Carole Presern


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Carole Presern has worked in international development for most of her career.  A consistent thread throughout has been her passion for human rights, particularly sexual and reproductive health and rights.  Originally trained as a midwife, she holds a degree in anthropology, a doctorate in public health policy and an advanced diploma in health systems management.  Dr. Presern’s long-term postings include Nepal, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, and Thailand.  Most recently, she was Head of the Office of Board Affairs of the Global Fund and has also held roles in Gavi, as Managing Director for Special Projects, External Relations and in other roles.  Dr. Presern has served as the Executive Director of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) based at WHO, and before that as Counsellor at the UK Mission in Geneva, covering specialized agencies, health and humanitarian affairs. She also worked for many years for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) as senior health/AIDS adviser for Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique.  Dr. Presern has served on many boards, including the Global Fund, Unitaid, and UNAIDS.  She has also sat on the Board of the International HIV Alliance and is currently a trustee of the Orchid Project. (Geneva, Switzerland)