- The Board of Directors consists of global health experts and management professionals. In addition to overseeing operations by the Leadership Team, it also resolves important business matters including approval of major rules, strategic plans, annual operational plans/budget, and funding decisions based on recommendations from the Selection Committee.
He served as Assistant Director-General of WHO from March 2007 to May 2015. He led the largest technical cluster comprising HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases. During his tenure, the morbidity and mortality of these three major infections showed trends of decline, and a few tropical diseases were on track towards elimination and even eradication in case of dracunculiasis (guinea worm disease). Before joining WHO, he worked at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan. Dr. Nakatani received his M.D. from Keio University School of Medicine, M.H.P.Ed from the University of New South Wales, and Ph.D. from Keio University.
Peter Piot is Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Professor of Global Health. He was also founding Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations (1995-2008), and has served in numerous other international and academic leadership roles. He sits on numerous boards and has received numerous scientific and civic awards, including the Canada Gairdner Global Health Award, Robert Koch Gold medal, and Prix International INSERM, Paris. He was a 2014 TIME Person of the Year (The Ebola Fighters), and received the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health. In 2013 he was the laureate of the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for Medical Research. Professor Piot co-discovered the Ebola virus in Zaire in 1976, and led research on AIDS, women's health, and public health in Africa. He was knighted as a baron in his native Belgium, and received an honorary knighthood in the U.K. He has published over 500 scientific articles and 16 books.
Catherine Kaseri Ohura is CEO & Executive Director of the GHIT Fund — Previously, she served as the Executive Officer and Unit Head of Japan Commercial Operations & Customer Experience at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) K.K. (located in Japan). She also served as Executive Officer and Senior Director, Regional R&D Operations (responsible for Japan, China R&D Operations) at BMS K.K. At BMS (in the US), one of her roles was the Global Lead/General Manager for the BMS Network of Women (B-NOW). In this groundbreaking industry leadership role, she drove business performance at BMS globally by fostering a more powerfully diverse and broadly inclusive people and business strategy. Prior to her role at BMS, Ohura worked in Japanese pharmaceutical company for clinical development, regulatory affairs, quality assurance, pharmacovigilance, and project management. She received her undergraduate degree in chemistry, mathematics, and business from the University of Denver, and a master’s degree in regulatory affairs and quality assurance from Temple University School of Pharmacy. She has completed all but dissertation in the PhD program for Project Management at Capella University and is PMP (Project Management Professional) certified.
Mahima Datla is Managing Director of Biological E. Over the past 13 years at BE, she has been involved in strategy and has also served as Senior Vice President of the company. She is currently responsible for strategic operations and projects. She drives Biological E.’s engagement with Government of India as well as the DCVMN and has been a GAVI board member since 2011. She is a graduate in Business Administration Management from Webster University, London.
Dr. Satoshi Ezoe has worked in Japan’s public health and global health arena over decades. Currently, he serves as Director, Global Health Policy Division, International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), since August 2020. Prior to joining MOFA, he was engaged in health care and public health policy in the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan, including in the areas of global health, universal health insurance system, non-communicable diseases including mental health and cancer control. He was seconded to UNAIDS Headquarters in Geneva (2009-2012). He was the first appointed Senior Coordinator for Global Health (2015-2017), where he was involved in the WHO emergency reform, coordinating health agendas for the G7 Iseshima Summit in 2016. He was most recently Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations (2017-2020), where he was instrumental in facilitating UN General Assembly High-Level Meetings on tuberculosis (2018) and universal health coverage (2019). He is a medical doctor with PhD, and completed two masters of public health and public administration from the Harvard University.
Mr. Momma worked for the Ministry of Finance (MOF), Cabinet Office, and Ministry of Defense covering various responsibilities including budget, tax, finance, international finance, multilateral development banks, external aid, global health, and national securities issues. He also served as Counsellor, Permanent Delegation of Japan to OECD, and Senior Advisor to Executive Director of World Bank Group representing Japan. He has in-depth experiences and knowledge particularly in the fields of international economic cooperation and development assistance to the developing countries. Mr. Momma currently assumes several positions including Special Researcher at MOF’s Policy Research Institute, Senior Research Advisor at the Institute for International Policy Studies, Vice President of the Association of African Economy & Development Japan, Executive Director of Japan Myanmar Association, and Executive Advisor to Nippon Life Insurance Company.
TAGUCHI Kazuho currently serves as Director, Office of Global Health Cooperation, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Principal Deputy Director in the Arms Control and Disarmament Division, Biological and Chemical Weapons Conventions Division, United Nations Planning and Administration Division, and the International Nuclear Energy Cooperation Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He graduated from University of Tokyo and received a master’s degree from the Institute of Higher European Studies (Strasbourg, France).
Ann M. Veneman has a distinguished career in public service, including serving as Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) (2005-2010) and as the United States Secretary of Agriculture (2001-2005). Ms. Veneman graduated from the University of California, Davis, received a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a juris doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. In 2009 she was named to the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list.
Hikaru Ishiguro serves as Statutory Auditor at INSPiRE Corporation, among other board positions. He is a graduate of the University of Tokyo and holds a LLM from Harvard Law School. Starting with Sumitomo Bank, he worked with a variety of global financial institutions and also served as President of Health and Global Policy Institute. Mr. Ishiguro became Comptroller of the University of Tokyo in 2004 and served in this role for 8 years. He is a member of the New York Sate Bar Association.
Professor. Ko-Yung Tung is an international lawyer, with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. He has served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the World Bank, where he was instrumental in establishing The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Secretary General of The International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). He is Lecturer at Law at Harvard Law School where he teaches a course on international law. He practiced law at the international law firms of Morrison & Foerster, O’Melveny & Myers, and Debevoise & Plimpton. The GHIT Board benefits particularly from his expertise in international organizations, development and corporate governance. He received his undergraduate degree in physics from Harvard University and his law degree from Harvard Law School, and did graduate studies at the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law.
Dr. Katey Einterz Owen is the Director for Neglected Tropical Diseases at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and has responsibility for the Gates Foundation / Pharmaceutical Industry CEO Roundtable. Katey has end-to-end responsibility for the Gates Foundation’s investment portfolio in controlling, eliminating, and eradicating the diseases of the London Declaration. This includes active investment in lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, STH, trachoma, Guinea Worm, HAT, and visceral leishmaniasis, diseases that collectively put at risk more than one billion people in the world. The portfolio funds projects with global private and public partners across the value chain, from research and innovation to project demonstration through on-the-ground delivery of interventions in Africa and Asia. In her role with the CEO Roundtable, Katey facilitates regular interaction between the CEOs of pharmaceutical organizations with Mr. Gates, resulting in joint work in global health that can most effectively be accomplished by the organizations together. Previously, Katey was the Deputy Director for Vaccine Development at the Gates Foundation. She joined BMGF in 2013 from the pharmaceutical industry. She combines a technical end-to-end view of product development and quality manufacturing, with a commercial understanding of the for-profit pharmaceutical business, coupled to practical solutions for funding and delivery in LMICs, all with a solutions-focused mindset and disposition. Prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry, Katey carried out academic research on influenza at the National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill (London). She earned her PhD in molecular virology from Purdue University.
Standing Committees of the Board are established to serve specific functions.
Executive Review Committee
Portfolio and Launch Strategy Committee