[Ip-health] New York Times: Influential Health Fund Reboots Its Search for a Leader

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Tue Feb 28 21:55:25 PST 2017


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/health/global-fund-for-aids-executive-director-search.html

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On Feb. 20, leaders of the “implementers group” on the fund’s board,
representing countries and nonprofit organizations that receive money from
the fund, expressed “grave concerns” about the process because “key facts”
about candidates were missed, according to a letter to the board chairman,
Norbert Hauser, obtained by The Times.

A majority of the implementers, the letter said, wanted the board to reopen
the process, appoint a new nominating committee, hire a new recruitment
agency, announce the names of candidates, hold a session at which the
public could question them, and hold a town hall-style meeting at which
staff members could air their views.

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HEALTH

Influential Health Fund Reboots Its Search for a Leader

By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
FEB. 28, 2017

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has announced that
it is reopening its search for a new executive director.

The fund is influential in global health, disbursing about $5 billion a
year to fight the three diseases — a budget more than twice as large as the
World Health Organization’s.

The fund’s board had expected to conclude the search for a replacement for
the current executive director, Dr. Mark Dybul, this week at its annual
retreat. But “due to issues encountered in the recruitment process,” board
members were unable to finish, the fund said in a statement.

The selection process was conducted out of the public eye by a recruiting
firm hired by the board’s nominating committee. On Feb. 15, The New York
Times reported that the committee had named three finalists: Helen Clark, a
former New Zealand prime minister; Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, a former Nigerian
health minister; and Subhanu Saxena, a former pharmaceutical executive.

Dr. Pate, who was widely praised for his fight against polio in Nigeria,
had a history of sharing articles on his Twitter feed that were highly
unflattering to President Trump. One carried a headline referring to him as
“a fascist of some variety”; another said he had “more in common with ISIS
than America.”

The United States contributes a third of the Global Fund’s budget, and some
observers said they thought Dr. Pate’s selection might hurt efforts to
attract donations. Ms. Clark, frustrated with the process, withdrew from
consideration.

On Feb. 20, leaders of the “implementers group” on the fund’s board,
representing countries and nonprofit organizations that receive money from
the fund, expressed “grave concerns” about the process because “key facts”
about candidates were missed, according to a letter to the board chairman,
Norbert Hauser, obtained by The Times.

A majority of the implementers, the letter said, wanted the board to reopen
the process, appoint a new nominating committee, hire a new recruitment
agency, announce the names of candidates, hold a session at which the
public could question them, and hold a town hall-style meeting at which
staff members could air their views.

“Public events would offer candidates a chance to show their ability to
manage and respond to questions and would re-emphasize the Fund’s
commitment to transparency,” the letter read.

According to the rules of the process, no candidate can win without a
two-thirds vote of the implementers group, along with two-thirds of the
board’s “donor group.” So delay appeared inevitable.

The letter by the implementers group also requested that the board create a
transition committee, appoint an interim director, and manage the handover
from Dr. Dybul, who is stepping down in May when his contract ends.

It also asked that any senior management changes or restructuring be
delayed.



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