Nina Schwalbe began her career in health over 25 years ago in a refugee camp in Northern Thailand. Nina has served as the acting Associate Director of the Program Division and Chief of Health for UNICEF, implementing health related programs in over 150 countries. In her time at UNICEF, she developed a new agency-wide strategy for health. Prior to UNICEF, Nina served on the executive team of Gavi, the vaccine alliance. As Managing Director for Policy and Performance, she led Gavi's work in strategic planning, policy development, market shaping, performance management and monitoring and evaluation. She also developed Gavi's strategy, a key component of their successful advocacy and replenishment efforts. Before Gavi, Nina directed the policy department at the Global Alliance for Tuberculosis Drug Development, where she focused on product introduction and advocacy. Nina came to the TB Alliance from the Soros Foundations, where she had developed and directed their global public health program. Nina has also worked for the Population Council and AVSC International (now EngenderHealth) implementing programs and advocating with governments for adoption of new technologies. She has worked across Asia, Europe and Africa.
MPH, 1993, Columbia University
BA, 1988, Harvard College
Other, 1993, Certificate, Harriman Institute, Columbia University
Honors & Awards
Areas of Expertise
Select Global Activities
Global Partnerships : Nina served on the design team for the Global Financing Facility in Support of Every Woman Every Child and continues to advise a number of public-private partnerships including Gavi, the vaccine alliance and the Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria.
Heartfile Health Financing: Nina is senior advisor Heartfile Health Financing, an innovative mHealth-enabled program, aimed at protecting the poor from catastrophic expenditures on healthcare. She also served as volunteer coordinator for Dr. Sania Nishtar's candidates for Director General of the World Health Organization.
Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children : Nina supported development of the EndViolence strategy to engage national governments, donors and other stakeholders in the Partnership. She also developed the initial design for its associated U.50+ million Fund.
Schwalbe, N. Global Health: generation men. The Lancet. 2017 Aug 19;390(10096):733.
Brumana L, Arroyo A, Schwalbe NR, et al Maternal and child health services and an integrated, life-cycle approach to the prevention of non-communicable diseases BMJ Global Health 2017;2:e000295.
Nina Schwalbe, Ibrahim El Ziq. GAVI's Advance Market Commitment. The Lancet 2010, 375 (9715): 638-39.
Subhashani Chandrasekharan, Tahir Amin, Joice Kim, Elaine Furrer, Anna Carin Matterson Nina Schwalbe, Aurelia Nguyen. Intellectual property rights and challenges for development of affordable human papillomavirus, rotavirus and pneumococcal vaccines: Patent landscaping and perspectives of developing country vaccine manufacturers. Vaccine, 33 (2015) 6366-6370
Celina M Hanson, Eliane Furrer, Nina Schwalbe, Seth Berkley. Prediction of immunization performance. The Lancet, Vol 381, February 2, 2013.
Tania Cernuschi, Eliane Furrer, Nina Schwalbe, Andrew Jones, Ernst R Berndt & Susan McAdams. Advance market commitment for pneumococcal vaccines: putting theory into practice. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 2011; 89:913-918; doi:10.2471/BLT.11.087700
Nina Schwalbe, William Wells, Alexis Geaneotes, Alise Forcellina, Michelle G Lee, Lauren DiCola, Health Ignatius, Claire Walker, Tariq Raafat, and Nitin Patel. Estimating the market for tuberculosis drugs in industrialized and developing nations. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, October 2008, 12(10): 1173-81.
Helen Saxenian, Santiago Cornejo, Kira Thorien, Robert Hecht, and Nina Schwalbe. An analysis of how the GAVI Alliance, low-income, and middle-income countries can share costs of new vaccines. Health Affairs, 2011 Jun, 30:6 (1-13).
William A. Wells, Niranjan Konduri, Cynthia Chen, David Lee, Heather R. Ignatius, Elizabeth Gardiner, and Nina R. Schwalbe. Tuberculosis regimen change in high- burden countries. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 2011 Mar, 15(3): 425.
Nina Schwalbe, Jeffrey Lazarus, Olusojii Adeyi. HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis control in post-Soviet Union countries in health systems and communicable disease: Experiences from Europe and Latin America. Open University Press, 2008.