Currently Head, Division of Health and Social Protection at the AFD, Agnès Soucat has been director of Governance and Financing of Health Systems at the WHO. She previously worked at the African Development Bank and the World Bank. She has developed an expertise for more than 20 years on issues of poverty reduction, health financing and social protection in more than 70 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. She holds an MD a Master in Nutrition from University of Nancy and an MPH and Ph.D in health economics (doctorate) from Johns Hopkins University.

She was co-author of the 2004 World Bank report “Making Services Work for Poor People” and the Lancet Commission report “Global Health 2035: a world converging within a generation”. She has also written on innovative health financing (community-based health insurance schemes, performance-based financing) and on health labour market dynamics in Africa etc.).