Advisory Board

6.613Advisory Board

Dr. Julio Frenk, Chair

Dean of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and former Minister of Health, Mexico

Dr. Frenk is an eminent authority on global health who served as the Minister of Health of Mexico from 2000-2006. He is perhaps best known for his work in introducing a program of comprehensive national health insurance, known as Seguro Popular, which expanded access to health care for tens of millions of previously uninsured Mexicans. Dr. Frenk was the founding director-general of the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, one of the leading institutions of health education and research in the developing world.

Ms. Joy Phumaphi, Vice Chair

Former Minister of Health, Botswana

Ms. Phumaphi is a leader in human development and is currently Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA).  Previously she was Vice President and Head of the Human Development Network at the World Bank. In 2003, Ms. Phumaphi joined the World Health Organization as the Assistant Director General for Family and Community Health Department, managing a staff of over 1100 globally. She sits on the Board of GAVI and has also served as a member of the United Nations Reference Group on Economics and a United Nations Commissioner on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa.

Prof. Dr. Recep Akdag

Former Minister of Health, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Akdag served as the Minister of Health for Turkey from 2002-2013.  He is a child health and disease specialist, and has been a professor in the Medical Faculty of Ataturk University since 1990.  During his tenure as the minister of health Dr. Akdag led the Health Transformation Program, a people-oriented approach to healthcare service delivery.  Major aspects of this health system reform include integration of public hospitals, increased patient access to services and pharmaceuticals, implementation of a Family Medicine system, improved national vaccination rates, improved quality and reach of Emergency Services, and establishment of a National Medical Rescue Team. Dr. Akdag is a founding member and board member of the Erzurum Branch of the National Pediatrics Association, a member of the Turkish Pediatric Hematology Association and a member of the Turkish Hematology Association.

Dr. Lincoln Chen

President, China Medical Board

Dr. Chen is President of the China Medical Board of Cambridge, Massachusetts, an independent foundation that seeks to advance health in China and Asia by strengthening medical education, research, and policies. From 2001-2006, Dr. Chen founded and directed the Global Equity Initiative of Harvard University’s Asia Center. Dr. Chen was also the Taro Takemi Professor of International Health and Director of the university-wide Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and has served as Executive Vice-President of the Rockefeller Foundation. Dr. Chen is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Mdme. Luisa Dias Diogo

Former Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Mozambique

Mdme. Diogo was Prime Minister of Mozambique from 2004-2010, she was the country’s first female Prime Minister. Before becoming Prime Minister, she was Minister of Planning and Finance. Recently Diogo has focused on gender equality and women’s empowerment through a recently launched “Network of Women Ministers and Parliamentarians” (MUNIPA). The MUNIPA network aims to strengthen advocacy and lobbying activities so that policies and legislation are adopted favorable to gender equity and women’s empowerment. Diogo has urged African health ministers to offer reproductive and sexual health services free of charge throughout the continent. Diogo is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders and the Club de Madrid. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Maputo’s Eduardo Mondlane University and a master’s degree in financial economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

Dr. David Ellwood

Dean, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and former Assistant Secretary of Health, United States

Dr. Ellwood is recognized as one of the nation’s leading scholars on poverty and welfare and his scholarship has been credited with influencing public policy in the United States and abroad. In 1993, he was named Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where he served as co-chair of President Clinton’s Working Group on Welfare Reform, Family Support and Independence. Dr. Ellwood is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Senior Research Affiliate of the National Poverty Center at University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Mr. Gabriel Jaramillo

Former General Manager, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Colombia

Gabriel Jaramillo was General Manager of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, where he implemented a broad transformation of the organization and its business model. With 36 years of experience in banking in Colombia, Mexico, Brazil and the U.S., he specialized in managing change in complex financial institutions, most recently including the Sovereign Bank (recently renamed Santander Bank) in Boston. During the Global Fund’s transformative months, Mr. Jaramillo made significant changes to strengthen grant management, improve efficiency and tighten financial supervision in The Global Fund. As a result, donors pledged an all-time record amount in recognition of the organization’s turnaround. Mr. Jaramillo also headed the Office of the Special Envoy for Malaria of the Secretary General of the UN. Mr. Jaramillo is currently a Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health for spring 2014.

