Essential medicines and health products

Global Advisory Group

Kerstin Leitner

Kerstin Leitner earned her PhD with a thesis on socio-economic development in Kenya after independence at Berlin's Free University in her native Germany in 1975. The same year she embarked on what was to become a 28 year career with the UN Development Programme (UNDP). She held several posts in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Most recently, from 1998 until 2003, she was UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in China. Before that, she served in the same capacity in Malawi. In September 2003, she became Assistant Director-General of WHO's Sustainable Development and Healthy Environments Cluster. Her team sharpened its focus on providing information and knowledge to numerous WHO Member States on the public health impact of environment factors.

Anne Lugon-Moulin

Anne Lugon-Moulin has a licence in Economics from the University of Fribourg and a Master of Arts in Economic Development and Policy Analysis from the University of Nottingham. Anne Lugon-Moulin has started her career with the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs. She then joined Transparency International to establish the Swiss Chapter in 1999. After that, she gained humanitarian field experience by working with the UN World Food Programme in Rwanda until 2003, when she joined the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). She worked there as Deputy Head of the Governance Section, responsible for the anti-corruption agenda of SDC and the governance mainstreaming strategy. She was then on unpaid leave from SDC in order to move to the Basel Institute on Governance in 2008 where she held the position of co-executive director. Anne further deepened her knowledge and experience in anti-corruption, governance and asset recovery. In 2010, she moved back to SDC where she took the position of Deputy Head of CIS countries Division. Among other tasks, she's responsible for addressing corruption and governance issues in the Division's entire portfolio.

John Parsons

John Parsons joined the Global Fund with over 35 years experience in audits, investigations, and evaluations. Immediately before joining he was the Director of the Internal Oversight Service at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) where he was responsible for managing a team of 18 professional staff covering audit, investigations, and program evaluation. Prior to joining UNESCO, he was Director of the Office of Internal Audit (1996-2000) at UNICEF in New York. In terms of development experience he has worked on mission in over 60 countries. Previously, Mr. Parsons was a Director with the National Audit Office, (1989-1996) in the UK. He was responsible for performance audits in the higher and further education and defense sectors and was on secondment to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (1989-90). From 1973-1989 Mr. Parsons had increasingly senior audit positions in the UK National Audit Office. Mr. Parsons is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Chanvit Tharathep

Dr MD Chanvit Tharathep, FRCST (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Thailand), Diploma of Family Medicine Thailand, Preventive Medicine Thailand, is the Director of Health Administration Bureau, in Ministry of Public Health in Thailand.
His previous positions include:

  • Doctor of Medicine, Chiengmai University
  • General Surgery, Chulalongkorn University
  • Director of Sena General Hospital
  • Director of Provincial Hospitals Division. Ministry of Public Health
  • Director of Health Service System Development Bureau, Ministry of Public Health.