A consensus, unanimous vote for the new 'Dream Team' was passed, electing Norbert Hauser of the German delegation and a former interim inspector general as Board chair and Aida Kurtovic, from the EECA delegation and long-time civil society activist, as vice-chair. Campaigning took place behind closed doors and the vote passed easily as the 33rd Board meeting opened on 31 March.
The pair, introduced by the nominating constituency as 'the dream team', will serve a two-year term through 2017, presiding over the 5th replenishment of the Fund's coffers and what is likely to be contentious debate over how to evolve the allocations methodology that guided the implementation of the new funding model (NFM).
Hauser, of the German delegation, is a former member of the German parliament and has a background in labor law and auditing. In supporting his nomination, one constituency member noted his tireless commitment to the Global Fund that included both participation in the High Level Independent Review Panel on Fiduciary Controls and Oversight Mechanisms as well as a willingness to jump in and act as interim inspector general with less than two weeks of notice.
Aida Kurtovic, who hails from Bosnia and Herzegovina, was the vice-chair of the implementer bloc in the Global Fund Board from 2012-2014, in her role as the Board member for the Eastern Europe Central Asia (EECA) constituency. She was also a member of the SIIC prior to her election as vice-chair.
Kurtovic has strong roots in civil society and a deep understanding of the challenges confronting countries in her region that are preparing to graduate from Global Fund eligibility by the next allocation period. Civil society representatives from EECA told Aidspan that she was the right choice to help steer the transition process, and support efforts to advocate for increased financing for programs that were the traditional purview of the Fund, specifically harm reduction activities.
The 33rd Board meeting, which closed on 1 April, marks the last meeting to be presided over by chair Nafsiah Mboi, the minister of health of Indonesia, and Mireille Guigaz, who had served as France's ambassador for HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. Both women were recently awarded membership in France's légion d'honneur for their lifetime of work to improve access to health for all.