Diana Pallais leads our work in international development. Photo: courtesy of Diana Pallais.
Managing Director and Interim Vice President, International Development
Diana Pallais is PATH’s managing director and interim vice president for International Development, overseeing our global network of country-based programs, optimizing PATH’s public health impact in any given country, and bolstering the sustainability of our programmatic portfolio across countries.
Prior to her joining PATH in 2014, Pallais’ career includes over 14 years at the Microsoft Corporation, most recently leading Microsoft’s global marketing relationship with one of their most important business partners, Dell. Prior to that, she led sales strategy for the global community of sellers in the division that looks after hardware manufacturers and delivers the most profitable margins for Microsoft.
As managing director of Microsoft’s Worldwide Public Sector from 2006 to 2010, Dr. Pallais founded the company’s initiative for commercially viable public-private partnerships (PPPs), bringing together cross-sector partners in more than 200 successful PPPs worldwide. Her work helped drive innovation in public service delivery and digital access that reached more than 7 million underserved citizens in developing countries. In this capacity, she drove the internal change at Microsoft to pursue a fresh business model, making technology access to underserved citizen segments a vector in economic development goals. Leading a global team across the developing world in partnership with government leaders from multiple policy areas, Dr. Pallais created an engagement model that enabled repeatable PPPs spanning policy areas such as education, civil service innovation, pension reforms, public health, and small business empowerment. She also served in other leadership capacities at Microsoft, including product management, geopolitical strategy, and product development.
A contributor to numerous nonprofit and social innovation organizations, Dr. Pallais currently serves as a supporting partner of the Initiative for Global Development. She also has served as a partner at Social Venture Partners, an executive committee member at Global Washington, a board member at Partners in Health, and as a leading organizer and fundraiser for the Hurricane Mitch Relief Campaign in Seattle.
Dr. Pallais is affiliated with the newly created International Policy Institute of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington (UW). In addition, she has served as an instructor in the Department of Political Science and the Jackson School at the UW, and as a policy analyst and diplomat in the Nicaraguan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is a fellow with the UW’s Center for Communications and Civic Engagement and holds a PhD in political science with a specialty in economic development from the UW.