Director of the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact at the US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Wendy Taylor is Director of the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), a center of excellence applying innovative, business-minded approaches to accelerate the development, introduction and scale-up of priority global health innovations. Joining the Administration in 2010, Ms. Taylor established and built the Center, spearheaded the Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge for Development – a $50 million multi-donor partnership that calls on the brightest minds across the globe to identify groundbreaking new solutions for pregnant women and newborns around the time of birth, and created multiple public-private partnerships.
She has worked for the last 20 years identifying market-based solutions to address diseases and conditions of poverty. In 2004, she founded Bio Ventures for Global Health (BVGH), a non-profit working to engage the biopharmaceutical industry to develop medicines for diseases of the developing world. She also held senior positions with Malaria No More and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), and worked in both the executive and legislative branches of the US government, including the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means.
She received a Master of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a B.A. from Duke University. She serves on the North American Board of Medicines for Malaria Ventures and is Chair of HANSHEP, an international donor coordinating body harnessing the private sector to deliver better healthcare to the poor.