VOTE: What Voice Needs to be Added to the President’s Global Development Council?

Last week, we kicked off a contest asking people who they think should fill the remaining three seats on President Obama’s Global Development Council.

Here are the names we received:

  • Seth Berkley, CEO, GAVI
  • Larry Cooley, President and CEO, Management Systems International
  • Paul Farmer, Co-Founder, Partners in Health
  • William Foege, epidemiologist (credited with devising the global strategy that led to the eradication of smallpox in the late 1970s)
  • Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for global health, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • John Githongo, CEO, Inuka Kenya Trust (Kenya)
  • John Harvey, Managing Director for Global Philanthropy, Council on Foundations
  • Rokeya Kabir, Founder and Executive Director, Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS)
  • Martha Kwataine, Executive Director, Malawi Health Equity Network (Malawi)
  • Jim Leach, former Iowa Congressman and current Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Jennifer Lentfer, Founder, How Matters
  • Andrew Natsios, former USAID Administrator
  • Jeffrey Sachs, economist and Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Richard Thaler, economist and professor of behavior science and economics, University of Chicago Booth Business School
  • Gregs Thomopulos, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Stanley Consultants, Inc.

What we found most compelling among our responses, however, were the common areas of expertise in addition to names that were suggested.

Looking at the list of nine nominations the President has so far made to the Council, what voice is missing? A faith leader? A developing country perspective?

Please take a moment to vote below for the voice you think would be the most valuable addition to the Global Development Council. Voting will take place until Friday, January 25. Stay tuned for the results!

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