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Silimperi, M.D.

Senior Vice President, Global Health

Diana Silimperi is an international public health pediatrician and epidemiologist. She brings over 30 years of global experience leading the planning, design and implementation of integrated healthcare service delivery and health systems strengthening programs in 40 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Silimperi has specialized in the implementation of maternal, newborn and child health; infectious disease; and, more recently, non-communicable disease programs, working with both the public and private sectors on actions ranging from community-based interventions through hospital care.

Silimperi leads Abt Associates’ global health portfolio, which includes nearly 2000 staff members working in approximately 60 low- and middle-resource countries. Before joining Abt in 2012, Silimperi was vice president of the Center for Health Services at Management Sciences for Health, where she managed projects in 25 countries and focused on expanding the coverage of quality care and strengthening financial health systems. Her previous experience includes technical leadership on global health and quality projects as well as country program leadership in Africa and Asia.

Silimperi is a recognized authority on health system strengthening, with in-depth experience in quality of care, performance-based financing and the rebuilding of systems in post-conflict countries. Throughout her career, she has been an advocate for equitable access to health care and for the special health care needs of the urban poor. She is an expert in urban health systems and a founding member of the International Society for Urban Health.


  • Epidemiology and public health
  • Health systems strengthening programs
  • Implementation research
  • Infectious disease program interventions
  • Integrated service delivery across the continuum of care and the delivery system 
  • Maternal, newborn and child health
  • Private sector health
  • Quality assurance and performance improvement, including standards and accreditation
  • Urban health
  • Surveillance systems
  • Languages: English (native); Spanish, Portuguese, Bangla, Mandarin Chinese, Swedish
Diana Silimperi