I'm pleased to announce the appointment of Timothy G. Evans as the World Bank's Director for Health, Nutrition and Population, effective as of June 23, 2013.Dr. Evans, a U.S. and Canadian national, has been active in the international health arena for more than 20 years. He is currently the Dean of the James P. Grant School of Public Health of BRAC University in Bangladesh. Previously he served as Assistant Director General at the World Health Organization, heading the Evidence, Information, Research and Policy Clusters, where he oversaw the production of the annual World Health Report.
Dr. Evans has been a leader in advancing global health equity and health systems performance throughout his career, notably through his work with the Rockefeller Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, and with his contributions to the development of innovative partnerships, including the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization, INDEPTH and Health Metrics networks, the Global Health Workforce Alliance and the World Alliance for Patient Safety. He earned his DPhil in agricultural economics at Oxford, and pursued medical and postgraduate studies at McMaster and Harvard Universities.
In his new position, Dr. Evans' priorities will include: 1) providing overall strategic direction to the Bank’s work in health, nutrition and population, with a view to supporting countries in ensuring access to affordable quality care and improved health outcomes for all; and 2) building on the Bank’s partnerships in the health arena and forging greater alignment around a shared global vision.
Nicole Klingen will continue to serve as World Bank Acting Director for Health, Nutrition and Population during the remainder of the transition period.