Mark R. Dybul

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Mark R. Dybul
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Mark R. Dybul with Condoleezza Rice, Laura Bush, and his family at his swearing-in on October 10, 2006
Nationality American
Education Georgetown University
Occupation Diplomat

Mark R. Dybul (born 1963) is an American diplomat, physician and medical researcher. He has served as the executive director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria since 2012.

Mark R. Dybul with Laura Bush during his swearing-in on October 10, 2006.


Early life and education[edit]

Mark Dybul was born in 1963. He received his A.B. (1985) and M.D. (1992) from Georgetown University and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals (1995) and a fellowship in infectious diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (1998).[1]

Medical and Clinical Research[edit]

Mark Dybul's wide ranging scientific and clinical research interests have covered the fields of molecular biology, microbiology, virology, pharmacology and especially infectious diseases. He and his esteemed colleagues have published widely in these fields, and he is a much sought after speaker at leading medical conferences in infectious diseases. Of special significance are his original research papers in virology, microbiology and infectious diseases, especially their ground-breaking discoveries in the field of HIV and other viral infections.


He started his career by working with AIDS patients in San Francisco, California.[2]

Under the presidency of George W. Bush, he was appointed as the United States Global AIDS Coordinator, leading the implementation of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) from 2006 to 2009.[3][4] However, he is a registered Independent.[2]

He was asked to stay on temporarily during the Barack Obama presidency transition, but was required to resign following the administration change, as he was a political appointee of the Bush administration.[2] On November 15, 2012, he was appointed the next Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.[5] His selection as Executive Director by the Global Fund's Board during its 28th meeting in Geneva was met with strong praise from both donors and the development community. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim called Dybul's appointment a “superb choice for a crucial role”.[6] In an interview published in the Global Fund's digital newsletter, Dybul said his role as the Global Fund's new head “will be to maintain the strong forward trajectory of the Fund in order to end the three diseases”.[7] He assumed his role of head of the Global Fund in February 2013.

U.S. Senator John Kerry signaled his approval saying that it is “terrific news, for the Global Fund and the incredibly important work that it does. Dr. Dybul helped create the President's Emergency Program for AIDS Relief and he was instrumental in working with Congress to see it through the reauthorization process in 2008. As Global AIDS Coordinator, Mark Dybul exemplified bipartisanship and commitment to maximizing efficiency and effectiveness in combatting HIV/AIDS. Those same skills will serve him – and the world – well as he takes on the challenge of overseeing the Global Fund's reforms. I look forward to continuing to work with him on our combined bilateral and multilateral efforts to create an AIDS free generation and to bring all our twenty-first century tools to bear in combatting malaria and TB.”[6]


He serves on the Boards of Malaria No More, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Children's Investment Fund Foundation, the Global Business Coalition for Health, Georgetown University's O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and the Accordia Global Health Foundation.[8][9]


Personal life[edit]

He is married.[2][not in citation given][10][not in citation given]