Helene D. Gayle

CEO, McKinsey Social Initiative

Helene D. Gayle is CEO of the McKinsey Social Initiative, recently launched by McKinsey and Company to create innovative solutions to complex global social challenges. An expert on health, global development and humanitarian issues, she spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on HIV/AIDS. Dr. Gayle then worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues. Prior to starting her current job, she was the President and CEO of CARE, USA for almost a decade.

Dr. Gayle serves on public company and non-profit boards including: The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the New America Foundation, the ONE Campaign and the Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, she currently serves on the President's Commission on White House Fellowships and the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Public Health Association, the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Named one of Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women,” she has published numerous scientific articles on HIV/AIDS and other public health issues.

Dr. Gayle was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She earned a B.A. in psychology at Barnard College, an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University. She has received 13 honorary degrees and holds faculty appointments at the University of Washington and Emory University.