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Nina Schwalbe, Principal Adviser and Acting Chief of Health, Programme Division

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Nina Schwalbe

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Ms. Schwalbe took up her post as Principal Adviser on health at UNICEF in February 2014, and she is currently the Acting Chief of the Health Section, Programme Division, in New York’s Headquarters. In this role she leads UNICEF’s global health programmes, including on maternal, child and new-born health, immunization, and polio, and in supporting governments in strengthening their health systems.  

Prior to joining UNICEF, Ms Schwalbe worked on GAVI’s executive management team, leading the policy and performance areas,  included market shaping, strategic planning, performance management, policy development, and monitoring and evaluation. Before working at GAVI, she directed the policy department at the Global Alliance for Tuberculosis (TB Alliance) drug development.

She came to the TB Alliance from the Soros’ Foundations, where she directed the global public health programme, which focused on strengthening health systems, TB, HIV/AIDS, and programmes aimed at vulnerable populations. She also worked in maternal/child health, first with the Population Council and then with AVSC International (now Engender Health) and spent two years working with Hmong refugees in Thailand.

Ms Schwalbe holds degrees from Harvard and Columbia Universities, is member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has served on the faculty of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. 

She has also served on programme committees for Doctors of the World USA, the Open Society Institute, and Treatment Action Group as well as on the boards of the Stop TB Partnership, the European Observatory for Health Care Reform, AIDS Foundation East/West, the Open Health Institute in Moscow, and International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Coalition. She is currently a commissioner for the Women’s Refugee Committee.

Ms Schwalbe is a national of the United States of America.

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