Lawrence B. Brilliant, M.D.
LAWRENCE BRENT BRILLIANT, M.D., is the President of the Skoll Urgent Threats Fund and Senior Adviser to Jeff Skoll. In this role, he will develop the strategy and approach for the newly launched Fund, as well as advise Jeff Skoll on ways to leverage his various commercial and philanthropic entities to drive positive change on urgent social and environmental issues.
Prior to joining Skoll, Brilliant served as the inaugural Executive Director of Google.org and, later, Chief Philanthropy Evangelist, working with the company's cofounders to define the mission and strategic goals of Google's philanthropic efforts. This included overseeing the Google Foundation, Google Grants, and the company's other major social change initiatives.
physician and epidemiologist, he has been Associate Professor of
Epidemiology, University of Michigan; Medical officer, WHO SEARO
smallpox eradication team; Founder, Seva Foundation (which has done
2 million free sight restoring eye operations in India and Nepal).
He is the author of two books and dozens of articles on the epidemiology
of smallpox, blindness, and environmental diseases; and he has worked
at city, county, state, federal and international levels.