive Director, Lean on Me Foundation

Maurine Murenga is the founder and executive director of the Lean on Me Foundation, which provides care and support to adolescent girls and young women living with HIV and affected by TB in Kenya. Her passion for advocacy is in part driven by her lived experience.

Alternate – Erika Castellanos

Director of Programmes, Global Action for Trans* Equality

Erika Castellanos serves as the director of programs for Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE). Castellanos is a transgender woman living with HIV from Belize based in the Netherlands. A social worker by profession, she previously served as the executive director and founder of the Collaborative Network of People Living with HIV of Belize (C-NET+).


Board Member – Mike Podmore

Director, STOPAIDS

Mike Podmore is the Director of STOPAIDS, the network of 70 UK-based INGOs working on the global HIV response. Podmore has been active on Global Fund issues at global and national levels since 2012.

Alternate – Robin Montgomery

Executive Director, Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Robin Montgomery is the executive director of the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD), a Canadian consortium of organizations and advocates addressing the domestic and global HIV epidemic. Montgomery has worked on subjects related to the Global Fund in Canada and internationally since 2013.


Board Member – Allan Maleche

Executive Director, Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN)

Allan Maleche is a human rights lawyer who has worked in the field of global health, HIV, TB, law and human rights since 2007. He is the founding executive director of the Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN). Maleche is two-time survivor of malaria.

Alternate – Edona Deva

Medical doctor and public health specialist

Edona Deva is a medical doctor and public health specialist. Her experience with NGOs began in 2003, when she worked with NGOs aimed at HIV prevention among key populations. Dr. Deva has helped start HIV treatment and care services in Kosovo and has influenced national responses throughout Eastern Europe.


Board Member – Kebede Worku

State Minister of Health, Ethiopia

A medical doctor, Kebede Worku leads and supervises national health programs in Ethiopia, including malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, neglected tropical diseases, non-communicable diseases, hygiene and sanitation, maternal, neonatal and child health, and national nutrition. Dr. Kebede has also led health care financing and partnerships. He chairs the County Coordinating Mechanism in Ethiopia.

Alternate – Gerald Gwinji

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe

Gerald Gwinji is the permanent secretary of Zimbabwe's Ministry of Health and Child Care. Dr. Gwinji is a medical doctor by profession, specializing in public health. He has a passion for and long career in public health management. He served as a brigadier general presiding over military health services in Zimbabwe.


Board Member – Soltan Mammadov

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 Country Coordinating Mechanism chair for Azerbaijan.

Alternate – Nataliya Nizova


Nataliya Nizova is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology. She served as director of the clinic and vice-rector of the Medical University, is the national leader and international expert of PMTCT programs in the EECA region. She is also a manager in the field of HIV, TB and public health and served as director of the National Center for HIV and TB Control and the Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.


Board Member – Mohsen Asadi-Lari

Acting Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Iran

Mohsen Asadi-Lari is a medical doctor and professor of epidemiology in Tehran. He has served on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization and as a member of the Country Coordinating Mechanism in Iran. Dr. Asadi-Lari’s academic work and his experience in public health systems span nearly 25 years.

Alternate – Mohamed Chakroun

Head, Infectious Diseases, Fattouma Bourguiba University Hospital, Tunisia

Mohamed Chakroun is the head of the Infectious Diseases Department at the Fattouma Bourguiba University Hospital in Monastir, Tunisia. Dr. Chakroun established an HIV and AIDS care and research center at the hospital. He has been a member of Country Coordinating Mechanism in Tunisia since 2009 and has served as its chair since 2014.


Board Member – Aida Liha Matejicek

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.

Alternate – Diego Cimino

Diplomat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy

Diego Cimino is an Italian diplomat, serving as a head of section within the Unit for Strategy, Global Processes and International Organizations of the Directorate General for Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. He follows multilateral development cooperation policies, the United Nations development system, global health, education, youth and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Board Member – Stéphanie Seydoux

Ambassador for Global Health, France

Stéphanie Seydoux was appointed the French Ambassador for Global Health in May 2018. She headed the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Division in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, and later led a support mission revising bioethics law. After starting her career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she joined the General Inspectorate of Social Affairs. She was responsible for promoting equality in the High Authority for the Fight Against Discrimination and for Equality. She was first adviser and assistant to the head of post at the embassy in Kenya.

