Valerie Nkamgang Bemo, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

TITLE: Senior Program Officer, Global Development

FUNDING AREAS: Emergency response—natural disasters, economic crisis and other complex crises.

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PROFILE: Valerie Bemo is wears a couple of hats at the Gates Foundation, drawing on her years of experience to discharges her duties. Her responsibilities in emergency response bring her talents and skills to other parts of the world as well – she is as familiar with the difficulties in Aceh, Indonesia as she is with those in the Democratic Republic of Congo or Cote d'Ivoire. In 2005, she set up an unstaffed clinic after an earthquake devastated Aceh, treating long lines of patients for injuries from the quake as well as for medical problems unrelated to the disaster. That followed her work for the International Rescue Committee in Cote d'Ivoire where she was involved in running a large water and sanitation program serving 250 villages in the western part of the country. 

Her foundation bio shares: 

Valerie Nkamgang Bemo manages the foundation’s investments that support communities affected by natural disasters and complex emergencies.

Brian Arbogast, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

TITLE: Director, Global Development, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

FUNDING AREAS: New sanitation technologies, urban WASH projects, and advocacy

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PROFILE: Looking outside of philanthropic circles to fulfill their leadership needs is not a new practice for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. But when it comes to Brian Arbogast, the director of the foundation's Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program, there is only one degree of separation between him and Bill Gates. His foundation bio shares:

Brian Arbogast leads the foundation’s effort to bring groundbreaking innovations in sanitation technology and new ways to deliver sanitation products and services to people in the developing world.

Prior to joining the foundation, Brian was a corporate vice president at Microsoft Corporation, leading an international portfolio of research and development projects. More recently, he concentrated in cleantech and international development, driving market solutions to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. He served as a senior advisor with The Boston Consulting Group and as a board member of the Northwest Energy Angels and of Water1st International. He is a founding board member of Progress Alliance of Washington and an advisor to Upaya Social Ventures.

Brian received his Bachelor of Mathematics in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and a Certificate in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

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Jay Wenger, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

TITLE: Director

FUNDING AREAS: Polio

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PROFILE: Jay Wenger is a director at the Gates Foundation. His foundation bio shares: 

Dr. Jay Wenger leads the foundation’s polio eradication efforts within the Global Development Program. He manages a high-performing team and works across the foundation to drive instrumental advocacy work, resource mobilization, communications, and research and product development. Dr. Wenger represents the foundation both internally and externally and helps to shape and execute the polio eradication strategy.
Prior to joining the foundation Dr. Wenger served as the Associate Director for Science in the Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections at the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and focused on surveillance and prevention and control programs for invasive bacterial diseases. Jay was formerly detailed to the World Health Organization (WHO) for five years as Project Manager for the National Polio Surveillance Project in collaboration with the Government of India. Prior to working in India, he coordinated the introduction of new vaccines and developed a regional network of WHO medical officers as the Medical Officer and Coordinator for the Accelerated Vaccine Introduction Priority Project with the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) at the WHO. Dr. Wenger received his medical degree from Temple University in Philadelphia and training in epidemiology at the CDC.

Rodger Voorhies, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

TITLE: Director

FUNDING AREAS: Financial services for the poor

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PROFILE: Rodger Voorhies is executive director of the Agricultural Development, Financial Services for the Poor, Gender Equality, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene teams within the Global Growth & Opportunity Division. His founation bio shares:

Rodger Voorhies is executive director of the Agricultural Development, Financial Services for the Poor, Gender Equality, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene teams within the Global Growth & Opportunity Division.
In this role, Rodger leads the foundation’s efforts to alleviate hunger and poverty for millions of farming families in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia by increasing agricultural productivity in a sustainable way; make high quality digital financial services widely accessible to people living in the poorest parts of the world; promote sustainable approaches to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; and bring groundbreaking innovations in sanitation technology and new ways to deliver sanitation products and services to people in the developing world. Prior to his current role, Rodger was director of the foundation’s Financial Services for the Poor program.
Before joining the foundation in 2011, Rodger worked in emerging markets for nearly 20 years. In Sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe, he helped establish and grow successful microfinance organizations with client-driven organizational cultures that delivered innovative financial services to poor households and communities. He was CEO of Opportunity Bank of Serbia, where he managed the bank through a successful turnaround, using data to reach smallholder farmers. He founded Opportunity Bank of Malawi, the first commercial microfinance bank in Malawi, and grew it to become one of the largest providers of financial services in the country using alternative delivery channels (e.g., biometric smart cards, mobile banking). Today, nearly one out of every five Malawi families has a relationship with the bank.
Rodger was a postgraduate student in Organizational Behavior and Sociology at Northwestern University, holds a Master’s degree in Management from Kellogg School of Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Biola University. Rodger contributes to numerous publications in the microfinance industry and is a former member of the board of Nyika-Vwaza Trust, which is dedicated to conserving the wildlife and habitats of Northern Malawi.

