Director, Nutrition, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Shawn K. Baker joined the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in August 2013 and is Director of Nutrition in the Global Development Program. He has over 30 years’ experience in international public health, including 25 years living in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining the foundation, he was with Helen Keller International, for 16 years as Vice President and Regional Director for Africa. During which, he oversaw expansion from four to 13 country programs. Flagship programs that he has shaped include vitamin A supplementation through child health days reaching over 50 million children twice-yearly and food fortification programs reaching over 130 million consumers. He led development of strategic regional relationships, particularly with the 15-nation West African Health Organization. Mr. Baker received a Master’s of Public Health degree from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 1989 with concentrations in international health and nutritional epidemiology.