Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann, chief executive officer, leads the foundation's efforts to promote equity for all people around the world. She sets strategic priorities, monitors results, and facilitates relationships with key partners. Sue has deep expertise in health and medicine and a strong underpinning of working at a large institution.Prior to joining the foundation in 2014, she was Chancellor of the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), responsible for all aspects of the professional and graduate schools, medical center, and research programs. She oversaw an in-depth review of the University’s business model, developed a comprehensive strategic plan, supported the creation of research partnerships with industry leaders such as Pfizer and Bayer, and appointed UCSF’s first Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Outreach. She remains a full tenured professor at UCSF.Prior to UCSF, Sue spent 14 years at Genentech, where she served in a number of roles, ending as President, Product Development (2004 – 2009). She was responsible for Genentech’s pre-clinical and clinical development process, research and development, business development, and product portfolio management. She also served as a member of Genentech’s executive committee.In March 2013, she was appointed to the board of directors at Facebook Inc., and since 2010 she has served on the board of directors of the Procter & Gamble Company. Sue completed her undergraduate education and medical studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, followed by clinical training at UCSF, where she served as associate adjunct professor of epidemiology and biostatistics. She is board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology and holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley. During her training at UCSF, she spent two years as a visiting faculty member at the Uganda Cancer Institute studying HIV/AIDS and cancer. She later worked for two years in private practice as a medical oncologist before returning to clinical research.
January 12, 2015 / Sue Desmond-Hellmann
Whether it's glopbal or local, there are a few things that every child needs to lead a healthy, productive life: A stable place to call home; Good schools, with highly qualified teachers; Strong communities that foster a sense of opportunity.
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October 07, 2014 / Sue Desmond-Hellmann
Take this quiz to test if you can tell the difference between the science fiction of tomorrow and the real work of scientists today. How well can you do?
August 12, 2014 / Sue Desmond-Hellmann
Sue Desmond-Hellmann describes her recent return to Africa, which holds a special place in her career and her heart. She discusses the progress being made by grantees and partners there.
August 06, 2014 / Sue Desmond-Hellmann
The seriousness of the Ebola outbreak is a powerful reminder that infectious diseases can strike people anywhere.
"Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good throughout the world. It’s what propels societies forward." —Melinda Gates
The Global Fund has helped to deliver more than 190 million bed nets to protect families from malaria.
"The world faces a clear choice. If we invest relatively small amounts, many more poor farmers will be able to feed their families." —Bill Gates, 2012 Annual Letter
"When it come to global health, Bill and I are optimists—but we're impatient optimists. Tremendous progress is being made. But there is still so much we're impatient to see done." —Melinda French Gates
In Senegal, 80% of households now have a bed net, helping the number of malaria cases there drop 50% in a single year.
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