Natasha Bilimoria is a dedicated and outspoken leader and advocate for global health and development issues, including AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and nutrition. She currently serves as the Director of U.S. Strategy for the GAVI Alliance. In this role, she leads GAVI’s efforts to mobilize U.S. support to fund childhood immunization in the world’s poorest countries.
While President of Friends of the Global Fight, she led U.S. efforts to support the lifesaving work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Ms. Bilimoria worked closely with U.S. policy makers to successfully promote the Global Fund as one of the world’s most powerful tools to fight disease and poverty, improve health and lives, and promote stronger communities worldwide.
Ms. Bilimoria has more than a decade of leadership experience within the U.S. government and at respected nongovernmental organizations. She was recruited to become President of Friends in 2005, after serving as Acting Director of Public Policy at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. At Glaser, Ms. Bilimoria cultivated unprecedented U.S. support for global programs to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and led efforts to bring care and treatment to the world’s most at-risk populations. Her efforts contributed significantly to the dramatic growth for the organization, which became one of the first recipients of funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Prior to joining Glaser, Ms. Bilimoria held positions in the Clinton Administration at the White House and in the Treasury Department, where she worked on domestic economic development issues. She was a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, where she served on the state, national security, defense, intelligence and arms control agency review team. There, she led the team’s efforts on a comprehensive review and analysis of all U.S. global health programs. These roles have given her a keen and well-rounded perspective on health and development, both in the U.S. and abroad.
As a global health authority in Washington, D.C., Ms. Bilimoria was asked to serve as a member of the U.S. delegation to the 2011 U.N. High-Level Meeting on AIDS. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Alliance of Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Americas; the U.S. Fund for the Global Fund; and the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases Advisory Committee.