R4D welcomes four members to its board of directors

October 1, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Results for Development today announced four members have joined its board of directors, including: Mariam Claeson, M.D., M.P.H.; Rosalind Kainyah, L.L.M.; the Honorable Mamadou Lamine Loum; and Loyce Pace, M.P.H.

Dr. Claeson, a globally recognized expert in maternal and child health, is former director of the Global Financing Facility. Ms. Kainyah is a seasoned multinational executive with a legal background and her own firm, Kina Advisory, which provides advice critical to sustainable development in Africa to governments and companies. Mr. Loum, former prime minister of Senegal (1998–2000), is a dedicated public servant who brings a deep understanding of the needs of government change agents, including political, technical and implementation challenges. Ms. Pace is the president and executive director of the Global Health Council, and a tireless advocate for global health programs that effectively engage and meet the needs of their communities.

Gina Lagomarsino, president and CEO of R4D, said: “Earlier this year, we adopted a new strategy, which reflects a changing global development landscape and will serve as a guide for how we design our programs and how we build organizational capabilities in the coming years. I’m thrilled to welcome our newest board members at this pivotal time. Their counsel will be critical as we work to implement our strategy and manage continued uncertainty, the global recovery from COVID-19 and the global movement toward more just and equitable societies.”

R4D continues to support change agents — government officials, civil society leaders and private sector innovators — in low- and middle-income countries as they build strong systems to achieve large-scale, lasting improvements in health, education and nutrition. R4D’s strategy, adopted in May 2020, recognizes and responds to the current situation in the world, including the COVID-19 pandemic (which has created interrelated catastrophes in health, education and nutrition) and the need to dismantle structural racism in our field. The new strategy emphasizes approaches that support country-level systems change and build strong regional ecosystems that shift the locus of technical support to country and regional institutions and experts.

David de Ferranti, R4D board chair and senior advisor, added: “I’m excited to welcome Mariam, Rosalind, Lamine and Loyce to R4D’s board of directors. This impressive group brings significant experience and expertise working as public servants and leaders in the fields of development, health, business and finance.”

Learn more about the board

Dr. Mariam Claeson

Mariam Claeson, M.D., M.P.H., is the former director of the Global Financing Facility (GFF) for Every Woman Every Child at the World Bank. Prior to the GFF, she served as director for the Maternal Newborn and Child Health team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She also worked at the World Bank from 1998–2012, where she worked as the program coordinator for the multisectoral response to AIDS in the South Asia Region as well as task team leader for HIV operations in India and Afghanistan, among other roles.

She said: “I am excited to join the R4D family as Board member because its mission, to work with change-agents in countries to create self-sustaining systems that support healthy, well-nourished and educated people, is more urgent and relevant than ever and central to the development agenda of the 2020s. I think that R4D is well-positioned to contribute and make a difference to our collective response to global inequities.”

Learn more about Dr. Claeson.

Ms. Rosalind Kainyah

Rosalind Kainyah, L.L.M., is an environmental lawyer and founder and managing director of Kina Advisory. In this role, she works with companies to ensure they have positive socioeconomic impacts on the countries in which they operate, while realizing optimal financial value. She is a trusted advisor to boards and senior executives of global companies on responsible business investment and partnerships in emerging markets. Ms. Kainyah has almost 30 years of combined international, senior management, executive and board level experience.

“It is a privilege to be joining the board of Results for Development, and I look forward to using my passion and experience to support the great work of Gina and the rest of the R4D team to address global inequalities in health, education and nutrition. These inequalities have been exacerbated by COVID-19 and there is an urgent need for localised solutions to these challenges. By working with local agents to drive change, Results for Development is leading the way in creating long-term, sustainable improvements across the three sectors.”

Learn more about Ms. Kainyah.

Mr. Mamadou Lamine Loum

Mamadou Lamine Loum served as Prime Minister of Senegal from 1998–2000. He began his government career in Senegal as Inspector of the Treasury, which led to the post of General Treasurer and then Director General of the Treasury. He later became Deputy Minister in charge of the budget then Minister of the Economy, Finance and Planning. More recently he has worked as an independent consultant in Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Togo, Algeria, Ghana and Guinea for international organizations such as the World Bank, IMF, OIF, IDB, UNDP, African Union, UEMOA and BOAD.

He said: “I am fully committed to supporting this relatively young, but well-known organization’s efforts to support change agents to improve health, education and nutrition outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. I have focused on these important issues from many angles during my long career, and I hope to contribute to R4D’s further success.”

Learn more about Mr. Loum.

Ms. Loyce Pace

Loyce Pace, M.P.H., is the president and executive director of the Global Health Council (GHC), a leading membership organization which supports and connects global health advocates, implementers, and stakeholders worldwide. Ms. Pace is a leader who has worked in more than 15 countries delivering health programs and mobilizing advocates. She has served as GHC president and executive director since December 2016. She previously held leadership positions in global policy and strategic partnerships at LIVESTRONG Foundation and American Cancer Society.

She said: “It’s a privilege to join the board of R4D at a time when people in our sector and around the world are not only acknowledging the importance of strong health systems but also building those with underserved communities at the table. I am thrilled to support the organization and its partners in how they prioritize local leadership and civil society engagement across health and development programs, so we all emerge even stronger.”

Learn more about Ms. Pace.

To see R4D’s full list of board members, click here.

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Results for Development (R4D) is a leading non-profit global development partner. We collaborate with change agents around the world — government officials, civil society leaders and social innovators — to create strong systems that support healthy, educated people. We help our partners move from knowing their goal to knowing how to reach it. We combine global expertise in health, education and nutrition with analytic rigor, practical support for decision-making and implementation and access to peer problem-solving networks. Together with our partners, we build self-sustaining systems that serve everyone and deliver lasting results. Then we share what we learn so others can achieve results for development, too. For more information, visit our website at: www.r4d.org

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