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Gates Foundation adviser to become UNICEF deputy director

Geeta Rao Gupta

Geeta Rao Gupta, for the past year a senior adviser to the global development arm of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been selected to become deputy director at UNICEF (aka United Nations Children’s Fund).

Rao Gupta, who before joining the Seattle philanthropy was president of the International Center for Research on Women, is widely regarded as an expert on gender, women’s issues (especially with regard to HIV/AIDS) and the intersection of health and poverty.

Rao Gupta will serve under relatively new UNICEF director Anthony Lake, a prominent expert on foreign policy perhaps best known as President Clinton’s National Security Adviser.

Side note: Lake replaced former UNICEF chief Ann Veneman, who has stirred controversy by joining the board of Swiss food company Nestle, which some nutrition advocates say undermines child health by promoting infant formulas and discouraging breastfeeding.


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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.