Dr. Sharon Hrynkow is a senior health official whose career and expertise focus on major global health and science issues. She has spent over 15 years working with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of State, leading major efforts in programs and policies addressing HIV/AIDS, emerging infectious disease, the health impacts of climate change, global health research and training, and partnership development. She served for 11 years at the John E. Fogarty International Center of NIH, including as its Deputy Director (2000 – 2007) and Acting Director (2004 – 2006). Her efforts were critical in building global health research and training efforts worldwide and in expanding international collaborations to push medical research forward. She envisioned and launched with her colleagues new global health programs and paradigms at Fogarty and other NIH Institutes. In 2000, she initiated a range of activities to foster advancement of women in science in poorer nations and to include gender in the global health dialogue. She remains passionate and committed to these issues as part of broad global health and global science efforts.