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Sam Franzen

Health team member, Non-executive director

Health team member, Non-executive director

Sam Franzen is a senior consultant who also serves as the staff-elected director on the OPM Board.

Sam is a monitoring and evaluation specialist in the Health team and leads the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Health Information Systems Hub. He has broad social policy experience with a focus on clinical and global health. He is skilled in a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods from clinical trials to theory-driven evaluations. Over a very international career, Sam has worked with various organisations including the World Bank, the World Health Organisation, DFID, IDRC, the Gates Foundation, national NGOs, the University of Oxford, and Imperial College, London.

Sam has worked throughout the policy cycle undertaking situational and organisational analyses; project implementation and implementation research; technical assistance and capacity building; and adaptive management of multi-partner programmes and aid modalities (including process, institutional, strategic, and summative evaluations).

He currently manages a large ($8.9M) technical assistance programme for Africa’s largest results-based financing project in Nigeria and is technical lead for a complex health system evaluation and learning programme in India for the Gates Foundation. He has recently concluded two strategic reviews of WHO departments working in Neglected Tropical Diseases. Previous to joining OPM, at Oxford University Sam led an international collaborative team of social and medical scientists to develop recommendations and a framework to strengthen health research system capacity in low- and middle-income countries.

Sam has authored various technical and non-technical publications, written multiple client reports, and given presentations for global health leaders, NGOs, multi-lateral organisations, and national governments. He holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford.