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Northern Lights at Peach Flower Hill

Celebratory party at Fudan Think Tank Building on May 26th.

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amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research | Countdown to a Cure

amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure for AIDS is a research initiative aimed at developing the scientific basis for a cure by 2020. Launched in February 2014, the Countdown is designed to intensify amfAR’s cure-focused HIV research program through strategic investments of $100 million over the next five years.

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Celebrating Dagfinn Høybråten

Celebrating Dagfinn's tenure as Chairman, Gavi, and the ambition of leaving no child behind in the quest for vaccinations against life threatening diseases.

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Fifth Child Documentary

Bill appears in this documentary, telling the story of what has, and is being done to reach “The Fifth Child”, and the people who work tirelessly to fulfill this mission.

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Personal Perspectives on the Corporate Response to HIV/AIDS – An Introduction to GBCHealth’s HIV/AIDS Expert Interview Series

By Bill Roedy, MTV Networks International, Former President (ret.); Board Director and Co-Founder, GBCHealth

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The WPD Generation: Moving the needle to fight childhood disease

Bill Roedy, former CEO of MTV, explains why he is passionate in the fight to end pneumonia, a preventable disease.

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MTV vs HIV – how media can save lives

Complementary to the LifeBall‘s mission to find solution for HIS/AIDS, TEDxAmRing focuses on sustainable change. Bill Roedy speaks for TEDxAmRing - Change Worth Fighting For

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The Roedy’s are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on Sunday 6th April, 2014!

On Sunday 6th April the Roedy’s start their 5 day ascend to the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free standing mountain in the world, at 19,341 feet!

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Corporate Commitment to Improving the World Through Vaccines

Every child deserves an equal shot at beginning his or her life healthy and safe. But the reality is that a vast number of children - simply because of where they were born - are vulnerable to deadly diseases that have largely been muted in the rest of the world thanks to the power of vaccines.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day? saving the lives of women

Martha lives in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. As a mother and grandmother, she is a main caretaker of her family. Martha has cervical cancer. It will probably kill her if the cobalt radiation therapy does not do more harm to her fragile body.

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Saving Lives: Could There Be Any Better Return on Investment?

Vaccines have been touted by economists, health experts and world leaders alike as one of the best buys in public health, and they are one of the safest and most effective ways to save children’s lives and protect entire communities from infectious diseases. A quick jab in the arm or drop in the mouth can provide a lifetime of protection against some of the deadliest threats we face.

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Bill Roedy takes up fight against childhood disease

Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and chair of the board of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccinations and Immunizations), asked Bill to become that foundation’s first envoy/ambassador. Bill helps raise to raise Gavi's profile & awareness about the importance of childhood vaccines in the fight against major killers like pneumonia and diarrhoeal diseases.

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General Kofi Annan appoints Global Media AIDS Initiative Founding Chair

In January 2011 General Kofi Annan appointed Bill Roedy as founding chair of the Global Media AIDS Initiative Leadership Committee. The Global Media AIDS Initiative (GMAI) is an umbrella organization that unites and motivates media companies around the world to use their influence, resources, and creative talent to address AIDS.

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About Bill RoedyBill Roedy has pursued a lifetime of global service in both the private and public sectors. His multiple careers have revolved around Defence, Diplomacy and Development, dedicating his life to uniting cultures, freedom for all and improving wellbeing worldwide.Upon graduation from West Point in 1970 as a 2<sup>nd</sup>Lieutenant, Bill qualified as an Airborne Ranger, volunteering for duty in Vietnam. Following a year in combat operations along the DMZ, he then commanded three Nuclear Missile bases in Italy as part of NATO during the Cold War.  For his distinguished military service, he was awarded the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Silver Star)and Meritorious Service Medal.After the military, and graduating from Harvard Business School, Bill embarked on a 33-year career in media. He joined HBO in 1979, as part of a new television cable revolution and rose to Vice President, overseeing offices in L.A and Philadelphia, negotiating distribution and marketing partnerships, and launching HBO across the US. He was later honoured as a Cable TV Pioneer.Moving to London in 1989, he led the start-up MTV Europe, bringing a new form of television to viewers on both sides of the Iron Curtain. Over the next 22 years, he built from scratch a global operation of 200 channels, 20 brands (including MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central), in 200 countries, reaching an audience of 2 Billion people, launching the most channels in the history of television. His strategy centred on 1) creative, relentless distribution, 2) ground breaking content that was reflective and respectful of local cultures and 3) social responsibility, highlighted by the largest multi-media initiative to fight the global pandemic of HIV/AIDS. Through diplomacy and entrepreneurship, he successfully navigated the complexity of diverse cultures, regulatory and geo political challenges, while at the same time pioneering a strategy of localisation with global scale. He was recognised in 2015 with his induction into the Cable Hall of Fame.During this time, he was appointed the first Ambassador of UNAIDS, addressing the UN General Assembly on several occasions regarding the pandemic.He was a founding member and Chair of the Global Business Coalition (GBC) on HIV/AIDS, galvanizing the business response to AIDS, TB and Malaria. In 2005, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed him founding chair of the Global Media AIDS Initiative, negotiating airtime commitments to fight AIDS.He is the Founding Chair of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, which provides young people with resources at the grass roots level in combination with MTV’s award-winning HIV/AIDS programming.In 2011, Bill expanded on his HIV/AIDS work by building a portfolio of Global Health initiatives, reaching the far corners of the world. All have added COVID-19 to their missions.He is currently the Chair of amfAR, joining in 2010, in its scientific research for a cure to AIDS. amfAR has invested over $500m in prevention, treatment and care, helping to save lives affected by HIV/AIDS. Its recent support includes ground breaking gene therapy and multiple clinical trials in the road to find a cure.In parallel, he was appointed the first Envoy for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations (GAVI), founded by Bill and Melinda Gates, rising to Vice Chair in 2018.  GAVI has provided multiple vaccinations to over 700 million children, saving millions of lives and improving overall health care systems.He works with the Global Health Corps (founded by Barbara Bush) and the Seed Global Health (founded by Vanessa Kerry), bringing health care executives and medical staff to Africa. He also works with Goldie Hawn with her MindUp initiative, targeting children in primary schools.Geopolitically, he supports Seeds of Peace, is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and advises the State Department. He has also been appointed a Churchill Fellow, delivering the Green lecture known as Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech. His education roles include the boards of the American School of London (20 years) and the Berlin School of Creative leadership. His business roles include Senior Advisor to two private equity firms, Lionsgate Motion Pictures and several tech start-ups.His awards include an Emmy Founders Award, the Leadership Business Award presented by US President Bill Clinton, amfAR’s Award of Courage,Doctors of the World Leadership Award and the UN Correspondents Association Global Citizen of the Year Award presented by UN Secretary General Ban–Ki-Moon. He has also given numerous commencement addresses with two honorary doctorate degrees. In 2020 he was selected as a ‘Distinguished Graduate of West Point’.He is an Exec Producer of the film documentary ‘Battle of amfAR’,and the author of ‘What Makes Business Rock’, a CNBC Best Book of the summer 2011.He and his wife, Alexandra are parents to four children, living in a converted church in London.<i class=”fa fa-file-pdf-o”></i> <a href=”” data-mce-href=””>Bill’s Complete Biography</a>


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