USAID Swears In Assistant Administrator for Global Health

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
USAID Press Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez was sworn in as the new Assistant Administrator for the Global Health Bureau at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Dr. Pablos-Méndez shared, “It is an honor to join USAID at such an important time for global health. I look forward to working with USG colleagues and partners to ensure the success of the Global Health Initiative to save lives and foster peace and prosperity throughout the world."

Nominated by President Obama in March, Dr. Pablos-Méndez joins the USAID leadership team with a vision to shape the Bureau for Global Health's programmatic efforts to accomplish sustainable, scalable and measurable impact on the lives of people in developing countries. He hopes to further advance the goals and reformatory recommendations expressed in the Presidential Policy Directives (PPD), Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) and USAID Forward (USAID Forward Overview). By fostering new working relationships and maintaining existing partnerships, Dr. Pablos-Méndez will direct the Bureau's activities and approach toward a standard of technical excellence.

Ariel Pablos-Méndez is an experienced public health physician. Dr. Pablos-Méndez most recently served as Managing Director at The Rockefeller Foundation where he led the Foundation's global health strategy on the transformation of health systems in Africa and Asia. He first joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 1998, spearheading public-private partnerships in research and development for diseases of poverty, the Foundation's strategy on AIDS care in Africa, and the Joint Learning Initiative on Human Resources for Health. Dr. Pablos-Méndez also served as Director of Knowledge Management at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, where he established WHO's first eHealth unit.

Dr. Pablos-Méndez is a Board-certified internist and until recently was practicing as a Professor of Clinical Medicine and Epidemiology at Columbia University. He received his M.D. from the University of Guadalajara's School of Medicine and his MPH from Columbia University.

USAID is pleased to welcome Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez to lead the Bureau for Global Health.

For more information about USAID and its programs around the world, please visit

Last updated: October 05, 2017

Share This Page