AB InBev Foundation announces new leadership

Allison Goldberg, Ph.D. has been named Executive Director of the AB InBev Foundation, effective July 1, 2018.

Dr. Goldberg, who held the position of Vice President, Strategy & Programs since March 2017, will now lead the Foundation. In this role, she will oversee the execution of the Foundation’s strategic vision according to its guiding principles of transparency, supporting local leadership, and maintaining academic integrity. A recognized expert in public health, Dr. Goldberg has led global health strategy, programs, and research with multi-lateral institutions, governments, and non-governmental organizations located around the world. She has an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Public Health and Political Science from Columbia University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. She also holds an academic appointment as Lecturer at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

“It is with great honor and enthusiasm that I accept the role of Executive Director,” said Allison. “I look forward to establishing the AB InBev Foundation as a gold standard for how corporate foundations engage in public health.  By supporting evidence-based programs, research and local partnerships in communities around the world, I am confident we can make a meaningful difference in society.”

Scott Ratzan, M.D., M.P.A., Founding President of the Foundation, will transition to Senior Strategic Advisor and will serve as a Board member of the AB InBev Foundation. Dr. Ratzan will be a Senior Fellow at Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School beginning July 1. He also continues his 24th year as Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives, as well as ongoing academic activities at various institutions including as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

The AB InBev Foundation has been created to reduce harmful drinking globally by identifying effective, science-based programs and policies for public-private partnerships to advance positive social and behavior change. It is a non-profit organization that was publicly launched in 2017 with an initial commitment by AB InBev of 150 million USD over 10 years. For more information visit

AB InBev Foundation and Georgetown’s Global Social Enterprise Initiative Partner on Underage Drinking

The harmful use of alcohol is a global health risk, and underage drinking is a widespread problem with serious negative consequences for young users and for society.

To address this issue, the AB InBev Foundation has formed a partnership with the Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business to work on changing social norms and reducing youth alcohol use, beginning in South Africa.

“We’re pleased to be partnering with Georgetown, and adding their social impact and social marketing expertise we need to make a real difference in people’s lives,” said Scott Ratzan, president of the Foundation.

Gael O’Sullivan has been appointed GSEI’s Director of the program. Ms. O’Sullivan is an expert in worldwide health communication, advocacy and social and commercial marketing. “As a Georgetown graduate myself, I am delighted to bring my global health and behavior change background to GSEI to address harmful drinking in South Africa and other parts of the world.”

“We’re excited to be working with Scott and his team, and having Gael on board adds additional deep experience to our work,” said Leslie Crutchfield, executive director of GSEI.

About the AB InBev Foundation: The Foundation was created to reduce harmful drinking globally by identifying effective, science-based programs and policies for public-private partnerships to advance positive social and behavior change. It is operating in six city pilots around the world in support of the Global Smart Drinking Goals. For further information, visit our website

About Georgetown’s Global Social Enterprise Initiative: As part of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, GSEI delivers world-class education, research and actionable solutions to create lasting social, environmental and economic impact. It is based on the concepts that business can be a force for good, and that complex societal problems will only be solved by leaders working effectively across sectors—public, private and nonprofit. For media and general inquiries, contact Molly Fleenor, Assistant Director of Communications, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. Office: (202) 687-5254

AB InBev Foundation Launched to Reduce Harmful Drinking Worldwide


The AB InBev Foundation is a non-profit organization that has been created to reduce harmful drinking globally by identifying effective, science-based programs and policies for public-private partnerships to advance positive social and behavior change. It is established with an initial commitment from AB InBev of 150 million USD over 10 years.

The Foundation is led by a core management team and guided by a board of leading experts and practitioners. Its work will focus on four core areas: 1) supporting transparent and verifiable monitoring and evaluation of AB InBev’s Global Smart Drinking Goals, 2) guiding nine community pilots with evidence-based interventions and technical advice, 3) supporting the training of healthcare providers, and 4) advancing alcohol health literacy - specifically knowledge of strategies to avoid harmful drinking - as a strategy to reduce harmful drinking.

“Our ambition is for a healthier world, where every experience with beer is a positive one,” said AB InBev CEO, Carlos Brito. “By creating this Foundation we are demonstrating our commitment to tackling harmful drinking in a sustained, measurable, and evidence-based way.  The Foundation is a natural outgrowth of the commitments we made in our Global Smart Drinking Goals, and it reflects our belief that we can achieve more working together.”


The Foundation’s work is underway in several ways:

  • Establishing local committees in pilot cities (Leuven, Belgium; Brasília, Brazil; Jiangshan, China; Zacatecas, Mexico, and Columbus, Ohio, USA) to create stronger collaboration among government, NGOs, healthcare, local research institutions, and AB InBev to develop joint approaches to local challenges.
  • Providing support for the implementation of science-based programs and technical expertise through a Technical Advisory Group (TAG), which consists of experts in alcohol science, health communication, and measurement and evaluation.
  • Developing a verifiable monitoring and evaluation framework to track the impact of AB InBev’s Global Smart Drinking Goals commitment.
  • Supporting screening and Brief Intervention/Advice training for primary care physicians and other health care practitioners in the community pilots.

The AB InBev Foundation leadership has deep experience in public health research, programs, and policy and shares a commitment to transparency – a core Foundation value. The management team will be led by its President, Scott Ratzan, MD. Allison Goldberg, PhD, will serve as the VP of Strategy and Programs. Foundation Board members include Ambassador Jimmy Kolker, Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, Dr. Robert Orr, and Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu. AB InBev will appoint two Foundation Board Members:  Andres Penate, AB InBev's Global Vice President, Regulatory and Public Policy, and Sabine Chalmers, AB InBev's Chief Legal Officer.  Dr. Ratzan, who has spent his career involved in public health issues, will serve ex officio on the Foundation's Board of Directors in his capacity as the inaugural President of the Foundation. The Board brings diverse perspectives, including experience in public health research, programs, policy, and partnerships and diplomacy.

“We established the Foundation because we believe the world needs bolder action against harmful drinking, and this will only happen with stronger collaboration among those working on and researching these issues,” said Foundation President Dr. Scott Ratzan. “We also firmly believe that transparency is critical in any scientific process, and so we are committed to sharing what our partners find with others. We are encouraged by the impact that we can all make together.”



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