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Steve Davis

Senior China Strategy Advisor & Interim Director

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Steve Davis is senior China strategy advisor and interim director for the China Country Office. In this capacity, Steve provides experienced leadership to ensure a smooth organizational transition and continued progress on the foundation’s key initiatives in China. This involves working with a wide range of partners across China’s public, private, and social sectors to advance health and development outcomes both in China and globally.

Steve’s long-standing commitment to global health and development grew from his early work on refugee programs and deepened through his later focus on innovation and international cooperation. He was CEO of PATH, a global innovation enterprise that works to advance health equity through innovation and partnerships from 2012 to 2020. He has been a leader and strategist for a wide range of private and nonprofit organizations, formerly serving as CEO of global digital media firm Corbis, director of social innovation for McKinsey & Company, and interim CEO of the Infectious Disease Research Institute. Earlier in his career, he practiced law at the international law firm of K&L Gates with a focus on intellectual property and Chinese law.

He is a lecturer in social innovation at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and serves as a Distinguished Fellow with the World Economic Forum. He also co-chairs the WHO’s Digital Health Advisory Group serves on the boards of Philanthropy University and The Trinity Challenge, and sits on the advisory board or consults with a range of institutions and initiatives, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York University School of Global Public Health, Challenge Seattle, the International Digital Health & Artificial Intelligence Research Collaborative (I-DAIR), and the World Economic Forum. He is author of “Undercurrents: Channeling Outrage to Spark Practical Activism” (Wiley, 2020).

Steve holds a B.A. from Princeton University, an M.A. in Chinese studies from the University of Washington, and a law degree from Columbia University. He studied at Peking University in the early 1980s.

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