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Toni Hoover

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Toni Hoover, joins LeadersIn live at Biotech Week, Boston, to tell us how – from millionaires to the everyday giver – we can ALL put philanthropy into practice. Toni also insightfully reveals why we can’t have innovation without diversity and how she – as a woman serving on multiple non-profit boards – manages her time effectively to fit it all in.

Dr. Toni Hoover is Director (Strategy, Planning, and Management for Global Health) of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She leads a team that is responsible for supporting the programs and functions with business strategy and operations, portfolio and project management, and engagement with product development partners. Her team is working to create more opportunities to consistently deliver high impact interventions in global health by integrating the network of diverse partners involved in product development by leveraging their respective strengths. She also oversees the foundation’s new Fellows program for future leaders.

Before joining the foundation in 2012, Toni was Senior Vice President and Site Director at Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development, overseeing the operations of the company’s largest R&D laboratories located in Groton, Connecticut. She is a 25-year veteran of pharmaceutical R & D product development and management where she held positions in clinical research and operations, project and portfolio management, and laboratory and facilities management. While at Pfizer she led the global development of Lyrica® from exploratory development through early commercialization.

Toni received her Bachelor of Arts, Masters and Doctorate in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard University. She serves on several not-for-profit boards, including the New York Academy of Sciences, Xavier University of Louisiana, the Joyce Theater, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet.