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Sep 17, 2022   |   Blog Post

Claudia Shilumani appointed VillageReach’s new Vice President, Partnerships & Impact

By VillageReach

VillageReach is pleased to announce that Claudia Shilumani is our new Vice President, Partnerships & Impact.

Claudia joins VillageReach from the Centre for Communications Impact (CCI) in South Africa, where she was the Chief Executive Officer providing strategic direction for the organization, ensuring sustainability for donor-funding programs and the organization more broadly.

In this new strategic role for VillageReach, Claudia will develop and operationalize VillageReach’s strategic goal of being a global leader in advancing scale and sustainability of transformative health care delivery strategies in collaboration with governments, technical partners, and the private sector. Claudia will lead the Communications, Advocacy, Resource Mobilization and Research, Evidence & Learning teams for the organization. Working in close collaboration with the Global Programs teams and country office leadership, she will refine and implement strategies to ensure that VillageReach is improving how products and services are delivered to the most under-reached communities.

Claudia has 25 years of experience in the public health field, working in her home country of South Africa, as well as Southern and Western African regions and East Asia & Pacific Region while based in Switzerland. In her previous roles, she performed in technical expert and senior and executive leadership roles, working for the Governments of South Africa and Sierra Leone; local, regional and international NGOs; the United Nations; Catholic Relief Services; and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Her vast experience covers health systems strengthening, policy advocacy, public health emergencies and accountability for impact.

“We’re thrilled to have Claudia’s broad public health expertise, transformative leadership experience, and commitment to partnerships and collaboration with governments and partners on our team,” VillageReach President Emily Bancroft said. “Claudia is a strategic leader with a life-long commitment to driving impact and improving health equity. She has a deep understanding of the complex policy issues at the regional and global level impacting the uptake of transformative change in community health systems. I look forward to having her as a passionate partner on the executive team and advocate as we continue our efforts to improve health systems and foster lasting change.”

Claudia is deeply passionate about identifying, nurturing and unleashing talent to benefit Africa’s development, focusing on empowering teams to fully realize their potential and is excited to bring this passion to advance VillageReach’s mission to transform health care delivery to reach everyone.

You can read more about Claudia and the rest of VillageReach’s team here.

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