As CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mark Suzman leads the organization in service of our vision – to help every person have the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. Knowing that we cannot achieve that vision alone, Mark brings a deep commitment to building partnerships and ensuring that the culture of foundation directly enables the impact we aspire to have.
Bachelor's degree (Hons), Harvard; Doctorate in International Relations, Oxford University; Rhodes Scholar. Former Correspondent, Financial Times, Johannesburg, London and Washington DC. 2000-05, Policy Director, Office of the Administrator, United Nations Development Programme. 2005-07, Senior Adviser, Policy and Strategic Communications, Office of the UN Secretary-General; 2007, joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as Director, Global Development Policy, Advocacy and Special Initiatives, then held dual titles as Chief Strategy Officer and President of Global Policy & Advocacy, leading a team that helps build strategic relationships with gov't, NGOs and other key partners to increase awareness, action and resources devoted to global dev. and health priorities; also oversees regional offices and strategic presence in Europe, Africa, and China. He became CEO February 2020.