Project Director, UHC Policy Forum, Centre on Global Health Security

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Robert Yates is an internationally recognized expert on universal health coverage (UHC) and progressive health financing. At Chatham House he is project director of the UHC Policy Forum. 

His principal area of expertise is in the political economy of UHC, with a focus on advising political leaders and government ministries on how to plan, finance and implement national UHC reforms. He has previously worked as a senior health economist with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Health Organization (WHO), advising numerous governments in Asia and Africa on health financing policy and health system reforms. 

Mr Yates is a member of the 'Health for All' Thematic Group of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He received his BA in Natural Sciences and Economics from Queens’ College Cambridge and his MBA from Leeds University.

Areas of expertise

  • Universal health coverage (UHC)
  • Health financing
  • Health systems
  • Health economics
  • Health management

Past experience

2011-14Senior Health Economist, World Health Organization
2007-11Senior Health Economist, Department for International Development (DFID)
2006-07United Nations, Deputy Head of UN Integrated Office, MONUC, DR Congo
2005-06Freelance consultant specialising in health financing 
2000-05Senior Health Economist, Government of Uganda (seconded from DFID)