Senior Vice President, Grants Management and Health and Science Strategy
Dr. Ehsan Latif oversees the Foundation’s global grants program, including management of the entire grant submission and fulfillment process.
In this role, he is also responsible for providing resources to researchers and related stakeholders in support of the Foundation’s three pillars of work: Health and Science Research , Agriculture and Livelihoods and Industry Transformation.
Dr. Latif has more than 20 years of experience managing the development and implementation of cohesive strategies to achieve public health gains by linking global health priorities to the needs on the ground. Previously, he served as senior adviser for non-communicable diseases and director of tobacco control at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, managing global teams across India, China, Singapore, Mexico, Bangladesh, Philippines, Vietnam, Pakistan, Brazil and Chad. His work entailed providing leadership for planning, organizing and prioritizing focused interventions for tobacco control to ensure delivery of strategic goals through collaboration.
In his early career, he was responsible for the development of the National Health Policy for Pakistan and served as a main contributor of the non-communicable diseases debate in the early 2000s. His work has since involved capacity building and provision of grants to governments, civil society organizations, universities and researchers. He recently led and managed US$10M program to support policy development for tobacco control in low- and middle-income countries faced with highest burden of disease caused by tobacco use.
Dr. Latif has served on the boards of several public health entities, including The Framework Convention Alliance and the Non-Communicable Disease Alliance. He was also a member of various international groups working on lung health and tobacco control set up under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control secretariat and the World Health Organization.
Dr. Latif is originally from Pakistan and now resides in Scotland. He holds a doctorate in Medicine from Punjab Medical College and a master’s degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.