Lead the world to a healthier future
In today’s constantly changing environment, we face continued challenges in health including pandemics such as the recent Ebola and Zika crises, chronic disease and antimicrobial resistance. These threats continually remind us of the crucial need for strong, dynamic and resilient leadership in global health. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is committed to addressing this need through the Executive Programme for Global Health Leadership.
This unique 10 month programme offers experienced health professionals the opportunity to develop their personal leadership skills and professional networks. Our dynamic workshops enhance the development of strong strategic leadership, negotiation and diplomatic skills, successfully enabling Fellows’ (participants) to have a global impact on health.
This innovative programme combines three one-week residential phases held with our high-profile partner organisations in London, Geneva and Cape Town with inter-residential components providing bespoke health-topic mentorship from expert faculty members and Executive Coaching to maximise professional and personal success. Fellows will also be able to access LSHTM distance learning modules during inter-residential phases to sharpen-up knowledge and expertise in self-selected health topics.
During the residential phases, in addition to interactive workshops, Fellows will have exceptional access to high-level health leaders who will share their unique experiences and insights, speaking candidly about the challenges they faced as well as reflection on what they might have tackled differently.
Residential phases will each have a distinct focus:
- London Residential Week: Ensuring health issues are high on national political agendas
- Geneva Residential Week: Engaging world-players and operating on a global stage
- Cape Town Residential Week: Successful implementation and delivery through systems leadership
We would like to thank the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their contribution to the Programme, ensuring a global representation of health leaders participating as Fellows.
What is the key aim?
The aim of the Executive Programme – reflecting the School’s mission to improve health and health equity worldwide – is to develop a cadre of passionate, effective leaders who, in supporting each other and being supported by the School, will together have a significant impact on health globally.
Its focus is on the particular strategic leadership skills required in the political and organisational contexts faced by leaders in health.
What are the learning objectives?
- Enhanced skills in negotiation and diplomacy in multi-sector contexts
- Increased ability to influence and empower others, within teams and organisations, to achieve ambitious, cross-sector health goals
- Improved ability to formulate, articulate and progress a viable strategic vision, supporting success in ambitious yet attainable goals for health
- Enhanced skills in powerful communication, working through different media platforms and frameworks to get vital messages heard across a range of agencies, fora and cultures
- Learning with, and from, health leaders from around the world, enhancing personal and professional global networks.
- Develop deeper insight into personal leadership and career goals, working styles and objectives to enhance resilience, flexibility and efficiency.
How are the Executive Programme Fellows assessed?
Although traditional assessments will not form part of the Executive Programme, structured activities will energise and enable learning about oneself, opportunities and leadership. In order to complete the programme, Fellows are expected to fully engage in all its elements and will receive a Certificate of Completion.
- Join a Fellowship of like-minded leaders with whom to collaborate with and share ideas and experiences for high-level success
- Benefit from access to our online events and programmes
- Gain membership of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine alumni network of more than 20,000 alumni in over 180 countries
When and where does the Executive Programme take place?
The programme will run from September – June, inclusive with residential weeks in September, March and June. A summary of the structure of the programme and the themes that will be covered can be found below.
Residential Weeks 2018-19
London, England. Sunday 23 September – Friday 28 September 2018
Held in conjunction with the Centre for Global Health Security, Chatham House.
In addition to hearing from high-level health leaders about their leadership experience, Fellows will benefit from workshops, seminars and scenarios to enable them to identify personal goals, help them master the dynamics of organisations, and to understand the wider context in which they are operating. Cross-cultural similarities and differences in health leadership will be explored to deepen an understanding of how leadership theory drawn from the corporate world relates to leadership in serving the health and well-being of populations. Fellows will develop skills in the art of narration and impactful communication; vison and strategic thinking; horizon scanning for opportunities and risks; and getting things on the agenda and influencing policy.
Geneva, Switzerland. Sunday 17 March - Friday 22 March 2019
Held in conjunction with The Global Health Centre, The Graduate Institute.
During the Geneva residential week, the focus will be on health diplomacy when working across different and at times conflicting political agendas, sectors, organisations and cultures. Fellows’ will have the opportunity to attend dynamic sessions and simulations to enhance effective decision-making, diplomacy and negotiation skills. Fellows will benefit from rich opportunities to identify collaborators and enjoy high-level networking with global actors. Fellows will gain an understanding of how to operate on the global stage, aligning agendas with other international actors and global health priorities.
