Ms Aferdita Bytyqi is the Senior Coordinator of the Secretariat of the Lancet and Financial Times Commission. She directs and coordinates the implementation of the Commission work plan, the report and its derivative technical materials, and all activities related to the Commission and Secretariat. She has developed collaborative relationships with implementing partners and donor agencies and ensures due diligence and compliance. Ms Bytyqi has over 20 years of progressive and relevant programme experience in implementing international research, development, and regeneration programmes on behalf of multilateral and bilateral agencies and private donors. Before joining the Commission, she was the Director of Finance and Operations at ICS Integrare and previously worked with MBM, FAO, WHO. Ms Bytyqi has process expertise in the disbursement and management of financial grants and has successfully supported the delivery of multi-stakeholder projects. She has worked in emergency, conflict and post-conflict environments, as well as with developed and developing countries. Selected publications include The State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 (SOWMY 2014; SOWMY 2011) report as part of UNFPA’s High Burden Countries Initiative, Analysis of the Midwifery Workforce in Selected Arab Countries (2015) and The Lancet Special Series on Midwifery (2014). Ms Bytyqi is an Architect and has an MSc. in Urban Development and Planning from UCL.