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February 11, 2016

U.N. Official Takes Senior Role at Paul Allen Philanthropy

Vulcan Inc., the Seattle company that manages charitable projects for billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, has hired a top United Nations official for the new position of chief philanthropy officer, the Puget Sound Business Journal writes. Anthony Banbury, the U.N. assistant secretary-general for field support, will join Vulcan in late March with a mandate to boost the impact of Mr. Allen's programs in wildlife conservation, climate, brain and cell science, and other fields.

Mr. Allen ranked 17th in the 2015 Philanthropy 50, The Chronicle's annual list of the biggest U.S. donors, giving $113 million last year. In late 2014 he pledged $100 million to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the U.N. response to which was led by Mr. Banbury. The new Vulcan executive played leading roles in numerous other U.N. humanitarian and development operations.