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“Our goal must be a world in which good health is a pillar of individual well-being, national progress, and international stability and peace. This cannot be achieved without partnerships involving governments, international organizations, the business community, and civil society.”

— Kofi A. Annan, ex-Secretary-General of the United Nations

About the Foundation 

Edward L. Kadunc

Executive Director

Mr. Edward Kadunc serves as the executive director of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation. He is a highly experienced international manager with a 40-year successful career in Latin America and Eastern Europe as a senior U.S. government official. He is skilled in policy formulation and strategic planning and has successfully negotiated with private and public decision makers at the highest levels to achieve priority corporate and political goals.

Mr. Kadunc is recognized widely for his leadership. In January 2008, he received the Outstanding Career Achievement Award from Ambassador Henrietta H. Fore, the Deputy Secretary of State for Foreign Assistance and Administrator for the US Agency for International Development (AID).  Previously, Mr. Kadunc was honored with the Presidential Meritorious Honor Award—an award honoring high-performing professionals who are strong, effective leaders committed to excellence.

In the health area, Mr. Kadunc has advised governments and the private sector on prevention and education issues regarding tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS and planning and management of public health and primary health care programs. While serving as the AID mission director in Mexico, he oversaw health initiatives along the US-Mexico border; the partners included medical centers, state and municipal health authorities, and universities. He has also worked with the private sector on corporate social responsibility programs, particularly in the areas of health and education. Additionally, he has led a major program of university partnerships between some 90 U.S. and Mexican universities. He has also been involved in government reform and modernization activities and post-war reconstruction programs.

Edward Kadunc has an MPH from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. A native English speaker, he is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. He has lived and worked in Bolivia, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru.

He joined the foundation in January 2008.

Mr. Kadunc signed a conflict of interest statement and agrees to abide by PAHEF's conflict of interest policy.

 Mr. Edward Kadunc receives Outstanding Career Achievement Award from Ambassador Henrietta H. Fore. Jan. 30, 2008 Photo Source: USAID


 Mr. Edward Kadunc congratulates Dr. Roses on her second inauguration. Feb. 1, 2008. Photo Source: PAHO


 Former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox and Mr. & Mrs. Kadunc at the Frontiers of Innovation Conference. Harvard University's Ash Institute. March 31, 2008. Photo Source: Martha Stewart Photography