Christopher J. Elias

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"Dr. Elias is president and chief executive officer, leading PATH's work in more than 70 countries in the areas of health technologies, maternal and child health, reproductive health, vaccines and immunization, and emerging and epidemic diseases.

"Dr. Elias represents PATH at domestic and international forums, both as a spokesperson for PATH and as an advocate for innovative responses to global health challenges. He serves on the boards of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, the Global Health Council, InterAction, the Medicines for Malaria Venture, the Rural Development Institute, and the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association, among others. Dr. Elias was honored as the Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year for the United States in 2005 and named Global Health Research Ambassador by the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research in 2007. Under Dr. Elias's leadership, PATH was awarded the Hilton Humanitarian Prize in 2009.

"Before joining PATH, Dr. Elias was a senior associate in the International Programs Division of the Population Council, where he served as the country representative in Thailand, managing reproductive health programs throughout Southeast Asia. His early career included two years in Thailand working with refugee assistance programs, first as a physician supervising a large pediatric ward in a refugee encampment and then as a medical coordinator for the American Refugee Committee at the Thailand–Cambodia border.

"Dr. Elias received his MD from Creighton University and his MPH from the University of Washington." [1]

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  1. Executive leadership, Program for Appropriate Technology in Health, accessed November 16, 2010.