Elizabeth Lule is the Executive Director of the Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN). She is a widely recognised expert on international development and global health issues, and has devoted her career to strengthening global commitments and programmes addressing the needs of women, adolescents, young children. During her 16 year tenure at the World Bank, she held several senior management and technical positions including: Director and Manager of Africa Regional Integration, Sector Manager of the Multi-Country HIV-AIDS program, and Global Lead Advisor for Population and Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health. She’s previously worked at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as their Director of Family Planning; at Pathfinder International as their Regional Vice President for Sub-Saharan Africa; and with USAID in Nigeria. Elizabeth has been instrumental in establishing and supporting global partnerships, networks and coalitions to improve reproductive, maternal, new-born, child, adolescent health and HIV programs, and was the founding chair of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition.
She serves on several Boards of Directors, and has been a member of global think tanks, UN Inter-Agency Task Teams and global advisory groups. She has a joint advanced degree in Medical Demography from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.