The Lancet assesses the five candidates running for the next executive director of the Global Fund

Three of the five candidates running for the job of the next Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria lead the field, with the edge going to one, according to an Editorial in this week's issue of The Lancet.

On Nov 1, the next Executive Director of the Global Fund will be announced. The five candidates are: Hilde Johnson, senior adviser to the President of the African Development Bank; Michel Kazatchkine, France's ambassador against HIV/AIDS and communicable diseases; Jim Kolbe, a Republican Congressman for Arizona; Bill Roedy, Vice Chairman of MTV Networks and President of MTV Networks International and an ambassador for UNAIDS; and Michel Sidibe, Director of the Country and Regional Support Department at UNAIDS.

In the Editorial, The Lancet assesses each candidate and comments: "The key criteria for this post are to optimise the Global Fund's grant performance, to accelerate results, and to mobilise resources, including getting donors to honour their pledges. Most importantly, the appointee needs to understand the importance of evaluation, and to break down the dependencies that can arise from being a donor or a recipient, ensuring that the relationship is one of true partnership. From the five candidates, Johnson, Kazatchkine, and Sidibe lead the field, with the edge going to Sidibe because of his strong first-hand experience of Africa."


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