Now Speaking: Former Gates Foundation CEO, Sue Desmond-Hellmann

Sue Desmond-Hellmann Now Speaking

We’re proud to share that Leading Authorities is now exclusively representing innovative leader and former CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Sue Desmond-Hellmann, for lectures.


An innovator and leader in life sciences, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann’s diverse training as an oncologist, scientist, and business executive leads to her endless curiosity about the world and her desire to change it for the better.

Most recently, she was the third-ever CEO of the Gates Foundation, leading the organization’s 1,500 employees in its efforts to reduce inequity and combat infectious diseases around the world.

From developing numerous breakthrough medicines at Genentech and being named one of the world’s seven most “powerful innovators” by Forbes, to serving as the first female chancellor of UCSF and leading the creation of the first nonprofit biotech organization at the Gates Foundation, she continues to break boundaries and be at the forefront of innovative thinking to make a difference.


Throughout her unique 30+ year career in biotechnology, academia, and philanthropy, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann has been an advocate for embracing innovation to create impact.

Using lessons-learned as a trailblazing female leader of one of the world’s largest philanthropies, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann inspires audiences with her unparalleled perspective on how to foster an environment of collaboration and relentless innovation to drive disruptive solutions.

Groups will walk away her talks prepared and inspired to better lead their teams, their organization, and their industry with purpose in today’s everchanging business environment.



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