Zola Maddison - Participant

As a program officer with the Global Libraries (GL) team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, I lead our strategic engagement in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and provide grants management for a portfolio of grantees in MENA, West Africa, Caribbean, U.S and Eastern Europe, providing synthesis, analyses and recommendations for funding. I am also incredibly fortunate to be the program officer assigned to work with the Aspen Institute and the Dialogue on Public Libraries. Prior to my work at the foundation, I worked with OCLC’s WebJunction program, consulting for the GL Training Work Group and managing Project Compass, an IMLS grant-funded initiative leading economic development and workforce recovery efforts through public libraries. I received my Master of Library Science and Graduate Certificate in International Development, Management and Policy from the University of Washington in 2005, I have worked on community development through libraries in the U.S., South Africa, Guatemala, and the United Arab Emirates. I was an American Libraries Association Emerging Leader in 2009, and IFLA International Leadership Programme Associate in 2012-2014.



The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Program Officer, Global Libraries