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Chris Elias, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

TITLE: President, Global Development 

FUNDING AREAS: Agricultural development; financial services for the poor; family planning, maternal, newborn and child health; vaccine delivery; water, sanitation and hygiene; and special initiatives

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PROFILE: Chris Elias leads the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's work in international development. His foundation bio shares: 

Dr. Chris Elias is the president of the Global Development Program, where he leads the foundation’s efforts in a diverse range of program areas aimed at finding creative new ways to ensure solutions and products get into the hands of people in poor countries who need them most. Focusing on areas with the potential for high-impact, sustainable solutions that can reach hundreds of millions of people, Chris oversees Global Development’s portfolio in Agriculture Development; Emergency Response; Family Planning; Financial Services for the Poor; Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health; Nutrition; Polio Eradication; Vaccine Delivery; and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. A common theme of these programs is innovative and integrated delivery, including an emphasis on strengthening of primary health care systems.
Chris’s professional background is in public health and medicine. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation in February 2012, he worked in various positions and countries for international nonprofit organizations, most recently serving as the president and CEO of PATH, an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of people around the world by advancing technologies, strengthening systems, and encouraging healthy behaviors.
Chris holds an MD from Creighton University, having completed postgraduate training in internal medicine at the University of California San Francisco, and an MPH from the University of Washington, where he was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine.

Allan C. Golston, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

TITLE:President, US Program

FUNDING AREAS: K-12 educational reform

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PROFILE: Currently president of the U.S. Program, Allan C. Golston has been working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation since 2000. His foundation bio shares: 

Allan C. Golston, president of the United States Program, leads the foundation’s efforts to advance educational opportunity and student achievement in the United States to ensure that all students – and particularly low-income students and students of color –receive a high-quality education that leads to success in college and their careers. He oversees the U.S. Program’s major areas of investment—Education, Pacific Northwest, and Special Initiatives.
Originally joining the foundation in 2000 as the chief financial officer, Allan felt a deep connection to the U.S. Program work—which spans early learning, K-12, and postsecondary—and began serving as president in 2006.
Allan believes education provides a bridge to opportunity unlike any other in America, and he is committed to ensuring all young people have the education and opportunity they deserve. This includes a deep focus on equity in education and using data to get to better outcomes for students of all backgrounds.
Allan’s professional background is in finance, health care, and education. He holds an MBA from Seattle University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Colorado. Allan is an active community volunteer and serves on the boards of a number of regional and national organizations, including Seattle University, Charter Schools Growth Fund, and Stryker Corporation.

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Orin Levine, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

TITLE: Director, Global Development

FUNDING AREAS: Vaccine delivery

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PROFILE: Levine is a director at the Gates Foundation. His foundation bio shares:

Dr. Orin Levine leads the foundation’s efforts to accelerate the introduction of new vaccines and related technologies and to improve routine immunization systems. He is the Foundation’s focal point for engagement with the GAVI Alliance whose mission is saving children’s lives by increasing access to immunization in poor countries.
Before joining the foundation’s Global Development Program in 2012, Dr. Levine was a Professor of International Health, and Executive Director of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has also served as a Steering Committee Member of the Decade of Vaccines Collaboration and Co-Chair of its Global Access Working Group, as well as President, Committee on Global Health, American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene.
Dr. Levine graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College and received a PhD in epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Trevor Mundel, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

TITLE: President, Global Health Program

FUNDING AREAS: Tuberculosis, HIV, malaria, vaccines, drug therapies, and diagnostics

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PROFILE: Trevor Mundel came to the Gates Foundation in 2011 with a long history in big pharma. His foundation bio shares: 

Trevor Mundel leads the foundation’s efforts to develop high-impact interventions against the leading causes of death and disability in developing countries. He manages the foundation’s disease-specific R&D investments in HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, pneumonia, enteric and diarrheal diseases, and neglected tropical diseases. He also manages cross-cutting product development programs, including Discovery & Translational Sciences, Innovative Technology Solutions, Integrated Development, and Vaccine Development & Surveillance. This work relies on close collaboration with an international network of grantees and partners.
Prior to joining the foundation in 2011, Trevor was global head of development with Novartis and previously was involved in clinical research at Pfizer and Parke-Davis.
Born and raised in South Africa, Trevor earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He also studied mathematics, logic, and philosophy as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and he earned a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Chicago.