The World Food Prize Foundation

2016 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

Jeff Raikes

Co-founder, Raikes Foundation

Jeff Raikes is the co-founder of the Raikes Foundation, which he and his wife, Tricia, established in 2002. Jeff retired from his role as chief executive officer of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2014, having guided the global organization through more than five years of significant growth. He came to the philanthropic world from a 27-year career at Microsoft Corporation, where he was a member of the senior leadership team and president of the Microsoft Business Division. He serves on the boards of Costco Wholesale Corp., Microsoft Alumni Network, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and on the advisory boards of the Raikes School at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Social Enterprise Initiative of Harvard Business School. He is a trustee of Stanford University, where he holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering-economic systems.

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