Alice Schmidt is a senior global health and development expert. Over the past 20 years, she has worked in 30 countries – mostly in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa - with over 40 health and development institutions. This includes being engaged as senior expert with DEVCO B4’s Health Advisory Services Team led by hera since January 2018. During this period , she led several research and advisory assignments to inform EU policy and funding decisions, including on multisectoral approaches and Health in All Policies; engagement with the African Union in Health; Health in the context of urbanisation; evaluation of DEVCO health programmes; and HSS in light of polio eradication and transmission planning.
Before joining the HAS, Alice held advisory positions in health and HIV policy with UNESCO, UNDP and Save the Children and worked as an independent consultant. Alice benefits from experience with over 40 institutional contexts, including UN agencies (WHO, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNIDO, UNDP); the World Bank and African Union; bilateral donors (DFID, GIZ, DFAT/formerly AusAID); large corporates (Boehringer Ingelheim, Merck), civil society (ACF, Action Aid, Action for Global Health, ADRA, DSW, MSF, Plan International, Save the Children, Tearfund, WaterAid, World Vision); and other stakeholder groups, such as the media.
As an M&E specialist, Alice regularly designs and implements results frameworks, research methodologies and tools for complex evaluations of multi-stakeholder health programmes requiring participatory approaches. Between 2014 and 2017 Alice served as RMNCH evaluation team leader facilitating the design and implementation of prospective evaluation studies on quality of care, regional alignment and overall validity of theory of change for a DFID- and BMGF-funded £20 million project to improve RMNCH in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has worked extensively on aid architecture, particularly when managing the participation of development partners and recipient governments (Benin, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Gambia, Mauritania, Nepal, Nigeria, Togo, Uganda) in three consecutive rounds of global IHP+ (international health partnership) monitoring (2012, 2014, 2016); when investigating policies and practices around EDC of Australia and Germany in 2017; or when analysing the principle of democratic ownership and civil society participation with a view to informing the OECD monitoring process on aid effectiveness in 2009 and 2011. Alice also engaged in research projects for the World Bank/IFC, such as the Mining Health Initiative, a multi-stakeholder research and strategy development exercise for public-private health partnerships in the mining sector. She also facilitated a large pharma company’s participation in the Access to Medicines Index in two consecutive rounds (2016, 2018) as well as various health advocacy strategy development processes, including for the DFID and NORAD-funded £60 million Project to Revive Routine Immunization in Northern Nigeria.
Alice works as an independent consultant while also being engaged as a Director at Endeva, a Berlin-based research & consulting institute where she leads work on business solutions to global public health issues and social impact assessment. Alice has two master’s degrees for which she studied at universities in Austria, Australia and the UK: she holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London and a Master in International Business Administration from Vienna University of Economics and Business. She regularly lectures on sustainable development and social impact at European business schools.