Vital Wave Consulting, Vice President of Professional Services
Melinda served as Executive Chair of BVGH from February – June 2012. She served as BVGH’s CEO from July 2009 – January 2012 and has been a member of the Board of Directors since the organization’s inception in 2004. Before joining BVGH, Melinda was the Principal Investigator on the Malaria Policy Project conducted with the Center for Global Development, a member of the team evaluating the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and consulted with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations.
Until early 2007, Melinda was the Director of the Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI). MVI is a public-private-partnership with a mission to accelerate the development of malaria vaccines and to ensure that they are available and accessible to people in developing countries. While at MVI, she was instrumental in setting the overall vision for the program and in ensuring an organizational design and a sense of urgency that enabled rapid execution and solid relations with industry. Melinda oversaw the growth of the program from $50 million to $300 million and a tripling in staff. Most importantly, a key milestone event – malaria vaccine proof of concept in children in Africa – was achieved under her leadership.
Prior to joining MVI, Melinda was Manager of Advanced Research at EKOS Corporation and worked in technology transfer at the University of Washington School of Medicine. This work was preceded by an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Diplomacy fellowship at the United States Agency for International Development. During the fellowship Melinda began her first work on public-private-partnerships for the development of technologies and diagnostics for the developing world. She received her PhD in Medical Microbiology from the University of Maryland in Baltimore.