Alix Zwane is a social entrepreneur and CEO of the Global Innovation Fund, a US$200m fund that takes a venture capital approach to supporting entrepreneurs and the scaling of evidence-based innovation in global health and development. She has previously served as Executive Director at Evidence Action, a non profit that leads the Deworm the World Initiative and develops business models for effective development programs. She was Senior Program Officer in the Global Development group at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a member of the inaugural team at google.org. Her stint in philanthropy was preceded by experience in management consulting and academia at the University of California, Berkeley. Alix holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University and has published widely in environmental and development economics journals.