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Margaret A. Hamburg

TNC Board Member and Vice President, Global Biological Policy and Programs, Nuclear Threat Initiative

Washington, DC

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Margaret Hamburg TNC Global Board Member and Foreign Secretary, National Academy of Medicine © The Nature Conservancy

Areas of Expertise

Science, Public health, Medicine

Board Term

February 2019 – October 2028


Dr. Margaret Hamburg is an internationally recognized leader in public health and medicine, who currently serves as chair of the Nuclear Threat Initiative | bio Advisory Group. She previously served as foreign secretary of the National Academy of Medicine and is a former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), having served for almost six years. Before joining FDA, Hamburg was founding vice president and senior scientist at the Nuclear Threat Initiative. Previous government positions include Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Commissioner for New York City, and Assistant Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health.

Hamburg recently stepped down from her position as Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. In her former role, she served as senior advisor on international matters and was the liaison with other Academies of Medicine around the world. She is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Academy of Medicine. Hamburg currently sits on the boards of The Nature Conservancy, the Commonwealth Fund, the Simons Foundation, the Urban Institute, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy and the American Museum of Natural History. She is chair of the Joint Coordinating Group for the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovation, and a member of the Harvard University Global Advisory Council, the Global Health Scientific Advisory Committee for the Gates Foundation, the Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows, and the World Dementia Council.

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