Tributes have been pouring for the former President of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Health Program, Dr. Tachi Yamada, who passed away on Wednesday aged 76.
He was a pioneer in drug and vaccine development and ran the Global Health Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation from June 2006 to 2011, according to his LinkedIn profile.
In his tribute, Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, wrote: “I loved working with Tachi and I learned a lot from him. His passion for saving lives and making the world a fairer place was inspiring, and he matched it with an incredible intellect. I will miss him.”
Also on LinkedIn, Mark Suzman who is the CEO at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said: “I am deeply saddened to learn that Dr. Tachi Yamada, who ran the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Health Program from 2005 to 2011, passed away yesterday. He was a leader that personified our mission by combining empathy with the tenacious pursuit of equity and impact. I remember him as especially devoted to measuring impact, famously quoting his tennis coach that “If you’re not keeping score, you’re just practicing.”I’m going to use that at my next match.
He earned the respect of colleagues and partners by showing them respect. As news of his passing spread throughout the foundation and our alumni network, it was clear that many of us are truly devastated to lose Tachi, but his legacy will live on in the foundation he helped to build and the many talented people he mentored over a 50-year career.”