Dr. Marie-Claude Martin is the Director of Global Initiatives at the Alliance for Human Development. Her work focuses on the development of a global research partnership to build and promote research and interventions aimed at supporting the healthy development of children and youth in low- and middle-income countries.
Prior to joining the AHD, Marie-Claude spent three years as associate director and then director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Office of Research – Innocenti in Florence, Italy, where she provided leadership for the development of a UNICEF-wide research agenda and helped disseminate and apply research findings to policy development, advocacy and programming. Before that, she served in a number of senior positions at Canada’s International Development Research Centre where she developed and led a portfolio of global research initiatives. Her areas of research include human development, child well-being, poverty analysis, health equity and financing and determinants of population health. Marie-Claude holds an M.A. in development economics and a Ph.D. in public health.