Cape Town, South Africa. Sunday 16 - Friday 21 June 2019
Held in conjunction with the Health Policy and Systems Division, University of Cape Town.
The residential week in Cape Town will be focused on systems leadership, ensuring the successful implementation of projects on the ground through cross-sector engagement on health priorities. Other key themes include the building of strong personal relationships and expanding Fellows’ networks of influence.
The Residential Weeks are designed to bring Fellows together in a sharing, high-quality environment with global health leaders and talented peers, to refresh the mind and enrich strengths through engaging workshops and simulation. Accommodation, private dining with key speakers and other meals are included in the Programme fees.
Phase One: September 2018 – March 2019
Phase Two: March 2019 – June 2019
During the inter-residential phases, you will benefit from bespoke services to support your leadership initiatives and strengthen your strategic vision. Through the use of specific tools, Fellows will develop a deeper appreciation of their leadership styles, drivers, strengths and emotional intelligence. We will provide you with an individually crafted programme designed with your Leadership coach, and your LSHTM health topic mentor, supporting both technical knowledge as well as leadership practice.
This will include:
Regular expert package on health topics including emerging expert comment, latest research papers, updates on international events, as well as access to training and resources at the School. Fellows will be matched with an expert Mentor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to support evidence-based policy and decision-making.
Fellows will benefit from one-to-one Executive Coaching over the duration of the 10-month programme to support professional and personal development and provide a focused space for reflection about leadership resilience and practice to enhance performance.
Fellows will have unique, read-only access to up to two LSHTM distance learning modules of their choice to help strengthen their knowledge on a particular health topic
Fellows will be invited to participate in stimulating events, and benefit from activities and resources to challenge thinking, strengthen networks and enhance leadership practice.
Successful health leaders will share with Executive Programme Fellows the story of how they made a difference in activities which impacted population health on a large, at times global, scale. Listen to them speak candidly about the challenges they met - the politics, the expertise and the personal - and what, with reflection, they would want to tackle differently.
Professor Baron Peter Piot
Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a Professor of Global Health. Chair of the MRC Global Health Group and a member of the MRC Strategy Board. He is a member of the Board of the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund in Tokyo, Chair of the King Baudouin Foundation US and a member of the Oxford Martin Commission on Future Generations. See full profile.
“Today we face continued threats – pandemics, antimicrobial resistance, and a rising tide of chronic diseases. We urgently need strong and dynamic leadership in global health. From founding UNAIDS through to the recent Ebola and Zika outbreaks, I have personally felt the absence of an experience-based course in strategic leadership. I am delighted that the School will be launching the Executive Programme to meet this urgent need for strategic leadership education, to develop specific high level capabilities among senior practitioners, and to build professional networks based on respect, trust and common purpose.”
Professor Dame Sally Davies
Chief Medical Officer for England. See full profile.
"The challenges we face in health can only be met by intelligent, co-ordinated responses informed by applied research that builds the evidence base for effective health practice focused on public need. Even this will amount to little without the leadership capable of seeing it to fruition. I commend this new Executive Programme that will offer great opportunities for leadership development and the forging of valuable links with fellow participants around the world. The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine's rich history and experience across a wide range of health areas, and with considerable expertise in advising on implementation in real life settings of interventions, service and system reforms, makes them uniquely qualified to offer such a programme."
Dr Claire Bayntun
Programme Director for Executive Global Health Leadership, Public Health Clinical Specialist and Assistant Professor in Global Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. See full profile.
Professor Nick Drager
Professor of Public Policy and Global Health Diplomacy at McGill University. Adjunct Professor, School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ottawa. Senior Fellow, Global Health Programme, The Graduate Institute, Geneva and Honorary Professor, Global Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. See full profile.
"The Executive Programme will provide the opportunity to learn from and interact with leaders who have made a difference in Global Health. The programme will support the development of the essential skills of successful leadership to create impact that leads to better population health outcomes."
Professor Lucy Gilson
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of Cape Town, co-research Director of the Resilient and Responsive Health Systems consortium (RESYST). See full profile.
"This Executive Leadership programme will provide unique opportunities for those holding health leadership positions in different parts of the world to learn from each other. The final week in Cape Town will provide a specific opportunity for Executive Programme Fellows to strengthen their ability to implement new policies and programmes through active systems leadership."
Professor David Heymann
Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House in London and Immediate past Chairman of Public Health England. See full profile.
