Former Global Fund executive Dr. Christoph Benn joins the Joep Lange Institute as Director for Global Health Diplomacy - perle

Former Global Fund executive Dr. Christoph Benn joins the Joep Lange Institute as Director for Global Health Diplomacy

Dr. Christoph Benn will focus on developing and advocating innovative health financing on the road to Universal Health Coverage.

New Director for Global Health Diplomacy Christoph Benn

Amsterdam, 1 October 2018 – The Joep Lange Institute (JLI) is pleased to announce that as of today, Dr. Christoph Benn joins the organization as Director for Global Health Diplomacy. With a career of 15 years at the Global Fund, he brings extensive experience in the field of global health and significant expertise in advocacy and diplomacy. Dr. Benn is currently Senior Advisor at the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

As Director for Global Health Diplomacy, Dr. Benn’s work will focus on developing sustainable health financing models and advocate to secure financial and political commitment from donors, governments and other parties. Through this work, Dr. Benn aspires to make significant contributions attaining Universal Health Coverage (UHC): “The challenge of reaching UHC is that it requires a smart combination of domestic health resources, complemented by international solidarity. Mobile technology has the potential to revolutionize health financing, accessibility and delivery. JLI aims to be a driving force in making full use of this potential, working closely with international partners such as WHO and Global Fund, governments and private sector. I’m honored to apply my skills and experience to this cause and to continue the great vision of Joep Lange of supporting the “Great Escape” out of poverty for the most vulnerable and marginalized communities. With the right political will and commitment, we now have the opportunity to make this happen.”

Joep Lange Institute combines science, activism, and pragmatism to reach its goal: making health markets work for the poor. Mobile technology offers unprecedented opportunities to change how health services will be paid for, accessed and delivered. JLI believes these innovations are instrumental to achieving Universal Health Coverage in different contexts and countries.

Onno Schellekens, Chairman of the Board, Joep Lange Institute “We now for the first time have the possibility to reach and include nearly everybody directly, at low cost. Christoph Benn’s expertise and energy are key to make this a reality. Based on his long-standing track-record at the Global Fund, he provides new impulses to the development of sustainable health financing systems. With his knowledge, reputation and drive he can rally the essential broad coalition of partners, donors and governments in realizing this ambitious UHC agenda.”

Dr. Benn was educated as Medical Doctor and Master of Public Health. He is Senior Advisor and until recently Director of External Relations for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Geneva, Switzerland. He shall combine both positions at JLI and the Global Fund until the conclusion of the 6th replenishment of the Global Fund.

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About Dr. Christoph Benn
Christoph is currently serving as Senior Advisor to the Global Fund after finishing his job as inaugural Director of External Relations at the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Geneva in June 2018. He has been a member of the founding board of the Global Fund in 2002. As Director of External Relations since 2003 he has been responsible for mobilizing the financial resources for the Global Fund through the management of its regular replenishment cycles and spearheading innovative approaches to resource mobilization including (Product) RED, Debt2Health and a Major Gift Strategy facilitating contributions from High Networth Individuals particularly in Asia. Under his leadership the Global Fund has mobilized pledges and contributions of more than USD 50 billion. He has organized the recent 5th replenishment conference of the Global Fund hosted by the Government of Canada in September 2016 at which donors pledged US$ 12.9 billion for the Global Fund for the years 2017-2019. He has extensive experience in managing political relations with governments and establishing strong partnerships with Civil Society and the Private Sector.

Prior to joining the Global Fund, Christoph worked as a clinician and public health specialist in the United Kingdom, Germany and as Doctor-in-Charge of a rural hospital in Tanzania. He has more than 25 years of experience in global health with a special focus on AIDS and infectious diseases, having worked as an advisor to many public health programs in Africa and Asia. He also has extensive experience in advocacy, having worked with NGOs and their networks around the world.

Christoph currently serves as a member of the International Advisory Board of the German Government on the development of a new global health strategy, as a trustee of the HIV/AIDS Alliance in the UK and as a member of the board of the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA).


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