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Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann

Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann

CEO at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

As CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, I lead the organization’s vision for a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. My focus is on guiding a variety of missions – from eradication of disease and poverty, to empowering people, especially women and girls, to transform their lives.

Before joining the foundation in 2014, I was chancellor of the University of California at San Francisco. Prior to that, I spent 14 years at biotech firm Genentech, where I was fortunate enough to be at the forefront of the precision medicine revolution. The possible applications for precision medicine in global development are incredible.

But regardless of role, my training as an oncologist and scientist causes me to be endlessly curious about the world around us… If you get a chance, change the world. Go big.

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