Akiko Maeda is the Lead Health Specialist at the Health, Nutrition and Population Department of the World Bank, and heads the World Bank’s strategy on Human Resources for Health for Universal Health Coverage. Dr. Maeda has over 20 years of experience in international health and social development programs and has provided policy advice to senior Government officials in health policy reforms throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. Her areas of expertise include health insurance and health financing reforms, health services reorganization and human resources for 2 health. Before joining the World Bank, Dr. Maeda held various positions with the Asian Development Bank, UNICEF and UNDP. She has a PhD in Health Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health; M.A. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Harvard University; M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies also from Harvard University and a B.A. degree in Biochemistry from Princeton University.