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Board of Directors

K.Y. Amoako

K.Y. Amoako

K.Y. Amoako is president and founder of the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), a policy research and advisory institution based in Ghana focused on working with African governments to deliver long-term economic growth.

Previously he served as under secretary general of the UN and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) from 1995-2005. He created the African Development Forum, designed to sharpen debate and build consensus on key African development issues, and also played a key role in working with African leaders to formulate the underpinnings of NEPAD and the African Peer Review Mechanism. He served at the World Bank from 1974 to 1994, becoming one of the first Africans to rise to a senior position. After retiring from the UN, Mr. Amoako spent 2006 as a distinguished african scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

He has led or been a member of numerous high-level international commissions and task forces, including: the Commission for HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa, convened by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan; the Commission for Africa established and chaired by former Prime Minister Tony Blair; and the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health chaired by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs. Mr. Amoako is a graduate of the University of Ghana at Legon and has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He resides in Accra, Ghana and in Washington, DC, USA.

 

Jano Cabrera 

Jano Cabrera serves as corporate senior vice president of U.S. communications, global media, and public relations for the McDonald's Corporation. Previously, Jano served as worldwide vice president for Burson-Marsteller. In that capacity, he worked across various offerings - advertising, digital and social engagement, messaging research, issues and crisis management, consumer brand marketing and global strategy - to ensure the firm pursued new opportunities and services its existing clients in an integrated, strategic and ideas-driven way.

Prior to joining Burson-Marsteller, Jano founded Carthage Group Communications, a strategic communications and issue advocacy firm. Among others, the firm advised the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Grameen Bank and America Votes, the nation’s then largest political action organization.

In 2005, Jano lived in Baghdad, Iraq and through the National Democratic Institute worked daily with members of the Transition National Assembly on the Iraqi constitution and the historic elections in December.

During the 2004 campaign, Jano served as the communication director for the Democratic Party. During the primaries, he was the national spokesman for the Joe Lieberman for President campaign. He also served as a national spokesman for former Vice-President Al Gore from 1998 to 2002, working at the White House, on Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign and for Gore’s political action committee, Leadership ‘02, during the 2002 midterms. Prior to presidential politics, Jano worked on Capitol Hill.

Jano also served as the communications director for the Recording Industry Association of America during the Napster trial and their transition into the digital marketplace.

Jano is a graduate of Pomona College, where he earned his degree in Politics.

 

Roberto Danino

Roberto Danino

Roberto Dañino's 40 year-long legal career encompasses a number of leadership positions both in the public and private sectors. He has served as prime minister of the Republic of Perú, ambassador to the United States, and senior vice president and general counsel of the World Bank, as well as secretary general of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). He was the founding general counsel of the Inter-American Investment Corporation, the private sector arm of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC. Also, he has practiced corporate law for several decades, and has served as chairman of the Latin American practice of leading law firms in the United States and Perú.

At present, he serves as vice chairman of the Hochschild Group, an LSE- and NYSE-listed conglomerate that specializes in gold, silver, and phosphates mining, as well as cement production. Furthermore, he has served on the boards of various corporations and nonprofit organizations in Perú, the United States, Canada, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom, including the international advisory boards of Goldman Sachs, UBER Technologies, and George Soros' Open Society Foundations.

Mr. Dañino earned law degrees from Harvard Law School and Universidad Católica del Perú. He has been granted honors, including La Orden del Sol (Gran Cruz) from the Peruvian government, and La Orden de Isabel La Católica from the Kingdom of Spain, among others.

 

David de Ferranti (Chair)

David de Ferranti is the former president and founder of Results for Development.

He was previously the World Bank’s regional vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean from 1999 to 2005, and in this position responsible for a $25 billion loan portfolio. From 1994 to 1999, he oversaw the Bank’s research and financial support to countries worldwide in the areas of health, education, nutrition, and other social services. In addition, he has been a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a senior advisor at the United Nations Foundation, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, an advisor to Carlos Slim and his infrastructure investment group in Latin America, and an advisor to an emerging high-tech enterprise. Earlier in his career he held management positions at Rand (the think tank), and in the U.S. government.

He is presently the chair of the board of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and serves as co-chair of the Health Financing Task Force, the Task Force on Health Workforce Costs and Financing, and the Working Group on AIDS Costs and Financing. Other board memberships have included: The Rockefeller Foundation (where he chaired the Finance Committee); Transparency International - USA; The Inter-American Dialogue; The Pew Memorial Trust International Health Advisory Panel; Technoserve, Inc.; The Center for Global Development Advisory Panel; The Lewis T. Preston Education Program; The Escuela Nueva Foundation; and The Partnership for Educational Revitalization in the Americas. 



