David Melody has over 15 years professional experience, including 5 years in management positions in the commercial private sector and 10 years in international public health. He has designed and managed health programmes in Central Asia and southern Africa, and provided strategic programme direction and technical support from senior positions at head office level. He holds Masters in both Business Administration and Health Policy, Planning and Financing, and speaks 4 languages fluently (English, French, Portuguese, German). His areas of expertise include project cycle management, health systems strengthening and HIV and AIDS. He is currently involved in the development of health systems operations research as part of Save the Children’s work in northern Nigeria.