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Our Work In Europe



Our Work In Europe

The foundation has worked within Europe since its inception, with significant investment across all core program areas of Global Health, Global Development, and Policy & Advocacy. Our partners include universities, nongovernmental organizations, international and local civil society organizations, media, and governments.

Located in London, our Europe and the Middle East office supports the foundation’s policy, advocacy, and communications activities in Europe. In addition to working with grantees, the London-based staff builds relationships with partners; works to sustain European donor support; and fosters political commitment in Europe to advance global health and development goals.

Location and Contact

62 Buckingham Gate
+44 (0) 207 798 6500

Regional Leadership

  • Joe Cerrell, Managing Director, Global Policy and Advocacy, Europe, Middle East, North America
  • Anja Langenbucher, Interim Director, Global Policy and Advocacy, Europe

External Advisors

The European Advisory Group (EAG) of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is an informal network of experts whose experience and perspective can on occasion be drawn upon to offer the foundation guidance and counsel on particular issues. The EAG meets on an annual basis to discuss some of the most topical and challenging issues the foundation is facing within its work in Europe. Represented nations include France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and others.

Members have joined the group in a personal capacity for an initial period of two years. The current members of the EAG include:

  • Philipp Welte
  • Rudy Rabbinge
  • Sigrun Møgedal
  • José Antonio Alonso
  • Torgny Holmgren
  • Mark Malloch-Brown
  • Carolyn Makinson
  • Michael A. Köhler
  • Bernard Petit
  • Gunilla Carlsson

Grantmaking in Europe


  • Europe office opening date: July 2010
  • Number of Europe-based employees: 30+
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