Cecilia Mundaca Shah

Cecilia Mundaca Shah, MD, DrPH, is the Director of Global Health at the United Nations Foundation where she serves as the lead on the malaria policy and advocacy portfolio and plays a key role in driving the global health planning efforts, particularly in pandemic preparedness. Before joining the UN Foundation, Cecilia led the US National Academy of Medicine (NAM) team that supported the G20 High-Level Independent Panel on Financing the Global Commons for Pandemic Preparedness and Response. She worked with the National Academies for seven years as a Senior Program Officer, where she managed critical global health initiatives on health security, emerging infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, and aging, including the Forum on Microbial Threats, the Roadmap component of the first NAM Grand Challenge, and the Multi-Stakeholder Initiative for Creating a Global Health Risk Framework. Prior to the Academies, Cecilia directed the Surveillance Center of the Emerging Infections Program at the US Naval Medical Research Unit 6 in Lima, Peru. She obtained her MD from San Marcos University, Lima, Peru, and her DrPH degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.