Name: Walter Saba
Role: Technical Advisor
Since 1988, I have worked in the field of international health as a program manager and as a communication specialist. During most of my career in public health, I worked with Johns Hopkins University managing, designing and implementing programs on HIV/AIDS, family planning, reproductive health, maternal health, malaria in pregnancy, water and sanitation, population and the environment, youth promotion, gender issues, and prevention of violence against children and women. In 2007, I joined the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator at the US Department of State in the capacity of Team Leader for Latin America and the Caribbean. My responsibilities include the provision of programmatic support to the US Government Country Teams to implement the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in the Region. My work in the health field has always been part of broader development programs undertaken by international organizations, national governments, and NGOs to alleviate poverty and improve living conditions in developing countries. Over all this time, my scope of work involved extensive negotiation and coordination with a wide spectrum of high level representatives from the private and public sectors, forging partnerships and coalitions for health and social programs between the government, NGOs, international cooperative agencies, United Nations agencies, donor organizations, and commercial media producers and broadcasters. To achieve these goals, I have worked with other professionals in actual and virtual teams acting as an interface between headquarters staff, country program managers, and staff, consultants and advisors based in different countries. I have completed a Master of Health Sciences (MHS) degree at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health (1993), and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) at the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School (2008).