Who We Are

Reaching the Last Mile

Our History

The Global Institute for Disease Elimination (GLIDE) is the result of a long-standing partnership between His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and Bill Gates, dating back to their pledge to fight diseases and put an end to polio in 2011. The concept for an Abu Dhabi-based institute to develop policies to combat infectious diseases materialised in 2017, with an announcement by His Highness at the Reaching the Last Mile Forum. Two years later, during the Reaching the Last Mile Forum in November 2019, GLIDE was formally launched.

As the first and only institute of its kind in the region, GLIDE helps build capability within the region and establishes a new epicentre of global health and development. With unique positioning and a panoramic view, GLIDE will help ensure the legacy of philanthropy in the UAE is continued and expanded upon, and help to achieve a world free from preventable infectious diseases of poverty.

Our Vision

GLIDE envisions a world free from infectious diseases of poverty.

GLIDE aims to accelerate progress towards disease elimination to alleviate human suffering.  We do this by elevating awareness and engagement, advancing elimination strategies, and fostering and scaling innovation.

Our Mission

To advance global thinking and accelerate progress towards disease elimination by building on country ownership and local solutions, promoting an integrated approach, engaging catalytically, seeking out sustainable solutions, and working in partnership.

Our Team

Simon Bland

Chief Executive Officer

Rafya Ahmed

Associate Technical Advisor

Hajer Al Hosani

Advocacy and Communications Associate

Myrna Ayman

Office Administrator Assistant

Ruba Bisharat

Office Manager

Lisa Bryde

Senior Technical Advisor

Lara Dahan

Program and Partnerships Manager

Aïssatou Diawara

Technical Advisor

Lisa Goldman-van Nostrand

Advocacy and Communications Advisor

Paul Hetherington

Director of Operations, Programs and Performance

Priya Kanayson

Advocacy and Communications Manager

Raju Thomas

Finance Consultant

Shona Wynd

Senior Program and Partnerships Manager

Diana Yousef

Technical Advisor

Our Board

Our Founders

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Crown Prince Court

For over 30 years, The Crown Prince Court (CPC)  has been dedicated to the elimination and control of preventable diseases that affect the health and economic prospects of the world’s poorest people.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has been committed to fighting poverty, disease, and inequity around the world for over 20 years.