Secretariat

The Global Financing Facility (GFF) Secretariat is hosted at the World Bank in Washington, DC. The Secretariat is responsible for the daily work of the GFF, manages the GFF Trust Fund and supports GFF processes in country. The Secretariat, which has core staff as well as secondments from partners, includes experts in health systems, health financing, civil registration and vital statistics, nutrition, family planning, the private sector, communications and partnerships amongst others. The Secretariat supports the governance of the GFF including the Investors Group and the GFF Trust Fund Committee.

The Secretariat can be reached at GFFSecretariat@worldbank.org

Dr. Mariam Claeson
Director
Mariam Claeson, M.D., M.P.H. is the Director of the GFF since October 2016.
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Dr. Monique Vledder
Practice Manager
Monique Vledder is the Program Manager of the GFF. Previously, Dr.
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Ali Winoto Subandoro
Nutrition Specialist Country Focal Point for Indonesia, Rwanda
Ali Winoto Subandoro is a Nutrition Specialist at the GFF.
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Aissa Socorro
Communications Assistant
Aissa Socorro supports the development, implementation, monitoring and assessment of GFF strategic communications priorities of the GFF.
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Augustina Nikolova
Operations Officer
Augustina Nikolova leads the administrative matters of the GFF Secretariat and oversees the trust fund financials, ensuring compliance with the GFF administrative agreements and the World Bank policie
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Brendan Hayes
Health Specialist, Country Focal Point for Cameroon, Uganda
Brendan Hayes is a Health Specialist leading the sexual and reproductive health and rights agenda.
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Ellen Van de Poel
Economist, Country Focal point for Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Myanmar
Ellen Van de Poel is a Health Economist supporting countries in developing and implementing strategies to increase domestic resources for health and improve the efficiency of health spending.
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Jeffery Tanner
Senior Economist
Jeff Tanner is a Senior Economist leading the evaluation agenda at the GFF, including the impact evaluation portfolio of the forerunner of the GFF—the Health Results Innovation Trust Fund.
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Julie Ruel-Bergeron
Nutrition Specialist
Julie Ruel-Bergeron is a Nutrition Specialist supporting both technical and operational activities, to ensure the integration of evidence-based and context-specific nutrition interventions into countr
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Katri Bertram
Senior Partnership Specialist
Katri Bertram is the Senior Partnership Specialist at the GFF. Before joining the GFF, Katri previously headed Save the Children's Global Policy, Advocacy and Campaign work.
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Kimberly Boer
Senior Health Specialist
Dr. Kimberly Boer, MSc, PhD is an infectious disease epidemiologist and strategic information specialist with international experience in HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases.
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Leslie Elder
Senior Nutrition Specialist, Country Focal Point for Vietnam, Cambodia
Leslie Elder is a Senior Nutrition Specialist with more than 25 years of experience in international public health, focusing on infant and young child feeding practices and maternal and adolescent nut
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Lien Thi Bich Nguyen
Program Assistant
Lien Nguyen provides administrative and operational support to the GFF Secretariat.
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Linda Kelly
Senior Operations Officer
Linda Kelly is the Partnerships Coordinator in the GFF bringing over 25 years of experience in international development working at country, regional and global levels through multilateral agencies, p
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Luc Laviolette
Lead Health Specialist, Country Focal Point for Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Nigeria
Luc Laviolette leads the Country Programs of the GFF.
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Maletela Touane-Nkhasi
Senior Health Specialist
Maletela Tuoane-Nkhasi leads the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) for the GFF.
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Maria Eugenia Bonilla-Chacin
Lead Economist, Country Focal Point for Bangladesh, Madagascar
Maria Eugenia Bonilla-Chacin leads the health financing for the GFF.
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Marie Yenko
Senior Program Assistant
Marie Yenko provides support to the Director of the GFF and operational support to the Partnerships team.
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Marion Cros
Senior Economist, Coutry Focal point for Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Senegal
Marion Cros is a Health Economist with 12 years of public health experience in private consultancies, research institutions and donors in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia.
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Melanie Mayhew
Senior Communications Officer
Melanie Mayhew leads communications for the GFF.
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Mirja Sjöblom
Senior Economist Country Focal point for Guatemala, Mozambique
Mirja Sjoblom is a Senior Economist working on issues related to health financing and service delivery reforms.
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Petra Vergeer
Senior Health Specialist, Country Focal point for Liberia, Tanzania, Sierra Leone
Petra Vergeer is a Senior Health Specialist with over 20 years’ experience working in public health and health system strengthening programs in developing countries, including fragile states.
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Robert Scherpbier
Senior Health Specialist
Robert Scherpbier is a Senior Health Specialist leading data driven implementation support and managing implementation research at the GFF.
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Samia Benbouzid
Program Assistant
Samia Benbouzid provides administrative and operational support to the GFF Practice Manager and the technical team by supporting the day-to-day administrative GFF activities.
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Sneha Kanneganti
Health Specialist
Sneha Kanneganti leads private sector engagement for the Global Financing Facility.
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Stephanie Saulsbury
Analyst
Stephanie Saulsbury is an Analyst supporting donor and partner management as well as program administration for the GFF.
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Vineetha Menon
Financial Analyst
Vineetha Menon is part of the GFF Secretariat team and oversees the GFF Trust Fund financials, monitoring and reporting, ensuring compliance with all GFF administrative agreements and World Bank polic
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