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01/22/2015 09:28 am ET Updated Jan 22, 2015

Sue Desmond-Hellmann: 'I Don't Think That Anybody Feels Good About The Global Response To Ebola'

Sue Desmond-Hellmann, chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discussed the ongoing Ebola problem with HuffPost Live at Davos, saying the Gates Foundation has made a $75 million investment in fighting the virus.

But she said that's a "small" investment, as the UN said there is a need for $1.5 billion to help eliminate the disease.

"I don't think that anybody feels good about the global response to Ebola," she said.

"We're focused right now on getting Ebola to zero," she added. "There continues to be people who are suffering and dying in West Africa."

Desmond-Hellmann said solving global issues like Ebola isn't just the responsibility of philanthropists or private companies.

"I think it's a collaboration... it's non-governmental organizations, it's academia, it's private industry," she said.

Desmond-Hellmann said the Gates Foundation thinks of its funds "as leverage" for companies to get involved with helping global issues. She mentioned the 2015 Gates Annual Letter, which made a big prediction about handling global issues over the next 15 years.

"The big bet is that the next 15 years, until 2030, will be better years in terms of advancements for the poor that we've ever seen in history," Desmond-Hellmann said.

Below, more updates from the 2015 Davos Annual Meeting:

01/24/2015 8:58 AM EST

McAfee On Evolution And Technology

"Evolution has wired us; we have social drives," McAfee said.

"Could there be a piece of technology that figures out an intelligent next question to ask somebody? Yeah," McAfee said.

01/24/2015 8:57 AM EST

'Making Workers Obsolete'

"For 200 years of industrial technology, we've been making workers obsolete," McAfee said.

McAfee said nobody knows if we're reaching the point where technological developments could lead to unemployment.

01/24/2015 8:56 AM EST

Andrew McAfee At Davos

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Andrew McAfee of the MIT Sloan School of Management on HuffPost Live

01/24/2015 8:46 AM EST

Bruder On The Barriers Women Face

"We strive to have the majority of our graduates female," EFE's Ron Bruder said.

"I don't think there's an official barrier but there's a social and structural barrier in a lot of these countries toward women," Bruder added.

Bruder said his company creates local foundations, and those foundations tackle those issues on EFE's behalf.

01/24/2015 8:42 AM EST

EFE's McAuliffe And Bruder: Young People Need Jobs

EFE's president and CEO Jamie McAuliffe, along with founder and chair Ron Bruder, sat down with HuffPost Live at Davos on Saturday.

Bruder said it's vital to the global economy that youths have jobs.

McAuliffe said EFE starts with businesses.

"Where are the jobs?" he said.

01/24/2015 8:14 AM EST

'Every Woman Has The Opportunity To Be An Activist'

Catchafire Founder & CEO Rachael Chong joins HuffPost Live to share her thoughts on how to get more women to Davos.

01/24/2015 8:11 AM EST

'Doing Less, But Better'

Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, said his book grew out of working with people who are really successful.

"Success can become a catalyst for failure," he said.

McKeown said leaders at Davos have experience with plateauing after achieving professional success. To avoid that, McKeown said, people must find a way to expand their contribution without doing more.

"The whole idea is about doing less, but better," he said.

01/24/2015 8:00 AM EST

Online Data Is Like Money

"In some sense, we're the next generation of banks," Smith said, noting you wouldn't put your data in a place you don't trust just like you wouldn't deposit your money at a bank you don't feel is stable.

01/24/2015 7:59 AM EST

Hacking Crime Difficulties

Smith said the most difficult part about investigating a hacking crime is identifying and finding a hacker.

"Our prisons are not full of hackers," Smith said, noting hackers are often in countries outside the U.S.

01/24/2015 7:57 AM EST

Brad Smith At Davos

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Brad Smith at Davos

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