Mariam Claeson, M.D., M.P.H. is the former Director of the Global Financing Facility for Every Woman Every Child at the World Bank (mid 2016 – 2019). She was previously the Director for the Maternal Newborn and Child Health team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (2012- 2016). She served as Program Coordinator for AIDS in the South Asia Region of the World Bank (2005- 2012), living three years in India. 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, Dr. Claeson worked for the Global Program for the Control of Diarrheal Diseases, World Health Organization (1987-1995). She has worked in clinical practice at the rural district level (Tanzania, Bangladesh and Bhutan); in national immunization and diarrheal disease control (Ethiopia 1984-1986); and, for the World Bank in health sector development programs including in Egypt, Jordan, Uzbekistan, China and the Philippines..