About Inke Mathauer

Inke Mathauer is a health systems development and senior health financing specialist, holding a MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics, with 18 years of work experience. Inke joined the World Health Organization in 2007 where she is working in the Department of Health Systems Governance and Financing in Geneva. Her work focuses on health financing system reviews, country health financing policy advice as well as conceptual work based on synthesizing country evidence of what works and what doesn’t for universal health coverage. She publishes on a range of health financing related aspects. One of her previous projects has focused the institutional design features of state budget subsidization for poor and vulnerable groups to be covered in health insurance type schemes. She leads the thematic team on strategic purchasing for UHC, with the objective of raising this subject on the global and country agendas. Her specific work in this field is on mixed systems of provider payment methods, governance for strategic purchasing and the question on how to strengthen institutional capacity for strategic purchasing. Inke has developed the so-called OASIS approach (Institutional and Organizational ASsessment for Improving and Strengthening Health Financing), which is an analytical guide for a comprehensive and systematic assessment of a health financing system to explore institutional design aspects and organizational practice and how they contribute or don’t to moving towards universal health coverage. Prior to WHO, Inke worked for over 5 years for the German International Cooperation GIZ) both at Headquarters and in Kenya. At GTZ Kenya, she headed the quality management and health financing project activities and provided policy and technical advice to the Ministry of Health and the National Hospital Insurance Fund. Inke has also undertaken several institutional analysis consultancies for the World Bank.

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London School of Economics
London, United Kingdom
PhD in the field of institutional analysis, health economics and health systems strengthening: Comparative performance analysis of public, private and NGO health service provision in Uganda

MSc Development Studies
London School of Economics
London, United Kingdom

BSc Political Science/Public Administration
University of Konstanz
Konstanz, Germany

Studium Generale
University of Tübingen
Tübingen, Germany


Senior Health Financing Specialist
World Health Organization
February 2007 to Present
Geneva, Switzerland
Senior health financing specialist: technical and policy advisory support to countries, capacity strengthening/trainings, normative/conceptual work. Subject areas: health financing situation analysis, strategic purchasing, provider payment methods, governance, coverage extension to people in the informal economy.

Project leader/Interim Program Director, Health Sector Program
August 2004 to January 2007
Nairobi, Kenya

Sector Specialist for Health Systems Development
GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation)
November 2001 to August 2004
Frankfurt, Germany

World Bank (Senegal, Burkina Faso, Guyana)
February 2001 to July 2003
United States
Short term consultancies on institutional analysis in the health, safety nets and nutrition sectors.

Technical Advisor Subsidiarity
German Development Service (DED)
October 1996 to June 1998
Kamuli, Uganda

Short term placement
German Development Service (DED)
August 1994 to April 1995
Cotonou, Benin