Washington, DC, February 2, 2015 — The Board of Directors of the American International Health Alliance (AIHA) today announced that David Greeley has been appointed as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization. Mr. Greeley brings with him more than 30 years of experience working for international development and nonprofit health organizations, as well as for the pharmaceutical company Merck & Co., Inc. Mr. Greeley succeeds retiring Executive Director and AIHA founder, James P. Smith.
“We are excited to welcome David,” said Dr. Roger Bulger, Chairman of AIHA’s Board of Directors. “His vast and impressive experience in forging public-private partnerships in global health and development, combined with his proven leadership skills, is exactly what we need to further support our twinning partners around the world and expand our programs,” added Bulger.
Mr. Greeley has travelled to 90 countries and worked for extensive periods in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States. He has health expertise in HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, family planning, and maternal and child health, as well as experience in public affairs, communications, policy/advocacy, resource mobilization, and program management. Immediately prior to joining AIHA, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Accordia Global Health Foundation, whose mission is to build healthcare capacity in Africa. Before that, Mr. Greeley worked for the international nonprofit organizations Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance), FHI360, Population Services International (PSI), and CARE. Mr. Greeley also worked for Merck & Co., Inc. for more than a decade, where he focused on improving access to medicines in the developing world and emerging markets, primarily through creating and managing public-private partnerships.
“Improving health outcomes in the developing world by increasing health system capacity has always been one of my biggest passions. For nearly a quarter of a century, AIHA has made a large and lasting impact on improving healthcare in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Africa by establishing institution-to-institution and peer-to-peer twinning partnerships. I look forward to leading AIHA and working with its many partners to help expand the organization’s program portfolio and impact,” said Greeley. “I am honored and humbled to take the helm at AIHA in the wake of the retirement of James Smith, the organization’s visionary founder and executive Director for the past 23 years,” added Greeley.Mr. Greeley, who served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa in the early 1980s, has a Masters Degree in International Relations from Columbia University with a dual degree in Economic and Political Development and African Affairs.
AIHA is a nonprofit organization working to advance global health by helping countries with limited resources build sustainable institutional and human resource capacity. Through twinning partnerships and other initiatives, AIHA provides technical assistance using the knowledge and skills of experienced health and allied professionals to strengthen overburdened health systems. Since its founding in 1992, AIHA has established and managed more than 170 twinning partnerships and initiatives in 30 countries spanning the globe.