Xavier Alterescu, Head of Regional Operations, DNDi Latin America

Xavier Alterescu joined DNDi as Head of Regional Operations for Latin America in February 2017. He started out as an international contract and finance lawyer in Paris, France before he moved to Brazil to start a career in international public health. He has 24 years of experience managing and developing public health teams, organizations and programs in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the USA.

Before working with DNDi, Xavier held positions of Country Director for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Mozambique, and Deputy Director for the global $200 million Leadership, Management and Governance (LMG) project at Management Sciences for Health in Washington, DC (USA). There he was in charge of streamlining the project’s management systems, and of designing, promoting and implementing models, tools, and approaches for management systems, governance, individual and institutional capacity development, and sustainability at the global level, and of helping ensure that lessons learned from technical innovations were appropriately transferred to country offices.

Prior to that he served for 13 years in Brazil as Country Director for US, French, Brazilian and Dutch non-profit organizations working with HIV/AIDS and key populations. He was the Country Director for Pact in Brazil and in Thailand, and the Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Community REACH programs in Brazil and the Greater Mekong Region (Thailand, China, Myanmar and Laos). He founded and was the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Amazona, a Brazilian NGO working with HIV/AIDS, key populations, and community development.

He holds a PhD (ABD) in Strategic Management from the Federal University of Paraiba (Brazil), a Master of International Business from the Clermont-Ferrand Business School (France), a Master of International Business Law from the University of Paris (France), and he received his undergraduate Law degree in Corporate and Tax Law from the University of Paris (France). Xavier is fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.