Deputy Director, Women in Leadership, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
IRIS MWANZA grew up in Zambia in a family deeply involved in wildlife conservation. She has spent most of her career in international development, working at the World Bank and in global health organizations. Currently, she is the Deputy Director of Women in Leadership at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously, Mwanza was the Director of Community Health Roadmap, and President and Executive Director of the BroadReach Institute for Training and Education. Early in her professional life, Mwanza worked as a corporate lawyer in both Zambia and the US. She has an MA and PhD in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, as well as law degrees from Cornell University and the University of Zambia.