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Ruth Levine

Former Vice President for Programs and Operations, and Senior Fellow

Global Health and social policy; proven successes in global health, incentives for vaccine R&D, evaluation


PhD, Johns Hopkins University; BA, Cornell University


Ruth Levine was a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development from the fall of 2001 until March 2010. Already an internationally recognized health economist, she joined as a senior fellow and later became CGD’s vice president for programs and operations. One of CGD’s early core experts, Levine helped to shape the Center’s unique approach to making the world a better place and created and fine-tuned CGD’s model for working groups, chairing several that addressed the effective use of donor funding for health programs in low-income countries.

Notable among her many CGD publications are Making Markets for Vaccines: Ideas to Action (2005), which led to a $1.5 billion Advance Market Commitment for a pneumococcal vaccine; the popular Millions Saved: Proven Successes in Global Health (2004), updated with a new edition as Cases in Global Health: Millions Saved (Jones and Bartlett, 2007); Performance Incentives for Global Health: Potential and Pitfalls (2009); and her well-recognized work on adolescent girls and development—first with Girls Count: A Global Investment and Action Agenda (CGD with the Population Council and International Center for Research on Women, 2008) and Start with a Girl: A New Agenda for Global Health (2009).

She left CGD in March 2010 to serve as the director of evaluation, policy analysis, and learning at USAID.

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