Bernhard H Liese


Department Chair, Professorial Lecturer, Department Chair


Department of International Health
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Bernhard Liese is chair of the Department of International Health at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies. He has more than 30 years of experience in the field of health and development. His area of concentration is in globalization and health and tropical diseases. As a former World Bank staff member, Liese worked in various policy and management functions, including senior advisor for human development, director of the health services department, operations advisor, and principal tropical-disease specialist, to name a few. He was deeply involved in establishing health lending at the Bank and also was the Bank representative for some of the large multi-donor global health programs that the Bank co-sponsors. On a two-year secondment, he provided support to UNDP’s Global Health Program as senior advisor for HIV/AIDS. Prior to joining the World Bank, Liese worked for several years as health project manager and director of a nursing & midwifery school for the Ministry of Health in Cameroon. Later, he was in charge of the Health Policy Desk in the Federal Ministry of Health in Germany. He is an avid lecturer and author of numerous articles and holds an M.D. and a D.Sc. from the University of Bonn and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.


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  • M.P.H. (1976) Harvard University, Health Services Management
  • D.Sc. (1971) University of Bonn, Malariology
  • M.D. (1969) University of Bonn,


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