Julio Frenk

Julio Frenk

Dr. Julio Frenk, a noted leader in global health and a renowned scholar, became the sixth president of the University of Miami on August 16, 2015. He also holds an academic appointment as Professor of Public Health Sciences at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and a secondary appointment as professor of Health Sector Management and Policy in the School of Business Administration.

Prior to joining the University of Miami, Dr. Frenk was dean of the faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health since January 2009. While at Harvard, he was also the T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development, a joint appointment with the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

He served as the minister of Health of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. There he pursued an ambitious agenda to reform the nation’s health system and introduced a program of comprehensive universal coverage, known as Seguro Popular, which expanded access to health care for more than 55 million previously uninsured Mexicans.

Dr. Frenk was the founding director-general of the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, one of the leading institutions of its kind in the developing world. In 1998, he joined the World Health Organization (WHO) as executive director in charge of Evidence and Information for Policy, WHO’s first-ever unit explicitly charged with developing a scientific foundation for health policy to achieve better outcomes.

He also served as a senior fellow in the global health program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and as president of the Carso Health Institute in Mexico City. He is the founding chair of the board of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. Dr. Frenk also co-chaired the Commission on the Education of Health Professionals for the 21st Century, which published its influential report in the leading journal The Lancet in 2010, triggering a large number of follow-up initiatives throughout the world.

Dr. Frenk holds a medical degree from the National University of Mexico, as well as a master of public health and a joint Ph.D. in Medical Care Organization and in Sociology from the University of Michigan. He has received honorary degrees from six universities. In September of 2008, Dr. Frenk received the Clinton Global Citizen Award for changing “the way practitioners and policy makers across the world think about health.”

He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico, and is on the board of the United Nations Foundation.

In addition to his scholarly works, which include more than 150 articles in academic journals, as well as many books and book chapters, he has written two best-selling novels for youngsters explaining the functions of the human body.

Dr. Frenk was born in Mexico City in December of 1953. He is married to Dr. Felicia Knaul, a social-sector economist, and has four children.

 

Doug Hattaway

Doug Hattaway is president of strategic communications firm Hattaway Communications. He has nearly three decades years of experience working with high-profile leaders in politics, government, business, advocacy and philanthropy. Doug leads and advises teams to create research-based strategies, content and campaigns, and is passionate about adapting insights and innovations from the social sciences to enhance the power of strategic communications. He has worked closely with leaders such as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, and successful candidates for the U.S. House, Senate and Governor. Doug was Gore’s spokesman for the 2000 Presidential campaign and Florida recount, which was called the “political story of the century.” 

Doug has traveled to dozens of countries to work with government leaders, political parties and nonprofit organizations in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Early in his career, he worked as a press secretary to a senior member of Congress and as a freelance foreign correspondent in South America, the Caribbean and Europe. 


Carla Anderson HillsCarla Anderson Hills

Carla A. Hills is chairman and chief executive officer of Hills & Company, International Consultants.  The firm provides advice to U.S. businesses on investment, trade, and risk assessment issues abroad, particularly in emerging market economies.

Mrs. Hills served as United States trade representative from 1989 to 1993.  As a member of President Bush's Cabinet, Mrs. Hills was the President's principal advisor on international trade policy.  She was also the nation's chief trade negotiator, representing American interests in multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations throughout the world.  She led the U.S. negotiations in the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade talks, concluded the North American Free Trade Agreement, and entered into a large number of trade and investment agreements with countries all around the world.  Earlier, Mrs. Hills served as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Ford Administration (the third woman to hold a Cabinet position).  She also served as assistant attorney general, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice.

Over the past 25 years Mrs. Hills has served on a number of corporate boards of directors.  She currently serves on the International Boards of J.P. Morgan Chase.  Mrs. Hills is also actively involved with a number of eleemosynary organizations, serving as co-chair of the Council on Foreign Relations, of the Inter American Dialogue, and of the International Advisory Board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; chair of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations; member of the executive committee of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and of the Trilateral Commission, among others. She also serves as a member of the Secretary of State's Foreign Affairs Policy Board.

Ambassador Hills received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and her law degree from Yale University. She is the recipient of a number of honorary degrees and the Aztek Eagle, the highest honor given by the Mexican government to a non-citizen.

Before entering government, Mrs. Hills co-founded and was partner of Munger, Tolles, and Hills, a Los Angeles law firm.  She also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California at Los Angeles Law School, teaching antitrust law, and co-authored the Antitrust Adviser, which was published by McGraw-Hill.

