TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Global Fund's Marmora appointed executive director of UNITAID's HIV/AIDS efforts

Lelio Marmora, the former head of grant management in Africa and the Middle East for the Global Fund, was recently appointed to serve as executive director of UNITAID, which seeks to improve HIV/AIDS testing and diagnostics.

Marmora-who will take his position at UNITAID in October-spent the past seven years at the fund, before which he worked in a number of roles for the U.N. Development Programme and UNESCO, according to a Global Fund press release.

"This is a great appointment by UNITAID," Mark Dybul, the executive director of the Global Fund, said. "Lelio knows how to strengthen collaboration with partners, set clear priorities, find common goals and effectively work with governments, civil society and the private sector."

Marmora, who was trained as a lawyer in his home country of Argentina, also helped to develop and coordinate large-scale health programs funded by the Inter-American Development Bank and World Bank.

"We are delighted Lelio Marmora will join UNITAID," Philippe Douste-Blazy, the chairman of UNITAID's executive board, said. "He is widely acknowledged for his highly effective track record at the Global Fund, a close collaborating partner for UNITAID and its mission to deliver better and cheaper products more quickly to those in need for HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria."