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Forum's CPO, Dr. Larry Brilliant Leaving Google to tackle urgent threats

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
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Dr. Larry Brilliant, who in February stepped down as leader of the search giant's philanthropic arm to become its chief philanthropy officer, now is leaving Google altogether to run a $100 million project to address several major global challenges.

Brilliant now is president of a new organization called the Skoll Urgent Threats Fund founded "to address urgent threats confronting humanity and the planet," the Skoll Foundation said Tuesday. The initial funding of $100 million will be used "to combat climate change, water scarcity, pandemics, nuclear proliferation, and Middle East conflict."

That's a daunting list of challenges, but Brilliant has a daunting resume. Besides his work at, he was prominent in the effort to eradicate smallpox, worked for a decade as a professor of international health and epidemiology at the University of Michigan, founded Seva Foundation to cure blindness, co-founded the pioneering Internet community called The Well, and was chief executive of two publicly traded companies.

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