Dana Hovig

Program Director, Gender Equity and Governance

Dana Hovig was the Program Director of Gender Equity and Governance at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Dana is an experienced leader of both philanthropic and global nonprofit organizations. He joined the Hewlett Foundation in 2019 to lead the team responsible for grantmaking to improve lives and livelihoods in low- and middle-income countries, and to promote the health and economic well-being of women in the United States and around the world.

Previously, Dana worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for six years, where he co-created and led the Integrated Delivery team. That team focuses on building health systems; launching, delivering, and scaling up new products, services, and interventions; and finding synergies to improve outcomes across the foundation’s health programs.

Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Dana spent seven years as CEO of Marie Stopes International (MSI), based in London, U.K. Dana led the work of more than 8,500 MSI international staff with offices and operations in 40 countries. MSI delivers life-saving and life-changing reproductive health, HIV/AIDS prevention, family and maternal health, and primary health care services via MSI clinics, franchised clinics, and community health workers. Dana joined MSI after more than a decade in leadership positions with Population Services International. He has spent nearly 10 years living and working in Pakistan and Francophone West Africa, including with the Peace Corps in Togo.

Dana holds a master’s of science degree in international political economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a bachelor’s of arts degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame.

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