Gisela Abbam

Director for Strategic Partnerships, Abt Associates


Gisela is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Abt Associates. Her role entails developing strategic partnerships with multilateral agencies, civil society, governments and the private sector to jointly implement our vision and strategy globally. Abt Associates mission is to improve the quality of life and economic well-being of people worldwide. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators.

Gisela Abbam, was previously the Global Executive Director for Government Affairs and Policy for GE Healthcare. She was responsible for the strategic direction of government affairs and policy for GE Healthcare, the $18 billion business unit of General Electric that provides transformational medical technologies and solutions to health customers in over 100 countries. She worked in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN, World Bank and other international organizations to improve health outcomes.
Gisela led GE’s global health thought leadership and engagement with governments across the world. Gisela has written over 40 briefings/white papers on various policy issues including health reform.
Gisela currently holds the following positions:

• Member of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicines Committee on Global Health and the Future of the US;
• Member of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs;
• Business Mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women;
• Non-executive Director for Strong Tower Missionaries;
• Children’s Campaigner for UNICEF;
• Speaker for Schools.

Gisela initiated and led the successful selection of 9 GE technologies for the WHO Compendium of Innovative Technologies for low resource settings. Gisela co-authored the report on Sustainable Development Goals for the new GE Healthcare Sustainable Health Solutions Division and launched it at the UN General Assembly in 2015.

Gisela was also the founding Chair of the Global Diagnostic Imaging, Healthcare IT & Radiation Therapy Trade Association (DITTA) Global Health Working Group which represents over 600 companies and is focused on working with WHO and the World Bank. She represented DITTA on the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs.

Gisela was previously Head of Government Affairs for GE Healthcare for UK & Ireland and successfully initiated an Early Diagnosis Campaign in collaboration with several charities (NGOs) to improve early diagnosis in UK across all diseases which gained attention by the Prime Minister and key Members of Parliament. Due to her leadership, GE Healthcare won its first ever award for its contribution to improving Stroke management.

Gisela joined GE Healthcare in 2007 after 13 years working in the National Health Service and Local Government in the UK. Gisela was on the leadership team that set up the Centre for Public Health Excellence at the internationally acclaimed National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). She developed the Operating Model and Structure for the Centre. Until April 2010, Gisela served on the board of Dimensions UK (formerly Adepta), a health charity.

Gisela holds an MBA and an Honours degree in Education.

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