Legatum has announced the appointment of Ellen Agler as Chief Executive Officer of The END Fund, the world’s first donor-advised fund dedicated to neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
The END Fund is a joint collaboration between some of the world’s most innovative philanthropists including the Gates Foundation, the Campbell Family Foundation, Dubai Cares, and the Legatum Foundation. The END Fund and its partners have a five year track record of treating NTDs and to date have disbursed over 50 million treatments to more than 10 million people.
Ms. Agler previously served as Operation Smile’s Senior Vice President for International Programmes. She oversaw programmes providing surgery and related comprehensive care to children and adults with cleft lips and cleft palates in over 60 countries in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. She also led Operation Smile’s global public policy, collaboration and advocacy efforts to promote essential surgery as an integral component of global health policy and programming.
The End Fund intends to raise US$ 100 million of private capital to support the goal of eradicating Africa's seven most prevalent NTDs by 2020. Further information is available at www.end.org.