“As we work together to strengthen national and international health systems, we also need to develop our own capacities as leaders operating in a fast-moving political and epidemiological environment. This new Executive Programme at the School, in partnership with the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, will enable leaders in health to develop critical knowledge, and forge valuable links with fellow participants around the world.”
Associate Professor in Health Policy, Faculty of Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. See full profile.
Dr Maylene Shun
Senior Lecturer in Health Policy and Systems at the University of Cape Town. See full profile.
Professor Richard Smith
Professor of Health Systems Economics and Dean of the Public Health and Policy Faculty at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. See full profile.
"Our rich programme carefully balances stimulation, challenge and reflection with innovation, expertise and social activities."
Dr Michaela Told
Executive Director, Global Health Centre at The Graduate Institute, Geneva. See full profile.
- London Residential Week 2017-18 contributors
Confirmed contributors at the London Residential Week include:
Professor Sir Liam Donaldson
Liam is Professor of Public Health at LSHTM, and a recognised global leader in public health and health care quality and safety. From 1998 to 2010, he was Chief Medical Officer for England and the United Kingdom's Chief Medical Adviser. He is also a former vice-chairman of the World Health Organisation’s executive board. See full profile.
Professor David Harper CBE
David is Senior Consulting Fellow at the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House and managing director of Harper Public Health Consulting Limited, David was previously special advisor to the World Health Organisation in Geneva where his principle role was to advise on Global Preparedness for Health Security. Before March 2012, he was the chief scientist and director general for health improvement and protection in the UK Department of Health. See full profile.
Professor Valerie Iles
Valerie is an Honour Professor at LSHTM, Visiting Professor at Bucks New University and Director of ReallyLearning.com. Valerie hasin-depth understanding of management and leadership theory, a breadth of practical experience of the behaviours and dynamics of healthcare organisations and a wide-ranging interest in other fields of study. She uses this experience to offer development programmes that enable healthcare professionals and teams to flourish. See full profile here.
Mr Andrew Jack
Andrew is the curated content editor of the Financial Times, where he has been since 1990. The curated content team is a global group of journalists which guides readers through news and analysis from the FT and the rest of the web, using email, onsite posts, apps, multimedia and social. See full profile.
Mr Tom Revington
Tom is an Independent management consultant, leadership development practitioner and accredited coach. As founder of Revington Associates, Tom works primarily in the healthcare, education and professional services sectors. He studied Biochemistry at Oxford University and was accredited as an executive coach by the University of Strathclyde in 2012. He teaches leadership skills at Oxford University and is currently senior advisor to McKinsey & Company. See full profile.
Mr Dave Thornton
Dave is an Executive Coach and leadership expert facilitator with extensive experience of working with a range of individuals and organisations, putting together a range of bespoke development interventions to allow leaders and organisations to reach their full potential. See full profile.
Professor Nicholas Mays
Nick is Professor of Health Policy at LSHTM, where he is the director of the Department for Health funded Policy Innovation Research Unit which is a collaboration between LSHTM, LSE and Imperial College London. Before joining LSHTM, he worked in the National Health Services in England and New Zealand, in academic health services research and in the independent sector. See full profile.
Professor Christopher Whitty
Chris is Professor of Public and International Health at LSHTM and currently seconded as Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Health, having already served as Chief Scientific Adviser for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) from 2009-2015. Chris is also a consultant physician at University College London Hospital in acute general medicine and in infectious diseases at The Hospital for Tropical Diseases, London. See full profile.
Professor Kristel Van der Elst
Kristel is co-founder and CEO of the Foresight Group, with 17 years of experience in forward-looking strategy and policy advisory roles. She works with senior executives and policy makers including heads of state, ministers, heads of international organisations and think tanks, and CEOs providing the insights, resources and processes to help them turn long-term strategic thinking into actions and impacts. See full profile.
Baroness Watkins of Tavistock
Baroness Watkins joined the House of Lords in 2015 as a crossbench life peer. She is a Professor of Nursing and also emeritus Professor of Health Leadership at Plymouth University.
Dr Andrew Bastawrous
Dr Bastawrous is an Assistant Professor in International Eye Health at LSHTM. He is co-founder of PEEK, a low-cost smartphone ophthalmic tool which was built to deliver eye care in some of the world’s most challenging places. He has previously worked in Sierra Leone, Peru, Belize, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Uganda and Kenya. He is a 2014 TED Fellow. See full profile.
