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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Appoints Joe Cerrell to Lead New European Office
Date:8/13/2009

SEATTLE, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced that Joe Cerrell has been appointed to head its new European office in London, effective January 1, 2010. Cerrell is currently the foundation's director of global health policy and advocacy.

"Expanding our work in Europe is an important priority for the foundation, and we're very pleased that Joe will be leading this effort," said Bill Gates, co-chair of the Gates Foundation. "Joe has been a senior leader at the foundation for many years and has played a central role in its development and growth. He has also led highly successful global health advocacy activities, many of which were conducted with European partners."

In his new role, Cerrell will oversee the Gates Foundation's policy, advocacy, and communications activities in Europe. His team will expand the foundation's partnerships with European non-governmental organizations, foundations, governments, multilateral organizations, and other groups, and manage a portfolio of policy and advocacy grants. The foundation counts amongst its most important partners development agencies such as the UK Department for International Development, GTZ in Germany, Groupe Agence Francaise de Developpement in France, and others. Cerrell will report to Geoffrey Lamb, managing director for public policy.

The European office will also liaise with Gates Foundation grantees throughout Europe. The foundation also funds European groups for a wide range of research, program, and advocacy projects, primarily related to global health and development. Some of these partners include Development Initiatives, Action Aid, German Foundation for World Population, and others.

"Our European partners are some of the most innovative and bold influencers working to alleviate extreme poverty and disease in the developing world," said Jeff Raikes, chief executi
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