Head of Global Communications
As head of global communications at the Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute, Lee Bansil, Ph.D., creates, integrates, and leads a communications strategy that advances Gates MRI’s mission.
Lee brings more than 25 years of experience communicating complex science to consumers, patients, stakeholders, and regulators, and has led teams in three Fortune 200 companies. Prior to joining Gates MRI, Lee served as vice president of corporate communications at Tyson Foods. Before Tyson, he was director of corporate communications at Corning Incorporated. Lee previously spent 24 years at Procter & Gamble (P&G), where he started his career as a toxicologist in the healthcare division from 1993 to 1997. He then served as a regulator in the Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics Unit at the European Commission from 1997 to 2000. On his return to P&G, he held a number of communications leadership roles from 2001 to 2017, including communications director for P&G’s global healthcare business.
Lee earned a degree in biology at Swansea University and a Ph.D. in the Immunology of Malaria from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.