John Fairhurst of the Global Fund

Aid, Evolved
Aid, Evolved
John Fairhurst of the Global Fund

John Fairhurst is the head of Private Sector Engagement at the Global Fund. As such, he is the link between this global institution and innovators ranging from Microsoft to Zenysis. Tune in today to understand how the largest financier of HIV, TB, and malaria programs works with Big Tech, emerging startups, and other innovations to achieve its global goals. 

In its 20 years of existence, the Global Fund has channeled $55 billion to support the fight against HIV, TB, and malaria.

Prior to joining the Global Fund John was an Executive Director at UBS Optimus Foundation and COO at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). He helped establish the portfolio of one of the largest private foundations in international development, the Children’s Investment Fund (CIFF). He oversaw development and humanitarian programs for Oxfam in various geographies including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, and Afghanistan.

Conversation Highlights

  • (2m13s) – Introducing John Fairhurst
  • (6m06s) – How the Global Fund works with Big Tech
  • (16m19s) – How the Global Fund works with emerging technologies and startups
  • (21m38s) – The partnerships that don’t work out
  • (26m56s) – Guidance for other donors in “the valley of death”
  • (31m41s) – Rapid fire questions


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