Orin Levine is a highly experienced mission driven executive leader and public health expert who is passionate about combining innovation with dogged execution and using advocacy based on evidence to reduce health inequities around the world. Over the past 30 years, Orin has successfully worked to accelerate the introduction of and access to vaccines and other proven health interventions in low- and middle-income countries. His experience includes years of service on global boards, including Gavi, leading large and small teams, and engaging with senior executives to achieve impact.
Orin’s notable contributions to expanding vaccine access and improving health equity include leading the effort to establish the first ever Advance Market Commitment (AMC). As the Executive Director of GAVI’s Pneumococcal Vaccines Accelerated Development and Introduction Program (PneumoADIP), Orin led the overall program combining skills in epidemiology, management, industry relations, and communications & advocacy. The PneumoADIP team influenced global policies including the WHO recommendation that all countries should introduce pneumococcal conjugate vaccines and most notably, developed the successful “investment case” that led donors to commit >$1.5 billion for the procurement of pneumococcal vaccines for children.
As a Gavi Board member representing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for nearly 9 years, Orin brings a strong understanding of the dynamics of Gavi with countries, donors and industry. During his time on the Board Orin contributed to the establishment of the COVAX AMC and served on the Executive Committee, the Governance Committee and the Market Sensitive Decisions Committee that provided recommendations on specific industry deals.
Orin’s previous leadership roles include:
Tenured Professor of International Health and Executive Director, International Vaccine Access Center at Johns Hopkins University and Senior Director, Global Delivery Programs and Director, Vaccine Delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Orin currently serves as a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development, as a member of the Board on Global Health for the US National Academy of Medicine, and on the Board of Directors for the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.
Orin received a Ph.D. in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a B.A. in Management from Gettysburg College.