José Luis Castro is the President & CEO of Vital Strategies, as well as the Executive Director of The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.
Mr. Castro 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 60 countries, with offices in six, and has touched the lives of more than 2 billion people.
Under Mr. Castro’s leadership, Vital Strategies has gained recognition for several of its initiatives. For example, Resolve To Save Lives was acknowledged by Devex as one of the 10 most important moments in global health in 2017. And, 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.
Between 1993 and 2001, Mr. Castro played an important role managing financial and logistical support for the Indian government as they established the largest tuberculosis control program in the world, treating ten million patients and saving more than one million lives. And, 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 also currently serves as President of the NCD Alliance, a network of over 2,000 civil society organizations in more than 170 countries dedicated to combating the global Non-Communicable Disease epidemic. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Pace University in 2005.