Susan Sparkes

Health financing specialist

World Health Organization


Susan Sparkes (ScD) is a health financing technical officer with the World Health Organization based in Geneva. She is a health economist with 15 years of experience in fiscal policy, health financing and health systems reform around the world. In recent years, her work has focused on issues related to political economy of reform and the health system efficiency, with a particular focus on Sri Lanka, Ghana and South Africa. She has worked on fiscal space and health financing policy for the World Bank, as well as on health system issues for the Global Fund, among other organizations. She is widely published on health financing, health systems and universal health coverage. She has a Doctorate in health economics from Harvard University, a Master’s in economics from Tufts University, and a Bachelor’s in international political economy from Georgetown University.