Mrs Joy Phumaphi

Board Chairperson

Mrs. Joy Phumaphi is currently the Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance. She held the position of Vice President & head of Network Human development at the World Bank until the end of 2009. She joined the Bank from the World Health Organization where she served as the Assistant Director-General, Family and Community Health cluster and the Director-General's Representative on Gender Equality at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

She has held cabinet responsibility for Lands and Housing; has been the Minister of Health, Botswana, Vice Chair of the National AIDS Council and the Member of Parliament for Francistown East until July 2003. She has a B.Com and Masters in Financial Accounting and Decision Sciences.

Mrs. Phumaphi is a distinguished African American Institute Fellow and has been Commissioner in the UN Secretary General’s Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa. She is a member of: the Women's Leadership Initiative for Microbicides, and the Gates Foundation Advisory Panel for Global Health. She is a board member of The Global Health Council, Save the Children International, the Africa American Institute, and a trustee of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation.

In various positions in her recent past, Mrs. Phumaphi has played a key role in major developments in both her home country of Botswana and in the International arena. In Botswana she designed the first Multi-sectoral HIV/AIDS Response, was responsible for the first National Housing Policy, and the first Medical Professions Act, a revision of the Public Health Act; as well as the restructuring of the Ministry of health.

Whilst in WHO, she oversaw the preparation of the World Health Report “Make Every Mother and Child Count”. She chaired the first the first working group on IFFIM (Innovative Financing for Immunization) was a member of Expert Group for the AMC (Advanced Market Commitment). She was a member of the GAVI Board both whilst at WHO and at the World Bank (Co-Chairing with Mary Robinson, a team overseeing the restructuring of GAVI).

From her position at the Bank, she was responsible for the new World Bank strategy on Health Nutrition and Population; and oversaw the development of the AMF for Malaria, before facilitating the transfer of the technical expert responsible for the mechanism from the World Bank to the Global Fund.

She led the World Banks Human Development response to the Food, Fuel, and Global Financial Crises; ensuring that the World Bank supports Nutrition, access to education and health services, and employment opportunities are protected through innovative social safety net programs in the developing partner countries.

Mrs. Phumaphi has served as a member of the UN Reference Group on Economics (URGE) as well as a member of the UNDP Advisory Board for Africa, the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise Council; and has been a Patron/Board Member of several Non Governmental ACHAP Board Chairman & Consultant.

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