Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
As the United States’ first professional graduate school of international affairs, The Fletcher School has for decades prepared the world’s leaders to become innovative problem-solvers in government, business, and non-governmental organizations. Since 1933, Fletcher’s multi-disciplinary education in business, law, international relations, and regional studies has offered individuals and organizations a unique global perspective on the day’s most pressing issues.
CEME was founded at The Fletcher School in 2007 as a hub for research, study, and networking addressing a range of issues affecting multinational corporations, rising national enterprises, banks and financial institutions, and consulting and academic institutions. With a truly global focus, CEME develops and provides tools, training, and a forum for emerging market-based and -focused enterprise, with an emphasis on current cases and practical application.