Joseph (Joe) Torres is Director of Operations at Grand Challenges Canada, supporting the Operations, Communications, and IT teams, and advising on new Grand Challenge initiatives.
Joe has almost ten years of experience developing new Grand Challenges programs, while optimizing supporting systems and processes. Prior to Grand Challenges Canada, Joe was the Program Manager for the Grand Challenges initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading all business and operations. Joe helped to develop new Grand Challenge country-specific programs in India, Brazil, and the continent-wide Grand Challenges Africa platform. Before the Foundation, Joe worked at the HIV Vaccine Clinical Network, teaching non-scientists and community members about basic vaccinology and clinical trials across the globe. Prior to that, Joe coordinated the Human Subjects Training and Ethics training programs for investigators working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre. During his undergraduate studies, he worked for an Insurance Defense Law Firm as Staff Supervisor and Legal Assistant focused on fraud prevention and other special investigations.
Joe has a degree in English and Comparative Literature from San Diego State University and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington. In his free time, he enjoys long-distance road cycling, soccer, travelling, and exploring the world, and was recently on the Board of Directors of Rebuilding Together Seattle, a non-profit providing free home repairs for low income, disabled and elderly homeowners.