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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann to Step Down, Longtime Foundation Executive Mark Suzman Appointed to Role

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Seattle: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann is stepping down after more than five years in the role. Bill and Melinda Gates have appointed Mark Suzman, the foundation’s president of Global Policy & Advocacy and chief strategy officer, as the new CEO. Suzman, who joined the foundation in 2007, will assume his new role on February 1, 2020.

Desmond-Hellmann made the decision to step away from full-time work after concluding that she could not adequately meet the demands of the position while caring for her own health and the needs of her family.

“This was without doubt the toughest decision of my career,” said Desmond-Hellmann. “But I felt I could no longer be the CEO the foundation needs and deserves at this vital time.”

Bill and Melinda Gates both praised Desmond-Hellmann’s leadership and expressed gratitude for her work to guide the foundation into its 20th year.

“Sue brought an incredible set of attributes to the foundation: scientific expertise, tested leadership skills, a passion for building a strong internal culture, and, above all, a dedication to the mission of making the world a healthier, more equal place,” said Melinda Gates. “Whether we were sitting in a conference room in Seattle or spending time with farmers in southern Africa, I was always grateful for her perspective and her partnership. Our foundation is better for the fact that Sue walked through its doors five years ago, and I wish Sue and her family all the best.

“When Sue decided to step down, we felt lucky that we had a partner as proven and trusted as Mark ready to take on this role. Mark’s knowledge of the external policy and advocacy environment, his deep understanding of our programmatic priorities, and his personal commitment to tackling inequality are just some of the reasons why we were excited that he will be the foundation’s next CEO. After working closely with Mark for more than a decade, we know what an asset he is to the foundation, and I’m eager to see all that he will accomplish in the years ahead.”

Desmond-Hellmann joined the foundation in 2014 after serving as the chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). An oncologist by training, Sue treated and researched AIDS-related cancer in San Francisco and Uganda in the 1980s and early 1990s, and led the development of the first gene-targeted breast cancer drug—Herceptin—while president of Genentech. During her tenure at the foundation, Desmond-Hellmann oversaw the creation of the Gates Medical Research Institute—the world’s first nonprofit biotech organization—as well as the launch of the Economic Mobility and Opportunity investment strategy in the United States. She also co-chairs the Post-Secondary Value Commission on how to calculate the return on investment of college, especially for low-income students. A hallmark of her tenure has been her focus on the importance of management and succession planning. She strengthened the authority, accountability, and decision-making practices of the foundation’s leadership teams and focused on improving culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“Sue’s commitment to innovation and continuous improvement at the foundation will be just a part of her enduring legacy,” said Bill Gates. “Her extraordinary leadership over the past five and a half years has seen both the launch of the Gates Medical Research Institute and the expansion of our work to examine poverty and economic mobility in the United States, among many other achievements. I want to personally thank Sue for her dedication, and to wish her the very best as she steps away to focus on health and family.

“As difficult as it is to say goodbye to Sue, we are very pleased to welcome Mark Suzman to the role of CEO. For more than 12 years, Mark has been a trusted advisor across our programs and partners. As we conclude our foundation’s second decade of work in global health and education, I have never been more optimistic about the opportunity to improve life for the world’s poorest. I look forward to partnering with Mark on the work ahead.”

A native of South Africa, Suzman joined the foundation in 2007 as director of Global Development Policy & Advocacy, becoming president of Global Policy & Advocacy in 2012 and taking on the additional responsibilities of the foundation’s first chief strategy officer in 2016. As president, he helped build and manage the foundation’s growing global presence in Europe, Africa, India, and China, as well as overseeing all government relations, philanthropic partnerships, and strategic communications in the United States and globally. As chief strategy officer, he led an overhaul of the foundation’s approach to developing and measuring strategic priorities.

Before joining the foundation, Suzman held multiple positions at the United Nations, including senior advisor for policy and strategic communications in the Office of Secretary-General Kofi Annan and policy director at the United Nations Development Program. Prior to that, he was a correspondent for the Financial Times, serving in Johannesburg, London, and Washington D.C. He holds a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

“It is an incredible honor and privilege to lead the Gates Foundation,” said Suzman. “I’m deeply grateful to Bill and Melinda for their faith in me and to Sue for her dedicated leadership and strong mentorship over the past five years. As we look ahead, I’m humbled and excited by the opportunity to advance our important mission to help ensure everyone in the U.S. and around the world has the chance to lead a healthy and productive life.”

