by John Zarocostas
The Lancet, Vol. 389, No. 10073, p996, 11 March 2017
The Global Fund has appointed an interim head and reopened its search for a permanent leader after initial recruitment efforts were clouded by controversy. The board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria last week terminated the initial search for a new Executive Director to lead the agency and reopened the race after a series of allegations, leaks, insufficient due diligence, and divergent political agendas derailed efforts. On March 3, the board announced the appointment of Marijke Wijnroks as Interim Executive Director to serve from June 1 “until a new Executive Director selected by the Board is able to begin”. Wijnroks is currently the Global Fund’s Chief of Staff and a former HIV/AIDS ambassador for the Netherlands.