Global Fund board restarts executive director search process

Dieynaba Sow, a caregiver in Kayar, provides home-based care as part of a program financed by the Global Fund in Senegal. Photo by: Nana Kofi Acquah / The Global Fund

The Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was expected to choose a new executive director from a field of three finalists on Monday but, instead, it decided to restart the search process.

"The Board is committed to a process that adheres to the highest possible standards, and is fair, transparent, merit-based, and conducted with due diligence and professionalism," Norbert Hauser, the chair of the board, said in a statement released Monday.

The board was unable to choose a new executive director “due to issues encountered in the recruitment process,” according to the statement.

It added: “While expressing its complete support for the work of the Nominations Committee, the Board decided to restart the process.”

The three finalists being considered to lead the Swiss organization — which distributes roughly $4.5 billion each year to country-led programs combatting the three infectious diseases — were Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, a former health minister of Nigeria; Subhanu Saxena, the former chief executive of Indian pharmaceutical company Cipla; and Helen Clark, administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and former New Zealand prime minister.

As Devex reported last week, a number of global health and development leaders had mixed feelings or were disappointed with the selection process because it had not generated candidates known for visionary global health leadership.

Mark Dybul, the current executive director, will step down after four years on the job when his term ends May 31.

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