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Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann

CEO at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

As CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, I lead the organization’s vision for a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. My focus is on guiding a variety of missions – from eradication of disease and poverty, to empowering people, especially women and girls, to transform their lives.   Before joining the foundation in 2014, I was chancellor of the University of California at San Francisco. Prior to that, I spent 14 years at biotech firm Genentech, where I was fortunate enough to be at the forefront of the precision medicine revolution. The possible applications for precision medicine in global development are incredible.  But regardless of role, my training as an oncologist and scientist causes me to be endlessly curious about the world around us… If you get a chance, change the world. Go big.

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Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann

CEO at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Truth: ".. reading is one of life’s profound joys."

Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann

CEO at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Everyone asking this question deserves the best answer we can provide. That’s why the Gates Foundation is today announcing a new effort focused on helping everyone—students, parents, civic leaders, policymakers, and institutions—better understand the economic returns of education beyond high school.

Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann

CEO at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Is college worth it? Everyone asking that question deserves the best answer we can provide. Today, the Gates Foundation with IHEP launches the Commission on the Value of Postsecondary Education which I'm co-chairing with Dr. Millie Garcia to propose a definition of value and an approach for measuring that value.