Andrew O’Connell (Andy) is Nutrition International’s Regional Director for Asia. Andy seeks to lead and coordinate Nutrition International staff in six countries to make a significant impact on the lives of vulnerable women and children by working in collaboration with governments, the private sector and other agencies, to reduce micronutrient deficiencies. These six countries include India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, Myanmar and the Philippines, and are home to some of the world’s largest and most vulnerable populations.
With over 25 years of experience in international development, Andy has worked primarily in the field of health systems strengthening where he developed expertise in strategic planning, leadership, management, strengthening governance programs, institutional development and monitoring and evaluation.
Prior to Nutrition International, Andy worked for four years as a long-term Senior Technical Advisor, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) for DANIDA (Denmark’s development cooperation under its Ministry of Foreign Affairs), based in the Ministry of Health in Tanzania. In this role, he promoted the public-private dialogue forum at the national, regional and council levels, revising service level agreements and developing a pipeline of PPP projects within the health sector, including a 40 million (USD) pharmaceutical manufacturing plant project.
Andy worked in Zambia for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) as the Senior Technical Adviser in Urban Health and as a Technical Consultant in DFID’s Urban Health Program in Bangladesh. In addition, through the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, he led the re-establishment of DFID’s investment in the health sector in Malawi through the national Sexual Reproductive Health Program. Andy has also provided technical support to DFID’s maternal and newborn health programs in Kenya, Somalia and Zimbabwe.
As a consultant, Andy has worked on a wide range of health systems issues across 15 African countries, including working for the Danish Red Cross, the European Union, Irish AID, UNICEF and the World Bank. He has worked as a trainer on anti-corruption courses for the health sector through the donor supported U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Center at the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Norway.
Andy holds a Master’s degree in Health Planning and Financing from the University of London, through a joint program from the London School of Economics and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, U.K.