The Global Institute for Disease Elimination (GLIDE) was announced in 2017 and formally launched in November 2019. This new institute, based in Abu Dhabi, is the only one of its kind in the region, and has been established through a partnership between His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Our mission is to make a distinctive contribution and materially help advance global thinking and progress on disease elimination. Our vision is two-fold, an institute that becomes a leader helping accelerate progress towards disease elimination and, as a result, a world that sees a shrinking map of preventable disease, an increasing number of country elimination examples and eventual eradication of diseases that should be consigned to the history books.

GLIDE brings together a group of international experts from diverse backgrounds who are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all people by advancing progress towards disease elimination.

Our Team

Simon Bland
Chief Executive Officer
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Ruba Bisharat
Office Manager
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Lisa Bryde
Senior Technical Advisor
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Lara Dahan
Program and Partnerships Manager
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Aïssatou Diawara
Technical Advisor
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Suzanne Groves
HR Consultant
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Paul Hetherington
Director of Operations, Programs and Performance
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Priya Kanayson
Advocacy and Communications Manager
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Raju Thomas
Finance Consultant
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Diana Yousef
Technical Advisor
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Mohamed Zidan
Public Relations Officer
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Rafya Ahmed
Intern
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Ferdinant Sonyuy
Intern
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