GHC is led by Executive Director Christine Sow and a dedicated staff, based out of Washington, DC.
Dr. Christine Sow is an internationally-recognized advocate for global health, with more than 20 years of US and international leadership experience, especially in improving women’s and girls’ quality of life in resource-poor settings. Trained as a demographer and holder of a Ph.D. in epidemiology, Dr. Sow has led many initiatives to strengthen health systems and increase access to life-saving drugs and facilities. Previously, Dr. Sow served as Vice President of International Programs at Plan International USA, where she oversaw the nonprofit organization’s division in charge of institutional fundraising and technical support of major programs. In that role she also participated as a delegate to the World Bank’s Civil Society Consultative Group for Health, Nutrition and Population.
Before joining Plan, Dr. Sow served as Chief of the Child Survival Section of UNICEF’s country program in Mali, where she led a team of 30 professionals. Throughout her time in Mali, Dr. Sow provided technical assistance to national policy development within the health sector, specifically focusing on scaling-up community health strategies. She served as vice-chair of the Malian National Malaria Control Program’s oversight committee and supervised UNICEF’s contributions to the implementation of the International Health Partnership Compact in Mali. Dr. Sow also has served as the Country Coordinating Mechanism Chair for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Mali; Health Team Leader and Senior Public Health Advisor for the USAID mission in Mali; Chief of Party and Cote d’Ivoire Country Director for Family Health International; and Senior Technical Officer for Evaluation, Surveillance and Epidemiological Research for Family Health International in Arlington, Virginia.
Dr. Sow received her Master of Public Health and Master of Arts from the University of Michigan and her PhD from Tulane University. She is bilingual in English and French.
Board of Directors
Under the leadership of Dr. Jonathan Quick, the Board members represent the nonprofit, private, and public health sectors, and have years of experience in advocacy, communications, finance, public health, and international development.
In 2014, GHC held a nomination process to elect new Board members for 2015. Currently, GHC has 20 Board members (see below).