Stephen Ward, Ph.D.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | Program Officer, Discovery & Translational Sciences (Global Health Program)

Since 2009, Stephen Ward has served as a Program Officer within the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Discovery & Translational Sciences team, managing a portfolio of programs related to early stage-drug discovery. His work is currently focused on developing new tools and technologies that can address technical barriers and rapidly accelerate progress in development of new therapies, particularly in the areas of neglected tropical diseases, pediatric diarrheal disease, and family planning. Prior to joining the foundation, Stephen worked as a consultant, providing technical support to non-profit, government, and commercial programs, particularly focused on drug discovery projects for global health and defense. Stephen received his BS in Biology from the University of Kentucky, a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from Washington University, and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health.