Bill Rodriguez is responsible for identifying and supporting DRK Entrepreneurs. Bill is joining the Foundation as a Managing Director with primary responsibility for DRK’s international portfolio. Bill currently serves on the boards of DRK portfolio organizations BarefootLaw, Food for Education, MaTontine Inc., Pollinate Energy, The Nudge Foundation, and SaveLIFE Foundation. Bill resides in Botswana with his wife, Rebecca, an obstetrician-gynecologist, and their young daughter.
Bill is a physician, entrepreneur and leader in global health. As a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, he established a research program on diagnostics and operational research in global health. He left Harvard in 2003 to become the Chief Medical Officer of the William J. Clinton Foundation, where he helped broker pricing agreements of HIV drugs and diagnostic tests between African and Asian governments and the major suppliers. He was the founding CEO of Daktari Diagnostics, a for-profit social venture focused on diagnosis of the diseases of poverty, and most recently served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Foundation for Innovative Diagnostics (FIND), a public-private partnership for global health based in Geneva, Switzerland. He has served as an advisor to the World Health Organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, more than a dozen national government organizations on global HIV and tuberculosis treatment, as well as numerous start-up for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises focused on global health and workforce training.
Bill is a graduate of Brown University and the Yale University School of Medicine. He trained in infectious disease medicine at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he served as chief medical resident. Bill brings DRK’s hands-on portfolio support to our existing and future organizations and underscores the DRK commitment to its global portfolio.