Joe Cerrell, managing director for Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia (EMEEA), is based in the Gates Foundation’s London office, which he opened in 2010. In this role, Joe oversees the foundation’s government relations, policy, communications, and partnerships with 16 countries across the EMEEA region. His team seeks to increase engagement in the foundation’s global health and development priorities, and drive progress on global health issues through partnerships with governments, corporations, foundations and other non-governmental organizations. Since joining the foundation in 2001, Joe has held a number of roles, including director for donor government relations and director of Global Health Policy and Advocacy. In 2017, Joe helped to found Goalkeepers, an initiative that brings together leaders from around the world to accelerate progress toward the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Prior to his time at the foundation, he served in a variety of senior roles in government and strategy consulting practices, including positions in the Clinton White House under former Vice President Al Gore and at APCO Worldwide. Joe currently serves on the board of directors for the ONE Campaign and Global Citizen in Europe, and the Global Institute for Disease Elimination (GLIDE). He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Southern California.