Steve Davis


Steve Davis

Lecturer in Management


Steve Davis serves as a senior advisor for McKinsey & Company, as a lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Steve has deep experience, and sits on numerous boards and advisory groups, focused on the intersection of business, innovation, and social impact. He most recently served as executive strategic advisor and interim director, China Country Office, for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as co-chair of the World Health Organization & Digital Health Technical Advisory Group, and as a distinguished fellow for the World Economic Forum. Steve is the former president & CEO of PATH, a leading global health innovation organization; former director of social innovation at McKinsey; former CEO of Corbis, a digital media pioneer; and as an attorney with K&L Gates. With degrees from Princeton University, University of Washington, and Columbia Law School, Steve also is the author of Undercurrents: Channeling Outrage to Spark Practical Activism (Wiley 2020), and speaks and writes frequently on topics related to corporate engagement in social impact, social innovation, and digital health. He lives with his family in Seattle, Washington.

Academic Degrees

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

Professional Experience

  • Senior Advisor, McKinsey and Co., present

Awards and Honors

  • Global Health Faculty Fellow, Stanford Medical School

Stanford Case Studies

Insights by Stanford Business

October 19, 2021
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School News

September 09, 2014
Stanford GSB welcomes seven tenure-line faculty and 17 lecturers from a range of disciplines who will infuse the school’s curriculum with fresh perspectives.