Ambassador Hills resides in Washington, D.C.

 

Mark W. Hinkley (Vice-Chair and Chair Emeritus)

Mark Hinkley served as executive vice president of OdysseyRe until his retirement in 2007.

Previously he had major responsibilities with Transamerica (later TIG), Skandia America, Trenwick America, and GeneralRe, including senior management roles in corporate marketing, communications, and business development, and specializing in reinsurance products. He was director of Treaty Operations for Skandia America and Director and co-founder of Trenwick Group, Limited. He currently serves as president of the Board of Music for People, a non-profit musical training organization. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Outward Bound. He has also been chairman of the Finance Committee, Clearpool, Inc (Urban Charter Schools and Camp), and president of the Angus Robinson Jr. Memorial Foundation (scholarships). He is a graduate of Yale University and Kent School, and served as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. He has a daughter and a son, and resides in Charlestown, Rhode Island, USA.

 

Ozgur aKaraosmanoglu

Ozgur Karaosmanoglu

Ozgur Karaosmanoglu has more than 30 years of experience in the securities industry, 23 of which have been with Raymond James & Associates. Prior to joining the firm, he was an investment executive with Legg Mason and also worked with Dean Witter as an account executive and operations manager. In 2006, Mr. Karaosmanoglu was named “Broker of the Year” by Registered Repmagazine.

He is a former chairman of the Tulane Associates board, the alumni fundraising board of the university, and currently serves on the Tulane Business School Council. He is involved with other nonprofits including HasNa, Inc., where he is a board member, and is the financial advisor for the Margaret McNamara Memorial fund, which is part of the World Bank Family Network.

Mr. Karaosmanoglu earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in business administration from Tulane University in New Orleans. Originally from Ankara, Turkey, he now resides in Bethesda, Maryland, USA with his wife and their three children. 


Olivier Lafourcade

Mr. Lafourcade spent 30 years with the World Bank (1973-2002) where he held a number of senior managerial positions in operations in Latin America, Africa and South Asia. His last position at the Bank was director for Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela.

After relocating to Paris, France at the end of 2002, Mr. Lafourcade is now an international consultant working on economic development issues. He is chairman of the board of I&P Developpement, a private social capital firm involved in the financing and technical support of small and medium size enterprises in Africa (part of the Investisseurs et Partenaires Group). He is a member of the board of several public and private institutions among which Expertise France (the official French technical assistance organization for international development) and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) in support of promoting small growing businesses in the world. He lectures periodically on development issues in a number of European academic institutions, and collaborates with selected public, non-governmental and private institutions involved in development matters.

 

Gina Lagomarsino (President and CEO)

Throughout her career, Gina Lagomarsino has focused on expanding health coverage to low-income populations. As a managing director at Results for Development, she helped galvanize energy and political will around a global push for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by coordinating an early global task force for UHC convened by the Rockefeller Foundation and co-authoring a frequently cited 2012 Lancet article on UHC. Gina went on to develop several key partnerships that continue to influence health systems around the world today, including the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage, a network of policymakers in low- and middle-income countries working together to develop practical solutions to the challenges of achieving universal health coverage, and the Center for Health Market Innovations, which has identified and is promoting learning among more than 1,500 innovative health efforts in 110 countries. Additionally, Gina played a key role in launching the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative, a partnership of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank and the World Health Organization.

From 2013 to 2016, Gina served as Chief Operating Officer at R4D, building the financial, human resources, and operational systems necessary for a growing organization.

Prior to her work in global development, Gina spent a decade working to improve health systems in the United States. She served as Senior Health Policy Advisor to Washington, DC, Mayor Anthony Williams, where she designed and implemented the reform of a free public health coverage program serving low-income DC residents. Before that, she was an engagement manager in the healthcare practice of McKinsey & Company, where she advised senior executives of health insurance and hospital organizations on strategy and operations.

Gina received a master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Stanford University. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son. 

 

Fola Laoye

Mrs. Laoye holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, Cambridge, USA. She is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. Fola has had twenty-five years of business experience, both locally and internationally, having trained with Ernst & Young, Lagos and Price WaterHouse Coopers in London.


She is currently Director for West Africa Investments at the Investment Fund for Health in Africa (IFHA). She is also a Board member of Hygeia Group Nigeria, promoters of Hygeia HMO, the largest health insurance platform in Nigeria, Hygeia Community Health Care and the Lagoon Hospitals. She is a member of the following boards – PAL Pensions; Old Mutual Life Insurance Company Nigeria; Results for Development Institute (R4D), Washington DC USA; and Harvard Business School’s Healthcare Initiative. She is a trustee of the Harvard Business School Alumni in Nigeria and a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Lagos Chapter.

