Senior Strategy Officer in the China Country Office of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- Date: Oct. 30, Friday
- 5:00PM – 6:00PM, China Time
- Venue: on campus AB 2107 or Zoom: https://duke.zoom.us/j/4647917358
- Speaker: Dr. Wenfeng Gong
Dr. Wenfeng Gong is a Senior Strategy Officer in the China Country Office of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he coordinates strategy transformation in a variety of global health and global development domains. In previous roles at the Foundation, he led a portfolio of projects to monitor global vaccine demand and demystify the drivers of vaccination using a mixture of social science methods, epidemiology, and advanced analytics; he also co-led a strategy to accelerate new vaccine introductions in China through financial innovation, advocacy, and implementation sciences. He was part of a team to explore various applications of data science techniques in the global development arena. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Wenfeng is part of the Foundation's response team and has provided technical guidance to many national epidemiologic investigation activities.
Wenfeng is an infectious disease epidemiologist who studied and worked for five years at Johns Hopkins International Vaccine Access Center, where he led a two-year research project in Pakistan to design and test various statistical and operational innovations to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of immunization program monitoring.
Wenfeng has conducted many consulting projects for the BMGF, Gavi, and WHO on survey quality assurance, big data visualization, and vaccine impact and cost-effectiveness assessments. He is a current member of the WHO Expert Working Group for Behavior and Social Drivers of Vaccination.