Amb. Jimmy Kolker served as Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2014-2017). In this role Amb. Kolker was the Department's Chief Health diplomat, representing the United States at World Health Organization and Global Fund meetings.
Amb. Kolker had a 30-year diplomatic career with the U.S. Department of State where he served as the U.S. Amb. to Burkina Faso (1999-2002) and to Uganda (2002-2005). From 2005 to 2007 he was Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, leading the implementation of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). From 2007 to 2011 Amb. Kolker was Chief of the AIDS Section at UNICEF's New York headquarters. He was Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. embassies in Denmark and Botswana and won awards for political reporting at earlier posts in the UK, Sweden, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique.
Now retired, Amb. Kolker is a non-resident senior associate with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center and a fellow of Georgetown's Center for Global Health Science and Security. He serves on the boards of the ABInBev Foundation, Building Tomorrow, Firelight Foundation and the G4 (Surgery) Alliance and on advisory councils for Last Mile Health, Global HOPE and One Health Workforce - Next Generation.