With more than 20 years of public health and international development experience, Birgit Poniatowski was appointed as IAS Executive Director in November 2020. This followed more than five years at the organization, leading an expanding team responsible for resource mobilization, sustainable partnerships across diverse sectors and key strategic initiatives. Before joining the IAS, Birgit was the Director for Investment and Partnerships at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition. Earlier, she managed partnerships and supported the alliance’s multi-stakeholder governance processes at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Birgit was educated at Bonn and Heidelberg Universities in Germany and International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. She holds a PhD from Heidelberg University.