2017 Impact Award Recipient: Celina Schocken

Celina Schocken is the CEO of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon. 

Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, an independent affiliate of the George W. Bush Institute, is a global partnership of national governments, non-governmental (NGO) and multilateral organizations, foundations, and corporations with a shared goal of reducing deaths from cervical cancer and breast cancer in low- and middle-income countries.

Celina is a prominent public health leader with extensive experience working on healthcare issues in the developing world. Schocken joined Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon in 2016 following her work developing new technology to improve women’s health in developing countries. Working with Global Good, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Jhpiego, and several startups, she led technology development efforts related to cervical cancer, postpartum hemorrhage, drug quality, and reproductive health.

She previously served as Director of Policy and Advocacy at Merck for Mothers, where she led the Saving Mothers, Giving Life public-private partnership. Prior to Merck, Schocken was Director of International Organizations at Population Services International (PSI), where she managed PSI’s work with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and other multilateral organizations. She has also served as Chief Advisor to the Rwandan Minister of State for HIV/AIDS and Other Epidemics, whom she assisted to draft national policies related to HIV/AIDS, and to coordinate the implementation of multi-million-dollar HIV/AIDS programs throughout the country.

Prior to her position with the Government of Rwanda, Schocken held positions as Country Director of Columbia University’s programs in Rwanda, and with the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation, where she co-authored Rwanda’s national plan for HIV/AIDS treatment and care. In 2005, she was a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Schocken received her juris doctor and master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s in business administration from New York University, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and HEC Paris. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, Phi Beta Kappa.