Kevin Starace, Executive Director, Global Health Innovation, specializes in private sector partnerships, global health policy and strategy and development finance at the United Nations Foundation.
Starace began his career in politics as a presidential speech and advertising writer for the 1992 US elections, then as an aide in the UK House of Commons. An award-winning writer at Young & Rubicam, he worked on integrated international business strategies for some of the world’s top brands. From there, he helped create and lead several smaller enterprises: a marketing and communications firm with 80 optioned employees, and a new media channel, both sold to major media companies.
With a decades worth of commercial experience in business development, strategy and creative Starace joined to the UN Foundation in 2003; since he has led a variety of initiatives across global health. Having served as Vice Chair of the Roll Back Malaria Board and Chair of its Performance Subcommittee, Starace now heads the Pledge Guarantee for Health, an innovative financing facility, and is the Private Foundations Alternate Board Member for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Starace graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York (Albany) as a two-sport athlete with a double major. He is married with two children.