Vice President, Global NCDs
United States of America
Rachel Nugent is Vice President for Global Non-communicable Diseases at RTI International. Rachel was Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington and Director of the Disease Control Priorities Network. She has advised the World Health Organization, the U.S. Government, and non-profit organizations on the economics and policy environment of NCDs. She is a member of WHO’s Expert Advisory Panel on Management of Non Communicable Diseases, co-chair of the Coalition on Access to NCD Medicines and Products, and a member of The Lancet Commission on NCDIs of the Poorest Billion. She led a Lancet Task Force and Series on NCDs and Economics (2018). She served on the U.S. Institute of Medicine Committee on Economic Evaluation for Investments in Children, Youth, and Families (2015-2016), was co-chair of the IOM Workshop on Country-Level Decision Making for Control of Chronic Diseases (2012), and is currently on the National Academy of Medicine workshop planning commitee on Global Obesity. Rachel focuses on using economic analysis for priority-setting in health, and has worked with global and national institutions to increase use of evidence for decision-making. Her recent work includes the costs and cost-effectiveness of HIV and NCD integration, assessing costs and benefits of NCD policies and interventions in multiple countries, and economic impacts of double burden of malnutrition. She received her M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, USA.