Chief Executive Officer at Spark Street Consulting and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, New York
Nina Schwalbe began her career in health over 25 years ago in a refugee camp in Northern Thailand. Nina has served as the acting Associate Director of the Program Division and Chief of Health for UNICEF, implementing health related programs in over 150 countries. In her time at UNICEF, she developed a new agency-wide strategy for health. Prior to UNICEF, Nina served on the executive team of Gavi, the vaccine alliance. As Managing Director for Policy and Performance, she led Gavi's work in strategic planning, policy development, market shaping, performance management and monitoring and evaluation. She also developed Gavi's strategy, a key component of their successful advocacy and replenishment efforts. Before Gavi, Nina directed the policy department at the Global Alliance for Tuberculosis Drug Development, where she focused on product introduction and advocacy. Nina came to the TB Alliance from the Soros Foundations, where she had developed and directed their global public health program. Nina has also worked for the Population Council and AVSC International (now EngenderHealth) implementing programs and advocating with governments for the adoption of new technologies. She has worked across Asia, Europe, and Africa. She holds degrees from Harvard and Columbia Universities is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is on the faculty at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. From 2017 Nina Schwalbe serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Spark Street Consulting, New York-based consultancy with a network of experts from around the world that includes professionals in public health, impact and outcomes research, product development and introduction, performance management, monitoring, evaluation, and advocacy.