Steve Davis


Steve Davis

Lecturer in Management


Steve Davis is a senior strategic advisor and the interim Director, China Country Office at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is also a lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business, a distinguished fellow at the World Economic Forum, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves as cochair of the World Health Organization’s Digital Health Technical Advisory Group and is a member of numerous boards and advisory committees, including The Trinity Challenge and Philanthropy University. He is the former president and CEO of PATH, a leading global health innovation organization; former director of social innovation at McKinsey & Company, a global consultancy; former CEO of Corbis, a digital media pioneer; and former attorney at the law firm now known as K&L Gates. He holds degrees from Princeton University, University of Washington, and Columbia Law School, and also studied at Beijing University. He speaks and writes regularly about the intersection of innovation, technology, and social impact, and has extensive experience working with China. He is the author of the book Undercurrents: Channeling Outrage to Spark Practical Activism (Wiley, October 2020). He lives with his family in Seattle, Washington.

Academic Degrees

  • BA, Princeton University
  • MA, Chinese Studies from the University of Washington
  • Law, Columbia University

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