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Working Together during COVID-19: A Global Approach to Development

Calendar icon 20 October 2020 16:00 - 17:00
Seminar by Joe Cerrell, Managing Director, Global Policy and Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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About the Speaker

Joe Cerrell, Managing Director, Global Policy and Advocacy, is based in the Gates Foundation’s European Office in London, England. In this role, Joe oversees the foundation’s relationships with donor governments in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East. His team seeks to expand the foundation’s partnerships with these governments, and also corporations, foundations and other non-governmental organizations, to support increased global engagement and progress on global health and agriculture. Since joining the foundation in 2001, Joe has held a number of positions, including Director for Europe and Middle East and Director of Global Health Policy and Advocacy.

Prior to his time at the foundation, he served in a variety of senior roles in government and strategy consulting practices, including positions in the Clinton White House under former Vice President Al Gore and at APCO Worldwide. Joe currently serves on the board of directors for the ONE Campaign and Comic Relief. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Southern California.

Thank you to those who were able to join us for the event.  Watch the Replay here.


"Humanity will not overcome the immense challenges we face unless we ensure that children get the quality education that equips them to play their part in the modern world." -- HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser


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