Carole Presern

Carole Presern

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Multistakeholder global health governance, global health diplomacy; the international aid architecture, including harmonization and alignment of development assistance (relations between governments, external funders, CSOs, the private sector); the art of negotiation; aid effectiveness, funding modalities, particularly for health systems, health systems strengthening, RMNACH+N; mentoring the next generation of leaders.


Health policy and analysis; experienced board member; consensus building through negotiation and mediation; political analysis; coaching and mentoring; consultations (particularly on strategy and governance); process management; designing and establishing funding arrangements and mechanisms; health systems; experienced in analysing and synthesizing complex information, ‘clean writing’; fundraising (‘formulating the pitch’).

Background and relevant experience:

Over 35 years’ experience in health and development - of which 19 years with DFID, the rest with CSOs, UN, and Global Funds - in Asia (Nepal, Pakistan and Cambodia), Africa (Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique), and latterly at global level: the UK Mission in Geneva covering multilateral agencies (Global Fund, Gavi, Unitaid, humanitarian agencies); Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance as Managing Director for Change Management, interim MD External Relations and Special Projects (Health Systems); WHO as Executive Director of the Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health, under the leadership of Dr Julio Frenk and Mrs Graca Machel and most recently Head of the Office of Board Affairs at the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, under the leadership of Dr Donald Kaberuka and Lady Roslyn Morauta. For DFID at regional and country level main experience in policy development, programme and project design and supervision on a range of issues including sector wide financing, health systems, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS etc. Significant mentoring experience.


Carole has a PhD in Public Health Policy (London University), a Diploma in Health Systems Management (LSHTM), a BSc in Anthology (UCL) and is a trained nurse and midwife. She is currently undertaking an ILM level 7 course in Coaching and Mentoring. She is British and Swiss and is based in Geneva. Her mother tongue is English, she speaks French, some Slovenian and Nepali. Carole has served on many Boards, including the Global Fund, Unitaid, the Investors Group of the Global Financing Facility, and in a personal capacity as a Trustee of the International HIV Alliance, the Orchid Project and the Center for Reproductive Rights.

A full CV is available from Carole by mailing the address at the top of this profile.