Mr Babulal Sethia
Mr Sethia is the immediate past President of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) and a Consultant Cardiac Surgeon. Throughout his career he has maintained a commitment to the development of healthcare initiatives in low and middle income countries and has helped to initiate and develop a Global Health programme at the RSM. See full profile.
Dame Parveen Kumar, DBE
Dame Kumar is the President of the Women’s Medical Federation and The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund, and has previously served as the President of the British Medical Association and of the Royal Society of Medicine and is co-author and editor of the iconic medial textbook ‘Kumar and Clark’s Clinical Medicine’. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to medicine and medical education.
- Geneva Residential Week 2017-18 contributors
Confirmed contributors at the Geneva residential week include:
Professor Ilona Kickbusch
Director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. Senior advisor to the Regional Directors of the WHO Regional Offices for Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean. See full profile here.
"Strategic leadership today requires not only an understanding of health systems but also of different political contexts. Diplomatic skills are needed to govern a complex global health arena in which health is intertwined with other sectors. The Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is delighted to host the second week of the LSHTM's Executive Programme on Global Health Leadership. Geneva as a 'global health capital' will allow the participants to connect with practitioners from around the world in international health institutions and to learn skills useful for negotiation and diplomacy."
Gaudenz Silberschmidt, WHO
Gaudenz is currently the Director for Partnerships and Non-state actors and the Director of Coordinated Resource Mobilisation at the WHO. He has advised the Director-General of WHO on reform issues since 2012 and has previously acted as the Ambassador of the International Affairs Division of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health.
Seth Berkley, Gavi
Gavi is an international organisation – a global vaccine alliance bring public and private sectors together with the goal of creating equal access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the poorest countries. Seth is currently CEO of the organisation and is also the founder and former president of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.
Susan Brown, Gavi
Susan is currently the Director of Public Policy Engagement at the Gavi. She previously worked as the Director of Global and Regional Policy at WWF, and over 11 years of international negotiation work, she led teams to significant outcomes in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs), the Convention on Biological Diversity, Rio +20, the World Summit of 2005 and many others.
Roger Kampf, WTO
Roger has worked at the World Trade Organisation since 2004 and currently responsible for the Secretariat’s work in the area of public health and enforcements as well as for technical assistance in relation to intellectual property.
Bernard Pécoul, DNDi
The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is a collaborative, patient driven, non-profit drug research and development organisation. Bernard currently leads the organisation and has done since its foundation in 2003. Prior to DNDi, Bernard was the Director of the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines and has also acted as Executive Director of MSF France.
Lelio Marmora, Unitaid
Lelio acts as Executive Director of Unitaid which is responsible for finding new ways to diagnose, prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria more quickly, effectively and affordably. Lelio has worked for 25 years in organisational development, resource mobilisation and programme management for a number of international agencies.
Dirk Engels, former WHO
Until his retirement last year in 2017, Dirk acted as Director for the Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases at the WHO for 3 years. Dr Engels has previously led senior delegations to negotiate with agencies and donors for resources to fund the department’s activities. He’s also worked as a medical doctor in Africa in clinical tropical medicine, public health and tropical disease control, serving mostly rural communities.
Fumie Griego, IFPMA
Dr Griego currently works as the Assistant Director General for the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers leading on the organisation’s work on health economics and policy. Fumie has previously worked as a senior economist in the White House’s Office of Management and Budget where she worked during both the Bush and Obama Administrations.
Michael J Ryan, WHO
Dr Ryan has been at the forefront of managing acute risks to global health for nearly 20 years. He was previously working as a Senior Advisor at the Global Polio Eradication Initiative on Polio Eradication and Emergencies based in Pakistan. He currently serves as the Assistant Director-General, Emergency Preparedness and Response.
Katherine Deland, WHO
Katherine served as a Special Advisor in the Office of the Executive Director, Outbreaks and Health Emergencies and in the Office of the Director-General at WHO, focusing on the establishment of the new WHO Health Emergencies Programme. Previously she was also the Chief of Staff of WHO’s Ebola Response. She founded DeLand Associates in 2011, and also works as Senior Fellow at the Global Health Centre, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
Peter Graaff, WHO
Dr Graaff is the Director of Global Initiatives for the WHO Health Emergency Programme. During the Ebola crisis, Peter was the United Nations Ebola Crisis manager for Liberia, appointed by the UN Secretary General, and also acted as the Special Representative of the Secretary General in the last phase of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Reponse (UNMEER). Previously, among other roles, Peter was the WHO Representative in Afghanistan.
