Mariam Claeson, M.D. M.P.H., is the former Director of the Global Financing Facility (GFF) for Every Woman Every Child at the World Bank (2016-2019). Prior to joining the GFF she served as Director for the Maternal Newborn and Child Health team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which she joined in July 2012. She was the Program Coordinator for the multisector response to AIDS in the South Asia Region of the World Bank (2005- 2012) and served as task team leader for HIV operations in India and Afghanistan. Before that, she was the Lead Public Health Specialist in the Health, Nutrition and Population, Human Development Network of the World Bank (1998- 2004).
Prior to joining the World Bank, Mariam worked for the Global Program for the Control of Diarrheal Diseases, World Health Organization (1987-1995). She has worked as physician in clinical practice at the rural district level (Tanzania, Bangladesh and Bhutan) and in national immunization and diarrheal disease control (Ethiopia 1984-1986).
Mariam is now serving as a member of the WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission on A future of the world’s children, the MNCH Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of WHO, the Technical Review Panel of the Global Fund and on the Boards of the White Ribbon Alliance and Results for Development. Mariam holds an honorary doctorate at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.