FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, D.C., April 1, 2015 — At its 33rd Board Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, the Global Fund named Norbert Hauser, a highly respected lawyer and international auditor, as the next Chair of its Board and Aida Kurtovic, Executive Director of Partnerships in Health, as Vice Chair.
Incoming Board Chair Hauser brings extensive experience in government and financial supervision and an in-depth understanding of the Global Fund to his new position. He has been a member of the German Parliament; Vice President of Germany’s supreme auditing institution; and External Auditor of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
In 2011, Mr. Hauser served on a high-level independent panel commissioned to review the Global Fund’s financial controls and operations to identify and recommend institutional improvements. In December 2012, he was appointed as the Global Fund’s interim Inspector General. In this role, which he held until September 2013, Mr. Hauser transformed the Office of the Inspector General, increasing cost and workload efficiencies and reviewing and improving its investigative work.
“Mr. Hauser has a long history of high-level public service in a variety of capacities, including as a lawyer, a mayor, a Member of Germany’s Parliament and an auditor of key multilateral institutions,” said Deb Derrick, President of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. “Having worked with and been impressed by him during his time as interim Inspector General at the Global Fund, Friends welcomes the opportunity to work with him again as Board Chair.”
Mrs. Kurtovic also brings a deep knowledge of the Global Fund and global health to her new role. Since 2005, she has served as Executive Director of Partnerships in Health, a nongovernmental organization in Bosnia and Herzegovina that builds health knowledge and skills by educating and training primary care providers. Mrs. Kurtovic has been an active member of the Global Fund’s Board since 2012 and for the past year has served on the Global Fund’s Strategy, Investment and Impact Committee, which oversees the organization’s strategic direction to ensure optimal impact and performance. She is also a member of the Global Fund’s Country Coordinating Mechanism in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the organization that works on the ground to guide Global Fund-sponsored programs in that country.
“Both Mr. Hauser and Mrs. Kurtovic will be valuable additions to the Global Fund,” Derrick said. “Friends looks forward to working closely with them to accelerate the fight to save lives around the world from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.”
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