Bernhard Schwartlander, WHO
Dr Schwartlander works as the Chef de Cabinet in the WHO Director-General’s Office. Previous to this, he has served as WHO’s representative in China and has acted as United Nations Country Coordinator on AIDS in Beijing.
Arnaud Bernaert, WEF
Arnaud is the Head of Partnership Development, Europe and North America and Head of Healthcare Industry at the World Economic Forum. He has previously worked as Senior Vice-President and Chief Finance Officer at Philips Home Healthcare Solutions.
Thomas Cueni, IFPMA
Since 2017, Thomas has acted as Direct General of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations. He also recently served as Vice-Chair of the European Markets Committee at the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations and represented the industry on the EU High Level Pharmaceutical Forum.
- Cape Town Residential Week 2017-18 contributors
More information will be added shortly.
Please note that some of these contributors have been involved in the development of the programme but may not necessarily be present at the residential weeks.
Four world-leading institutions, one world class programme.
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
The School is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. It is one of the highest-rated research institutions in the UK. The School has an international reputation addressing contemporary and future critical health challenges.
The Centre on Global Health Security, The Royal Institute for International Affairs, Chatham House
The Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House is working in partnership to host The London Residential Week. The Centre examines key global health challenges and how they manifest themselves as foreign policy and international affairs problems.
Global Health Centre, The Graduate Institute Geneva
The Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies offers Executive Education, research and higher education dedicated to the study of world affairs, with a particular emphasis on the cross-cutting fields of international relations and development issues.
Health Policy and Systems Division, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town
The University of Cape Town is Africa’s top research-led university. It is home to a large number of world-ranked researchers, and is renowned for its teaching and learning excellence, as well as for its commitment to engaging with society’s challenges through research and active citizenship.
What are the fees?
The fees are £29,000 for the 10-month programme, which includes three intensive residential weeks in London, Geneva and Cape Town. This fee includes health expert mentorship and Executive Coaching over the ten months, as well as accommodation, other meals, and transport within the residential weeks (Sunday evening to Friday lunchtime), and includes all educational materials. Successful candidates can pay fees in full at any time. If you wish to pay by instalments, we request a £10,000 part-payment of fees on accepting a place for the September 2018 cohort. Payment is to be made in full by 17 July 2018. Travel arrangements (flights/transfers/visa/travel insurance/vaccination costs) to and from the Residential Weeks in London, Geneva and Cape Town are the responsibility of the Fellow, and are not included in the fees. We urge potential participants to explore total costs before applying to the programme.
Are there any scholarships?
Unfortunately, scholarships are not currently available.
What is the policy for refunds and cancellations?
We recommend that applicants do not purchase non-refundable airline ticket(s) until they have received confirmation of a place on the Executive Programme. The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is not able to help with losses due to cancellation of flights, delays with visas or insurance, or any other personal costs incurred by registrants.
The School cannot provide refunds of fees should an applicant need to withdraw from the Programme after the fee deadline date. Payment cannot be deferred to other intakes. Should the Programme not go ahead for any reason, a full reimbursement of any payments made for the Programme will be provided.
At this stage, it appears likely that the course will run in September 2018. We aim to provide final confirmation of the running of the programme once the payment deadline has passed. The School may cancel courses two weeks before the first day of the course if numbers prove insufficient. In this unlikely situation, course fees will be refunded. The School cannot accept responsibility for accommodation, travel and other losses incurred as a result of a course being cancelled.
What is the application procedure?
- Curriculum Vitae
- Personal Statement (one page)
- Letter of Recommendation from a senior individual in your place of work, on your institutional headed paper.
Once the on-line application is complete, and in meeting the eligibility criteria, the Executive Programme team will contact you directly.
Following that, we will notify applicants about their admittance as a Fellow on the Executive Programme within a month.
All application information will be managed confidentially.
Who is eligible to apply?
The Executive Programme for Global Health Leadership is designed for emerging, and established, health leaders. We will be recruiting individuals who can demonstrate leadership roles in their work. These individuals may be aspiring, or transitioning, to significant leadership positions where they will impact the health of populations.
Previously, Executive Programme Fellows have included those working in Ministries of Health, NGOs, and other organisations tackling current and future health challenges on the national, regional or global scale. We aim to develop a cadre of passionate, effective leaders who, in supporting each other and being supported and challenged by the School, will together have a significant impact on health across the globe.
The Programme is delivered in English, and thus excellent English language, written and spoken, is required.