Olusesan Ishola-Gbenla (MB.ChB, MPH) brings more than 20 years of progressive experience in general medical practice and public health project management, with 15 years’ experience coordinating private-sector participation in malaria control programs. He has successfully implemented private-sector programming for both international donors and local associations that addressed priority health conditions, including malaria, TB, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health. He was a pioneer in the development and implementation of Nigeria’s health sector Public-Private Partnership (PPP) policy as the first PPP advisor in the Federal Ministry of Health under the DFiD-funded PATHS2 project (December 2008–April 2011).
Throughout his career, he has been a strong advocate for increased oversight of, financing for, and engagement with the private sector. Coupled with his extensive working knowledge of Nigeria’s public health system, Mr. Ishola-Gbenlais well-positioned to serve PMI-S effectively as the main point of contact for the private sector. He will facilitate strategic private-sector involvement by identifying opportunities to leverage resources and expand participation in project activities at the federal, state, and community levels.