It is with great pleasure that the International Steering Committee (ISC) of the Robert Carr Fund for civil society networks (RCF) announces the appointment of Ms. Sujatha Rao as the new Vice Chair of the RCF ISC. The ISC confirmed the appointment in January 2019 and Ms. Rao will start her service in this capacity as of the upcoming meeting of the ISC on June 6th, 2019.
It feels like a critical juncture for global health and the HIV/AIDS movement. It is time when sustaining what works needs to be re-enforced with new ideas, innovative partnerships and re-envisioned ways of working. I am honored to be joining the partnership of civil society and donors pooling their unique resources through the Robert Carr Fund at the moment when the Fund goes through its strategic planning and setting its future course. The future of global health needs both sustaining the gains of the past and innovations to take the HIV/AIDS response steadily into the future.– Ms. Rao on her joining of the RCF
In accordance with the RCF Governance Charter, a Vice Chair of the ISC is selected by the ISC every two years. The Vice Chair serves in that capacity for two years, and then becomes Chair for the consequent two years. Sujatha Rao was selected out of a broad pool of nominations, put forward and rigorously reviewed by the ISC. The Vice Chair and the Chair are selected based on the following set of criteria:
- Extensive background, understanding and experience in the field of HIV/AIDS, with strong recognition at the global level;
- Strong relationships, history and visibility with civil society;
- Strong relationships, history and visibility with major donors to HIV/AIDS.
Ms. Sujatha Rao has an extensive knowledge of the health sector. She is a former Union Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Of her 36 years’ service as a civil servant, she spent 20 years in the health sector in different capacities at the state and federal levels.
Ms. Rao also brings with her a wide expertise in the HIV funding area. She was Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee of the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) in 2007-09; Member of the Global Advisory Panel of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Founding member of the Public Health Foundation of India; Member of the Advisory Board of the Ministerial Leadership Program of the Harvard School of Public Health and Member of the High Level Panel on Global Risk Framework of the National Academy of Sciences, USA.
Ms Rao has an MPA from Harvard University, USA 1991-1992, she was a Takemi Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health 2001-2002 and Gro Harlem Brundtland Senior Leadership Fellow at HSPH in 2012. She is author of the book entitled “Do We Care? India’s Health System” – published by Oxford University Press.