Director, Program Related Investments, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Julie Sunderland is Director of Program Related Investments for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she is responsible for managing the foundation’s $1.5B program-related investment (PRI) pool which focuses on strategic investments in global health, global development, and US education. Ms. Sunderland founded the PRI program in 2009 as a $400M pilot and has since grown the portfolio to more than 30 investments comprising a range of investment structures (equity, loans, guaranties, funds), sectors (biotech, health commodities, health delivery, agriculture, digital payments, charter schools, education technology), and geographies (US, Europe, Africa, India, China). She chairs the foundation’s investment committee that reviews all PRIs and innovative finance transactions undertaken by the foundation.
Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Sunderland led Oriane Consulting and advised foundations, development finance instituations and governments on venture capital, SME financing and technical assistance programs. She has also worked with private equity fund managers in Africa and Eastern Europe on investment strategies, portfolio management, and exits. Ms. Sunderland holds a BA from Harvard University, an MBA from Wharton Business School and an MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.