Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Appoints Joe Cerrell to Lead New European Office


    SEATTLE, Aug. 13 /CNW/ -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today
announced that Joe Cerrell has been appointed to head its new European office
in London, effective January 1, 2010. Cerrell is currently the foundation's
director of global health policy and advocacy.

    "Expanding our work in Europe is an important priority for the
foundation, and we're very pleased that Joe will be leading this effort," said
Bill Gates, co-chair of the Gates Foundation.  "Joe has been a senior leader
at the foundation for many years and has played a central role in its
development and growth. He has also led highly successful global health
advocacy activities, many of which were conducted with European partners."

    In his new role, Cerrell will oversee the Gates Foundation's policy,
advocacy, and communications activities in Europe. His team will expand the
foundation's partnerships with European non-governmental organizations,
foundations, governments, multilateral organizations, and other groups, and
manage a portfolio of policy and advocacy grants. The foundation counts
amongst its most important partners development agencies such as the UK
Department for International Development, GTZ in Germany, Groupe Agence
Francaise de Developpement in France, and others. Cerrell will report to
Geoffrey Lamb, managing director for public policy.

    The European office will also liaise with Gates Foundation grantees
throughout Europe. The foundation also funds European groups for a wide range
of research, program, and advocacy projects, primarily related to global
health and development. Some of these partners include Development
Initiatives, Action Aid, German Foundation for World Population, and others.

    "Our European partners are some of the most innovative and bold
influencers working to alleviate extreme poverty and disease in the developing
world," said Jeff Raikes, chief executive officer of the foundation. "Joe is
an excellent choice to deepen our relationships with colleagues in Europe who
are working alongside us."

    Cerrell has worked at the Gates Foundation since 2001. As director of
global health policy and advocacy, Cerrell has successfully led the
foundation's efforts to increase awareness, political commitment, and
financial resources to address global health challenges. Among other
achievements, he and his group worked actively with European governments in
the development and implementation of several new finance mechanisms,
including the International Financial Facility for Immunization, the
Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria drugs, and the Advanced Market
Commitment, unlocking billions of dollars in new financial resources for
global health.

    Previously, Cerrell served as assistant press secretary to former U.S.
Vice President Al Gore where he worked on energy and environmental issues.
Cerrell currently serves on the board of directors for the ONE Campaign,
UNITAID, the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, and the Music National
Service Initiative. He is also an advisory board member of the Clinton Global

    Cerrell will continue as director of global health policy and advocacy
until the end of 2009. The foundation has initiated a search for his

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is headquartered in Seattle,
Washington. In addition to London, the foundation has offices in Washington,
D.C.; Beijing, China; and Delhi, India.

    About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In
developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them
the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United
States, it seeks to ensure that all people -- especially those with the fewest
resources -- have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school
and life. Based in Seattle, Washington the foundation is led by CEO Jeff
Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and
Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. Learn more at


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