Cristian Baeza joins Family Care International’s Board of Directors

January 2013

Noted global health leader Cristian Baeza, who has held senior positions at the World Bank and with the government of Chile and is now a partner at McKinsey & Co., has been elected to the Board of Directors of Family Care International. “We are very proud to have Cristian Baeza join the Board of FCI,” said FCI president Ann Starrs. “We have worked closely with Cristian for many years on initiatives that have been critically important to the health of women and newborns. His experience, his insight, and his creative thinking are unmatched in the field, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him as a member of the FCI family.”

Dr. Baeza, who joined FCI’s Board as of January 1, 2013, leads McKinsey’s worldwide Health Systems Practice. Previously, he was Director for Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank; CEO of the Chilean National Health Insurance Fund (FONASA); founder and CEO of the Latin American Center for Health Systems Research; and Director General for Sector Financing and Health Sector Reform at the Ministry of Health of Chile. Dr. Baeza has been a senior contributor to a number of multilateral initiatives on health systems and health financing, and has held Board directorships at GAVI; the Global Fund; the Micronutrients Initiative; the Global Alliance for Health Workers; and the Partnership for Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health (PMNCH). Dr. Baeza has M.D. and Master in Neurosciences degrees, as well as a Neurology Specialty Residency, from the University of Chile; a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University; and he completed the economics of social policy program at ILADES.

“I’ve worked with Ann Starrs and FCI on a number of issues during my years at the World Bank and on the Global Fund and PMNCH boards, and have always been impressed by the strength and sophistication of their advocacy, and by the depth of their impact,” said Dr. Baeza. “As a new Board member, I look forward to helping strengthen the organization and ensure that FCI’s essential civil society voice continues to be heard loud and clear when decisions are made that effect the health of women around the world.”

Anne Tinker, Chair of the FCI Board, noted, “Cristian Baeza is an influential health leader in Latin America, as well as on the world stage. With his experience in the private sector, in government, and in international organizations, Cristian well knows the crucial role of an engaged, informed, and empowered civil society, and I look forward to working together to support and guide FCI’s important capacity-building and advocacy programs across the Latin America and Caribbean region and around the world.”

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