Obinna Onyekwena, a Nigerian medical doctor, has been named Deputy Director, Infectious Disease Advocacy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington.
Obinna, 44, would be in charge of the foundation’s strategies and investment portfolio for increasing political commitment, resourcing, and implementation of HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. He graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, with a medical degree and an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom.
Prior to his appointment, Onyekwena worked for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, where he helped strengthen national responses to three of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases – HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria – and managed investments that successfully scaled up innovation in HIV service delivery across Africa and Asia.
“Friends and colleagues, I’m thrilled to share that I will be joining the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as their new Deputy Director, Infectious Disease Advocacy, based in Seattle, Washington,” he said on social media yesterday. In this new position, I will be responsible for advancing the foundation’s HIV, TB, Malaria, and NTD advocacy strategies in collaboration with the Program Advocacy and Communications (PAC) team.
“I am grateful for the incredible experience and strong friendships from my time at The Global Fund and the confidence bestowed on me by leadership at the Gates Foundation. I believe there is no better time to transition than to a family working hard together to create a world where everyone has a chance
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was established in 2000 by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda French Gates. With nearly US $55 billion in assets (as of year end 2021), the Gates Foundation is the world’s largest private philanthropy.
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