In 2011, Fola was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and in 2013 she was awarded the Harvard Business School Africa Business Club Leadership Excellence Award.

 

Dzingai Mutumbuka

Dzingai Mutumbuka

Dzingai Mutumbuka currently serves as a member of the governing board for UNESCO's International Institute for Educational Planning. He is the former chair of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), which brings together all African education ministers and donors supporting education in Africa.

Previously, Mr. Mutumbuka held various senior management positions in the education sector at the World Bank from 1990-2007. Prior to joining the World Bank, he held major political appointments in Zimbabwe, including supervising the implementation of policies in six ministries (Education, Health, Social Welfare, Housing, Youth and Sport, and Community Development and Women’s Affairs). He served as minister of Education and Culture from 1980 to 1988 and as minister of Higher Education from 1988 to 1989.

He has served as the chairman of the Zimbabwe National Commission of UNESCO since Zimbabwe joined UNESCO in 1980. Before Zimbabwe’s independence, Mr. Mutumbuka served as minister of Education and Culture in the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU (PF)) from 1975 to 1980, and in that capacity was responsible for the education of all Zimbabweans in refugee camps in Mozambique.



Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a senior adviser at Lazard. She was previously the minister of Finance in Nigeria and coordinating minister for the Economy (August 2011 to May 2015). Prior to this, she was managing director of the World Bank (2007 to 2011). Dr. Okonjo-Iweala also held the positions of Finance minister and Foreign Affairs minister of Nigeria between 2003 and 2006. She is notable for being the first woman to hold either of these positions. As Finance minister she was lauded for ridding Nigeria of $30 billion dollars of external debt with the Paris Club. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala is the recipient of numerous awards including honorary doctorates from some of the world's most prestigious universities such as Yale, UPenn, Brown, Colby etc. In 2015, she was named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune. In 2014, TIME magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world and Forbes has named her one of the 100 most powerful women in the world for 5 years consecutively since 2011 and one of the three most powerful women in Africa. She is chair and member of several boards and high level global development initiatives including the UN's Post 2015 MDGs High Level Panel, the Post-Busan Global Partnership for Development Effectiveness, the Rockefeller Foundation, the ONE Foundation and The AU's African Risk Capacity to name a few. She is also the author of several books and articles including Reforming the UnReformable: Lessons from Nigeria, recently released from the MIT Press. She was educated at Harvard University and holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



Jorge Quiroga

Jorge Quiroga was president of Bolivia 2001-2002, vice-president and president of Congress 1997-2001, minister of Finance 1992, vice-minister of Public Investment and Cooperation 1990-92, and held several international consulting assignments. In the private sector he has worked as a systems engineer with IBM in Texas (1981-88), vice-president of Banco Mercantil in La Paz (1993-97), and others.

Currently, he is the president of FUNDEMOS, a Bolivian public policy think tank. Mr. Quiroga leads the congressional opposition in his country, serves on several international boards and organizations and publishes analyses on Latin American economic and political issues.

Jorge Quiroga holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University (Summa Cum Laude) and an MBA from St. Edward´s University.



Jozef Ritzen

Jozef Ritzen is former President of Maastricht University, where he advanced the international position of the university (attracting now 50% of its students from abroad) and the education quality (through problem based learning). Recently, he has focused on organizing the Vibrant Europe Forum around new initiatives to strengthen EU cooperation. He serves as chair and founder of Empower European Universities, honorary professor at Maastricht University and member of the international advisory boards of six universities across the world. Prior to leading Maastricht University, Jo Ritzen held a number of positions at the World Bank including vice president of the World Bank’s Development Economics Department, and vice president of the Bank’s Human Development Network, which advises the institution and its client countries on innovative approaches to improving health, education and social protection. Mr. Ritzen joined the Bank in 1998 as special adviser to the Human Development Network. 

 

Henry Schirmer

Henry Schirmer

Henry Schirmer is executive vice president and chief financial Officer of Unilever Europe. In his 20+ year career, Schirmer has gained international management and leadership experience in the fast moving consumer goods industry and industrial sector under public and private equity ownership. Prior positions include senior vice president, finance of Unilever North America, vice president, finance of Unilever’s operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, chief financial officer of Birdseye Iglo Group and vice president of mergers and acquisitions of Unilever, where he was responsible for deal origination and execution across Unilever’s global portfolio. He has a master’s degree in industrial engineering and management from the Technical University of Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) in Germany.