Debrework Zewdie

Dr. Debrework Zewdie has 30 years of work experience and over 20 years of experience in managing development programs of increasing complexity ranging from national level programs to international bodies such as the World Bank and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). She has a proven track record of achieving results through innovative approaches and managing organizational performance and agility to meet stakeholder needs. Dr. Zewdie conceptualized and managed the groundbreaking US$1 billion Multi-country HIV/AIDS Program that changed the AIDS funding landscape and pioneered the large scale multi-sectoral response with direct financing to civil society and the private sector. She led the articulation of the World Bank’s first global strategy on HIV/AIDS and the Global HIV/AIDS Program of Action. Dr. Zewdie, as a founder UNAIDS Global Coordinator, has been instrumental in making the unique cooperative structure of the UNAIDS family a working reality fostering strong interagency partnerships. She is an advocate for women’s health and was a founding Vice President and member of the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA). Dr. Zewdie established institutional rigor at the Global Fund and led its wide-ranging internal reform which culminated in the transformation of the Fund as Deputy Executive Director and COO. After retiring from the World Bank, She was a Senior Leadership Fellow at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in 2015 and is a Distinguished Scholar at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy where she is developing a course on Leadership In Public Health.