At its 37th meeting on 3-4 May in Kigali, Rwanda, the Global Fund Board appointed Aida Kurtović as Chair of the Board and Ambassador John Simon as Vice-Chair of the Board, each to serve a two-year term. Their terms started when the 37th meeting adjourned.
On 1 March 2017, the Global Fund Board formally launched the process for selecting its next chair and vice-chair. The new board leadership is expected to be named at the next Board meeting on 3-4 May 2017, when the terms of current Chair, Norbert Hauser, and the current Vice-Chair, Aida Kurtovic, expire.
On 16-17 November 2016, the Global Fund Board held its 36th meeting in Montreux, Switzerland. GFO was present, with observer status.
The Board has formally launched the recruitment process for a new executive director to replace Dr Mark Dybul, whose term expires on 31 May 2017. Dr Dybul has indicated that he is not seeking a renewal of his term.
The Board is expected to make a selection of the new E.D. during a Board retreat scheduled for 28 February-1March.
On 26-27 April 2016, the Global Fund Board held its 35th meeting in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. GFO was present, with observer status.
On 28 January 2016, the Global Fund Board confirmed changes to its structure that were approved in principle at its meeting last November (see GFO article). On 4 March, the Board appointed chairs and vice-chairs for the reconstituted committees. The changes and appointments will come into effect on 1 May 2016.
There was no agenda item on transition at the Board meeting on 16-17 November, but the topic was much discussed at the Board table and in the corridors. There were calls for clear strategies on transition, for the development of a transition road map, and for transition to be moved up to the top of the Board agenda. It was noted that there is no key performance indicator on transition.
On 16-17 November 2015, the Global Fund Board held its 34th meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. GFO was present, with observer status.
Under changes approved in principle by the Board at its meeting on 16-17 November, the mandates of two of three standing committees of the Board will change effective after the first Board meeting in 2016. No changes to the size of the committees are envisioned.
In the past week, I travelled from Mbabane in Swaziland to Geneva in Switzerland. When I was a boy, growing up in Swaziland, we frequently got mail that had been sent, initially, to Switzerland. In the 1970s, no one knew where Swaziland was. Today, the little Southern African kingdom has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world.