Case study

category: search
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Search for Deputy Director
The Gates Foundation work with partners across the world to help people live healthy and productive lives by focusing on two overarching issues, extreme poverty and poor health in developing countries, and the failures of America’s education system.

Challenge

Key skills: Anticipating the need for innovation, results-focused, candidates that fulfil the impatient optimist brief.

The Gates Foundation work with partners across the world to help people live healthy and productive lives by focusing on two overarching issues, extreme poverty and poor health in developing countries, and the failures of America’s education system.

Strategy

In 2016, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation appointed SRI Executive to assist them in the search for the Deputy Director for Innovation and Private Sector, Nutrition. This role was an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and innovative leader to develop technical expertise and R&D, into viable products to be deployed in the developing world. Their role would be to act as a catalytic thinker, to identify and shape opportunities for public/private partnerships that have the potential to transform the Foundation’s ability to have an impact, through nutrition of consumer products.

The candidate would have to demonstrate a keen understanding of the regulatory and policy environments that have an impact on the private sector and proven experience in driving innovation to break bottlenecks in complex systems, both in developing and developed country contexts

Impact / results

Our search returned 289 candidates that matched to the role, of these 98 were approached, seven candidates were long-listed and three made it to shortlisting stage. From those three candidates, a successful appointment was made and Kamel Chida was appointed to the position in November 2016.