Peter Sands

Principal Advisor

Peter Sands has been the Executive Director of The Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria since March 2018. Since June 2015 Peter has been a Research Fellow at Harvard University, dividing his time between the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Global Health Institute, part of the Harvard School of Public Health, and working on a range of research projects in financial markets and regulation, fintech and global health.

Peter is a board member or adviser to several start-ups in the fintech and meditech arenas, such as Noble Markets (US) and Cera (UK)

Peter was Group Chief Executive of Standard Chartered PLC from November 2006 to June 2015. He joined the Board of Standard Chartered PLC as Group Finance Director in May 2002, responsible for Finance, Strategy, Risk and Technology and Operations.  Prior to this, Peter was a Senior Partner at worldwide consultants McKinsey & Co. Before joining McKinsey, Peter worked for the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Peter has served on various boards and commissions, including as Lead Non-Executive Director of the UK Department of Health, a Director of the World Economic Forum and Co-Chairman of Davos, Member of the International Advisory Board of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Member of the Browne Commission on Higher Education Funding in the United Kingdom, Member of the China People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign People’s Global CEO Council, Co-Chair of the UK-India CEO Forum, Board Director of the Institute of International Finance, Chairman of the International Monetary Conference, Member of the International Advisory Board of Lingnan University, China.

Peter graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford University with a First Class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He also received a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, where he was a Harkness Fellow. Peter, who grew up in Singapore and Malaysia, is married to author and bookshop owner, Betsy Tobin and has four children.

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