Mariam Claeson, M.D., M.P.H., is the Director of the Global Financing Facility for Every Woman Every Child at the World Bank. She was previously the Director for the Maternal Newborn and Child Health team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation since July 2012. 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.