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Kedest Tesfagiorgis

Title Program Officer
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Kedest is heavily engaged in every stage of development and implementation ofGrand Challenges, a family of grant programs which fosters scientific and technological innovation to solve key health problems in the developing world. She is involved on both the strategic development and execution management of Grand Challenges, ensuring that all Grand Challenges initiatives and meetings support and complement each other.

 

Kedest works with various stakeholders such as Program Advocacy within the foundation to help establish relationships and promote the Grand Challenges agenda with existing and prospective partners, such as co-funding partners and grantees. She assists in identifying and encouraging new Grand Challenges funding partners. She also helped shape the initialGrand Challenges Explorations (GCE) strategy and led the development and successful implementation of the GCE initiative, serving as the secretariat for a GCE steering committee.

 

She is an advocate ofhealth research excellence, innovation and development, especially in low- and middle-income countries. 

Posts By Kedest Tesfagiorgis

Building the Grand Challenges Community

The Gates Foundation and its Grand Challenges partners hope to inspire a large global network of initiatives designed to foster innovation to improve the lives of the poorest people in the world.

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Decade of Innovation: Looking back at the First Generation of Grand Challenges Grants

The collection you’re about to read examines 14 Grand Challenges projects in depth, to uncover what has been accomplished so far—and, just as important, what has been learned.

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Welcome Grand Challenges Ethiopia

Ethiopia has launched a program called Grand Challenges Ethiopia, joining a growing family of similar Grand Challenges programs.

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African Innovation for African Challenges

Three of the top priorities in African development are agriculture, health, and business creation. Nigerian scientist Olufunke Cofie and her Burkinabe colleague Josiane Nikiema of the International Water Management Institute have found a way to advance all three at the same time. They are working on a project to convert a material already found in abundance everywhere in Africa—the contents of our septic tanks and pit latrines—into a fertilizer robust enough to replenish the depleted soil of sub-Saharan Africa.

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African Innovation for African Challenges


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