Chris Elias

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Person.png Chris Elias   LinkedInRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(health bureaucrat)
Alma materCreighton University, University of Washington
Member ofCouncil on Foreign Relations/Members, Global Preparedness Monitoring Board
Interestspopulation reduction

Dr. Christopher J. Elias is President of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously he worked for the Population Council and PATH, He participated in the notorious 2019 Event 201 pandemic exercise.[1]


Elias holds an MD from Creighton University, having completed postgraduate training in internal medicine at the University of California San Francisco, and an MPH from the University of Washington. He was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from Creighton University.


Elias has worked as a senior associate at the International Programs Division of the Population Council, traditionally close to the Rockefeller Foundation, from 1990-2000. He was country representative for Thailand.

Between 2000-2011, Dr. Elias then worked as the president and CEO of Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) , an Seattle-based international, nonprofit organization, mostly financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation[2] that "advise and partner with public institutions, businesses, grassroots groups, and investors"[3] in health matters. Their lobbyism ("advocacy and policy professionals") make sure policymakers, advocates, influencers, and citizens have the right support and information to "enact policies that bring health solutions to scale."

He is presently President of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He leads the foundation’s efforts to accelerate the delivery of healthcare products and solutions to the world's poorest people. The Global Development program focuses on 5 program areas: family planning; maternal, newborn, and child health; nutrition; polio; and vaccine delivery. A common theme of these programs is innovative and integrated delivery.[4]

He is a strong proponent of extensive use of vaccines, in line with the thinking of his sponsor Bill Gates, where Elias pointed out the "The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is always looking to support innovative and creative ways to expand access to and use of vaccines."[5].

He is a member of the advisory committee to the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Elias was named the Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year for the United States in 2005. The Foundation is financed by Klaus Schwab, the central figure in the organizing of the World Economic Forum.

He serves on various advisory boards, including the Creigton University Board of Trustees; and the University of Washington Global Health External Advisory Board. He also represents the Gates Foundation as the chair of the Polio Oversight Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the chair of the Investors Group of the Global Financing Facility, and co-chair of the Family Planning 2020 Reference Group.


Events Participated in

2021 Monkeypox Tabletop ExerciseA 2021 biological exercise predicting a monkeypox pandemic starting in mid May 2022
A Spreading Plague14 February 201914 February 2019Germany
2019 Munich Security Conference
Tabletop simulation of a global biological warfare attack predicting an apocalyptic outcome. Included several senior pandemic planners. Held February 2019.
Event 20118 October 201918 October 2019New York
A Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security/World Economic Forum/Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored large scale simulation of a global coronavirus pandemic predicting an apocalyptic outcome. Held October 2019.
WEF/Annual Meeting/201126 January 201130 January 2011World Economic Forum
2229 guests in Davos, with the theme: "Shared Norms for the New Reality".
WEF/Annual Meeting/201323 January 201327 January 2013Switzerland2500 mostly unelected leaders met to discuss "leading through adversity"
WEF/Annual Meeting/201422 January 201425 January 2014Switzerland2604 guests in Davos considered "Reshaping The World"
WEF/Annual Meeting/201620 January 201623 January 2016World Economic Forum
Attended by over 2500 people, both leaders and followers, who were explained how the Fourth Industrial Revolution would changed everything, including being a "revolution of values".
WEF/Annual Meeting/202316 January 202320 January 2023World Economic Forum
The theme of the meeting was "Cooperation in a Fragmented World"