Elizabeth is currently a global health and international development independent consultant with the World Bank Group, and formerly the Director of Family Planning at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to this, she worked at the World Bank in several senior management and technical positions including: Director and Manager of the Africa Regional Integration Programme, Manager of Operational Quality and Knowledge Assurance, Manager of the Africa Multi-country HIV&AIDS Programme and served as the World Bank’s Global Senior Advisor for Population, Reproductive Health, Maternal and Child Health. She was also Adjunct Professor in International Health at Georgetown University for five years. Prior to joining the World Bank, she was Regional Vice President for Pathfinder International and worked with USAID in Nigeria.
She serves on several Boards of Directors, global think tanks, UN interagency task forces and advisory groups. Author and co-author of several books and articles, her current interests include population and development, global health policy and financing, public health/pandemic preparedness, and reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health. She is a frequent speaker in international and academic fora. She has a joint advanced degree in Medical Demography from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics.