Professor Agnes Binagwaho
Professor Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PhD is a Rwandan pediatrician who returned to Rwanda in July of 1996, two years after the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi. Since then, she has provided clinical care in the public sector as well as held a number of project management, health system strengthening, and government positions. Professor Binagwaho currently resides in Kigali.
In 2017, Professor Binagwaho was appointed Vice Chancellor of University of Global Health Equity. Previously, Professor Binagwaho served as the Minister of Health of Rwanda (May 2011- July 2016).
Prior to this, she served as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health of Rwanda (October 2008-May 2011) and as the Executive Secretary of Rwanda’s National AIDS Control Commission (2002–08).
Since 2008, Professor Binagwaho has been a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is also a Professor of the Practice of Global Health Delivery at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda as well as an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Professor Binagwaho’s academic engagements include research on health equity, HIV/AIDS, information and communication technologies (ICT) in e-health, and pediatric care delivery systems. She has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles.
Professor Binagwaho completed her Medical Degree (MD) in General Medicine at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (1976-84) and her Masters Degree in Pediatrics (MA) at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale (1989-93). In 2010, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science (Hon. D.Sc.) from Dartmouth College. In 2014, she became the first person to be awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) from the College of Business and Economics at the University of Rwanda. Professor Binagwaho’s PhD Dissertation was titled, “Children’s Right to Health in the Context of the HIV Epidemic: The Case of Rwanda.”
For more information, please visit Professor Binagwaho’s Wikipedia page
Claude Grunitzky is the founder of TRACE and TRUE Africa, a media tech platform championing young African voices all over the world. In November 2016, TRUE Africa was funded by Google’s Digital News Initiative.
In February 2003, Grunitzky and two business partners completed a multimillion- dollar financing deal led by Goldman Sachs Group. As a result, the TRACE brand is now being leveraged globally across various television, event and interactive platforms. TRACE, which now reaches an audience of more than 100 million people across 150 countries, was successfully sold to a French investor group in July 2010.
Grunitzky was raised between Lomé, Togo; Washington, DC; Paris and London. Growing up, Grunitzky, who speaks six languages and carries three passports, was exposed to many different cultures. These foreign interactions shaped his transcultural philosophy and informed the creative energy of his media ventures.
A graduate of London University and MIT, Grunitzky is also the President and a board member at the Watermill Center, a laboratory of inspiration and performance, founded by theater and visual artist Robert Wilson, which provides a unique environment for a global community of emerging and established artists and thinkers to gather and explore new ideas together.
Grunitzky is also board member at MASS MoCA, a museum in Massachusetts which is one of the world’s liveliest centers for making and enjoying today’s most evocative art, and at Humanity in Action, a foundation that works internationally to build global leadership, defend democracy, protect minorities and improve human rights.
Farai is a recent graduate of the Masters in Public Administration program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and an Edward S. Mason Fellow. Farai is also a World Economic Forum, Young Global Leader and a Dangote Fellow.
Farai has been listed as the number one top Forbes writers amongst top 10 writers for Forbes.com. She also writes for ESSENCE, a leading US publication that focuses on women of color. In 2017, Farai was named one of “100 Most Influential People of African Descent” (MIPAD) as proclaimed by United Nation’s General Assembly resolution 68/237, International Decade for People of African Descent. She is the recipient of the 2016 “Special Recognition Award” by Zimbabwe Achievers Awards; the 2015 “Media Excellence Award” by African Women Awards and 2014 “Emerging African Leader Award” by Temple University. Ladybrille Magazine named Farai as one of “20 Influential African Women Entrepreneurs in America to watch in 2015”. Forbes named Farai as one of its 2013 “Top 30 Best Young Entrepreneurs” from Africa.
Farai runs FaraiMedia, a global communications and media strategy, and branding agency
Ayisha is a lawyer and consultant with over 18 years of experience in the public and private sectors including work with the World Bank, United Nations Children’s Fund, National Democratic Institute and Department of International Development on projects related to good governance, gender equality, women’s economic and political participation and ending violence against women. She sits on the board of various organizations in the public and private sector.
She is a published writer. Her latest book, Love Does Not Win Elections, about her experience contesting the PDP primaries in 2014 was recently released to much acclaim. She collaborated on a series of children’s textbooks on social studies used in primary schools and a children’s reference book on Nigeria. She kept a weekly column for five years, in Thisday’s The Lawyer newspaper and most recently, as the Nigerian Citizen for the Leadership newspaper where she covered legal and social issues ranging from state sponsored marriages to good governance. Ms. Osori is a regular commentator on radio and television and has been involved in numerous campaigns to improve social justice for women and girls and to improve governance in Nigeria.
Ms. Osori, an Eisenhower Fellow, graduated with law degrees from the University of Lagos and Harvard Law School and has a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. She is licensed to practice law in Nigeria and the State of New York.
Lelo is a Senior Consultant working and living in Malaysia. Lelo works full time at Bright Vision Consulting (BVC) – a Boston and Kuala Lumpur- based consultancy founded by HKS colleagues. BVC provides subnational economic development consulting to state and local governments.
Lelo also provides economic consulting services to the World Bank Group on a regular basis and teaches Microeconomics and Business Strategy to MBA students at the National University of Malaysia. He is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School’s MPA/ID program. He also served Editor-in-Chief of the Africa Policy Journal at HKS between 2013 and 2014. Prior to HKS, Lelo worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC from 2010 to 2012.
Lelo also maintains a blog.