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Peter Sands

Incoming Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria 

Peter Sands is the Incoming Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He will take up this role in March 2018, based in Geneva. Formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered PLC, one of the world’s leading international banks, Sands has been a research fellow at Harvard University since 2015, dividing his time between the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Global Health Institute, working on a range of research projects in financial markets and regulation, fintech and global health.

Peter’s engagement with global health issues includes:

  •  Chairing the US National Academy of Medicine’s Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future, which in January 2016 produced a highly influential report, “The Neglected Dimension of Global Security: A Framework to Counter Infectious Disease Threats”.
  •  Chairing the World Bank’s International Working Group on financing preparedness, which in May 2017 published “From Panic and Neglect to Investing in Health Security: Financing Preparedness at a National Level”.
  • Authoring several papers on infectious disease crises in the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet and British Medical Journal.
  • Between 2011-2017, being the Lead Non-Executive Director on the Board of the UK’s Department of Health, providing policy direction to the UK’s National Health Service.
  • Being an active member on both the US National Academy of Science’s Committee on Ensuring Access to Affordable Drugs and the Forum on Microbial Threats.

Peter served as Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered from 2006 to 2015, having joined the bank in 2002 as Group Finance Director. Under his leadership, Standard Chartered successfully navigated the turbulence of the global financial crisis in 2007-2009, continuing to support clients and counterparties throughout the worst of the financial stresses and without drawing on government support of any kind. Peter led Standard Chartered’s transformation into one of the world’s leading international banks, reinforcing its focus on emerging markets and driving the development of world-class product, risk management and technology capabilities, underpinned by a highly collaborative culture. During his tenure as CEO, Standard Chartered focused its corporate responsibility initiatives on health issues, including avoidable blindness, AIDS and Malaria. Sands served on the board of the Global Business Coalition on AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and was Lead Non-Executive Director on the board of the United Kingdom’s Department of Health. Peter was a Senior Partner at worldwide consultants McKinsey & Co. prior to joining Standard Chartered, and also worked for the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Peter served as Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered from 2006 to 2015, having joined the bank in 2002 as Group Finance Director. Under his leadership, Standard Chartered successfully navigated the turbulence of the global financial crisis in 2007-2009, continuing to support clients and counterparties throughout the worst of the financial stresses and without drawing on government support of any kind. Peter led Standard Chartered’s transformation into one of the world’s leading international banks, reinforcing its focus on emerging markets and driving the development of world-class product, risk management and technology capabilities, underpinned by a highly collaborative culture. During his tenure as CEO, Standard Chartered focused its corporate responsibility initiatives on health issues, including avoidable blindness, AIDS and Malaria. Sands served on the board of the Global Business Coalition on AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and was Lead Non-Executive Director on the board of the United Kingdom’s Department of Health. Peter was a Senior Partner at worldwide consultants McKinsey & Co. prior to joining Standard Chartered, and also worked for the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Peter has served on various boards and commissions, including as Lead Non-Executive Director of the Department of Health in the United Kingdom, a Director of the World Economic Forum and Co-Chairman of Davos, Governor of the United Kingdom’s National Institute for Economic and Social Research, Member of the International Advisory Board of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Member of the Browne Commission on Higher Education Funding in the United Kingdom, Member of the China People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign People’s Global CEO Council, Co-Chair of the UK-India CEO Forum, Board Director of the Institute of International Finance, Chairman of the International Monetary Conference, Member of the International Advisory Board of Lingnan University, China, Trustee of the Camden Roundhouse, London.

Peter graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford University with a First Class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He also received a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, where he was a Harkness Fellow. Peter, who grew up in Singapore and Malaysia, is married to author and bookshop owner, Betsy Tobin and has four children.