Emma Iriarte is the Executive Secretary of the Salud Mesoamérica Initiative (SMI)sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carlos Slim Foundation, and the Government of Canada. She is also responsible for the Regional Malaria Elimination Initiative in Mesoamerica and the Dominican Republic (RMEI).
She has managed, supervised, and led health programs supporting country governments in Latin America and the Caribbean. Emma has experience in systemic and sectorial approaches, in establishing strategic alliances, in results-based financing models and in implementing system quality of care strategies. Emma is results oriented and passionate about equity, innovation, collective impact and learning organizations.
Emma is a medical doctor graduated from the National University of Honduras and has a master’s degree in Public Health from Tulane University in New Orleans, USA.