Atul Gawande

Assistant Administrator for Global Health
United States Agency for International Development

United States of America
Dr. Atul Gawande is the Assistant Administrator for Global Health at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he oversees a bureau that manages over $4 billion with a footprint of over 900 staff committed to advancing equitable delivery of public health approaches around the world. The Global Health Bureau focuses on work that improves lives everywhere--from preventing child and maternal deaths to controlling the HIV/AIDs epidemic, to combating infectious diseases and preparing for future outbreaks. Prior to joining the Biden-Harris Administration, he was a practicing surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He was founder and chair of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and of Lifebox, a nonprofit making surgery safer globally. From 2018-2020, he was also CEO of Haven, the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan Chase healthcare venture. In addition, Atul was a longtime staff writer for The New Yorker magazine and has written four New York Times best-selling books: Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and Being Mortal.


Geopolitics, Human Security and Health Equity in an Era of Polycrises

10.15 - 11.30 (BKK)