Dame Tessa Jowell

Member of Parlaiment, Former Public Health Minister, and Secretary of State for Culture and Olympics, United Kingdom

The Right Honorable Tessa Jowell has been a Member of the British Parliament since 1992.  She has served many roles in the British government including Minister of State in the Department of Health (1997-2001); Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (2001-2007); Minister for Women (2005-2006); Paymaster General (2007-2010); Minister for the Olympics (2005-2010); Minister for London (2009-2010); and Minister for the Cabinet Office (2009-2010). She was also Shadow Minister for the Olympics and Shadow Minister for London until 2012.Jowell was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for political and charitable services in particular the Olympics.  Notably, Jowell was in charge of London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympics. Most recently she was bestowed with the distinction of Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health by the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom.

The Hon. Dr. Chrispus Kiyonga

Minister of Defence, former Minister of Finance, and former Minister of Health, Uganda

Dr. Kiyonga is a Member of Ugandan Parliament and has been the Minister of Defence since 2006. Prior to that, he held several cabinet posts including Minister of Finance (1986-92), Minister of Internal Affairs (1994-96), Minister of Health (1996-2001), and Minister Without Portfolio in the Office of the President from (2005-2006).  Dr. Kiyonga has also served as the Chairman of the Global Fund and as a consultant with the World Bank and the African Development Bank. Dr. Kiyonga attended Makerere University School of Medicine, and has an MHS in Population Dynamics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Mr. Trevor Manuel

Former Minister of Finance and Minister in the Presidency for the National Planning Commission, South Africa

Mr. Manuel served as the Minister in the Presidency for National Planning and chair of the National Planning Commission, a position he held since 2009 until stepping down in the spring of 2014. He also previously served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the World Bank, and Governor of the Boards of the African Development Bank and the Development Bank of Southern Africa.  He is currently the Chancellor of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and has a number of honorary doctorates. Manuel’s decades-long public service career began when he was elected to the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress and appointed head of the Department of Economic Planning in 1991. Subsequently, he was appointed Minister of Trade and Industry in 1994, he was appointed Minister of Finance in 1996, and in 2009 he was appointed Minister in the Presidency: National Planning. He chaired the Development Committee of the World Bank from 2001 until 2005.  Mr. Manuel played an instrumental role as a Commissioner on the Commission for Africa from 2004-2005. He served on the Commission on Growth and Development as a Commissioner from 2006-2008 and chaired the G20 meetings in 2007. In 2007 he was awarded the Africa Finance Minister of the year in Washington. In 2008 Mr. Manuel was appointed Special Envoy for development finance by the UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon and was awarded the Woodrow Wilson Public Service Award. Mr. Manuel studied Civil and Structural Engineering at Peninsula Technikon. He also did an Executive Management Programme at Stanford National University in Singapore.

Ms. K. Sujatha Rao

Former Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, India

Ms. Rao has over twenty years of experience in the health sector in India at the state and national level. Most recently, she served as the Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India and led the launch of the first national program for non-communicable diseases.  Ms. Rao has represented India on Boards of the World Health Organization, Global Fund, and UNAIDS.  She is co-chair of the WHO’s Advisory Panel on Developing a Global Health Systems Research Strategy and a founding Board member of the Public Health Foundation of India.

Mr. Timothy Thahane

Former Minister of Energy, Meteorology and Water Affairs, and Minister of Finance, Lesotho

Dr. Thahane served as the Executive Director of the Africa Group at the World Bank from 1976-1978.  He was Lesotho’s ambassador to the United States from 1978-1980 after which he became Vice President and Secretary to the World Bank and its Affiliates.  Dr. Thahane was Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank from 1996-2001, and was appointed to the Lesotho Cabinet as Minister of Finance and Development Planning in 2002.  He held that position until 2012 when he was appointed Minister of Energy, Meteorology and Water Affairs.  Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. Johns awarded Dr. Thahane an LLD (Honoris Causa) in recognition of his contributions to finance in 1999.

Dr. Jeanette Vega

National Director, Fondo Nacional de Salud, Chile

Dr. Vega was recently appointed Director of FONASA, the National Health Fund of Chile, after having served as the Managing Director of the Rockefeller Foundation since 2012. She previously served as Director of the of the Center of Public Health Policy at the Universidad del Desarrollo in Chile. Before working for the Universidad del Dessarrollo de Chile, she was Vice Minister of health in Chile, leading the country’s 13-step agenda for equity in health. In 2003, Dr. Vega served as a Director at the World Health Organization in Geneva, where she led the equity in health agenda, looking at the social determinants of health and health systems. Dr. Vega started her career as a medical doctor in Chile specializing in Family Medicine. She has a master’s degree in Public health from the Universidad de Chile and a Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago.