Alix Zwane is Chief Executive Officer at GIF. She is a social entrepreneur and public health expert, and joins the team from Evidence Action where she served as Executive Director and a member of the Board of Directors. Evidence Action builds business models to bridge the gap between what research has shown to be effective and what is implemented in practice. Alix grew the organization to one employing over 200 people and helping over 100 million children annually. Prior to Evidence Action Alix was Senior Program Officer in the Global Development group at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, taking a lead role on strategy development for the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene team and setting the team’s evaluation policy and associated investment plan. Her stint in philanthropy was preceded by experience in both the private sector and academia. Alix holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University and has published widely in environmental and development economics journals.