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Jack C. Chow

Former U.S. ambassador

Former U.S. ambassador Jack C. Chow served in pioneering roles in public service and global health diplomacy. He was the first Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Dr. Chow held the rank of ambassador as the Special Representative of the U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on Global HIV/AIDS and as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Health and Science, the first U.S. diplomat of ambassador rank appointed to a public health mission. In the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks, he led American diplomatic efforts in the establishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and in countering global infectious diseases and bioterrorism threats. He is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College for public policy and is a 2013 Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow. In previous positions, Dr. Chow served at the State Department as the Senior Advisor for Global Health Policy to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, a congressional staff member on both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, and led several policymaking roles in health, science and security. He has been a consultant on global health at the RAND Corporation, McKinsey & Company, and PRTM/PwC. A medical doctor, Dr. Chow trained at Stanford University Hospital and earned his M.D. from the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine. His other degrees are from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (M.P.A.), the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (M.B.A.), the University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health – UCSF Joint Medical Program (M.S.), and the University of Pennsylvania (B.A.).