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Nina Schwalbe

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Nina Schwalbe’s commitment to public health began 30 years ago when she and her mother volunteered together to work in a refugee camp in northeastern Thailand. Her mother, Mary Anne, was the Founding Director of Women’s Refugee Committee.

In 2016, Nina founded Spark Street Consulting, which brings together evidence and analytics to drive the intersection between strategy, policy, and advocacy. Prior to Spark Street, Nina acted as Associate Director of the Program Division and Chief of Health for UNICEF, which implements programs in over 150 countries worldwide. At UNICEF, Nina led the development of a new agency-wide strategy for health.   

Before UNICEF, Nina was Managing Director for Policy and Performance at Gavi, the vaccine alliance, where she led Gavi’s work in strategic planning, policy development, market shaping, performance management, and monitoring and evaluation. She also developed Gavi’s strategy, a key component of their successful advocacy and replenishment efforts.   Nina came to Gavi from the Global Alliance for Tuberculosis Drug Development, whereas Policy Director she focused on market access, product introduction, and advocacy. Prior to that, she directed the global public health program for the Open Society Foundation. Nina has also worked for the Population Council, AVSC International (now Engender Health) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.  

Nina holds degrees from Harvard and Columbia Universities and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is also on the faculty at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and serves as a member of the Gavi Alliance Evaluation Advisory Committee. She, her two sons and partner Sally live in New York City.