Karlee Silver

Co CEO (interim) at Grand Challenges Canada

Karlee Silver is Co-Chief Executive Officer for Grand Challenges Canada. Until recently, Dr. Silver was Vice President of Programs, where she set strategy for development and humanitarian innovation initiatives, and enabled the programs, investments and knowledge management teams to source, support and transition to scale promising innovations for social impact in low- and middle-income countries. She represents Grand Challenges Canada in the International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA) and in the Grand Challenge network, and advises on global mental health initiatives. She is the Senior Advisor for the Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace. Dr. Silver has been with Grand Challenges Canada since it launched, and led the process of selecting the organization’s prioritized grand challenges. Prior to joining Grand Challenges Canada, Dr. Silver trained in the laboratory of Dr. Kevin Kain at the Sandra Rotman Centre in Toronto where she helped to identify host responses of malaria infection in pregnant women to harness for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Dr. Silver received her doctorate in 2006 from the University of Oxford, where she attended as a Rhodes Scholar and trained in genetics and immunology. An accumulation of inspirations, including traveling through southern Africa after Oxford, led to a refocus towards global health. Witnessing both the strength of women to sustain their families and communities, and the vulnerability of these same women to the consequences of poverty inspired Dr. Silver to apply herself to empowering women and girls.

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Global HealthInnovationGlobal Mental HealthInternational DevelopmentImpact InvestingMaternal, Newborn and Child HealthResearch and DevelopmentHumanitarian AidSexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

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Karlee Silver works for Grand Challenges Canada
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