Marie-Claude Martin is a CIGI senior fellow. She is currently the director of global initiatives at the Alliance for Human Development (AHD) at Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute in Toronto. Her work focuses on the development of a global partnership to build and promote research and interventions aimed at supporting the healthy development of children and youth in low- and middle-income countries and to foster a sustainable alliance of knowledge producers and users around the globe.

Prior to joining the AHD, Marie-Claude spent three years as associate director and then director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Office of Research – Innocenti in Florence, Italy, where she provided leadership for the development of a UNICEF-wide research agenda and helped disseminate and apply research findings to policy development, advocacy and programming. Before that, she served in a number of senior positions at Canada’s International Development Research Centre, including as founding director of the Think Tank Initiative. She also developed and managed a global portfolio of research projects in health equity and financing, social protection, poverty and human development. Marie-Claude holds an M.A. in development economics and a Ph.D. in public health.

Her areas of research include human development, child well-being, poverty analysis, inequality, health financing and determinants of population health.