22 January 2013

Africa: Osamu Kunii Appointed Head of Strategy, Investment and Impact Division


The Global Fund has appointed Osamu (Sam) Kunii as head of the Secretariat's Strategy, Investment and Impact Division. Dr Kunii will direct a staff of medical experts, strategists and planning staff, as well as specialists who measure the impact of Global Fund investments.

Dr Kunii has more than 25 years of experience in global health and development. He is currently Chief of Child Survival and Development in UNICEF's Somalia Support Centre, based in Nairobi, Kenya, where he leads an interdisciplinary team of experts on health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene to reduce child mortality in Somalia.

Born and raised in Japan, Dr Kunii earned a PhD in epidemiology at the University of Tokyo and a Master of Public Health at Harvard University. He has a medical degree from Jichi Medical University in Japan.

Dr Kunii has extensive experience in developing global, regional and national level policy and strategy. He developed and planned a child survival strategy at UNICEF headquarters, worked on UNICEF's pandemic influenza contingency plan in South Asia, and has been involved in drawing up national health plans and strategies for malaria, HIV, immunisation and reproductive, maternal and child health in many countries.

See the news release from the Global Fund for more details on Dr Kunii's biography.

As Head of the Strategy, Investment and Impact Division, Dr Kunii succeeds Debrework Zewdie who left at the end of 2012 to return to the World Bank.

With the appointment of Dr Kunii, the heads of all four divisions reporting to Executive Director Mark Dybul are now in place. Mark Edington heads the Grant Management Division; Christoph Benn is in charge of the Resource Mobilization and Donor Relations Division; and Daniel Camus runs the Finance Division.

Also reporting to Dr Dybul are the heads of two departments providing support functions: Human Resources (Beth O'Donnell) and Communications (Seth Faison); and the heads of two departments providing control functions: Legal and Compliance (Gulen Newton) and Risk Management (Cees Klumper).

The Global Fund Secretariat has posted a new organisation chart on its website.

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