Executive Programme for Global Health Leadership

Overview Global Health Leadership

Lead the world to a healthier future

Fellows at Chatham House

Fellows at Chatham House

Fellows with Professor David Heymann

Fellows with Professor David Heymann

Fellows gaining insights from Dame Professor Sally Davies

Fellows gaining insights from Dame Professor Sally Davies

Professor Sir Liam Donaldson

Professor Sir Liam Donaldson

Perspectivity Public Health Challenge

Perspectivity Public Health Challenge

Perspectivity Public Health Challenge

Perspectivity Public Health Challenge

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.

Aims & objectives
Aims & objectives Global Health Leadership

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.

Lifelong benefits

  • 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
Structure Global Health Leadership

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 2019-20

London, England, Sunday 22 September – Friday 27 September 2019

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 22 March – Friday 27 March 2020 (to be confirmed)

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 14 June – Friday 19 June 2020

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.

Inter-residential phases

Phase One: September 2019 – March 2020

Phase Two: March 2020 – June 2020

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.

Faculty & contributors
Faculty & contributors

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.

Key contributors

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."

Expert Faculty

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.”

Sandra Mounier-Jack

Associate Professor in Health Policy, Faculty of Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. See full profile.

Dr Maylene Shung King

Senior Lecturer in Health Policy and Systems at the University of Cape Town. See full profile.

Dr Michaela Told

Executive Director, Global Health Centre at The Graduate Institute, Geneva. See full profile.

London Residential Week 2018-19 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.  

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.  

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.

Mr Damion Wonfor

Damion is an experienced coach, mindfulness trainer and facilitator. He has worked at all levels within organisations with managers, directors, executives and leadership teams. See full profile.

Mr Mick Sital-Singh

Mick is a Director of Cygnet Business Development, an accredited centre with the Chartered Management Institute, focusing on leadership development in the private, public and charity sectors.  Mick is an EMCC accredited Senior Practitioner Executive Coach and has designed and facilitated leadership development programmes across the UK, and in particular at LSHTM, as well as in Palestine and Makerere University, Kampala, involving the coaching of delegates. See full profile.

Professor Gorik Ooms

Professor Ooms is a human rights lawyer and global health scholar at LSHTM. He has previously held the position of Executive Director for Médecins Sans Frontières Belgium and is an Adjunct Professor at the Law Faculty of Georgetown University. See full profile. 

Dr Dalya Marks

Dr Marks is an Assistant Professor in Public Health at LSHTM. She has extensive experience working in Public Health across London including on projects such as cancer and cardiovascular disease prevention, sexual health and substance abuse. She has also worked on EU funded projects examining the differences in health outcomes across eastern and western Europe. See full profile.

Professor Kara Hanson

Kara is Professor of Health System Economics and Dean, Faculty of Public Health and Policy, Director Centre for Health Economics in London. Her training is in development economics and health economics, and she has worked on health systems organisation and financing, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, since 1988.  She did her doctorate at the Harvard School of Public Health, and joined LSHTM in 1997. See full profile.

Professor Charlotte Watts

Charlotte was appointed Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for International Development in October 2015. Professor Watts is the founding Director of the Social and Mathematical Epidemiology Group in the Department of Global Health and Development. See full profile.

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

Max Price, University of Cape Town 

Mr Price took up the post of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town in July 2008. He is chair of the African Research Universities Alliance, past chair of Worldwide Universities Network, and on the executive of Universities South Africa. From 1996 to 2006, Dr Price was dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. Dr Price has degrees from the universities of the Witwatersrand (Medicine), Oxford (BA), and London (Public Health) and has published extensively in the fields of public health policy and health science education.

Nomafrench Mbombo, Western Cape Minister of Health

Nomafrench previously worked in provincial and local government health departments in the Eastern Cape and KZN respectively. Dr Mbombo is currently the Western Cape Minister of Health.  Before moving into this portfolio, she was the Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs & Sport.

