With nearly 20 years of experience in engaging the private sector to address critical humanitarian and health challenges, Jeff Rowland today leads business relations for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, a public-private partnership that provides life-saving vaccines to the world’s neediest children in 73 developing countries.
Over the span of his career, Jeff has created and managed shared value and corporate social responsibility relationships with a wide range of partners, including the Boston Consulting Group, British Telecom (BT), Benetton, Citigroup, CNN, Comic Relief, TNT, Unilever and UPS. He joined Gavi from the UN World Food Programme where he launched and led the organisation’s corporate partnership programme, having spent his first years there working in a variety of humanitarian response operations, including during the Sierra Leone civil war, the war in Kosovo and during major drought crises in southern Sudan and Ethiopia.
Jeff began his professional career as a reporter at The Washington Post in Washington, DC and Italy and then worked for a member company of the international marketing and communications conglomerate Omnicom. He received a master’s degree in international affairs and economics from Johns Hopkins University after receiving a bachelor’s degree in politics in a programme that included two years in Paris, France and Rome, Italy.