Law and Governance

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The Law and Governance teams work together to ensure that GAVI's mission is achieved in a transparent and cost-efficient manner.


The Law Team provides legal advice and manages the legal affairs for the GAVI Alliance. The Law Team negotiates and drafts all agreements for the GAVI Alliance and GAVI affiliated entities as appropriate including agreements with donors, GAVI Alliance partners, vendors and consultants.

Debbie Adams

Managing Director

Debbie Adams is Managing Director of GAVI's Legal and Governance department. Debbie, who joined GAVI in August 2010, has over 20 years experience as a solicitor with international expertise in supporting organisations in periods of significant change, ensuring legal compliance and maximising commercial opportunities.

The Legal Team also advises the GAVI Secretariat on matters concerning operations, employment, intellectual property rights, media and public relations, conflicts of interests, privileges and immunities, GAVI policies and programmes, governance and compliance with relevant laws and regulations.


The Governance Team ensures that the Board has the proper advice and resources needed for discharging its fiduciary responsibilities, and that the records of the Board's actions reflect that the Board has done so.

The Team informs the Board of governance best practices from the public-sector and corporate spheres and is a key relationship manager between the Board and the Secretariat. It is also responsible for advising the Board and Committees on its forward workplan and operations.

The Governance Team provides similar functions to GAVI's affiliate organisations: the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm), the GAVI Fund Affiliate, and the GAVI Campaign.

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