Violaine Mitchell oversees a team that works to empower country governments to sustainably finance and manage their primary health care systems. The team fosters alignment and collaboration among a range of stakeholders, including large multilateral organizations, to strengthen health systems and expand access to lifesaving vaccines, medicines, and interventions. Violaine also represents the foundation on the governing board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, whose mission is to save children’s lives by increasing access to immunization in low-income countries, and she holds leadership positions in the Global Financing Facility Investors Group.
Before joining the foundation in 2010, Violaine worked as the coordinator of the Gavi Financing Task Force under contract to the World Bank, where she was responsible for coordinating the vaccine alliance’s early work on national financial sustainability planning and global innovative financing. Earlier, she worked at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), National Academy of Sciences, where she was the study director for a study on the Children’s Vaccine Initiative and assistant study director for the IOM Study on Malaria Prevention and Control. Violaine has a B.A. in development studies from Brown University and an M.S. in tropical public health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
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