Dr. Wolfgang Munar is Associate Professor in Global Health Systems at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. He serves as the Program Director for the Global Health DrPH program. A graduate of Harvard University’s School of Public Health and Universidad del Norte’s School of Medicine, Professor Munar has been engaged in global health practice and research in maternal neonatal and child health, HIV/AIDS, malaria and Tuberculosis in Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Central and South Asia.
He began his career as a health system reformer in his native country, Colombia, where he served as a State Secretary of Health and Vice-Minister of Health. Afterwards, he went on to become an expert in global health, global development, and multilateral finance through his work with organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, among others.
Since 2009, Dr. Munar became involved in health systems research particularly in the area of performance improvement in primary healthcare systems in low- and middle income countries.
Dr. Munar has served on several advisory committees on multilateral and philanthropic organizations involved in global health. Currently, he maintains an active global health research program in India, Honduras, El Salvador, and Kenya.