Craig Lissner joined the United Nations System in 1981 at the Food and Agriculture Organization, where he carried out research on global food security and poverty. He continued this work at the World Bank from 1983-1985, contributing to a major World Bank policy paper entitled Poverty and Hunger.
He joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1985, where he has held appointments in the WHO Action Programme on Essential Drugs, Global Programme on AIDS, Safe Motherhood programme, and in the Department of Reproductive Health. His work has covered the economics of pharmaceuticals in HIV care, costing of safe motherhood programmes, and financing and the economics of reproductive health.
He is now the Programme Manager of the UNDP-UNFPA-UNICEF-WHO-World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction, based at WHO in Geneva.
He received an M.B.A from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in Economics and Government from Connecticut College, USA