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Sameh El-Saharty

Senior Health Policy Specialist, South Asia Region
Sameh El-Saharty is Senior Health Policy Specialist in the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice of the World Bank in Washington, DC.  Since he joined the Bank in 1998, he has been responsible for leading the health policy dialog and strategy development for client countries as well as managing several programs and projects amounting to about $2.5 billion in more than 20 countries in three world regions. His experience spans a wide range of health programs and systems including maternal and child health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, health service delivery, hospital management, human resources, decentralization, health insurance and health reform. In the last couple of years, he has been working on cross cutting issues such as knowledge management, implementation research, and science of delivery in the health sector.

He authored and contributed to more than 30 published books, papers, articles, studies, reviews, and technical reports.  His most recent work includes: “Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health Policy Harmonization in Bangladesh”; “Tackling Non-communicable Diseases in Bangladesh: Now is the time”; “Connecting Sectors and Systems for Health Results”; “Capitalizing on the Demographic Transition: Tackling Non-communicable Diseases in South Asia”. One of his key publications, “Improving Health Service Delivery in Developing Countries: From Evidence to Action”, is being widely cited.

Prior to joining the World Bank, he has worked for several organizations including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Pathfinder International, Clark Atlanta University, the American University in Cairo, Vinci, Ministry of Health in Egypt, and Cairo University’s School of Medicine.  He also worked for part-time or provided short-term consultancies to several organizations including Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA), Management Sciences for Health, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

In addition to his professional work at the World Bank, he holds the position of Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Health at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He also serves as a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council of Harvard School of Public Health and is the President Elect of the School’s Alumni Council. In addition, he serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Arab Staff Association the World Bank-International Monetary Fund. In the past, he served on the advisory board of several institutions including the MENA Health Policy Forum, the Harvard Arab Alumni Association and the Institute for Social and Economic Policy in the Middle East at Harvard University.

He received several awards including the Knowledge Management Award and the Award of Excellence from the World Bank; the Leadership Award from Harvard University; and was decorated with the “Medal of Officer of the Independence” by the President of the Republic of Djibouti.
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