Gisela Abbam

Director for Strategic Partnerships, Abt Associates


Gisela Abbam, M.B.A., is Global Executive Director for Government Affairs & Policy for GE Healthcare. Gisela is 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 works in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN, World Bank and other international organizations to improve health outcomes. Furthermore, Gisela leads and drives a broad range of legislative, policy issues to shape global health policies. She is focused on addressing health needs of various countries.
Gisela is currently a member of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicines Committee on Global Health and the Future of the US. Gisela has written over 40 briefings/white papers on various policy issues including health reform. Gisela initiated and led the successful selection of 9 GE technologies for the WHO Compendium of Innovative Technologies. 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. Gisela is also currently the 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 is a member of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

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 regularly presents at International conferences and has written a number of publications.

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. Gisela is currently a non-executive Director for Strong Tower Missionaries.

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