Nils Daulaire

October 12, 2012
Director, Office of Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Nils Daulaire is Director of the Office of Global Affairs at the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  He was nominated by President Barack Obama and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as U.S. Representative on the World Health Organization’s Executive Board. He is the senior-most international official at Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he advises Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and other leadership on global health issues, family and social affairs, and international policy development. He serves as the department’s principal liaison with other ministries of health and with international organizations, and he represents HHS in interagency decision-making on global health issues.


Prior to his appointment at HHS in 2010, Dr. Daulaire served for more than a decade as President and CEO of the Global Health Council, an international nonprofit membership organization representing global health service providers and policy advocates. During the Clinton administration, he served as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy and Senior International Health Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). At USAID, he was responsible for health, population, hunger, girls' education, and other social sector programs.


Previously, Dr. Daulaire devoted nearly two decades to health services, public health, and field research in low-income countries. Having worked in more than four dozen countries, he spent extended periods living and working in Nepal, Mali, Bangladesh, and Haiti.  Dr. Daulaire speaks seven languages.


A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Medical School, and the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, he is board-certified in preventive medicine and public health.  He has been Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington and Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, and he has been elected to membership in both the Institute of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations.

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