Julie Jacobson currently is the Chair of Uniting to Combat NTDs, supporting an innovative partnership to help achieve the WHO established targets for ten neglected diseases. She is a family practice physician with training in clinical tropical medicine and applied epidemiology. She recently completed 11 years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she worked on activities and investments toward the control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) helping to establish the Foundation’s NTD team and the Uniting to Combat NTDs partnership. In addition to NTDs, Julie worked with several other program areas at the Foundation ranging from disease specific work in areas like dengue to helping establish the program on maternal immunization and contributing to activities around what is now integrated delivery.
She has now co-founded a new non-profit, Bridges to Development, to accelerate the availability and scale up of new technologies and strategies to improve health and education in the developing world.