16 December 2022
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is pleased to announce the appointment of Marijke Wijnroks as the Head of the Strategic Investment and Impact Division.
Marijke joined the Global Fund as Chief of Staff in 2013. Since then, in addition to her role, she also served as interim Executive Director from June 2017 to February 2018, as interim Head of Human Resources from September 2021 to February 2022, and as interim Head of the Strategic Investment and Impact Division for the past ten months.
She began her career as a field doctor with MSF in South Sudan and Uganda. She then worked as a project manager with Helen Keller International in Bangladesh focusing on maternal and child health, and as a technical adviser developing local health systems for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in El Salvador. She served as Ambassador for HIV and AIDS, and Deputy Director of the Social Development Department, both with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, overseeing policy and strategy development in areas related to HIV and AIDS, sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender, education and civil society. Cumulatively, she served seven years on the Global Fund Board as a Board Member, alternate Board Member, as well as Vice-Chair of the Board’s Ethics Committee.
“Marijke brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, combining hands-on medical experience and management skills at the highest level,” said Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund. "I am thrilled that she has accepted to take up this new challenge."
A Dutch national, Marijke has a medical degree from Maastricht University and a degree in tropical health and medicine from the Institute for Tropical Medicine in Antwerp.
Marijke will start her new role on 1 January 2023, managing four departments: Access to Funding (A2F), Health Finance (HF), Community, Rights and Gender (CRG), and Technical Assistance and Partnerships (TAP), as well as the Catalytic Investments Office. She will continue as Chair of the Grants Approval Committee (GAC).