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Lincoln Chen

Lincoln C. Chen, MD, MPH, is the president of the China Medical Board. Dr. Chen was the founding director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative (2001-2006), and in an earlier decade, the Taro Takemi Professor of International Health Policy and director of the university-wide Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (1987-1996). From 1997 to 2001, Dr. Chen served as executive vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation, and from 1973 to 1987, he represented the Ford Foundation in India and Bangladesh. In 2008, Dr. Chen assumed the chair of the board of BRAC USA, having completed two terms as chair of the board of CARE/USA in 2007. He currently serves as co-chair of the advisory committee to the Fran├žois-Xavier Bagnoud Center on Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. Dr. Chen also serves on the board of the Social Science Research Council, the Institute of Metrics and Evaluation (University of Washington), the Public Health Foundation of India, and the United Nations Fund for International Partnership (counterpart to the UN Foundation). He was the special envoy of the WHO Director-General in Human Resources for Health (2004-2007), and the founding chair of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (2006-2008). Dr. Chen received a bachelor of arts from Princeton University, a doctor of medicine from Harvard Medical School, and a master of public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in the United States.

Interview date

2010-01

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