Alternate – Jean-François Pactet

Diplomat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France

Jean-François Pactet is a French diplomat working on global affairs. His portfolio in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs covers global health, food security, education and gender issues. He served in the French embassy to the United States.


Alternate – Harriet Ludwig

Senior Policy Officer and Deputy Head, Global Health and Social Security Division, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany

Harriet Ludwig is a senior policy officer and deputy head of the Global Health and Social Security Division at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Ludwig was a negotiator representing Germany during the development of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A lawyer by profession, she specializes in international and European law.


Board Member – Masahiko Kiya

Deputy Assistant Minister for Global Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Masahiko Kiya is the Deputy Assistant Minister for Global Issues within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. He previously served as the Japanese ambassador to South Sudan. Kiya has worked in numerous areas within the foreign service, including development, peace building, security and United Nations management.

Alternate – Eiji Hinoshita

Director-General, Bureau of International Health Cooperation, Japan

Eiji Hinoshita is Director-General of the Bureau of International Health Cooperation within the National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Japan. Working in the field of international health cooperation, Dr. Hinoshita has served in various positions within the Japanese government.


Board Member – Mirta Roses Periago

International Senior Adviser of Global Public Health

Mirta Roses is a medical health professional who specializes in infectious diseases and public health. She served as director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for ten years. Dr. Roses has also served in the Ministry of Health in Argentina and was posted in Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, Bolivia and the United States.

Alternate – Marie Greta Roy Clement

Minister, Ministry of Public Health and Population, Haiti

Marie Greta Roy Clement, a medical doctor, is Haiti’s Minister of Public Health, a professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the State University of Haiti, and Chair of the Haitian Medical Association. Dr. Clement has worked in the field of social security and insurance.


Board Member – Jon Lomøy

Director General, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation

Jon Lomøy has served as the director general of Norad, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, since 2015. He previously directed the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Development Co-operation Directorate. He has also worked in senior positions in Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as ambassador to Zambia and Tanzania.

Alternate Board Member – Marja Esveld

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands

Trained as an infectious diseases epidemiologist, Marja Esveld currently serves as the senior Global Fund program coordinator at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands. Esveld has over two decades of experience in global and European health, working at Dutch health bodies and the World Health Organization.


Board Member – Kieran Daly

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.

Alternate – Jennifer Kates

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.


Board Member – Paul Schaper

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 at Merck & Co. His work has involved HIV prevention and treatment issues for over two decades. In previous positions at Merck, he worked in the vaccine division on Merck’s HIV and HPV vaccine programs.

Alternate – Sherwin Charles

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Goodbye Malaria

Sherwin Charles is a co-founder of Goodbye Malaria and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He has more than a decade of experience in the banking and financial services industry and began his career at Ernst & Young. He helped Nando’s international restaurant group become one of the first African corporations to contribute to the Global Fund.


Board Member – Mohammad Abul Faiz

Professor, Bangladesh

Abul Faiz has served in academic and administration positions within the government of Bangladesh, including as professor of medicine, principal, dean, and director general of health services. Professor Faiz worked in various capacities within Bangladesh Public Health Services for more than three decades.

Alternate – Dasho Kunzang Wangdi


Dasho Kunzang Wangdi has been a member of the Royal Research and Advisory Council, His Majesty’s Secretariat in Bhutan since 2015. Now a retired public servant, Wangdi worked as the first Chief Election Commissioner of Bhutan, among other positions. Wangdi also served as member of the country’s national HIV/AIDS committee.


Board Member – Daniel Graymore

Head of Global Funds and Senior Representative in Geneva, Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom

Daniel Graymore has worked on issues related to access to medicines for 15 years. At DFID, he looks at the role of business in improving the affordability, accessibility and quality of essential medicines in developing countries. Graymore headed DFID offices in Uganda and Ghana, working on regional trade and economic growth in Africa. He has worked for development NGOs, including Christian Aid.

Alternate – Sarah Boulton

Global Health Funds Team Leader, Global Funds Department, Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom

Sarah Boulton is responsible for United Kingdom investments in the Global Fund and in UNITAID. In a previous role, she led the United Kingdom Multilateral Aid Review.


Board Member - Deborah L. Birx

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.

Alternate - Garrett G. Grigsby

Director, Office of Global Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, United States

Garrett Grigsby has served as Director of the Office of Global Affairs since May 2017. Garrett served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (SFRC) throughout the 1990s and at USAID in the early 2000s in different roles including the Director of USAID’s Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.


