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RBM welcomes Peter Sands as Executive Director of Global Fund

The RBM Partnership to End Malaria warmly congratulates Peter Sands, a former chief executive of Standard Chartered Bank, on his selection as the next Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, announced earlier today in Geneva.

Dr Kesete Admasu, RBM Partnership CEO and Member of the Global Fund Board, commented: “On behalf of the RBM Partnership, I am delighted to welcome Peter Sands as the new Executive Director of the Global Fund. Sustained and increased financing is essential for putting an end to deadly diseases, including malaria. Accounting for nearly half of global malaria financing, the Global Fund is a key mechanism that allows funds to flow to those who need them most—and malaria has proven to be one of the best investments in public health. Most importantly, the Global Fund shares the RBM’s vision of working in partnership with endemic countries, the private sector, civil society, research and academic institutions to achieve more, together. We look forward to working with Mr Sands in his new role and assure him of the steadfast support of the more than 500 RBM Partners worldwide.”

Born in the United Kingdom, Sands served as Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered PLC from 2006 to 2015, having joined the bank in 2002 as Group Finance Director. He led Standard Chartered’s transformation into one of the world’s leading international banks, focusing its corporate responsibility initiatives on health issues, including avoidable blindness, AIDS and malaria. Sands served on the board of the Global Business Coalition on AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and was Lead Non-Executive Director on the board of the United Kingdom’s Department of Health.

After stepping down from the bank in 2015, Sands deployed his skills and experience in international finance on global health. Sands served as Chairman of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine’s Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future, which published the influential report on pandemics entitled The Neglected Dimension of Global Security: a Framework to Counter Infectious Disease Outbreaks. He currently serves as Chairman of the World Bank’s International Working Group on Financing Pandemic Preparedness and holds a number of research positions.

As new Executive Director, Sands will oversee and guide the implementation of the Global Fund’s 2017-2022 strategy, designed to maximize impact against HIV, TB and malaria and build resilient and sustainable systems for health.

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