Mara Pillinger was a senior associate with the Global Health Policy and Politics Initiative at the O’Neill Institute.

Her research examines the politics of the World Health Organization and major multisectoral global health partnerships, such as the Global Fund, Gavi, Global Polio Eradication Initiative, and RBM Partnership to End Malaria, with a particular focus on organizational reform efforts. Other areas of interest include international law, health emergencies and the International Health Regulations, and disease eradication campaigns.

Prior to her Ph.D., Pillinger worked in the HIV Testing Unit at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the WHO Buruli Ulcer Initiative. She was also a Robert Bosch Foundation Global Governance Futures fellow, a researcher in residence at the Brocher Foundation, and a junior visiting fellow at the Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute, Geneva.

Pillinger completed a Ph.D. in political science and international relations from George Washington University. She also holds an MPH from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, an M.S. in global governance and diplomacy from Oxford University and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

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