Robert Marten

Former Sr. Program Associate

Robert Marten joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2010. Mr. Marten managed relationships with current and prospective grantees throughout the grantmaking process, coordinated Foundation work with partners, and conducted research in support of the strategic development and execution of Foundation initiatives. He worked on the Transforming Health Systems (THS) initiative.

Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Mr. Marten worked as a consultant with the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and German Technical Cooperation in Zambia and South Africa. He also worked as a researcher at the Global Public Policy Institute in Germany and served as a United Nations Volunteer on HIV/AIDS in Vietnam.

Mr. Marten has published articles in the Lancet, Public Health, and the WHO Bulletin. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Health Council, is a member of the Advisory Council of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network, and is member of the editorial board of Global Health Governance.

Mr. Marten received a bachelor’s degree from McGill University, a master’s degree in public policy from the Hertie School of Governance, a certificate in global health effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health, a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Authored Content

  • Jun 19 2015
    Blog Post Five Things to Know About the First-Ever Global Progress Report on Universal Health Coverage A version of this post originally appeared on the World Bank’s Investing in Health blog.  Last Friday, I had the privilege of attending the launch of a new global report  that provides the clearest picture to date of countries’ progress moving toward universal health coverage (UHC). UHC is critical for building resilient health systems, which protect […] Robert Marten
  • Jun 11 2014
    Blog Post Ten (Plus One) Things to Think About When Planning and Implementing Universal Health Coverage In a previous post, I wrote about the Seven Things You Should Know About Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Here’s another post digging deeper into the “how to” of making reforms happen, which list considerations critical to the planning, implementation, and measurement of UHC. Essential Ingredients: Three necessary preconditions for UHC Political commitment and will: Universal health […] Robert Marten, Stefan Nachuk
  • Apr 28 2014
    Blog Post 7 Things You Should Know About Universal Health Coverage This year’s World Bank Spring Meeting featured a blockbuster event on health entitled, Toward Universal Health Coverage by 2030, featuring United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, World Bank President Jim Kim, Harvard Professor Lawrence Summers; Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Following […] Robert Marten
  • Oct 15 2013
    Blog Post Universal Health Coverage Relevant for All Countries This blog post is part of a series by the authors of the recent report, “Universal Health Coverage: A Commitment to Close the Gap.” The report— a collaborative effort from The Rockefeller Foundation, Save the Children, UNICEF, and WHO — focuses on how and why inequity should be prioritized as countries progress on the path […] Robert Marten
  • Jun 20 2013
    Blog Post Global Strategy for Universal Health Coverage A few weeks ago, I travelled to Geneva for a meeting the Rockefeller Foundation co-convened with the World Health Organization. The meeting focused on planning a global strategy for embedding universal health coverage (UHC) within the post-2015 development agenda, and coincided with the World Health Assembly. Participants from countries like India, Japan, Ghana, Malaysia, France, […] Robert Marten