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Eva Jarawan

Eva Jarawan
Sector Manager for Health

Eva Jarawan is Sector Manager for Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) covering all of Sub-Saharan Africa. She has 18 years of Bank experience covering a range of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as the Middle East and North Africa. She has worked in the areas of health policy, health system development, public health and disease control, nutrition, population and reproductive health, and community-based approaches to development. As a manager, she has overseen tasks in education and Social Protection, in addition to HNP. She holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a focus on Health Policy and Management and an MBA from Georgia State University, a Master of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the American University of Beirut. Before joining the Bank, she was on the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut and a research fellow and later on, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan.

Agnes Soucat Agnes Soucat
Advisor Health Nutrition Population.

Agnes is leading the Health Systems For Outcomes program of the Africa Region. She has 21 years of experience in International Health covering Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Europe and has worked for the World Bank for 9 years She holds an MD and Masters of Nutrition from the University of Nancy France as well as a Master of Public Health and Ph.D in Health Economics from Johns Hopkins University. She has worked extensively on implementing Community Based financing programs, Poverty Reduction Strategies, decentralization and Results Based Financing. She has been responsible for multisectoral and results based budget support programs covering sectors such as agriculture, education, water, energy etc, and focusing on reaching the MDGs in several countries, particularly Rwanda. Agnes has published extensively: she was among others the coauthor of the PRSP toolkit and the World Development Report 2004 “MAKING SERVICES WORK FOR POOR PEOPLE". She is now a member of the Global expert Team on Health Systems of the Bank. Before joining the Bank she worked for UNAIDS, UNICEF and the European Commission.

Benjamin Loevinsohn

Benjamin Loevinsohn
Lead Public Health Specialist

Benjamin is a Canadian physician who joined the World Bank in 1999. He is currently the health, nutrition, and population cluster leader for central Africa, a post he has recently taken up after working for many years as team leader for health sector activities in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Prior to joining the World Bank, Benjamin worked as a senior health specialist at the Asian Development Bank (1993-1999), advisor to Philippine Department of Health (1990-1993); Technical Officer, UNICEF, Sudan (1987-1989); and Primary Care Physician, Government of Nicaragua (1984-1985). He did his medical training at McMaster University in Canada and studied public health at Harvard University. He is the author of more than 25 articles in peer reviewed journals. His particular interests are in monitoring and evaluation (M&E), contracting for health service delivery (he is the author of a book on contracting entitled “Performance-Based Contracting for Health Services in Developing Countries – A Toolkit”), results-based financing, and health system strengthening in post-conflict settings.

James Christopher Lovelace

James Christopher Lovelace
Senior Advisor, HSO Hub Program Coordinator

Chris has over 25 years senior management experience in health systems management including having served as Director-General of Health in New Zealand and Assistant Deputy Minister in the British Columbia Ministry of Health (Canada). In the Bank, Chris has held numerous positions, including Director of Human Development, Europe and Central Asia Region, and Director of Health, Nutrition, and Population in the Human Development Network. In addition, he has served as country manager/representative for the Bank in Eritrea, Somalia, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan. Chris sees his principal areas of HSS expertise as an integrator with a holistic view of health systems and in the area of governance and decentralization. Contact:; cell phone: (+254) 732391152; work : (+254) 20-3226409 .

Laura Rose

Laura Rose
HD Sector Leader

Laura, an American national, received a MS in health policy and management from Harvard University of Public Health. She joined the Bank in 1994 as a Young Professional and has since worked in the Human Development Departments in the LAC, ECA, and AFR regions. She has managed the Bank’s health portfolio and led the policy dialogue with more than ten countries including fragile states such as Kosovo, Serbia, Guinea Bissau, and Sierra Leone. While working in ECA, she developed expertise in hospital restructuring and downsizing including civil service redundancies. She recently spent four years in Ghana Country Office managing the Bank’s health portfolio Senior Health Economist in the Ghana Country Office. Prior to joining the Bank, she was an advisor to the Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai and an independent health care financing consultant. Laura’s interests include decentralization, civil service reform, public finance, and health systems strengthening. Laura has been appointed as an HD Sector Leader based in Maputo covering Mozambique, Angola, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.

