Ms Annelise Hirschmann is a global public health professional with over 25 years of experience in international development focused on HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria with a special focus in the Latin America and Caribbean Region as well as South and East Asia. She has moved through the development arena working within the non-governmental sector developing programs and projects as well as governmental and public health work with the government of Guatemala as the national AIDS program director from 2004–2007. Ms Hirschmann moved to the international sector in 2007, co-leading a regional policy project in Latin America for US Government HIV programs. She joined the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in 2009, where she supported the development of the Regional Artemisinin Initiative in the Mekong, particularly for Vietnam and Laos. At present, she is regional manager for Latin America and the Caribbean. In this role she leads the Global Fund’s efforts and ensures the coordination with key partners and countries in the development of strategic initiatives in the region on malaria elimination. The result is the Malaria Elimination in Mesoamerica and Hispaniola (EMMIE) project that is focused on leveraging nine countries to commit funds and political will to achieve elimination by 2020.