A medical doctor and epidemiologist, Dr. Seth Berkley joined Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance as its CEO in August 2011. Since then he led Gavi through its second successful replenishment, raising US$7.5 billion in commitments to support the immunisation of an additional 300 million children in the world’s poorest countries, prevent 5-6 million deaths.
Previously Dr. Berkley founded the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) in 1996, where he served as president and CEO. Prior to founding IAVI, Dr. Berkley was an officer of the Health Sciences Division at The Rockefeller Foundation.
He has worked for the Center for Infectious Diseases of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and for The Carter Center, where he was assigned as an epidemiologist at the Ministry of Health in Uganda. Dr. Berkley played a key role in Uganda’s national HIV sero-survey and helped develop its National AIDS Control programs.
He has been featured on the cover of Newsweek, recognised by TIME magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” and by Wired Magazine as among “The Wired 25—a salute to dreamers, inventors, mavericks and leaders.”