Peter Hansen, Ph.D., provides executive leadership as program director to Results for Development’s (R4D) Health Systems Strengthening Accelerator (the HSS Accelerator), a five-year initiative funded by USAID to provide catalytic support to countries as they tackle health systems challenges and accelerate progress toward self-sustaining health systems. He is also a managing director in the health portfolio and serves on the executive team to help generate and apply learning from across R4D’s innovative programs in health and other sectors and inform new models of supporting countries to address complex systems issues.
Dr. Hansen worked most recently for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and before that, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. At the Global Fund, he led a department responsible for accelerating the introduction and scale up of innovations and ensuring scientific and technical quality of Global Fund investments in the three diseases and health systems, which total nearly $4 billion per year in over 100 countries. At Gavi, he built the Alliance’s monitoring and evaluation function and led the development of a number of key policies and strategies approved by the Gavi Board, including the re-orientation of Gavi’s health systems strengthening investments.
Prior to his work in Geneva, Dr. Hansen served as country director for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Afghanistan, where he and his colleagues helped the Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health significantly enhance its capacity to collect, analyze and use data to exercise effective, data-driven stewardship over the health sector. He also worked for an NGO in China, where he partnered with government health agencies and the World Bank to strengthen primary health care in poor and underserved areas.
Dr. Hansen has a Ph.D. in health systems from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a master’s in east asian studies from Stanford University. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Washington, where he majored in international studies and comparative religion. Dr. Hansen and his wife have two children.