The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Wednesday added four members to its board of trustees.
The foundation’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Suzman in his annual letter Wednesday said he would be joining the board alongside Zimbabwean telecom billionaire Strive Masiyiwa, the African Union’s COVID-19 vaccine envoy; Minouche Shafik, director of the London School of Economics and Political Science; and Thomas J. Tierney, co-founder and co-chair of The Bridgespan Group, the philanthropic consulting firm.
Suzman’s annual letter highlights the foundation’s efforts to fight poverty and disease; its goal of creating a better, fairer world; and its commitment to listening to diverse perspectives and deepening engagement with partners and communities where its work is focused.
“We are honoured that these three deeply knowledgeable and respected individuals have agreed to join the foundation board,” writes Suzman. “Between them, they bring an incredible track record of impact across global business, philanthropy, and development, and we couldn’t be more excited to work with them.”
“Our new board members are strong, qualified leaders who will support the foundation and its partners in our work to promote a healthier, safer, more equal world for all. I am deeply proud of all that we have accomplished over the past two decades and energized to work with them to drive progress on some of the most important issues the world faces today,” said Melinda French Gates.