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Perspectivity Public Health Challenge

Fellows at Chatham House

Fellows with Professor David Heymann

Fellows gaining insights from Dame Professor Sally Davies

Professor Sir Liam Donaldson

Perspectivity Public Health Challenge

Perspectivity Public Health Challenge

Fellows at Chatham House

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

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


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.

Inter-residential phases

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 be invited to participate in stimulating events, and benefit from activities and resources to challenge thinking, strengthen networks and enhance leadership practice.

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. 

'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.'

Dr Maylene Shun

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

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.

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.

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 Sur

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