Rachel Nugent is Vice President for Global Non-communicable Diseases at RTI International. She joined RTI in February 2016 to lead a new global initiative to prevent and reduce the health and economic burdens of chronic non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries. Prior to this position, Rachel was Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington and Director of the Disease Control Priorities Network. She has advised the World Health Organization, the U.S. Government, and non-profit organizations on the economics and policy environment of NCDs. She is a member of WHO’s Expert Advisory Panel on Management of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), the NCD Alliance External Advisory Panel and The Lancet Commission on NCDIs of the Poorest Billion.
Rachel focuses on using economic analysis for priority-setting in health, and has worked with global and national institutions to increase use of evidence for decision-making. Her current research includes tracking donor funding on NCDs and assessing costs and benefits of NCD policies and interventions. She received her M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, USA. Rachel has held past positions as 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, senior economist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and chair of the economics department at Pacific Lutheran University. 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 a contributor to the Disease Control Priorities Project in Developing Countries, published in 2006.