Dr Aparnaa Somanathan, Australia

Program Leader, World Bank, Australia

Aparnaa Somanathan is a Program Leader for Human Development at the World Bank. She has worked on health systems strengthening issues for over fifteen years in a range of countries including China, Estonia, Georgia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Poland, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. She has also worked extensively on the implications of population ageing on health financing and service delivery. Aparnaa read economics at Cambridge University and holds a doctoral degree in International Health Economics and Policy from Harvard University. Aparnaa is the lead author of the 2014 World Bank publication titled, “Moving Towards Universal Coverage of Social Health Insurance in Vietnam: Assessment and Options”. She is also the co-author of: “Financing Health Care in the East Asia and Pacific: Best Practices and Remaining Challenges” with Jack Langenbrunner; and the publication, “Live Long and Prosper: Ageing in the East Asia and Pacific region” with Philip O’Keefe and others.

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