Desmond-Hellmann was the foundation’s third CEO, after Jeff Raikes and Patty Stonesifer.

About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

UNICEF holds consultation on Communication for behaviour change

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New Delhi: UNICEF organised an international workshop here for content updation of Communication for Social and Behaviour Change.

Diwakar Shukla, Director Jagran School of Journalism and Communication, Jagran Lakecity University, who was invited to attend the international workshop, said the experts, who joined the Delhi consultation, focussed attention on modules of social and behavioral change that have been developed jointly by UNICEF and an International academic and practitioners group in 2011-12.

The workshop was attended by a few select Universities in India that are researching and specializing in Communication for Development areas.

Shukla said, Jagran School of Journalism and Communication has been at the forefront in Central India when it comes to integrating behavioural science and Communication studies since last many years and has already integrated these aspects in its UG and PG programmes.

Female GoI bureacrats emphasise need to increase awareness about rules among male employees to prevent harassment of women at workplace

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New Delhi: Participants, most of them senior Government of India women officers, who attended a meeting convened recently under the chairmanship of the Government of India Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training, to review the progress of implementation of the guidelines on prevention of sexual harassment of women at the workplace stressed the need to increase awareness among the male employees on how the rules had been amended to prevent instances of harassment of women employees.

The meeting on sexual harassment of women at the workplace was held in New Delhi on April 16 to review the progress of implementation of the guidelines issued by the Apex Court.

The participants from various Ministries and Departments in Delhi and outside, who took part in the meeting, were told by the Joint Secretary (Establishment) in DOPT that the purpose of the meeting was that ever since setting up the Complaints Committees in all government ministries and departments in the wake of the historic Vishakha judgment of the Supreme Court in a matter relating to sexual harassment of women at the workplace, the issue had not been adequately discussed.

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 [SHVVW(PPR) Act], had been promulgated on April 22, 2013 and the rules framed under this Act were notified in December, 2013. Thereafter, amendments were made in the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964 and the Central Civil Services (Classification, Control & Appeal) Rules, 1965 to align them with the provisions of the Act .
The Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training, who chaired the meeting said while results of most examinations at various academic levels show exceptional achievement of girl students, the percentage of representation of women in work force remains dismally low. He stressed the need for making the working environment more conducive to the women as their percentage of representation, though low at this stage, is likely to rise- in the coming years.

On the general observation made by the participants regarding increasing the ambit of the Internal Complaint Committees, Secretary (P) mentioned that the Committees which are supposed to meet on regular basis should also invite the women workers for general consultations. He suggested that the Committees could play an active role in making the working environment more conducive by looking into some general issues such as grant of child care leave, increasing the representation in training for women, looking at the status of availability of basic facilities such as toilets, creche, women staff room, etc. He said that it is time that the Chairpersons of the Committees realized that the Complaint Committees headed by them are fairly empowered and much can be done by them.

During the discussion, Director(DoPT), Chairperson of the Committee in DOPT, shared her experience as the Head of the Committee during the last few years. She mentioned that the Committee in DOPT is called as the Women Welfare Committee as it embraces and addresses concerns and complaints of all kinds from the women employees, including welfare.

On the issue of crèches, some participants requested Secretary (P) to direct DoPT officials to play an active role in setting up of creches in more buildings. Secretary(P) assured that the needful could be done, but proactive role has to be played by concerned departments. He advised them to explore the possibility of earmarking spaces in their buildings, so that crèches could come up at more places.

The participants favoured inclusion of this subject in training programmes run by The Institute of Secretariat Training and Management (ISTM) and other training institutes and that more and more male employees need to be put through gender sensitization programmes. JS(E) mentioned that gender sensitization was already a part of the training programmes and modules being conducted by ISTM and other training academies. She mentioned that the Committees should do their best to increase awareness by having regular interactions with the women employees, particularly new entrants in service, so that a feeling of confidence could be developed in them.

Political Mirage


Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpee launched Political Mirage -50 years after India became Republic by Lalit Shastri in New Delhi on June 16, 2000.







The book “Political Mirage-Fifty years after India became Republic” by Lalit Shastri is on the importance of transparency and good governance. It is a collection of articles published in The Hindu exposing corruption and lack of concern for environment and causes responsible for poor law and order situation. The book was launched by the then Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee in June 2000.

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