Supporting vaccine distribution
After beginning her career as a consultant, including jobs for the African Development Bank, then the Boston Consulting Group and the World Bank, Hudak joined Gavi in the risk department and moved into an operations role in recent years. Gavi supports vaccine distribution fighting 17 different infectious diseases in mostly low-income countries. In the past year through COVAX, the organization has also focused significant attention on the COVID-19 vaccines.
In her role, Hudak works with senior country managers, regional heads, and Gavi’s director of country support to provide strategic and operational help. She has a bird’s eye view of all pieces of the vaccine distribution process.
But distribution is not the only hurdle.
“We know that vaccine hesitancy has been a problem for a long time,” said Hudak, “and with COVID and social media, we’ve realized how persuasive people making false claims can be. It’s still an uphill battle.”