Global Development Advisor
Amie Batson is Executive Director of WomenLift Health, an organization dedicated to expanding the power and influence of talented women leaders in global health and catalyzing systemic change to achieve gender equality in leadership. Throughout her 30-year career, Ms. Batson has provided strategic leadership, with a focus on innovation and partnerships, for a wide range of global health organizations.
Most recently, Ms. Batson was Chief Strategy Officer and Vice President of Applied Analytics and Learning for PATH, where she led the organization’s Strategy, Monitoring & Evaluation and Market Dynamics teams. In this role, Ms. Batson designed and stewarded PATH’s strategy, strengthening the organization’s partnerships in the global health community, building a new line of business, and contributing to PATH's advocacy and policy priorities.
Prior to PATH, Ms. Batson served a three-year appointment in the Global Health Bureau of USAID, as senior deputy assistant administrator, leading the agency’s engagement in the President's Global Health Initiative. She also represented the US government on the board of the GAVI Alliance and led the US government team in co-convening the Child Survival Call to Action, which launched the global vision to end preventable child deaths.
Ms. Batson spent more than a decade at the World Bank where she led the development and implementation of innovative financing mechanisms in health. Her contributions to immunization and vaccine financing helped unlock billions of dollars in new funding for global health and the establishment of GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance and the Global Financing Facility. Among her accomplishments, Ms. Batson co-led the World Bank’s support of Advanced Market Commitments (AMCs) for G7 Ministers of Finance and led the World Bank’s “IDA buy-down” financing mechanism to increase flexibility of lending terms for World Bank credits.
Ms. Batson held a joint appointment to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, where she developed and implemented innovative strategies based on robust economic analysis to improve engagement between the vaccine industry and the public sector. She designed and implemented the Vaccine Independence Initiative (VII) at UNICEF, a revolving fund mechanism which de-coupled procurement and financing and permitted countries to systematically purchase vaccines using soft currency. She designed and led a strategic analysis of vaccine economics that informed vaccube procurement, pricing and financing strategues. She also developed a country market segmentation framework to guide investments in local production and procurement and co-led an initiative to strengthen developing country production of vaccines.
Ms. Batson received a Master of Public and Private Management from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Virginia. She is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development, a frequent speaker, an author of numerous articles. Ms. Batson is a recipient of PATH’s Vision Award and the World Bank’s Presidential Award for Excellence.