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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has a permanent seat on the Gavi Board 

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has a permanent seat on the Gavi Board, is also represented in the Executive Committee, in the Governance Committee and in the Programme & Policy Committee, guiding the activities of the Vaccine Alliance.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is represented on the Gavi Board by:

Orin Levine (Representative)

Director of Vaccine Delivery, Global Development Program

Orin LevineDr Levine leads the foundation’s efforts to accelerate the introduction of new vaccines and related technologies and to improve routine immunization systems. He is the Foundation’s focal point for engagement with the Vaccine Alliance whose mission is saving children’s lives by increasing access to immunization in poor countries.

Before joining the foundation’s Global Development Program in 2012, Dr Levine was a Professor of International Health, and Executive Director of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.

He has also served as a Steering Committee Member of the Decade of Vaccines Collaboration and Co-Chair of its Global Access Working Group, as well as President, Committee on Global Health, American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene.

Dr Levine graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College and received a PhD in epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Violaine Mitchell (Alternate)

Deputy Director for Vaccine Delivery, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Violaine MitchellViolaine Mitchell is Deputy Director for Vaccine Delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she leads the Country Immunization Programmes and Partnerships team. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2010, she worked as an independent consultant including as the Coordinator of the GAVI Alliance Financing Task Force (2000-06), which was responsible for Gavi’s early work on national financial sustainability planning and global innovative financing. She previously worked at the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, where she was the Study Director for a study on the Children’s Vaccine Initiative and Assistant Study Director for the IOM Study on Malaria Prevention and Control.

She has also spent a number of years working on integrated community development projects in the Middle East and North Africa. She has a BA in Development Studies from Brown University and an MSc in Tropical Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.


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