O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law Colloquium:
The Future of Philanthropy
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Karen Cavanaugh is Director of USAID’s Office of Health Systems. She has served in USAID since 1997 in both
the LAC and Global Health Bureaus, where she was responsible for leading USAID’s global efforts to strengthen
health system finance, governance, and operations. She was a member of the GAVI Health System Strengthening
Task Team and a member of the Inter-agency Working Group on results-based financing for health. Karen strives
to improve global understanding and benchmarking of health system performance in low-income countries. She is
a guest lecturer on health system strengthening and the changing donor architecture for health. Karen has authored
or co-authored journal articles, books, country health system assessments, program designs and evaluations, and
training materials on global health, poverty alleviation, and donor coordination. She worked previously at the World
Bank, where she co-authored the Bank’s poverty report for Peru and participated in the task force that introduced
new approaches to country assistance strategies. She worked for CARE, where she was assistant director for Peru and
served in Bangladesh. Karen has conducted health consultations in more than forty countries on five continents. She
is an alumna of the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Georgetown University’s
School of Foreign Service and John Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. She speaks French, Spanish,
Portuguese, and Bengali.
Kevin Klock is Head of Governance and Assistant Secretary for the GAVI Alliance, and Company Secretary
for the GAVI Campaign. GAVI’s mission is to save children’s lives and protect people’s health by increasing
access to immunization in poor countries. He advises on public sector and corporate governance best practice,
particularly matters that concern board composition, evaluation, dynamics, and operations. In addition, he is the
lead staff member on governance for matters that involve GAVI’s finance and debt-issuance activities including
the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm). He was previously with the National Association
of Corporate Directors (NACD), which provides information, research, and education to corporate boards. He
is a member of the Corporate Practices Committee of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance
Professionals and has served as a director on two boards. His comments have appeared in many industry publications
including Corporate Board Member and Chief Executive.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Mr. Wilder is Associate General Counsel in the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
In that capacity he has responsibility for providing legal support in a range of projects for the development and
delivery of drugs, vaccines and diagnostics in the developing world. He was previously Associate General Counsel
for Intellectual Property Policy at Microsoft Corporation where he was responsible for defining and driving the
company-wide policy in all areas of intellectual property. And prior to that he was a partner in a global law firm,
where he specialized in international law. There, he represented countries and companies in international trade
disputes – in particular those involving intellectual property. He also practiced in the field public health – including
on access to existing medicines and the development of new ones, with particular focus on developing country needs.
In this connection, he has advised the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, the World Health
Organization, the Medicines for Malaria Venture, the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development, the U.S. Agency
for International Development, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mr. Wilder is a former Director of the
Global Intellectual Property Issues Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization – a specialized agency
of the United Nations in Geneva. While there he had responsibility for diverse issues, including public health, genetic
resources, traditional knowledge and human rights.
The O’Neill Institute Colloquium is open to all students, faculty, staff, and interested members of the public.