Dr Robert Newman appointed head of Policy and Performance at GAVI Alliance

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Global health leader brings more than two decades of expertise

Geneva, 3 February 2014 - Dr Robert Newman has joined the GAVI Alliance as the new Managing Director of Policy and Performance. He will be responsible for ensuring GAVI retains its position as a leading performer in terms of results and value for money.

Dr Newman will be based at the Alliance’s Geneva headquarters and will report to the Executive Office. He will lead teams focused on ensuring the organisation is delivering on its strategic plan, market shaping and monitoring and evaluating the performance of its programmes.

“I am delighted to be joining GAVI, and be part of a dynamic and dedicated team working in partnership to deliver on a clear and compelling mission,” he said of his appointment. “As a paediatrician, it is a particular honour to become part of an organisation whose success is critical for the health of children around the world.”

“Robert’s appointment comes at a critical time for the GAVI Alliance as we look towards our next strategic period,” said Dr Seth Berkley. “The skills and experience that he will bring to GAVI will play an important part in helping us reach more children with lifesaving vaccines.”

Dr Newman succeeds Nina Schwalbe who is leaving GAVI to take up the position of Principal Advisor, Health, at UNICEF in New York.

Of Nina Schwalbe’s departure, Seth Berkley said: “We are very sad to be losing Nina. I want to praise her for her significant contribution and dedication to GAVI.”

The skills and experience that he will bring to GAVI will play an important part in helping us reach more children with lifesaving vaccines.

Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of the GAVI Alliance

Dr Newman joins GAVI from the World Health Organization, where he has spent the past four-and-a-half years as the director of the Global Malaria Programme. During his time at WHO, Dr Newman led a team that redefined the global fight against malaria with improved evidence collation and analysis and the creation of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee to help guide countries by translating the latest research into public health policies.

Before joining WHO, Dr Newman spent nine years at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta where, in 2006, he was appointed team lead for the US President’s Malaria Initiative.

Between 1998 and 2000, Dr Newman was based in Chimoio, Mozambique, as the Country Coordinator for Health Alliance International, a non-governmental organization which provides technical assistance to Provincial authorities on maternal and child health. 

Dr Newman holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Williams College, a Doctor of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington. He completed his residency in Paediatrics at the University of Washington--Seattle Children’s Hospital in 1996.

GAVI is funded by governments [Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States], the European Commission, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as private and corporate partners [Absolute Return for Kids, Anglo American plc., The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Comic Relief, Dutch Postcode Lottery, His Highness Sheikh Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, JP Morgan, “la Caixa” Foundation, LDS Charities, Lions Clubs, OPEC and Vodafone].

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