Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Susan Desmond-Hellmann talks with The Verge's Walt Mossberg and Recode's Kara Swisher about her efforts to stop Ebola, Dengue fever and the Zika virus in the poorest parts of the world. She explains why Zika rose so rapidly without warning and what affected countries like Brazil and Colombia can do to slow it down. Next on the to-do list: Wiping out African sleeping sickness.
Former CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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With a medical, scientific, and philanthropic career that spans more than 30 years, Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann has devoted her life to improving the human condition through innovation. Most recently, she was the CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading the organization’s vision for a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. She was formerly the first female chancellor of University of California at San Francisco and spent 14 years at biotech firm Genentech, leading the development of a number of breakthrough medicines. 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. In speeches, she shares her unique insights not only on revolutionizing global health, but also on effective and innovative leadership. 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 that make an impact.