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Robert Newman

Dr. Newman is currently the Country Director for CDC in Cambodia, overseeing activities related to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, immunization, the Global Health Security Agenda, the Applied Epidemiology Training program, outbreak response, and capacity building — including both epidemiology and laboratory.   He began his service at CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in 2000 in the Malaria Branch, where he spent 9 years, including serving as the CDC team lead for the US President’s Malaria Initiative from 2006 to 2009.  From 2009-2014, Dr. Newman was Director of the Global Malaria Program at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, providing technical oversight of all malaria-related activities across all 6 Regional Offices and more than 80 Country Offices, and where he launched the WHO Malaria Policy Advisory Committee.  Most recently, Dr. Newman served as Managing Director for Policy and Performance at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, in Geneva, Switzerland. In that role, he oversaw organizational strategy setting, performance metrics, risk management, market shaping, policy development, business planning, and monitoring and evaluation. He has also spent previous time in the field, first studying Cryptosporidium in a favela in Brazil in the early 1990s, and then as Country Coordinator of Health Alliance International in Mozambique in the late 1990s, supporting the government in its efforts to improve maternal and child health.

Dr. Newman received his BA in English Literature from Williams College (where he completed his thesis on James Joyce’s Ulysses), his MD from Johns Hopkins University, and his MPH from the University of Washington. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at the University of Washington–Seattle Children’s Hospital in 1996, and stayed on to complete a National Research Service Award fellowship in General Pediatrics in 1998.  He has published more than 65 peer-reviewed articles on malaria and other infectious diseases.