Dr. Carole Presern has worked as Executive Director of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) since January 2011. Dr. Presern is a midwife and an anthropologist who also has a doctorate in public health policy and qualifications in health systems management. A citizen of the United Kingdom, she has worked for many years overseas in health and development including in Nepal, Pakistan and Zimbabwe, and latterly Geneva.
Dr. Presern comes to The Partnership from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), where she worked as Managing Director, and previously as Director of Change Management and in External Relations. While in Geneva, Dr. Presern also worked as Counsellor at the UK Mission, covering specialized agencies, health and humanitarian affairs. She also worked many years for DFID/UK as senior health/AIDS adviser for Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique. Previous posts include Director of VSO Nepal, consultancies for multilateral organisations and work as a midwife on the Thai/Cambodian border.
Dr. Presern has been a member of the Boards of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, UNITAID and most recently on the Board of the International HIV Alliance.
As PMNCH Executive Director, Dr. Presern replaced Dr. Flavia Bustreo who was named Assistant-Director General of the Family and Community Cluster, World Health Organization, in October 2010.