Dr Magda Robalo

President and co-founder of The Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD)

Dr Magda Robalo is the President and co-founder of The Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD). She is a public health physician with a career of over 30 years in the global health ecosystem. A former Minister of Health of Guinea-Bissau, she led the COVID-19 response in Guinea-Bissau as the High Commissioner of the Presidential Task Force. She embodies a unique blend of a talented and experienced public health expert with seasoned leadership, diplomacy, and fine political skills.

She is the Vice Chair of the Ethics and Governance Committee and Alternate Board Member of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for West and Central Africa.

She was Director of Communicable Diseases, WHO Representative to Namibia and Ghana, Malaria Regional Advisor among other senior positions throughout her two decades long career with the World Health Organisation Africa Region. She has solid experience in leading large and diverse teams, organizational development, financial management, diplomacy, and advocacy.

A leading voice for gender equality and equity, she stands for equitable access to quality health care for all and social justice.
About IGHD

The Institute for Global Health and Development is a private non-profit foundation established in 2021, with the vision to advance women’s leadership in global health, address gender inequality, promote financial inclusion and integration of women into the formal economy. IGHD aims to foster science and data driven policies through research, intelligence gathering to build evidence and galvanize public debate around social and economic development-oriented solutions.