Four new members complete the International Advisory Board on Global Health

To ensure high-level support and advice to the German Federal Government in the field of global health, an International Advisory Board of Global Health was established last year. It advises on current trends and challenges in global health and makes suggestions how Germany could further develop its engagement in the international community. It also brings in an international perspective regarding Germany’s strengths, the international expectations towards Germany, and current developments.

Picture of the last meeting in July with some members of the IAB and two Secretary of States
Meeting in July with some members of the IAB and two Secretary of States (from left to right: Farrar, Roses, Hacker, Kickbusch, Secretary of State Stroppe, Nishtar, Elias, Schneider, Secretary of State Flachsbarth, Benn)

The Advisory Board consists of ten German and international experts. Six members of the International Advisory Board on Global Health have already been appointed by the Federal Ministry of Health in August 2017. Another four were appointed as members in May 2018. The Board now includes experts from different regions and stakeholder groups that have extensive expertise on various global health topics.

Members of the International Advisory Board on Global Health

  • Prof Dr Ilona Kickbusch, Director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (Chair of the board)

  • Prof Dr Christian Drosten, Chair of the Institute of Virology at the Charité Berlin

  • Dr Christopher Elias, President of the Global Development Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Dr Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust

  • Prof Dr Jörg Hacker, President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

  • Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Afrika

  • Dr Mirta Roses Periago, former Director of the Pan American Health Organization

  • Dr Sania Nishtar, President of Heartfile

  • Dr Gisela Schneider, Director of the German Institute for Medical Mission

  • Dr Christoph Benn, Director for External Relations of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

The Membership is a personal honorary post. The meetings are not public and are held under the Chatham House Rule.