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Executive Leadership Team


Our executive leadership team oversees all the foundation's efforts. The committee meets regularly to ensure that all of our teams perform efficiently and to facilitate cross-functional connections.

Bill Gates

Co-chair and Trustee

Bill Gates shapes and approves foundation strategies, advocates for the foundation’s issues, and sets the organization’s overall direction.

Melinda Gates

Co-chair and Trustee

Melinda Gates shapes and approves the foundation’s strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organization.

Warren Buffett


Warren Buffett helps shape our vision and develop strategies to address some of the world’s most challenging inequities.

William Gates Sr.


William H. Gates Sr. guides the vision and strategic direction of the foundation and serves as an advocate for the foundation’s key issues.

Sue Desmond-Hellmann

Chief Executive Officer,
Executive Office

Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann leads the foundation's efforts to promote equity for all people around the world.

Jim Bromley

Chief Financial Officer,

Jim Bromley oversees finance and accounting, financial planning and analysis, strategic planning, grants and contracts management, and several special initiatives.

Connie Collingsworth

General Counsel and Secretary,

Connie Collingsworth is responsible for managing all of the foundation’s legal needs, providing guidance and developing creative solutions to support the foundation’s programmatic objectives.

Christopher Elias

Global Development

Dr. Chris Elias focuses on high-impact, sustainable solutions for people in developing countries.

Kurt Fischer

Chief Human Resources Officer,
Special Projects and Operations

Kurt Fischer oversees the human resource team and aligns services and processes to support the foundations strategies and efforts.

Allan Golston

US Program

Allan C. Golston leads the foundation’s efforts to advance student achievement for all young people in the United States.

Geoffrey Lamb

Chief Economic and Policy Advisor,
Executive Office

Geoffrey Lamb supports replenishment negotiations, interactions with high-level policy bodies, and relationship-building with economic leaders in developing countries.

Leigh Morgan

Chief Operating Officer,

Leigh Morgan is accountable for HR, IT, security, global workforce solutions, information & research services, strategy measurement and evaluation, the enterprise project management office, and partner engagement.

Trevor Mundel

Global Health

Dr. Trevor Mundel leads the foundation’s efforts in research and development of health solutions, including vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics.

Mark Suzman

Global Policy, Advocacy & Country Programs

Mark Suzman leads a team that helps build strategic relationships with governments, NGOs and other key partners.

Miguel Veiga-Pestana

Chief Communications Officer,

Miguel Veiga-Pestana leads the foundation’s global communications division and is focused on increasing awareness and engagement for priority global poverty, health, and U.S. education issues.

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