Nicole Bates

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Nicole Bates leads the global advocacy and policy strategies for polio eradication, vaccines and child health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To date, Bates has directed foundation political engagement contributing to $4.3 billion in global commitments to support new vaccine introduction in the world’s poorest countries; translated a $10 billion ‘Decade of Vaccines’ pledge by Bill and Melinda Gates into global exercise resulting in Global Vaccine Action Plan endorsed by 194 Member States at 2012 World Health Assembly; and established a network of vaccine advocates in key political markets. She currently leads the foundation’s resource mobilization efforts seeking to secure $5.5 billion to finance the global polio eradication initiative. Bates works closely with global health and development agencies, multilateral institutions, the private sector and civil society. In her early work at the foundation, Bates created a “Family Health Framework” to align multiple program strategies into a single political platform.

Prior to joining the foundation, Bates served as the Director for Government Relations at the Global Health Council, the world’s largest global health professional membership association. She previously worked on Capitol Hill on domestic health and social issues for Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA). Bates began her career in the Chronic Disease Center at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Bates has a doctorate of public health (DrPH) in Health Policy & Leadership and Master’s of Public Health (MPH) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her undergraduate work with high honors from the University of Virginia.

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