Dr. Larry Brilliant is a physician and epidemiologist, a proud member of the TED community, CEO of Pandefense Advisory, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the NGO Ending Pandemics. He is a senior advisor to Jeff Skoll and serves on the board of the Skoll Foundation. Previously, he was president and CEO of the Skoll Global Threats Fund, vice president of Google, and the founding executive director of Google.org. He also cofounded the Seva Foundation, an NGO whose programs have given sight back to more than five million blind people in two dozen countries. He also cofounded The Well, a progenitor of today’s social media platforms. Earlier in his career, Brilliant was a professor of epidemiology and international health planning at the University of Michigan.