Ideas to Action:

Independent research for global prosperity


Neelam Sekhri [] is the chief executive officer of The Healthcare Redesign Group Inc., bringing more than 25 years of experience in health financing, health systems and health services management. She has worked with purchasers and payers, managed the delivery of integrated healthcare services and advised government ministries, insurers, providers and international organizations. Sekhri served as health financing and policy adviser at WHO until January 2007, where she was responsible for providing technical and policy guidance on health financing strategies with a particular focus on private and social insurance and methods to complement public financing with private funding instruments. Prior to founding The Healthcare Redesign Group Inc., Sekhri spent 14 years with Kaiser Permanente, where she held executive positions in hospital and medical group management, organizational development and finance. She currently serves on various boards, including the Commercial Advisory Board of the British National Health Service and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Working Group for Private Insurance. Her recent publications include, "Private Insurance: Implications for Developing Countries," "Regulating Private Insurance to Serve the Public Interest," "Getting More for Their Money: A Comparison of the NHS and Kaiser Permanente," "Cross-Border Health Insurance: An Overview of Mexico and the United States," "Managed Care: the U.S. Experience" and "Global Health Care Markets."

Ruth Levine [] is a health economist with more than 15 years of experience working on health and family planning financing issues in East Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and South Asia. Before joining CGD, Levine designed, supervised and evaluated health sector loans at the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. From 1997 to 1999 she served as the adviser on the social sectors in the Office of the Executive Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank. Levine holds a doctoral degree from Johns Hopkins University, has published on health and family planning finance topics and is the coauthor of the books, The Health of Women in Latin America and the Caribbean (World Bank 2001) and Millions Saved: Proven Successes in Global Health (CGD 2004), which has been on the required reading list at more than 33 schools and universities in the United States and abroad, as well as the major reports Making Markets for Vaccines: Ideas to Action (CGD 2005) and When Will We Ever Learn? Improving Lives through Impact Evaluation (CGD 2006).

Jessica Pickett [] is a program coordinator for the Global Health Policy Research Network at CGD, where she manages the Global Health Forecasting Working Group, oversees outreach and communications related to the Advance Market Commitment, and edits the Global Health Policy blog. She also coauthored the Global Health Indicators Working Group report, Measuring Commitment to Health (CGD 2006). Prior to joining CGD, Pickett supported fundraising and communications activities at the GAVI Fund. She holds a degree in public policy with a concentration in health from Duke University.