President, Global Development Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Chris Elias is president of the Global Development Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He leads the 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. Focusing on areas with the potential for high-impact, sustainable solutions that can reach hundreds of millions of people, Elias oversees Global Development’s portfolio in agriculture development; financial services for the poor; water, sanitation and hygiene; family health; vaccine delivery; and special initiatives. As a physician, 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. Elias currently serves on various advisory boards, including the Nike Foundation and the Duke Global Health Institute.