Irene Koek is the Head of the Department of Global Health at Save the Children/U.S. She joined Save the Children in late July 2020 after more than 30 years with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). At Save the Children, Ms. Koek leads teams and programs focused on addressing the leading threats to the health and survival of children, adolescents and their families. Ms. Koek began her career in family planning/reproductive health, and subsequently served in a number of leadership positions at USAID including as the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator and acting Assistant Administrator for Global Health. She led the development of USAID’s infectious disease strategy in the late 1990s, and helped start up the President’s Malaria Initiative and USAID’s tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases programs, and later served as USAID’s Global Health Security Agenda lead. From 2010-2014 she was the Director of the Health Office in USAID/Indonesia. Ms. Koek has worked extensively with international partners, including serving as the Chair of the Stop TB Partnership Coordinating Board from 2005-2009 and representing USAID on the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance for several years.
Head of the Department of Global Health
Save the Children US