Trevor Mundel is Gates Foundation's New Global Health Group Chief

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s global health program has a new president.

Trevor Mundel will fill in the position left by Tachi Yamada in June 2011. Mundel will start work at the Gates Foundation in December and will lead programs to combat infectious diseases, including HIV, AIDS, malaria, polio and tuberculosis. He is also expected to work with the foundation’s partners, including pharmaceutical companies, U.N. agencies and related organizations as well as government leaders.

According to Jeff Raikes, the foundation’s chief executive, Mundel’s task will be to focus the health group’s efforts on certain areas and decide “where to really accentuate and accelerate and where we may want to divert.”

Mundel holds a medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and a PhD in mathematics from the University of Chicago. He will be leaving his position as global head of development at Novartis, where he has worked since 2003.

The Gates foundation has about 600 grantees in global health, working in areas such as vaccine development and diagnostics. For this year alone, the foundation will pay out between $1.5 billion and $2 billion to these health grantees, Raikes said.

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