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DR. DEBREWORK ZEWDIE

Addition Director

Dr. Zewdie has decades of experience managing complex development programs, ranging from national level programs to international bodies such as the World Bank and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). She has a proven track record of success through innovation, organizational performance and agility. Dr. Zewdie conceptualized and managed the groundbreaking US$1 billion Multi-country HIV/AIDS Program that changed the AIDS funding landscape, and she pioneered the large scale multi-sectoral response with direct financing to civil society and the private sector. She led the articulation of the World Bank’s first global strategy on HIV/AIDS and the Global HIV/AIDS Program of Action. As a founder UNAIDS Global Coordinator, Dr. Zewdie was instrumental in making the unique cooperative structure of the UNAIDS family a working reality, and fostering strong interagency partnerships. She is an advocate for women’s health and was a founding Vice President and member of the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA). As Deputy Executive Director and COO of the Global Fund, Dr. Zewdie established institutional rigor and led its wide-ranging internal reform which transformed the Fund. After retiring from the World Bank, she was a Senior Leadership Fellow at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in 2015, and is currently a Distinguished Scholar at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy where she is developing a course on Leadership in Public Health.