Dr. Patrick L. Osewe is the Chief of the Health Sector Group at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He provides leadership on policy, technical, and operational matters. In close collaboration with the Health Sector Committee, he leads the application of evidence based and innovative approaches to address priority and emerging health issues in Asia and the Pacific. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Patrick has provided leadership and guidance in the implementation of ADB’s $20 billion commitment to respond to COVID-19 and $9 billion for Developing Member Countries (DMCs) to obtain and deploy COVID-19 vaccines. His work related to COVID-19 includes providing technical assistance to operational teams and DMCs, convening global partners to reach consensus and prioritize investments, mobilizing leading private sector firms to support a range of response activities, and collaborating with International Air Transport Association, International Civil Aviation Organization, airlines, and hotels to safely restore travel and tourism industries based on available evidence.
Prior to his time at ADB, Patrick was a Global Lead for the World Bank’s Healthy Societies Global Solutions Group. In this role, Patrick provided technical and operational guidance to countries, World Bank teams and the global health community to address public health challenges. These included developing strategies for achieving universal health coverage (UHC), combatting the emerging burden of non-communicable diseases, and addressing health security as both an economic issue and as a major threat to achieving UHC.
Patrick has led major global and regional multi-sectoral efforts to address communicable and non-communicable diseases and built the capacity of World Bank teams and clients in the use of results-based management. He has over 25 years of experience as a global leader in health, including having previously worked for USAID and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as providing technical support to UN agencies and countries in different parts of the world. Patrick holds an MD from the University of Nairobi and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.