Gates Foundation CEO Discusses Biggest Threat To Global Progress, Importance Of Innovation, Prioritization

Devex: Gates Foundation CEO on the importance of innovation, but also prioritization
“…On Thursday, the Gates Foundation released its annual year in review, capturing what happened in 2018, including the launch of three new strategies: $170 million for gender equity, $68 million for global education, and $158 million for mobility from poverty in the United States. [Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,] says that while ‘innovation is helping more people than ever’ lead healthy and productive lives, the Gates Foundation strategy moving forward must involve innovation, as well as prioritization…” (Cheney, 12/14).

GeekWire: Interview: Gates Foundation CEO on global progress in 2018, and the biggest threat to the world’s future
“As the CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Sue Desmond-Hellman oversees the world’s largest philanthropy, on a mission to transform U.S. education and global health. But when asked to identify the biggest threat to the future of the world, she doesn’t point to a disease or a dictator. ‘One of the biggest threats in my mind is a sense of despair and pessimism,’ Desmond-Hellmann said in an interview with GeekWire. … ‘I think the investments we make in everything — from global health, family planning, nutrition, agriculture — these are investments in human capital,’ Desmond-Hellmann said. ‘Throughout history, when you invest in human capital, good things happen’…” (Bishop/Catalano, 12/13).

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