Richard Seifman

Richard Seifman's association with UNAUSA began in 1978 and continued until 1982 as the Executive Director of its then Economic Policy Council. He is a former senior adviser at the World Bank and a former senior foreign service officer with USAID. He has over 45 years high level experience in international development, mainly in health and nutrition with bilateral, multilateral, and nongovernmental organizations. With the World Bank, he led major projects in health and HIV/AIDS, and, more recently, he has been involved in its work on One Health, climate change and health, antimicrobial resistance, and pandemics. He was a World Bank team member, assisting in the preparation of 11 country programs in West Africa to finance disease surveillance, build laboratory capacity, preparedness, and human resource capacity. He also currently serves on the Technical Review Panel of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Physicians Alliance. He is a contributor to The Lancet Global Health Blog and recently authored a Letter to the Editor on the need for U.S. leadership in global health that was published in The Washington Post. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he has a Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University

Vision Statement: The beginning of the 21st century has already resulted in unimaginable changes in terms of geopolitics, economics, prioritization of issues such as climate change, gender, immigration and refugees, and pandemics. 

In the 20th century the United States was a leader in all these domains, demonstrating in and through the United Nations and its agencies, generosity and adherence to basic principles of human rights and a sense of the global public good.

UNA-NCA is located at the seat of national discourse and decision-making, and where major multilateral organizations including the World Bank, IMF, OAS, and PAHO, each of which has important linkages to the UN, are headquartered. 

UNA-NCA has a responsibility to serve as the eyes and ears of actions taken, and advocate for action to forward the aims of the UN Charter in this new and unfolding global world. I hope to contribute to these tasks based on my experience in the World Bank and, in particular, with respect to global health