Debrework Zewdie

Debrework Zewdie, PhD has managed complex development programs and has a proven track record of achieving results through innovative approaches and managing organizational performance to meet stakeholder needs. She conceptualized and managed the World Bank’s ground-breaking US$1 billion Multi-country HIV/AIDS Program. It changed the AIDS funding landscape as a pioneering large-scale multi-sectoral response providing direct financing to civil society and the private sector. Dr. Zewdie led the articulation of the World Bank’s first global strategy on HIV/AIDS and its Global HIV/AIDS Program of Action. As a founding UNAIDS Global Coordinator, she was instrumental in making the unique cooperative structure of the UNAIDS family a working reality, fostering strong interagency partnerships. An advocate for women’s health, she was founding Vice President of the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA). As Deputy Executive Director and COO of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, she led its wide-ranging internal reform that culminated in its transformation. In 2015, she became a Senior Leadership Fellow at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. She is a Distinguished Scholar at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy where has developed a course on Leadership in Public Health.

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