by Tami Hultman
How do you prep for heading the world’s largest private philanthropy, aimed at significantly reducing poverty and disease? In the case of Mark Suzman, the path began as a working journalist in South Africa, where he grew up, followed by an elite education from Harvard and Oxford, and included senior positions at the United Nations and then leading policy, strategy and advocacy planning at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This month he became CEO of the foundation, with over U.S.$50 billion in assets. He spoke to AllAfrica managing editor Juanita Williams in Cape Town about his aims.
A Namibian mother brought her apprehensive child for malaria testing at a mobile clinic along the border with Angola – part of Namibia’s campaign to reach zero malaria by 2020. He tested negative. Ending malaria is a Gates Foundation priority.