Joy Phumaphi

Executive Secretary , African Leaders Malaria Alliance

Joy Phumaphi, a Botswana national, began public service in Botswana as a local government auditor. From 1994 to 2003, she went on to serve in Parliament and as a representative to the Southern African Development Community. She entered the Cabinet with responsibility for lands and housing and developed the first national housing policy. Ms. Phumaphi subsequently served as Minister for Health where she restructured the ministry to make it more focused on results while overseeing revision of the Public Health Act and putting into action a multi-sectoral plan to combat HIV/AIDS. In 2003, Joy joined the World Health Organization as the Assistant Director General for Family and Community Health Department, managing a staff of over 1100 globally. Ms. Phumaphi is in the Board of GAVI. She has served as a member of the UN Reference Group on Economics and a UN Commissioner on HIV/AIDS and Governance. She is a member of the UNDP advisory board for Africa and the AAI. Ms. Phumaphi holds a Master of Science degree in Financial Accounting and Decision Sciences from Miami University, Ohio. Ms. Phumaphi joined the World Bank and became the Vice President of the Human Development Network in 2007. She currently is the Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA).

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