Josh Ruxin, PhD, is director of the Access Project, Rwanda Works, and the Millennium Villages Project in Rwanda. Dr. Ruxin has extensive experience operating at the intersection of public health, business and international development. In 1996, he joined Monitor Group and in 2000, he co-founded and served as vice president of ontheFRONTIER, a strategy consulting firm. During his years there and at the Monitor Group, Dr. Ruxin led projects in several developing countries and was an advisor to government and private sector leaders on business strategy and economic development. Dr. Ruxin was a Truman Scholar at Yale University, where he received his undergraduate degree, and a Marshall Scholar at the University of London. He is currently based in Kigali, Rwanda.
Director, The Access Project
Director, Millennium Villages Project Rwanda
Coordinator, Earth Institute at Columbia University
Member, Council on Foreign Relations
Board Member, Film Aid International
Member, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation HIV/AIDS Task Force on Prevention
Board Member, Orphans of Rwanda
Member of Advisory Board, Kenya AIDS Watch Institute
Member, American Public Health Association
Honors & Awards
Areas of Expertise
Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Women's Health, Global Health, Poverty, History of Public Health, HIV/AIDS, Infectious Disease, Malaria
Select Global Activities
Macroeconomics and Health, Nigeria: The Macroeconomics and Health (MacroHealth) initiative supports a new type of country-led approach to health investment planning, with the goal of achieving equitable improvements in health outcomes and increased economic security for vulnerable populations in developing countries. Columbia University's MacroHealth project works at the country level to address two main challenges: achieving better results with current resources and boosting overall domestic and international financing for health. It is the first health project in history to focus efforts on Ministries of Finance rather than Ministries of Health. Macrohealth currently works with governments in Nigeria, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and other nations.
Access Project, Rwanda: The Access Project helps countries acquire and effectively use the financing they need to implement programs to address HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and, more broadly, to strengthen health systems overall. The project?s teams support countries that are engaged in Global Fund activities ranging from proposal preparation to budgeting and implementation to management at the country level, all to ensure that resources are used efficiently to benefit the people who need them most. Further, the Access Project leadership continues to collaborate closely with the Global Fund to provide feedback on how to improve operations, transparency, and accountability, as well as raising the funds required internationally. The Access project has provided support to Global Fund initiatives in Rwanda, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa, Angola, Namibia, and Haiti.
Millenium Project: Health Task Force: The Millennium Project is a United Nations sponsored initiative which seeks to devise the best technological, financial and institutional strategies for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). At the United Nations Millennium Summit in September 2000 world leaders placed development at the heart of the global agenda by adopting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which set clear targets for reducing poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation, and discrimination against women by 2015. Experts from the CGHED and the Mailman School of Public Health are working with international experts to coordinate task forces in several health-related MDG areas, including HIV/AIDS and child health and maternal health.