Chris leads the team focused on strengthening immunization systems – the people, processes, products, and financing that are needed to immunize people around the world. As one entity within the greater vaccine community—which includes national governments, other donors, international organizations, the private sector, academia, civil society organizations, faith-based organizations, and local communities—this team works to ensure that existing life-saving vaccines are introduced into countries where people need them most and to support the innovation needed to develop new delivery technologies and approaches.
Prior to joining the foundation in 2014, Chris worked for the World Health Organization (WHO) for nearly 15 years, primarily on polio eradication and immunization. His various roles included managing the team providing support to countries responding to polio outbreaks, overseeing one of WHO’s largest global disease surveillance and data networks, providing technical advice and support to dozens of countries on strategies to complete eradication, and working on global policy development related to both vaccine strategies and management of post eradication risks. He started his time at WHO in the Western Pacific Regional Office in Manila, Philippines and then moved to WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Before that, he worked as a fellow at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on tuberculosis monitoring and evaluation systems in Central Asia. Chris also spent some years teaching biology in the Czech Republic, and doing field research in Malawi with Habitat for Humanity.
Chris holds a BS in Biology from Wake Forest University and an MPH from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.