R4D Welcomes Two Former Ministers and an Agency Lead to Its Board

December 19, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Results for Development (R4D) welcomed three new board members: Ali Ghufron Mukti, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., director general of the Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education; Sania Nishtar, M.D., Ph.D., founder and CEO of Heartfile in Pakistan; and Donald Berwick, M.D., M.P.P., president emeritus and senior fellow for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

“We are excited to welcome Ghufron, Sania and Don to the R4D community,” said Gina Lagomarsino, president and CEO at Results for Development. “They bring exceptional experience and expertise, and they are committed to helping R4D carry out our mission of working with change agents around the globe to create self-sustaining systems that support healthy, educated people. I look forward to their counsel over the coming years, especially during this period of growth and new opportunities for R4D.”

All three of R4D’s new board members are change agents themselves — having worked on health system reforms in Indonesia, Pakistan and the United States, respectively. Sania and Don also have extensive experience launching and building nonprofits.

“Since R4D was founded in 2008, it has been guided by a distinguished group of people, including former heads of state and ministers,” said David de Ferranti, R4D’s founder, board chair and senior fellow. “I’m delighted to have Ghufron, Sania and Don join this group. They are great additions, and they have already provided valuable insights.”

Dr. Mukti is recognized for his expertise in health service quality, family medicine and epidemiology. He is the former Indonesian vice minister of health and the former dean of the faculty of medicine of Gadjah Madah University. He is also an early founding member of the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN).

Dr. Nishtar is an internationally acclaimed Pakistani physician and public health expert, and the former Minister of Health in Pakistan. She currently co-chairs WHO’s High-Level Commission on Non-communicable diseases along with the presidents of Uruguay, Finland and Sri-Lanka, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Healthcare. In addition, she chairs the United Nations International Institute for Global Health’s Advisory Committee. She was a candidate for Director General of the World Health Organization in 2017.

Dr. Berwick is a leading authority on health care quality and improvement. He founded and led the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), a globally recognized nonprofit, for 19 years as the CEO. He serves as a lecturer in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, and he is a former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), appointed to this position by President Barack Obama. A pediatrician by background, Dr. Berwick has also served on the faculty of the Harvard School of Public Health, and on the staffs of Boston’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Drs. Nishtar and Berwick recently served together as co-chairs of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Committee on Improving the Quality of Health Care Globally and the two recently co-authored a report: Crossing the Global Health Care Quality Chasm: A Key Component of Universal Health Coverage.

View a full list of R4D board members.


About Results for Development
Results for Development (R4D) is a leading non-profit global development partner. We collaborate with change agents around the world — government officials, civil society leaders and social innovators — to create strong systems that support healthy, educated people. We help our partners move from knowing their goal to knowing how to reach it. We combine global expertise in health, education and nutrition with analytic rigor, practical support for decision-making and implementation and access to peer problem-solving networks. Together with our partners, we build self-sustaining systems that serve everyone and deliver lasting results. Then we share what we learn so others can achieve results for development, too. For more information, visit our website at: www.r4d.org.

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