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Leavitt Partners (LP)
Washington, D.C., USA

The Global Fund names former Health and Human Services Secretary Leavitt and Former President of Botswana Mogae to Lead and Independent Review of Global Fund Financial Safeguards

GENEVA March 16, 2011The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today announced that former President of Botswana Festus Mogae and former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt have agreed to lead a high-level panel of experts that will conduct an independent and thorough review of the Global Fund’s financial safeguards.

“The appointment of this panel is part of the Global Fund commitment to ensuring our financial controls are the most robust possible, and that donor investments go directly to fighting AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis,” said Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the Global Fund. “Sound financial controls and anti-corruption protections are essential elements in our continued ability to save millions of lives, and to facilitating social and economic development in the more than 140 countries we support.”

The two co-chairs will select a small group of eminent persons and experts to join the panel. Over the next several months, the panel will assess the Global Fund’s  current practices in financial oversight and implementation. The panel will also make recommendations where necessary to help strengthen the Global Fund’s fiscal controls and anti-corruption protections. This review is part of a broader set of measures that continue to be implemented to strengthen the Global Fund’s financial safeguards.

"The Global Fund is the world's most powerful tool in the fight against AIDS, TB and malaria and the American people are rightly proud of its success," said Michael O. Leavitt. "It will be my job as co-chair of this independent review to make certain that the Global Fund's financial controls meet high standards of professionalism and that, if necessary, improvements are made to increase the funds ability to improve lives."

The independent review panel will report to the Board of the Global Fund. As with all Global Fund reports, the panel’s findings will be made public.

Michael O. Leavitt served under President George W. Bush as Secretary of Health and Human Services from 2005 to 2009. During his three terms as Governor of Utah, the state was recognized six times as one of the U.S.’s best-managed. A seasoned diplomat, Leavitt led U.S. delegations to more than 50 countries, conducting negotiations on matters related to health, the environment and trade. Leavitt also served on the Homeland Security Advisory Council.

Festus Mogae was President of Botswana from 1998 to 2008. He won the 2008 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African leadership in recognition of his record of good governance as President. Earlier in his career, he occupied posts at the International Monetary Fund and the Bank of Botswana.

Secretary Michael O. Leavitt invited both Dr. Marc-Daniel Gutekunst and Richard Butcher to serve as expert consultants on the High-Level Independent Panel Support Team to conduct the independent and thorough review of the Global Fund’s financial safeguards.

As the Panel Support Team epidemiologist, Dr. Marc-Daniel Gutekunst was responsible for conducting an-in-depth review of the grant process, as well as interviewing and meeting 78 past and present Technical Review Panel (TRP) Members who for the past 10 years reviewed the grants from 150 countries that were submitted to the Global Fund.  In addition, Dr. Marc-Daniel Gutekunst was responsible for designing the new two stage-grant process that was fully adopted by the Global Fund Board.

The Global Fund is a unique global public/private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. This partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities represents a new approach to international health financing. The Global Fund works in close collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral organizations to supplement existing efforts dealing with the three diseases.

Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has become the dominant financier of programs to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, with approved funding of US$ 21.7 billion. To date, programs supported by the Global Fund have saved 6.5 million lives through providing AIDS treatment for 3 million people, anti-tuberculosis treatment for 7.7 million people and the distribution of 160 million insecticide-treated nets for the prevention of malaria.


ATLANTA 1996 , Inc.
The Legacy Institution of the Atlanta 1996 Centennial Olympic Games
Atlanta, USA

Most of the ASE partners were actively involved in creating/planning, establishing, and since 2002 supporting the operation of the ATLANTA 1996. In so doing, the ATLANTA 1996 benefited from ASE's established network of people and institutions, and most importantly a successful track record of 20 years of consultancies in Africa, Europe, and the Americas. 

July 1, 2007, the ATLANTA 1996 became a USOC designated Olympic training site for US Team Handball. In July and August 2007, the ATLANTA 1996 won respectively the bids to host in Atlanta the 2008 Pan American Team Handball Championships, and the 2009 Modern Pentathlon World Cup II. The Pan American Sports Organization (PASO/42 National Olympic Committees of the Americas) and USOC selected the ATLANTA 1996 to host in May 2008 a Beijing Training Camp for 50 athletes/coaches preparing for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Since 2002, over 2000 athletes from 53 nations trained and competed with the ATLANTA 1996. ATLANTA 1996 trained athletes competed and won medals at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and also competed at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Since 2009, the ATLANTA 1996 represents the City of Atlanta at the World Union of Olympic Cities (WUOC). On December 17, 2010, the WUOC officially mandated the ATLANTA to plan, establish and manage the London 2012 WUOC House™-Maison UMVO Londres 2012™ during the London 2012 Olympic Games (July 27-August 12, 2012). On August 8th, 2012, IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge attended the official opening of the London 2012 WUOC House™-Maison UMVO Londres 2012™ and Lausanne Olympic Capital reception.

The ATLANTA 1996 is recognized world-wide, and has gained a unique position within the Olympic and Olympians circles, as well as with International and National Sports Federations.