José Luis Castro, FRSA is the President & CEO of Vital Strategies, where he has led a rapid expansion of Vital Strategies’ portfolio, working with governments to tackle the world’s leading killers, primarily in low- and middle- income countries. The organization now reaches into 73 countries and has touched the lives of more than 2 billion people.
Mr. Castro is a notable expert in global health and public health management. Under his leadership, Vital Strategies has led the design and implementation of several groundbreaking public health initiatives. In 2017, the launch of the Resolve To Save Lives initiative, focused on preventing deaths from epidemics and cardiovascular disease, was recognized by Devex as one of the 10 most important moments in global health that year. Similarly, the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics program’s (CRVS) joint proposal with Plan International for the MacArthur Foundation’s 100 & Change initiative was cited by the Center for High Impact Philanthropy as one of the 11 global “best bets” for philanthropic investment.
In October 2020, Mr Castro concluded his six-year term as the 8th Executive Director of The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. During his leadership, the organization expanded its global portfolio of activities and forged new strategic partnerships, including with the Global Fund, USAID, DFID and Bloomberg Philanthropies. In addition to establishing the renowned International Management Development Program (IMDP), which has trained more than 4,000 managers from 30 countries, Mr. Castro has strengthened the organization’s programmatic, operational functions and global advocacy. In 2014, Mr. Castro co-founded the Global TB Caucus, an international network of over 2,300 parliamentarians from 132 countries, with the Rt. Hon. Nick Herbert MP of the UK, to accelerate progress against the TB epidemic. This revolutionary initiative remains one of the world’s largest political networks dedicated to advancing a global health priority. Between 1993 and 2001, Mr. Castro provided technical, financial management and logistical assistance to the Indian government in establishing the largest tuberculosis control program in the world. During the largest outbreak of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis ever to occur in the United States, Mr. Castro helped build the program that is still the foundation for tuberculosis control protocol in New York City.
Mr. Castro served as the first President of the NCD Alliance from 2017-2019, a network of over 2,000 civil society organizations in more than 170 countries dedicated to combating the global non-communicable disease epidemic.
Mr. Castro earned his Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Pace University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.