Influential Health Fund Reboots Its Search for a Leader

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has announced that it is reopening its search for a new executive director.

The fund is influential in global health, disbursing about $5 billion a year to fight the three diseases — a budget more than twice as large as the World Health Organization’s.

The fund’s board had expected to conclude the search for a replacement for the current executive director, Dr. Mark Dybul, this week at its annual retreat. But “due to issues encountered in the recruitment process,” board members were unable to finish, the fund said in a statement.

The selection process was conducted out of the public eye by a recruiting firm hired by the board’s nominating committee. On Feb. 15, The New York Times reported that the committee had named three finalists: Helen Clark, a former New Zealand prime minister; Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, a former Nigerian health minister; and Subhanu Saxena, a former pharmaceutical executive.

Dr. Pate, who was widely praised for his fight against polio in Nigeria, had a history of sharing articles on his Twitter feed that were highly unflattering to President Trump. One carried a headline referring to him as “a fascist of some variety”; another said he had “more in common with ISIS than America.”

Source: New York Times (link opens in a new window)

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