Alexander Preker

Alexander Preker

Alexander Preker

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Health Policy and Management

Office/Address:

722 West 168th Street, Department of Health Policy & Management, 4th Fl.
New York NY United States of America 110032

Phone:
+1 (212) 348186
Fax:
+1 (212) 348-28
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Biography

Mr. Alexander S. Preker is an Executive Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, New York University and Ichan School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. He is one of the Commissioners for the Global Commission on Pollution, Health and Development, a Member of the Board of the USA HealthCare Alliance, and the Chair of the External Advisory Committee for the International Hospital Federation. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the World Scientific Series on Health Investment and Financing. Mr. Alexander S. Preker is also President and CEO of the Health Investment & Financing Corporation and a member of the board of several of the companies. He is a Founding Member of the New York Chapter of the Keiretsu Forum, an LLP with Keiretsu Capital and an active investor in early stage companies that have a potential high impact in the health sector. Prior to his current work, Mr. Preker had a distinguished career, working at different times for International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), International Development Association (IDA), International Finance Corporation (IFC) and World Health Organization (WHO). From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Preker was Head of the Health Industry Group and Investment Policy for the International Finance Corporation (IFC). In this position, he led a team of advisors and analysts that worked with policy makers, investors and health businesses in improving the market environment for private sector participation in the health sector in developing countries. He and his team set up a US$1 billion Investment Facility for Health to support expansion of small and medium size businesses in the Africa Region and the preparatory work for setting up a similar facility for Asia. Previously, as Chief Economist for the health sector, he coordinated the technical team that prepared the World Bank's Health, Nutrition and Population Sector Strategy in 1997. During the past 15 years, this strategy has provided a vision for the World Bank's engagement in the health sector in low- and middle-income countries, leading to an annual lending pipeline of about US$3 billion and total portfolio value in the range of US$15 billion. During his Bank career, Mr. Preker has worked with both Lawrence Summers (former Director of the National Economic Council under the Obama Administration) and Joseph Stiglitz (recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences) during their respective tenures as Chief Economist for the World Bank Group as well as many Ministers of Health, Finance, Economic Development and other senior officials as well as private investors and businesses in the client countries he served. Mr. Preker has published extensively, having written many scientific articles and authored of over 15 books. He is a globally recognized expert on health insurance, health financing, capital finance, and private sector development in the health sector. Currently Mr. Preker is the Editor-in-Chief for the World Scientific Series on Health Investment and Financing. He is the Chair of the External Editoral Board for the World Hospitals and Health Services Journal. While at the World Bank, he was a member of the Editorial Board for the World Bank's External Operations Publication Department and Editor-in-Chief of the Business of Health Publications. Today he is the managing editor for Health Investment & Financing (HIF), an information gateway for health investment and financing and Health Industry (HI), a health care industry review. Mr. Preker holds several academic appointments. He is an Executive Scholar at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, an Adjunct Associate Professor of public policy at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Policy and an Adjunct Associate Professor for Health Care Management at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia Universi

Education

MD, 1978, University of British Columbia/McGill
Other, 1984, University College London
Other, 1986, Kings College London
PhD, 1990, London School of Economics

Mailman Affiliations

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management

Editorial Boards

Editor in Chief, Health Investment & Financing Series, World Scientific Press

Chair of Editorial Committee, World Hospitals and Health Services Journal

Columbia Affiliations

Executive Scholar, Columbia Business School

Academic Appointments

Executive Scholar, Entrepreneurship
Adjunct Professor, Wagner School
Adjunct Professor, Health Evidence and Policy

Other Affiliations

Honors & Awards

Executive Scholar

Select Global Activities

World Bank, World: Prior to his current work, Mr. Preker had a distinguished career, working at different times for International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), International Development Association (IDA), International Finance Corporation (IFC) and World Health Organization (WHO). Previously, as Chief Economist for the health sector, he coordinated the technical team that prepared the World Bank's Health, Nutrition and Population Sector Strategy in 1997. During the past 15 years, this strategy has provided a vision for the World Bank's engagement in the health sector in low- and middle-income countries, leading to an annual lending pipeline of about US$3 billion and total portfolio value in the range of US$15 billion. During his Bank career, Mr. Preker has worked with both Lawrence Summers (former Director of the National Economic Council under the Obama Administration) and Joseph Stiglitz (recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences) during their respective tenures as Chief Economist for the World Bank Group as well as many Ministers of Health, Finance, Economic Development and other senior officials as well as private investors and businesses in the client countries he served.

IFC, World: From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Preker was Head of the Health Industry Group and Investment Policy for the International Finance Corporation (IFC). In this position, he led a team of advisors and analysts that worked with policy makers, investors and health businesses in improving the market environment for private sector participation in the health sector in developing countries. He and his team set up a US$1 billion Investment Facility for Health to support expansion of small and medium size businesses in the Africa Region and the preparatory work for setting up a similar facility for Asia.

Commission on Pollution, Health and Development, World: Commissioner The Commission on Pollution and Health is an initiative of The Lancet, the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP), and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, with additional coordination and input from the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Bank. The Commission comprises many of the world's most influential leaders, researchers and practitioners in the fields of pollution management, environmental health and sustainable development. The aim of the Commission is to reduce air, soil and water pollution by communicating the extraordinary health and economic costs of pollution globally, providing actionable solutions to policy-makers and dispelling the myth of pollution's inevitability. The Commission Report will be published in The Lancet in October of 2017.

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