Mariam Claeson

Director, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Mariam Claeson, M.D., M.P.H., is the Director for the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health team (MNCH) at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which she joined in July 2012. She was previously the Regional Program Coordinator for AIDS in the South Asia Region of the World Bank (2005–2012), based in Delhi 2009-2012. Mariam was the Lead Public Health Specialist in the Health, Nutrition and Population, Human Development Network of the World Bank (1998-2004). She was a contributor to the Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries, second edition (2006), the Lancet call for action: Knowledge into action for child survival (2003), and the World Bank report on The Millennium Development goals for health; Rising to the Challenges (2004).

Prior to joining the World Bank, Mariam worked with the Global Program for the Control of Diarrheal Diseases, World Health Organization 1987-1995. She has worked in clinical practice at the rural district level (Tanzania, Bangladesh and Bhutan); in national immunization and diarrheal disease control (Ethiopia 1984-1986); and, for the World Bank in health sector development programs in middle- and low-income countries, including in China, Egypt, Jordan, the Philippines and Uzbekistan, and in national HIV/AIDS programs, including Afghanistan and India.