Seth Berkley

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Seth Berkley
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Berkley at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions in 2012
Born (1956-10-18) October 18, 1956 (age 65)
EducationBrown University
Years active1986-present
Known forFounder and former president and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

Seth Franklin Berkley (born October 18, 1956) is an American medical epidemiologist, the CEO of the GAVI Alliance and a global advocate of the power of vaccines. He is the founder and former president and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI).[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Berkley was born in New York City.

In 1974, Berkley graduation from McBurney School, a private school in New York City. In 1978, he received a ScB from Brown University. In 1981, he received a M.D. from Brown University's Alpert Medical School. Berkley then trained in internal medicine at Harvard University.[2]


From 1984 to 1986, Berkley worked as a medical epidemiologist for the Center for Infectious Diseases of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA. While working for the CDC, Berkley was involved in, among other things, managing the national Toxic Shock Syndrome surveillance system. He also conducted an investigation of an outbreak of Brazilian Purpuric Fever, a disease that was killing children in Brazil, and helped to discover the etiologic agent. In 1986, on assignment from the CDC, Berkley served as an epidemiologist for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, working on routine surveillance and outbreak investigations.

A year later, while working for the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta, Berkley was assigned as an epidemiologist at the Ministry of Health in Uganda. In this role, he worked to establish and manage the Ugandan surveillance system for AIDS, validate the AIDS clinical case definition for Africa and assist with the conduct and analysis of the national HIV sero-survey. Berkley played a role in helping to develop Uganda's National AIDS Control programs, and served as an attending internal medicine physician at Mulago Hospital in Kampala.

Subsequently, Berkley worked for the Rockefeller Foundation, initially as program scientist and finally as associate director of the Health Sciences Division. During his eight years with the Rockefeller Foundation, Berkley managed programs in epidemiology, public health, medical and nursing education, vaccination, AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases and reproductive health in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Some of his initiatives included developing a public health training program, Public Health School without Walls, which began in Zimbabwe, Ghana, Uganda, and then spread to Vietnam, as well as an international program to support non-governmental organizations working on AIDS, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

Berkley has appeared on the cover of Newsweek[3] and recognized by Wired as among "The Wired 25"[4]—a salute to dreamers, inventors, mavericks and leaders—as well as by Time magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2009.[5] In 2010, Fortune magazine named Berkley as one of its "Global Forum Visionaries."[6]

GAVI Alliance[edit]

Berkley joined the GAVI Alliance as its chief executive officer (CEO) in August 2011.[7] The GAVI Alliance is a public-private partnership whose mission is to save children's lives and protect people's health by increasing access to immunisation in developing countries.

Since its launch in 2000, GAVI has prevented more than five million future deaths and helped protect 288 million children with new and underused vaccines.[8] Under Berkley's leadership, the alliance plans to deliver vaccines to another quarter of a billion children and prevent four million more deaths by 2015.[9]

The GAVI Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry in both industrialised and developing countries, research and technical agencies, civil society organizations, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private philanthropists.

The IAVI Years[edit]

In 1994, the Rockefeller Foundation, where Berkley was serving as associate director of health sciences, convened a series of international consensus meetings on the need for a new effort to address existing barriers to the development of an AIDS vaccine and jump-start AIDS vaccine research. These meetings, culminating in a conference in Bellagio, Italy, became the impetus for the establishment of IAVI in 1996 as an international NGO tasked with aggressively pursuing previously neglected approaches to AIDS vaccine development. Berkley was appointed interim president and later became CEO.[10]

Under Berkley's leadership, the organization evolved into a worldwide public-private product development partnership with a staff of more than 200 employees that has worked with partners in 25 countries and, with partners, conducted 24 HIV vaccine trials.[11]

Selected professional affiliations[edit]

Berkley sits on a number of international steering committees and corporate and not-for-profit boards, including those of Gilead Sciences, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Acumen Fund, and is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.[12] Berkley is a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel assisting the UNAIDS High Level Commission on HIV Prevention.[2]

Berkley formerly served on the boards of Oxfam America, the Guttmacher Institute, VillageReach, VaxInnate, PowderJect and Napo pharmaceuticals.[15]

Academic Appointments[edit]

Selected awards[edit]

Selected works and publications[edit]


  • Jamison, Dean T.; Bobadilla, José-Luis; Hecht, Robert; Hill, Kenneth; Musgrove, Philip; Saxenian, Helen; Tan, Jee-Peng; Berkley, Seth (part time); Murray, Christopher J. L. (part time) (1993). World Development Report 1993: Investing in Health. New York: World Bank, Oxford University Press. doi:10.1596/0-1952-0890-0. ISBN 978-0-19-520890-0. OCLC 917239316.
  • Armstrong, D; Cohen, J; Berkley, S; Carbon, CJ; Clumeck, N; Durack, DT; Finch, RG; Kiehn, TE; Louria, DB; McAdam, K; Norrby, SR; Opal, SM; Polsky, BW; Quie, PG; Ronald, AR; Solberg, CO; Verhoef, J, eds. (1999). Infectious Diseases. London: Mosby. ISBN 978-0-723-42328-7. OCLC 937187135.
  • Cohen, J; Powderly, WG; Berkley, S; Calandra, T; Clumeck, N; Finch, RG; Hammer, SM; Holland, SM; Kiehn, TE; Maki, DG; McAdam, K; Norrby, SR; Opal, SM; Ronald, AR; Solberg, CO; Verhoef, J, eds. (2004). Infectious Diseases. Edinburgh: Mosby. ISBN 978-0-323-02607-9. OCLC 1136020957.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-14. Retrieved 2011-08-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b Seth Berkley Bio, IAVI Website Archived 2011-07-20 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Can He Find a Cure?", Newsweek, June 2001
  4. ^ Seth Berkley Plans To Stop AIDS In Its Tracks, The Wired 25 1998
  5. ^ The 2009 TIME 100
  6. ^ The Fortune Global Forum Visionaries 2010
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-01. Retrieved 2011-08-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2011-08-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-01. Retrieved 2011-08-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Kuipers, Hester and Kate Taylor. Entering a New Decade. IAVI, 2006. Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ IAVI Website Archived 2011-09-03 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^;,, p. 14; "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2011-10-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link);
  13. ^ a b c d Leadership Dialogue: The Rockefeller Foundation and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative" 2004
  14. ^ Council on Foreign Relations Membership Roster
  15. ^; "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2010-03-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), p. 20;;; "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2011-08-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ Brown University Directory
  17. ^ Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Faculty & Staff Directory
  18. ^ NYU School of Medicine Faculty Directory
  19. ^ "NMMU to honour John Kani". Port Elizabeth Herald. 10 April 2013. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  20. ^ "NMMU celebrates achievements at annual graduation". Archived from the original on 27 January 2014.

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