The Partnership is guided and overseen by a Governing Board. The day-to-day work is the responsibility of a Chief Executive supported by a small Secretariat based in Geneva that is hosted by a competitively selected international organisation.

The Governing Board decides on Partnership policies and strategies, approves work plans and budgets, monitors performance and progress, and provides accountability to donors and other stakeholders. The Board is committed to gender equality and strives to ensure a gender-nuanced approach in all Partnership programming, as well as equal representation by women and men in our own internal processes.

The Board composition reflects constituencies relevant to NCDs and that are also providing financial, technical and other practical support to the Partnership. These include donor governments/the public sector, governments of programme countries, groups representing people with NCDs, international agencies, philanthropies, research and academia, private business sector, and those with other specialist expertise deemed to be relevant and useful. The World Health Organization, as the lead global health agency for the United Nations system, and a representative of the hosting agency have ex- officio observer membership of the Board.

A wider Consultative Group of contributing stakeholders and invited experts enables wider knowledge and experience to be drawn upon to benefit the Partnership and expand its outreach and ultimate impact.

All private business sector members engaging with the Partnership in any role must subscribe to the ten principles of the UN Global Compact concerning respect for human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption.

Governing Board

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Dr James Hospedales is the Chair of the Governing Board of the Defeat-NCD Partnership and Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency.

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Mr Dinuke Ranasinghe is the Treasurer of the Defeat-NCD Partnership and Chief Executive Officer of Arcadier.

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Ms Katie Dain is Chief Executive Officer of the NCD Alliance.

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Ms Celina Gorre is the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases.

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Dr Abbas Gullet is the Secretary General of the Kenya Red Cross Society.

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Mr Peter McDermott is the Director of Fajara Associates.

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Dr Harald Nusser is the Head of Novartis Social Business.

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Ms Soraya Ramoul is the Director of Global Access to Care at Novo Nordisk.

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Professor Alafia Samuels is the Director of the Sir George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre (CDRC) at the University of the West Indies.

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Subhabu Saxena
Mr Subhanu Saxena is the Regional Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Ex officio observers

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Representing the World Health Organization is Dr Cherian Verghese. The Coordinator at the Department for Management of Non-communicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention.

Dr Nikhil Seth is the Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. 
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Professor Mukesh Kapila is the Chief Executive Officer of the Defeat-NCD Partnership and Secretary to the Governing Board. Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester.
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