Gavi's advice for engaging Silicon valley on global health

Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Photo by: Ryan Lash / TED / CC BY-NC

SAN FRANCISCO — A select group of technologists, investors, academics, and others recently received an invitation to a roundtable discussion and networking lunch with Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

The invitation to the lunch in Menlo Park, California, read like a playbook for how to engage Silicon Valley in global health and international development. Berkley opened with scale, offered to make global connections, and sought partnership, rather than just funding.  

“If we are to succeed we will need your help,” wrote Berkley. “As technology leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs, we believe that the solutions to many of these challenges are in many ways aligned with your own goals and are therefore asking for you input.”

Devex caught up with Berkley in San Francisco to discuss his tips for engaging with Silicon Valley.

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    Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology and innovation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported from all over the world, and freelanced for outlets including the Atlantic and the Washington Post. She is also the West Coast ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit that trains and connects journalists to cover responses to problems.