Rael Futerman, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking

 Rael is a Programme Manager at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking at the University of Cape Town. His areas of specialisation include Industrial Design, Participatory Design and Design-led Innovation. Rael has worked as an educator and Programme Manager within the Industrial Design department of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), and a consultant and researcher in the academic and corporate sectors. As part of his academic research he has worked with a range of communities, both nationally and internationally, in the co-design of context responsive design methods and outputs.

Melvin Moodley, Victoria Hospital, Western Cape, South Africa

Melvin is a medical doctor and MBA graduate. He is a senior lecturer at UCT where he lectures on Finance, Supply Chain Management and Operations Management. He has particular interests in organisational performance and Lean Management. Melvin is currently Head of Victoria Hospital in the Western Cape. 

Shaheem de Vries, Western Cape Government Health

Shaheem is the Head of Emergency Medical Services at Western Cape Government Health

Julian Fleming, Western Cape Government Health

Julian is the manager of Medical Support Services, Emergency Medical Services at Western Cape Government Health

Ayanda Ntsaluba, Discovery Limited

Ayanda was appointed as a Group Executive Director of Discovery Limited in July 2011. Before joining Discovery he served as a Deputy Director-General for Policy and Planning in the National Department of Health from 1995-1998, and as Director-General of Health in South Africa from September 1998 to August 2003. In September 2003, Ayanda was appointed Director-General of Foreign Affairs (now known as DIRCO) of the Republic of South Africa – a task he performed until March 2011. He currently also serves as a non-executive Board member of South African tourism and a Member of the Board of Trustees of the South African National Aids Trust. 

Marcus Low, Spotlight

Marcus is the editor of Spotlight, a South African print and online magazine that focuses on public health. He previously worked as the head of policy, communications and research at the Treatment Action Campaign, a membership-based organisation that advocates for the rights and interests of people living and affected by HIV and TB. His advocacy work included campaigns on health care systems dysfunction, HIV and TB policy, political accountability, and intellectual property and access to medicines.

Vuyiseka Dubula-Majola, African Centre for HIV/AIDS Management 

Vuyiseka is the Director of the Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management (University of Stellenbosch).  She has been openly living with HIV for eighteen years, and has been the leader of people living with HIV through serving on South African National AIDS Council (SANAC).  She was a member of the UNAIDS High Level Commission on HIV Prevention (2010), and has served on the  Lancet national commission for high quality health system (since 2017). 

Beth Engelbrecht, Western Cape Government 

Beth is currently the Head of Health at the Western Cape Government. Previously she has held positions including that of Regional Director for the National Department of Health and has also served as a consultant for the Health Systems Trust

Nikki Stein, SECTION27

Nikki is a member of the Johannesburg Bar and works as in-house counsel at SECTION27, a public interest law centre based in Johannesburg. She is involved in cases on the right of access to health care services and the right to basic education. These cases include the Limpopo textbooks litigation and the Life Esidimeni tragedy, as well as several other cases to advance the rights of the poor and marginalised. Prior to joining the Bar, Nikki worked as an attorney at SECTION27, focusing on the right to basic education.

Danielle Manuel, Western Cape Government 

In 2014, Danielle was selected as Mandela Washington Fellow which is the flagship programme of President Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI). She is currently employed at the Western Cape Government, Department of Transport of Public works as a Director responsible for Infrastructure Policy and Strategy. 

Thulani Masilela, Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation 

Thulani is an Outcome Facilitator in the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) in the Presidency. An Outcome Facilitator is a Technical Advisor tasked with ensuring the achievement of the outcomes (i.e. strategic priorities) that government has selected for each term of office. Mr Masilela is responsible for facilitating Outcome 2: A Long and Healthy Life for all South Africans. 

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.

Fellows profiles exec programme

Meet our Executive Programme Fellows

The 14 Fellows enrolled on the inaugural 2017/18 cohort of the Executive Programme for Global Health Leadership at LSHTM.

They are an ambitious, engaging and dynamic group of leaders from all over the world and from a wide variety of professional health backgrounds.

