Adeel Ishtiaq is an associate director at Results for Development (R4D) for R4D’s global health portfolio. He currently leads activities under the USAID Health System Strengthening Accelerator program on strengthening health systems for mental health and psychosocial services, scaling up health financing for rehabilitation services and technologies, and enhancing access to safe blood transfusions to reduce maternal mortality. His work has also spanned family planning and reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV, neglected tropical diseases, and primary healthcare.
Since he joined R4D in 2013, Mr. Ishtiaq has been engaged in health systems strengthening and health financing reform initiatives in countries pursuing universal health coverage (UHC) and seeking to sustainably finance pressing health needs in priority disease areas. His work covers key themes in the planning and implementation of social protection policy in health including design of pooling-purchasing mechanisms for financing UHC, approaches to enhancing fiscal space and domestic resource mobilization, public financial management and strategic purchasing, governance arrangements and institutional alignment, integration of vertical programs and transition from donor assistance for sustainability, public-private engagement to improve the performance of mixed health systems, sustainability of health commodities and supply chains, and key analytics such as costing and gap analyses. In addition to global-level analysis and engagement activities, he has worked on country-focused R4D projects in East, West, and Southern Africa and Southeast Asia.
Prior to joining R4D, Mr. Ishtiaq worked on financial risk management in the banking sector and at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat on managing risks in building capacity for economic and social policymaking in developing countries.
Mr. Ishtiaq holds an MA in international relations from Yale University, where he was a Jelke Fellow concentrating in macroeconomic policymaking, and a BA in economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan. At Yale, he headed the International and Area Studies Students Association, researched Yale’s international educational resources for federal Title VI funding at the university’s Macmillan Center and served as a managing editor for the Yale Journal of International Affairs.