The UHC2030 governance structure aims to ensure effective coordination, to bring mutual value to partners without adding unnecessary complexity or bureaucratic burden. Representation and inclusivity are essential for our legitimacy, with broad multi-stakeholder engagement in activities and decision-making processes. 

The main governance structures for UHC2030 are: 

  • Steering Committee
  • UHC Movement Political Advisory Panel
  • Secretariat

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is responsible for setting overall strategic directions and oversight of UHC2030. It includes a constituency-based representation that enables broader representation and a more participatory process. It includes a constituency-based representation that enables broader representation and a more participatory process.

The Steering Committee include the constituencies listed below.

The current Co-Chairs of the UHC2030 Steering Committee are Ms Gabriela Cuevas Barron former member of Parliament at the Mexican Congress, and honorary President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and Australian community advocate Dr Justin Koonin, President of ACON (AIDS Council of New South Wales)

Read: UHC2030 welcomes new Co-Chairs of the Steering Committee


  • Mrs. Gabriela Cuevas Baron, former Member of Parliament at Mexican Congress, and Honorary President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Mexico
  • Mr. Justin Koonin, President of ACON (formerly AIDS Council of New South Wales)


  • Dr Bernd APPELT, Directorate-General for International Partnerships, European Commission
  • Dr Mohsen Asadi-Lari, Assistant Minister of Health and Medical Education, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Iran
  • Dr Patrick BANDA, Assistant Director, Budgeting and Planning, Ministry of Health, Zambia
  • Ms Serawit BRUCK-LANDAIS, Directrice du pôle qualité et recherche en santé, Mnistère, France
  • Ms Tamar GABUNIA First Deputy Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs, Georgia
  • Dr Emmanuel Odame, Director, Policy, Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation, Ministry of Health, Ghana
  • Dr Satoshi Ezoe, Director, Global Health Policy Division, International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan (September – December 2020)
  • Dr Aquina Thulare, Technical Specialist, Health Economics/National Health Insurance Department of Health, South Africa

Civil society organizations

  • Dr Oanh Khuat Thi Hai, Founder and Executive Director, Centre for Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI), Vietnam
  • Ms Smitha Sadasivan, India (nominated Alternate)

  • Mr Masaki INABA, Program Director – Global Health, Africa Japan Forum, Japan

  • Mr Cary JAMES, Chief Executive Officer, World Hepatitis Alliance (nominated Alternate)
  • Mr Javier Luis Bellocq, Founder and editor, Key Correspondents Team for Latin America, Argentina

  • Ms Evalin Karijo, Project Director, Y-ACTION, Youth in Action at Amref Health Africa, Kenya (nominated Alternate)


  • Ms Kate Dodson, Vice President, Global Health, United Nations Foundation, United States of America

Private sector

  • Mr Edward BOOTY, Chief Executive Officer, Allied World Asia (formerly Reach52), Singapore
  • Ms Ruchika SINGHAL, Vice President, Medtronic Labs, United States of America

Multilateral organizations

• Mr Bruno RIVALAN, Senior Partnership Specialist, Global Financing Facility, World Bank, United States of America

• Dr Fodé Simaga, Director a.i., Fast Track Implementation Department, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Switzerland

Co-host organizations

  • Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, Deputy Director General and Executive Director a.i. Universal Health Coverage and Life Course
  • Mr Juan Pablo Uribe, Global Director, Population, Health and Nutrition, the World Bank
  • Ms Francesca Colombo, Director, Health, Directorate for Employment, Labor and Social Affairs, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), France

Download: Terms of reference for the UHC2030 Steering Committee

UHC Movement Political Advisory Panel

The UHC Movement Political Advisory Panel provides guidance to the UHC2030 Steering Committee to strengthen political support for universal health coverage (UHC). Members are: 

  • Dr. Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis, Former European Commissioner
  • Mr. Elhadj As Sy, Chair of the Board, Kofi Annan Foundation
  • Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly
  • Prof Ilona Kickbusch, Chair, International Advisory Board, Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies Geneva (Former Co-Chair of the Steering Committee, UHC2030)
  • Joy Phumaphi, Executive Secretary, the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (Former Co-Chair of the UN Secretary-General’s Independent Accountability Panel for Every Woman, Every Child, Every Adolescent)
  • Ms. Emilia Saiz, Secretary General of the United Cities and Local Governments
  • Prof. Keizo Takemi, Member of the House of Councillors, Japan

Learn more about the advisory panel


The UHC2030 Secretariat is co-hosted by the World Health Organization, the World Bank and OECD. The three organisations have a shared responsibility to support UHC2030’s strategic vision and direction and promote collective action for UHC. To fulfil this responsibility, the Secretariat ensures UHC2030 remains relevant and results-focused and keeps members engaged and up-to-date.

Secretariat functions include:

  • UHC2030 vision: to consolidate UHC2030 strategic narrative and engage UHC stakeholders to promote translation of UHC commitments into action in countries
  • UHC2030 governance: to ensure effective structures, processes and resources
  • Secretariat operations: to ensure efficient management and administration
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