2017/18 Cohort

Dr Abraham Aseffa
Dr Abraham Aseffa, Senior Scientist and Acting Deputy Director General, Research and Innovation, Amauer Hansen Research Institute. Based in Ethiopia


“I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to join the first cohort of the programme.”

Dr Alexa Caturay
Dr Alexa Caturay, Public Health Emergency Planning Unit. Based in Canada.


“I felt stuck and not particularly empowered coming into this course and what has changed significantly for me moving through this course is that I don’t feel any of those things anymore.”

Ms Elizabeth Geier
Ms Elizabeth Geier, Consultant, International Federation of the Red Cross. Based in USA.


“Having the opportunity to meet with leaders who are facing similar struggles has showed me that there really needs to be other programmes like this.”

Mr Sein Hlaing
Mr Sein Hlaing, National Health Director, International Rescue Committee. Based in Myanmar.


“I now have 14 new amazing colleagues without having to travel the world – I have made these connections all in one place.”

Dr Kebede Kassaye
Dr Kebede Kassaye, Wellcome Trust Fellow and NTD Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Health. Based in Ethiopia.


“Through the programme I understood the complexity of the journey I am on. Although complex, there are solutions for public health problems which are often achievable through vision, determination and partnership. I have learnt these through the global leaders who have practical experience in solving the complex global health challenges.”

Ms Kudzai Makomva, Director, Elimination8. Based in Zimbabwe.


“This programme is an incredible gathering of bright minds and people doing incredible work.”

Mrs Nyasatu Ntshalintshali, Country Director, Clinton Health Access Initiative. Based in Swaziland.


“Meeting my peers and forming lasting relationships with them has immensely strengthened my personal and professional global network.”

Dr Ebere Okereke
Dr Ebere Okereke, Consultant on Global Public Health. Based in the UK.


“This is the best CPD course I have ever had the privilege to participate in. The Programme Director paid great attention to detail in creating the cohort and in designing and effortlessly adapting and modifying it as the programme progressed.”

Mrs Penny Walker-Robertson
Mrs Penny Walker-Robertson, Head of the Fleming Fund for AMR, Department of Health, UK. Based in the UK.


“I would not have been able to do my job, had it not been for this programme.”

Dr Sanjay Pooran
Dr Sanjay Pooran, Director of HERPA , The Health Emergency Response Preparedness Administration. Based in Trinidad and Tobago.


“Out of all of the studying that I have done, this has been the most enjoyable and rewarding for me.”

Dr Uzoma Nwankwo
Dr Uzoma Nwankwo, Head of the Department Coordinating Unit, Department of Public Health Nigeria. Based in Nigeria.


“I have found my coach extremely useful, he has created a trusting environment for me, helping me to sort limitations and obstacles and ultimately overcome them.”

Ms Marla Orenstein
Ms Marla Orenstein, President and Founder, Habitat Health Impact Consulting Group. Based in Canada.


“The peer learning on the programme has by far been the most valuable aspect of the programme.”

Dr Simon Stafrace
Dr Simon Stafrace, Programme Director of Psychiatry, Alfred Health. Based in Australia.


“I found my coaching valuable on many levels. The most significant achievement for me was the shift in my perspective over the course of my coaching from an emphasis on operational and technical solutions to one of outcomes, strategy and vision.”

Ms Renuka Gadde
Ms Renuka Gadde, Vice President, Global Health, Becton Dickinson. Based in USA.


“Though I am a seasoned and experienced player in the field of Global Health, by virtue of my job, this programme has been very beneficial. It has been a great platform for me to hear the perspectives of public health leaders and to understand the art of politics in this field, as well as being able to build friendships with faculty and peers”.

Partner institutions
Partner institutions Global Health Leadership

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.

Fees & funding
Fees & funding Global Health Leadership

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 2019 cohort. Payment is to be made in full by 17 July 2019. 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.

We aim to provide final confirmation of the running of the programme once the payment deadline has passed in July 2019. 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.

How to apply
How to apply Global Health Leadership

What is the application procedure?


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.