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Christopher Elias

President, Global Development Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Dr. Chris Elias, leads the Gates Foundation’s efforts in integrated and innovative delivery, finding creative new ways to ensure solutions and products get into the hands of people in developing countries who need them most.

Dr. Elias’s professional background is in health and medicine, most recently having served as the president and CEO of PATH, an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of people around the world by advancing technologies, strengthening systems, and encouraging healthy behaviors.

Dr. Elias holds an MD from Creighton University and an MPH from the University of Washington. He was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Creighton University. Elias currently serves on various advisory boards, including the Nike Foundation and the Duke Global Health Institute.