Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Senior Program Officer

In 2013, I was recruited to join the Global Policy and Advocacy (GPA) team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, serving the family planning and MNCH (maternal, newborn and child health) technical teams.  By the time I left in 2017, we expanded the portfolios to encompass more developing country based advocacy institutions; we integrated the entire reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health continuum of care within the GPA division; and we made a seminal new grant to UNICEF to help them reframe their advocacy in the age of the Sustainable Development Goals.  The foundation's principles of results-based grant making, and close collaboration on the development of all new partnerships enabled Senior Program Officers like me to recommend wise investments, and optimize the foundation's impact on improving the lives and livelihoods of the world's most disadvantaged populations.