Director, EMRO & Series Editor
Rachel A. Nugent, Ph.D. is Vice President for Global Non-communicable Diseases at RTI International. Previously, Rachel was the DCPN Principal Investigator. She continues to serve as Director for the DCP - WHO EMRO collaboration, as well as a DCP3 Series Editor and volume editor the following volumes: Cardio-metabolic and Respiratory Disease; Environmental Health and Injury Prevention; Major Infectious Diseases; and Disease Control Priorities.
Rachel was also a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington from 2011 - 2015. She was formerly Deputy Director of Global Health at the Center for Global Development, Director of Health and Economics at the Population Reference Bureau, Program Director of Health and Economics Programs at the Fogarty International Center of NIH, and senior economist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
From 1991-1997, she was associate professor and department chair (1993-97) in economics at Pacific Lutheran University. She has advised the World Health Organization, the U.S. Government, and non-profit organizations on the economics and policy environment of NCDs. She was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Cardiovascular Disease Epidemic in Developing Countries, the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Chronic Diseases and Well-Being, and a contributor to the Disease Control Priorities Project in Developing Countries, published in 2006. Her recent research includes tracking donor funding on NCDs and the linkages between agriculture and NCDs . She received her M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, USA.