Peter Sands

Incoming Executive Director

The Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria


Peter Sands, Executive Director designate, The Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Peter Sands is the incoming Executive Director of The Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He will take up this Geneva-based role in March 2018. Since June 2015 Peter has been a Research Fellow at Harvard University, dividing his time between the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Global Health Institute, part of the Harvard School of Public Health, and 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 the 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, which provides oversight and 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 is a board member or adviser to several start-ups in the fintech and meditech arenas, such as Noble Markets (US) and Cera (UK) Peter was Group Chief Executive of Standard Chartered PLC from November 2006 to June 2015. He joined the Board of Standard Chartered PLC as Group Finance Director in May 2002, responsible for Finance, Strategy, Risk and Technology and Operations. Prior to this, Peter was a Senior Partner at worldwide consultants McKinsey & Co. Before joining McKinsey, Peter 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.