Cicely  Thomas

Cicely Thomas

Health Financing Lead, Global Financing Facility

Cicely Thomas is a senior health economist with nearly 20 years of experience supporting countries across Africa and Asia to strengthen health financing and reach universal health coverage (UHC). She currently leads the health financing portfolio at the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF) – a global multistakeholder partnership hosted in the World Bank, supporting 36 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to ensure sustainable and equitable health financing for women, children and adolescents. Prior to joining the GFF, she was a program director at Results for Development where she led a portfolio of work focused on sustainable health financing and the integration of private sector and innovations in government-led mixed health systems. Cicely was also a technical facilitator of the Joint Learning Network for UHC, focused on primary health care financing, health benefits policy, and private sector engagement, and she continues to support peer-to-peer learning, incubating networks of local organizations, coaches and mentors across several countries. Through her work at Mathematica Policy Research, she focused on both international health and U.S. health policy on innovative models for health care delivery and quality of care indicators. Cicely holds an MSc focused on health financing from the London School of Economics and currently teaches a health financing course at The George Washington University Milken School of Public Health.