Dr. Mukesh Chawla is an Adviser for Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank Group and the Coordinator of the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility.
Chawla has worked for over twenty years with governments and international development partners in Europe, Asia and Africa on a variety of health sector issues, including insurance solutions for global public goods, design and diffusion of complex innovations in health, identification of innovative business solutions to address systemic and process issues in the health sector, and economics of health. His current area of interest and responsibility is helping countries get better prepared to respond immediately and effectively to disease outbreaks that have the potential of assuming pandemic proportions. He has written extensively on the role of markets and market-like institutions in the creation of incentives that strengthen health systems, fiscal space for health, innovations in health financing, design of health sector reforms and economics of aging populations.
Prior to joining the World Bank Group, he held a research faculty position at Harvard University. Before that, as member of the Indian Administrative Service in India, he held several key government positions between the years 1980 and 1998. Chawla attended St. Stephen’s College and Delhi School of Economics, Delhi, India, and Boston University, Boston, USA.