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Rob Yates is a health economist working for WHO HQ’s Directorate of Health Systems Financing. He is based in Jakarta, Indonesia.

He has a Bachelor’s Degree in natural sciences and economics from the University of Cambridge and an MBA in health management from the Nuffield Institute, University of Leeds.

After working in oil trading for Shell International, Rob trained as a manager in the UK National Health Service and spent 5 years managing hospital and community services in the North of England. He first worked overseas in 1995 managing a community based HIV/AIDS hospice in Swaziland. He then worked in the planning departments of the Ministries of Health in Mozambique and Uganda providing technical assistance in the areas of health financing, planning and management.

In 2001, he witnessed the impact of introducing free public heath care in Uganda and has subsequently advised governments in Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Burundi, Zimbabwe and India and Myanmar in this area. He has published papers in the Lancet and the WHO Bulletin on the importance of reducing financial barriers to achieve universal coverage.

Rob recently took up his position with WHO following 10 years working for the UK’s Department for International Development in London and overseas.