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Sarbani Chakraborty

Practice Lead, Mixed Health Systems

Dr. Sarbani Chakraborty is a recognized global health leader with over 20 years of experience shaping resilient and sustainable health systems in Africa, Europe and Central Asia, the Middle East, and Asia working with the public and private sectors.

Dr. Chakraborty is a senior program director at Results for Development (R4D), where she oversees the mixed health systems (MHS) practice area. In this role, she manages partner and donor relationships, thought leadership, and program design and implementation for mixed health systems, including for the Frontier Health Markets Global Technical Assistance program, a 5-year USAID-funded initiative that aims to increase private sector engagement to improve voluntary family planning, maternal and child health, malaria and HIV/AIDS, for which R4D is the technical co-lead.

Throughout her career, Dr. Chakraborty has focused on helping low and middle-income countries diagnose and address gaps in access to quality health care with the objective of driving equitable health outcomes. She has, for many years, been a champion of taking a systems approach and working with public and private sector actors to drive sustainable change. She has worked with a variety of organizations involved in global health – multilateral (World Bank), governments, private sector, and public-private partnerships (Global Fund). This has given her an expanded understanding of the perspectives of multiple stakeholders and how to bring stakeholders together at the country and global levels to drive sustainable health systems change.

Prior to joining R4D, Dr. Chakraborty spent 17 years with the World Bank. At the Bank, she spent a few years working on education and the bulk of her time on World Bank health sector projects in Europe and Central Asia, and the East Asia and Pacific Region. She spent seven years working with innovative pharmaceutical companies (Merck KgAA/EMD Serono and Roche) in Germany and Switzerland where she led topics such as global health, access strategies for LMICs, and public-private partnerships. She designed major PPP platforms such as Healthy Women, Healthy Economies, and Access Accelerated. Most recently she has been working in Geneva with the Global Fund and WHO.

Dr. Chakraborty holds a PhD and master’s in public health in international health/health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, an MSc in social policy/health planning and financing from the London School of Economics, and a BA in anthropology and economics from Mount Holyoke College. She is a native speaker of English, Bengali, and speaks German and basic French, and Turkish.

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