Board Member – Oly Ilunga Kalenga

Minister, Ministry of Health, Democratic Republic of Congo

Oly Ilunga Kalenga is the minister of health in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A medical doctor, Dr. Ilunga worked for more than three decades at the Europe Hospitals in Brussels, where he last held the position of medical director and managing director/CEO.

Alternate – Pascal Antoine Niamba

Professor of Dermatology, Burkina Faso

Pascal Antoine Niamba is a professor of dermatology and venereology at universities in Burkina Faso, and the head of the Department of Medicine and Medical Specialties of the Health Sciences Training and Research Unit at OUAGA University. Dr. Niamba has chaired the Country Coordinating Mechanism in Burkina Faso since 2015.


Board Member – Ieng Mouly

Chair, National AIDS Authority, Cambodia

Ieng Mouly has served as chair of the National AIDS Authority in Cambodia since 2014. Senior Minister Mouly leads the charge to reach the 90-90-90 HIV treatment target in the country. He has held various positions within the Cambodian government.

Alternate – Roslyn Morauta

Chair, Papua New Guinea Country Coordinating Mechanism

Roslyn Morauta has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors in Papua New Guinea. Lady Morauta serves as chair of the Papua New Guinea Country Coordinating Mechanism and represents the private sector.


Board Member – Hyunjoo Oh

Director-General, Development Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea

Hyunjoo Oh serves as director-general in the Development Cooperation Bureau of the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. With experience and expertise in multilateral cooperation diplomacy such as with human rights and development cooperation, Oh has directed Ministry of Foreign Affairs divisions and worked in various overseas missions.

Alternate – Mohammed Al-Hajiri

Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response Department, Qatar Fund for Development

Mohammed Al-Hajiri is a director of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Department at the Qatar Fund for Development. He is also a consultant in community medicine at the Ministry of Public Health in Qatar. Dr. Al-Hajiri is experienced in research methodologies, outbreak investigation, communicable disease programs and risk assessments.

PARTNERS (non-voting)

Board Member – Lelio Marmora

Executive Director, Unitaid

Lelio Marmora has been the Executive Director of Unitaid since 2014. Working in donor and implementing countries, Marmora has extensive experience in international development management and leadership. Earlier in his career, he headed the Africa and Middle East department at the Global Fund and supervised large-scale programs at the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Alternate – Melanie Renshaw

Interim Chief Program Officer, RBM Partnership to End Malaria

Melanie Renshaw is the interim Chief Program Officer of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria. Dr. Renshaw has more than two decades of experience in malaria control, working for WHO, UNICEF and the African Leaders Malaria Alliance to support countries in the fight against the disease.

UNAIDS (non-voting)

Board Member – Michel Sidibé

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.

Alternate – Deborah von Zinkernagel

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.

WHO (non-voting)

Board Member – Ren Minghui

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.

Mubashar Riaz Sheikh

Director, Strategic Partnerships & Cross Cutting Coordination, WHO

Mubashar Riaz 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.

WORLD BANK (non-voting)

Board Member – Timothy G. Evans

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.

Alternate – Cecile Fruman

Senior Manager, Development Finance, World Bank

Cecile Fruman is the senior manager for financial intermediary funds and single donor partnerships in the Development Finance Vice-Presidency of the World Bank. Previously, Fruman served as director in the World Bank Group’s Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice.

Focal Points

Additional Public Donors Sejoo Nah,
Canada, Switzerland and Australia Trish Chang,
Communities Rachel Ong,
Developed Country NGOs Jack MacAllister,
Developing Country NGOs Lesley Odendal,
Eastern and Southern Africa Meseret Yenehun,
Eastern Europe and Central Asia Tarik Prašo,
Eastern Mediterranean Region Omid Zamani,
European Commission, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain Birgitte Hagelund,
France Sarah Respaut,
Germany Elena Beselin,
Japan Naoki Akahane,
Latin America and Caribbean Dereck Springer,
Partners Martins Pavelsons,
Point Seven Priya Miriam Lerberg,
Private Foundations Mariah Richardson,
Private Sector Daniel Mora-Brito,
South East Asia Manaj Kumar Biswas,
UNAIDS Dorcas Mapondera,
United Kingdom Charlie Satow,
United States of America Mamadi Yilla,
West and Central Africa Pepe Kilimalima Ngwasi,
Western Pacific Region Piseth Sorn,
WHO Clarisse Mason,
World Bank David Wilson,