Kathryn Banke, Ph.D., is a program officer on the Epidemiology and Surveillance team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She oversees the Countrywide Mortality Surveillance for Action (COMSA) grants in Mozambique and Sierra Leone and a portfolio of investments dedicated to improving the understanding of cause of death among children under five. She has over 19 years of experience as an epidemiologist working in disease surveillance, research, data quality improvement, and monitoring and evaluation. Before joining the foundation, she spent twelve years as a technical leader and monitoring and evaluation advisor for a variety of projects in the International Health Division at Abt Associates. She began her career as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer and then epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she worked extensively with acute flaccid paralysis surveillance for polio eradication and other vaccine-preventable disease surveillance systems. Dr. Banke has a Ph.D. in epidemiology from Emory University and B.A. in human biology (honors) from Stanford University.