Michael Mills

Michael Mills
HD Sector Leader

Michael, a British national, has Masters degrees in economics, development economics and health economics, from the Universities of Cambridge, Sussex and Leicester, respectively. After working for the UK Department of Health and then the Government of Botswana, he joined the Bank in 1982 as a Young Professional, working in the agriculture sector. In 1986 he was appointed as the Deputy to the Country Representative in the Bank's office in Kenya working in several sectors. From there he worked for the PHN Department in Southern Africa, based in Zimbabwe and he returned to Washington, DC in 1992 to work on human development and poverty-related programs for all of the Central Asian countries. In 2003, he resumed part-time work on Kenya, managing the Bank's support for the education sector there. He then transferred to the Africa Region in 2004, taking up full-time responsibility for all aspects of human development in Kenya. He has wide interests in all sub-sectors of human development, poverty reduction and public expenditure, and has managed analytical and operational tasks in all sub-sectors of health, education and social protection, as well as expenditure reviews and poverty assessments. Michael has already been coordinating the HD sector in Kenya in recent years, and as HD Sector Leader, he is now also covering the HD sectors in Comoros, Eritrea, Rwanda, Seychelles and Somalia, from his base in Nairobi.

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Tonia Marek
HSO Program Coordinator

Tonia is a lead public health specialist with 30 years of experience in SSA. She holds a Dr. P.H. and a MS degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. She has worked at the Bank for 20 years, primarily in the areas of community nutrition, poverty programs, social funds, health projects, budget support, and PPPs. Prior to that, Tonia worked for various organizations, including several governments in Africa, UNICEF, The Population Council. Her specific HSS related expertise covers community health service delivery and public-private partnerships. Contact:; work: (+221) 33-859-4178.

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Dominic Haazen
Lead Health Policy Specialist

Since July 2008, Dominic has been managing the health programs in Tanzania and Uganda, and assisting in other countries as an expert in the areas of health financing, health system management, health information systems/e-Health, and emergency medical services. He was also recently appointed as the HD Sector Leader for Tanzania and Uganda. He was previously based in Washington DC, where he was responsible for managing the health programs in Albania and Macedonia, and assisting a variety of other countries in the Bank’s Europe and Central Asia, Middle East, and Africa regions. He previously held senior positions in British Columbia (Canada) Ministry of Health as Director, Health Economics and Planning, chief financial/ information officer of the largest division of the Ministry (hospitals and long-term care), and chief executive officer of the British Columbia Ambulance Service (a province-wide emergency medical services provider); and worked as a private consultant in the areas of health financing, health planning, and operational reviews of health providers. He holds a Masters in Public Administration degree and Certified Management Accountant designation.

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Maryse Pierre-Louis
Program Leader

Maryse is currently the Program Leader of the recently established Disease Control Program within AFTHE, a program that consolidates and oversees Malaria, Tuberculosis, Onchocerciasis, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Avian and H1N1 Flu, HIV/AIDS as well as non-communicable diseases. Maryse has 31years of experience (including 20 years in the World Bank) in the development and implementation of public health programs and health systems. She has led the dialogue in public health and the health sector for the World Bank in the Africa Region and Middle East and North Africa Region, and has spearheaded key analytical work on a variety of health-related issues. She also led the design, establishment and operation of the Booster Program for Malaria Control in Africa, now part of the Disease Control Program. Prior to joining the Bank, she worked in Africa as technical advisor and Chief of Party for USAID bilateral MCH/FP programs and in her home country (Haiti) for Columbia University, as well as the private and public sectors. Maryse is a Medical Doctor (University of Haiti) and holds a Master of Public Health and a Master of Science in Health Services Administration from Harvard University. She also completed post graduate studies in health economics at Georgetown University. She is an assistant adjunct professor on maternal and child health at Georgetown University.

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Jean-Jacques De Saint Antoine
Cluster Leader West Africa Countries, AFTHE

JJ is a graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Economics and Finance) and has an MBA in Finance from the University of California at Los Angeles. He has followed courses in public health, health policy and financing, and health economics from Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, and York University (U.K.) He joined the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) as a Young Professional in 1980 working on agribusiness projects in West Africa. In 1987 he moved to the Latin America and the Caribbean Region of the Bank where he worked on social investment funds and several health sector projects across the region. He then joined the Europe and Central Asia Region where he was the program team leader for Russia’s health sector, and subsequently for Macedonia, Kosovo and Ukraine’s TB/AIDS Project. In 2003, he joined the Bank’s Africa Region as a team leader for Mozambique and Angola where he led policy dialogue, developed health sector operations and led key analytical work for these countries. As a Cluster Leader in the new AFTHE since July 1, 2009, he oversees HNP operations in 15 countries. Before joining the World Bank, he worked as a financial adviser to a private sector group in Mauritius.

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