Dar es Salaam (15 November 2017) – The Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) has today welcomed the appointment of Peter Sands as the new Executive Director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The Global Fund is a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases. It was founded in 2002.
Responding to the news of Mr Sands’ appointment, Joy Phumaphi said: “On behalf of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance, I congratulate Peter Sands on his appointment as the next Executive Director of the Global Fund.
She added Sands “brings with him a wealth of expertise from the private sector”. She expressed optimism that his strategic leadership and experience will help push forward the Global Fund’s ambitious goals at this critical juncture in the fight against malaria. The Global Fund has been instrumental in mobilising new resources and building innovative partnerships, leading to historically low levels of malaria worldwide.
She said however, malaria still remains a serious threat to the well being of millions worldwide. Sub-Saharan Africa still carries the highest burden, with 92 percent of the 212 million new malaria cases reported in 2015.
As the incoming 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. The Global Fund raises and invests nearly US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in countries and communities most in need.
Aida Kurtović, Board Chair of the Global Fund said: “Peter Sands brings exceptional management and finance experience, and a heart for global health. At a time when we face complex challenges, his ability to mobilize resources while managing transformational change is exactly what we need. We expect him to take the Global Fund to the next level.”
Sands served as Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered PLC from 2006 to 2015, having joined the bank in 2002 as Group Finance Director. During Sands’ tenure as CEO, Standard Chartered focused 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. Sands is also serving on the U.S. National Academy of Science’s Forum on Microbial Threats and Committee on Ensuring Access to Affordable Drugs. Sands has published articles on global health and epidemics in various peer-reviewed journals.
“I am deeply honored to join this extraordinary partnership,” Sands said. “Infectious diseases today represent one of the most serious risks facing humankind. If we work together to mobilize funds, build strong health systems and establish effective community responses we will be able to end epidemics, promote prosperity and increase our global health security.”
Sands graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford University with a First Class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He also received a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University, where he was a Harkness Fellow.
Founded in 2009, ALMA is a ground breaking coalition of African Heads of State and Government working across country and regional borders to achieve a malaria-free Africa by 2030. All African Union member countries are members of ALMA. The ALMA Scorecard for Accountability & Action and the ALMA 2030 Scorecard towards Malaria Elimination are important tools which track progress and drive action.