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Robert is currently a Visiting Fellow and a Council on Foreign Affairs (CFR) Hitachi Fellow at the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) in Tokyo, Japan where he is researching Japan’s engagement in global health. Before this, Robert spent 18 months in Sierra Leone with the World Health Organization coordinating efforts to strengthen the country’s health system post-Ebola.
Before serving in Sierra Leone, he worked at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York where managed a more than $20-million grant portfolio focused on global health policy for close to six years. Robert coordinated research and advocacy efforts to embed health systems and UHC within the post-2015 development agenda. He previously consulted with the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and German Technical Cooperation in Zambia and South Africa. Robert has published articles in the Lancet, Health Policy and Planning, and the WHO Bulletin, among others. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Global Health Council, and is on the editorial board of Global Health Governance and Globalization and Health.
Before this experience, Robert was a research assistant with the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin from 2007 – 2008. Robert’s past experience also includes work in Vietnam and Burma with Volunteers-in-Asia, UN Volunteers, SwissContact, USAID, the Vietnam Education Foundation, CARE, the Vietnamese government, and the Netherlands Medical Committee.
Robert received a bachelor’s degree from McGill University, a master’s degree in public policy from the Hertie School of Governance, a certificate in global health effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health, a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.