Who's who in #globaldev: December 2017 appointments

Gunilla Carlsson is UNAIDS new deputy executive director for management and governance. Photo by: Thomas Henrikson / SIWI / CC BY


Gunilla Carlsson is UNAIDS new deputy executive director for management and governance. She currently serves as senior advisor to the African Development Bank and vice chair in the board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé said of Carlsson: “Gunilla Carlsson is known for her dynamic leadership and deep knowledge of the issues … She is not a business-as-usual leader.” During her time as Sweden’s minister for international development cooperation from 2006 to 2013, Carlsson introduced reforms in Sweden’s foreign aid program, including at SIDA, to promote cost efficiencies, address corruption, and boost the profile of the government’s development cooperation work.

Carlsson will assume the role in early 2018. She succeeds Jan Beagle, who now serves as U.N. undersecretary general for management.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.