About us

OUR HISTORY

Our Alliance was born from a pressing need to harness the finesse of diplomacy in catalyzing the intricate complexities of geopolitics and foreign affairs that shape health. 

It all started in 2020, a time of unprecedented challenges, when its founder and a group of experts converged, driven by a shared mission: to elevate health diplomacy for tackling the world’s most critical health challenges.The pre-incubation phase sowed the seed of an Alliance that would grow into something promising and remarkable. 

By January 2024, we officially established ourselves in Geneva, Switzerland, as the first Alliance dedicated solely to health diplomacy, bringing our vision to life.  What began as a coalition of dedicated professionals is fast evolving into a dynamic and expanding collaboration network.


Mission

Promote health diplomacy to foster unprecedented collaboration, positioning health as a cornerstone of global stability and a catalyst for economic prosperity.

Vision

A world where health, fostered through diplomatic efforts, becomes a fundamental pillar of global cooperation.

Our founder

Katherine Urbáez

A former diplomat from the Dominican Republic, she has been instrumental throughout her career in numerous negotiations and in developing public policies within various multilateral processes, with a specific focus on health, human rights, and environmental issues.

With almost two decades of experience in the multilateral sector, she has served as the focal point for various national commissions and chaired the Coordination of the 2016 Presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Geneva, as well as the Executive Board Membership to the World Health Organization.

She holds a Master of Science in International Strategy and Diplomacy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM).

Board


Milos Kaiser
President of the Board & Vice President of the General Assembly

private sector

Emmanuel R. Urbáez
Vice president of the Board

Sustainability

Ismaray Valiente
Board Member

Access to Medicine

Carlos Jones
Board Member

Nutrition

Stéphane Vuillermoz
Board Member

Finance

Francia Balzer
Board Member

Health Security

MEET OUR TEAM

Diplomatic Task Force

A dynamic coalition of experts at the nexus of health and foreign affairs, each bringing unique perspectives and experiences to drive change in governance and policy towards Health for All. 

Dr. Ramón A. López

Member - Advisory Committee

Christine Murugami

Global Fundraising Advisor

Arantxa Cedillo

Strategic Communication Advisor

Ma. Eugenia Vazquez

External Relations Advisor

Work with us!

We seek talented and motivated individuals to join our dynamic team. Explore our current job openings below:

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Contact Us

We welcome opportunities to discuss our mission, initiatives, and impact in advancing health equity and sustainability. Reach out to inquire about interviews, request information, or explore collaborative opportunities.

General Inquires

info@hdalliance.org

Media Inquiries

info@hdalliance.org

Partnership And collaboration

secretariat@hdalliance.org

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