Steve Davis

Steve Davis is our president and CEO. Photo: PATH

President and CEO

As president and CEO of PATH, Steve Davis combines his extensive experience as a technology business leader, global health advocate, and social innovator to accelerate great ideas and bring lifesaving solutions to scale. He oversees PATH’s work to drive transformative innovation, shaping how global health interventions improve lives and strengthen communities.

Steve’s long-standing commitment to human rights and global health and development grew from his work early in his career to support international refugees in the United States, Africa, and Asia and from his later focus on China. Steve has employed that same passion as a leader and strategist for a range of private and nonprofit companies and international organizations, including as CEO of global digital media firm Corbis, interim CEO of the Infectious Disease Research Institute, and director of social innovation for McKinsey & Company.

Before becoming PATH’s president and CEO in 2012, Steve served on our board of directors for nine years, helping to guide PATH through a decade of rapid growth. He has held several board and advisory appointments for corporate and nonprofit organizations, is a member of the council on Foreign Relations, and holds a faculty appointment as a senior fellow at the University of Washington School Of Law. He regularly writes about global health, innovation, and strategy on the PATH blog, the Huffington Post Impact blog, and Impatient Optimists.

Steve earned his BA from Princeton University, his MA in Chinese studies from the University of Washington, and his law degree from Columbia University.

Career highlights

A strong commitment to human rights and equity in global health and development is woven throughout Steve’s career in both the nonprofit and private sectors. A selection of highlights follows.

  • Led the global social innovation practice at McKinsey & Company, advising clients on social engagement, global development, and philanthropy opportunities.
  • Selected as global health advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2013.
  • Delivered keynote address on collaborative innovation at the 2011 United Nations Social Innovation Summit.
  • As interim CEO, developed and advanced a global strategy for the Infectious Disease Research Institute.
  • Advised on long-term strategy as a board member and chair of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
  • Developed Corbis Corporation from an early Internet startup into a global digital media leader. As CEO, oversaw expansion from a single office to a multinational company with more than $250 million in annual revenue.

Selected presentations and speaking engagements

  • TED. Coleader with GAVI Alliance CEO Seth Berkley: Vaccine challenge: Tracking and tracing vaccines in the GAVI supply chain (Long Beach, California, 2013).
  • Global Vaccine Summit. GAVI panel moderator: Innovative approaches to financing new vaccines, strengthening health systems, and scaling up immunization coverage (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2013).
  • World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. Discussion leader: Catalyzing markets through philanthropy (Davos, Switzerland, 2013).
  • World Economic Forum on Africa. Facilitator: Capital for the common good (Cape Town, South Africa, 2013).
  • 4th International Roundtable on China-Africa Health Cooperation. Panelist: How international organizations can support the China-Africa health partnership (Gabarone, Botswana, 2013).
  • Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. Discussion leader: Designing for consumers at the base of the pyramid (New York, 2012).
  • World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions. Discussion leader: Creating the future economy: The role of the nonprofit sector (Tianjin, China, 2012).
  • Pacific Health Summit. Panelist: Innovation across borders: Increasing access and lowering healthcare costs for all (London, 2012).
  • USAID Child Survival Call to Action. Panelist: Using research and innovation to accelerate progress (Washington, DC, 2012).

Selected publications and interviews

Selected board memberships

  • Global Partnerships, 2007–present
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 2007–2013 (chair)
  • PATH, 2001–2010
  • Crucell, 2008–2011
  • PlanetOut Inc., 2007–2009
  • Intrepid Learning Solutions, 2000–2009
  • NPower, 2000–2006 (chair)
  • Technology Alliance, 1998–2006 (chair)
  • Washington Software Alliance, 1997–2000

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