How the GMS Team is organized

Picture of the GMS staff as a group

The individuals making up the staff of GMS have both implementation and training experience in the following fields:

  • governance
  • finance
  • organizational development
  • program management
  • health product management
  • monitoring, and evaluation

Over the years, GMS has drawn on the expertise of staff and consultants who are medical professionals, holders of advanced degrees (PhDs and master’s degrees), and individuals bringing a wide breadth of experience from working at the secretariat of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund),on country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs) and at principal recipients (PRs), ministries of health, UN agencies, financial organizations, and international nongovernmental organizations (or INGOs).

Collectively, GMS’s staff speaks Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian—languages they have used in service of GMS’s work—as well as several other languages.

All staff have a firm commitment to GMS’s mission and the ideals of the Global Fund.


Picture of Catherine Severo - Director of GMS project

Catherine Severo

Project Director

Visionary Founder

Ms. Severo is a health economist and planner with more than 30 years of global experience in public health. Catherine has managed grant-making activities and advised governance bodies on their health grants on three continents. She has supported Global Fund activities at the country level since 2002, including development of successful proposals with single and multiple principal recipients (PRs) for more than $500 million. A specialist in governance and PR management, Catherine has assisted country coordinating mechanisms (CCMs) and PRs in 21 countries and cofacilitated governance reform efforts by the African delegations to the Global Fund Board. She has contributed to policy discussions on CCM reform, performance monitoring, CCM oversight, and the architecture of Global Fund financing. As GMS’s project director, Ms. Severo provides strategic leadership, technical oversight and guidance on coordination with client countries, technical partners and the Global Fund Secretariat.

Languages: English, French

Technical Support team

Capacity Building Team

Results and Knowledge Management Team

Finance & Operations Team