Larry Brilliant is president of the Skoll Global Threats Fund, which works to reduce the threat of pandemics, nuclear proliferation, climate change and water scarcity. A physician and epidemiologist, Brilliant played a key role in the WHO’s successful smallpox-eradication program. He was founding chairman of the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee created by Presidential Directive, was the first executive director of Google.org and co-founder of the Seva Foundation, whose work has helped restore sight to 3.5 million people.
In 2008, Time magazine named Brilliant one of the world’s 100 most influential people. He received a 2006 TED Prize and was named a Public Health Hero by the University of California, Berkeley, 2012 Public Health Champion by UCLA and received the 2014 UCLA Medal.
Brilliant, a former professor of international health and epidemiology, holds an MPH from the University of Michigan and an MD from the Wayne State University School of Medicine and several honorary degrees. He is on the boards of the Skoll Foundation, Salesforce Foundation and other philanthropies.