With a strong interest in global issues, Robert has combined a senior career in international business with an ongoing commitment to international public policy. He started his career with McKinsey & Company. In 1995, he joined Bombardier Inc., Canada's leading aerospace and rail-transportation manufacturer, where he occupied increasingly senior posts, becoming President and Chief Operating Officer of Bombardier International. In 2005, he was appointed President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Canada's premier international development and humanitarian assistance organization. In 2006, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed him to the High-Level Panel on System-Wide Coherence, which delivered the path-breaking “Delivering As One” report the following year. In 2008, he became Managing Director and Chief Business Officer of the World Economic Forum.
July 10, 2012 / David E. Bloom, Robert Greenhill
The potential for rapid economic growth that is created by lower fertility is known as the “demographic dividend.”
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"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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