Vice President, Science and Strategy
Dr. Steven Phillips is a medical and public health professional who has held leadership positions in global health and international development spanning private, government, academic and think-tank sectors over a three-decade career. He currently serves on global, national and community-service organization boards, holds two think-tank appointments, and is an independent consultant in global health strategy, policy, finance and organizational effectiveness.
As a Senior Fellow at Chatham House, Dr. Phillips was the founder of the Extractive Industries Infectious Diseases Risk Assessment and Management Initiative, a global policy-level discussion among the extraction industry, international development and finance institutions, national government stakeholders and science leaders addressing the risks and management of existing and new transmissible diseases in tropical hot zones. Dr. Phillips was formerly Medical Director for Global Projects at Exxon Mobil Corporation. He managed a global health services enterprise of over 500 health professionals and an annual budget of $75 million. He has served two terms as private sector representative on the Board and Executive Committee of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership in Geneva. In this capacity, he coordinated the business sector input of some 30 companies to set the global policy agenda of the World Health Organization, and the development of strategic plans and financing toward the global malaria elimination by 2025 goal. He also served in a similar capacity as part of the private sector constituency to the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria in Geneva, 2006-2010.
Prior to his ExxonMobil career, Dr. Phillips served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer with the US Centers for Disease Control. He was a commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service, assigned to the New York City Department of Public Health.
He currently serves on the advisory boards of Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York, The Wooster Group (NYC theater company), Team Africa Rising (Rwanda sports non-profit), Speak Up Africa (health advocacy non-profit), an advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Global Health Programs of Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of California at San Francisco, and the Waterman’s Community Center (North Haven, ME). He received his baccalaureate and medical degrees at Stanford University, and Master of Public Health from UCLA. Dr. Phillips is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the American Board of Preventive and Occupational Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
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