Jason Cone, executive director, Doctors Without Borders: Power List 2017

2017 rank: 40

Providing desperately needed emergency medical care in war-torn parts of the world is the mission of Doctors Without Borders. Doctor and nurse volunteers provide relief in areas where basic infrastructure is nonexistent, medical supplies scant, and often in areas where active conflict is ongoing and their lives are in danger such as Mosul, Iraq, and the South Sudan.

At the helm of the organization since June 2015 is executive director Jason Cone, who prior to that was communications director at the nonprofit for almost seven years. As comms director he oversaw emergency and advocacy communications campaigns around issues including the West African Ebola outbreak, Haiti earthquake and cholera epidemic, global childhood malnutrition, and HIV/AIDS.

As executive director he gives a voice to the organization’s view on policies that negatively impact the delivery of healthcare around the world. In May 2017, he called the Global Gag Rule on abortion "a medically unethical policy. Knowing that hundreds of thousands of women die or suffer serious complications from unsafe abortions each year, keeping potentially lifesaving information and services from women is another form of violence."

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