April 20, 2022 – SEOUL, Republic of Korea – The International Vaccine Institute (IVI), an international organization with the mission to discover, develop and deliver safe, effective and affordable vaccines for global health, announced today that Dr. Ximena Garzón Villalba, Minister of Public Health of Ecuador, and Dr. Leon Mutesa, Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Rwanda, will join its Board of Trustees (BOT), representing Ecuador and Rwanda, respectively, two member states of IVI. Their terms will commence at the next BOT meeting scheduled for May 19-20, 2022, in Stockholm, Sweden.
“For the first time, IVI has made the decision to include two representatives from non-funding member states to its Board of Trustees. I am delighted to welcome H.E. Ximena Garzón Villalba, Minister of Public Health of Ecuador, and Prof. Leon Mutesa of the University of Rwanda to our board, bringing their combined expertise and leadership in medical research, public health, and capacity-building. They join board members from the Republic of Korea, Sweden, India, and Finland in representing IVI’s state parties,” said George Bickerstaff, Chairperson of IVI’s BOT.
“It is a pleasure to welcome H.E. Garzón Villalba and Prof. Mutesa to IVI’s leadership, two experts in their fields who embody IVI’s commitment to scientific research and capacity-building for public good and health. Their guidance will play an invaluable role as IVI executes its next five-year strategy, expanding its geographic footprint and adopting sustainable and responsive governance,” said Dr. Jerome Kim, Director General of IVI.