Dr. Robert D. Newman is a pediatrician and is currently the Managing Director for Policy and Performance at the GAVI Alliance Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. He oversees organizational strategy setting, market shaping, policy development, business planning, and monitoring & evaluation. Before joining GAVI, Dr. Newman was Director of the Global Malaria Programme at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva from 2009 to 2014. Previously, he was Deputy Chief for Science and Chief of the Program Implementation Unit in the Malaria Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He also served as the CDC Team Lead for the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), directing a staff of more than 45 public health professionals in Atlanta and 15 African countries. During the past decade, Dr. Newman has been dedicated to advancing the science of preventing malaria during pregnancy and infancy in sub-Saharan Africa, and served as the principal investigator for numerous epidemiological studies and clinical trials. From 1998-2000, Dr. Newman was Mozambique Country Coordinator for Health Alliance International, a non-governmental organization working on maternal-child health.
Dr. Newman received his BA in English Literature from Williams College, his MD from Johns Hopkins University, and his MPH from the University of Washington. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at the University of Washington--Seattle Children's Hospital in 1996, and stayed on to complete a National Research Service Award fellowship in General Pediatrics in 1998. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles on malaria and other infectious diseases.