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In 2018, the Center for African Studies launched the Joseph S. Agyepong Distinguished Lecture on Public Health in Africa. This annual lecture was generously endowed by Joseph S. Agyepong, founder and executive chairman of JOSPONG group of companies in Accra, Ghana. Established in 1995, Jospong is one of Ghana’s leading diversified holdings companies. Its holdings include companies active in building and construction, printing and publishing, information and communications technology, waste management, mining and quarrying, oil and gas, automobiles and equipment, skill development, financial services, public health and safety, logistics and supply chain, transportation and haulage, manufacturing, and business facilitation.
The Joseph S. Agyepong Distinguished Lecture on Public Health in Africa provides a platform for the Harvard University Center for African Studies to explore topics related to public health in Africa by engaging leaders, policy makers, researchers, and academics around Africa's health and development goals. Through this lecture, CAS contributes to a global repository of knowledge, development of actionable solutions for policymaking, and inspires new directions in academic research. The lecture series builds upon an existing CAS research initiative in Climate Change, Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health, which convenes scholars from across Africa and Harvard University to evaluate current data and policy interventions, develop innovative collaborative research projects, and convene working groups in recognition of the ongoing changes in global climate that threaten agriculture and human health across the globe.
Hosted virtually by the CAS Africa Office, the 2022 Joseph S. Agyepong Distinguished Lecture on Public Health in Africa will feature a conversation on Africa’s Public Health Agenda by Dr. Agnes Binagwaho and Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate. Dr. Agnes Binagwaho is Vice Chancellor and co-founder of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), former Minister of Health in Rwanda, and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate is the Julio Frenk Professor of Public Health Leadership, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. He is co-Chair of the Initiative on the Future of Health and Economic Resilience in Africa (FHERA).
Agnes Binagwaho, Ph.D., M.D.
Senior Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Former Minister of Health in Rwanda
Professor Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PHD currently resides in Rwanda. She is the Vice Chancellor and co-founder of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) (in 2015), an initiative of Partners In Health based in Rwanda which focuses on changing how health care is delivered around the world by training global health professionals who strive to deliver more equitable, quality health services for all. She is a Rwandan pediatrician who returned to Rwanda in 1996, two years after the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi. Previously, she has provided clinical care in the public sector and has served the Rwandan health sector (1996-2016) in high-level government positions, first as the Executive Secretary of Rwanda’s National AIDS Control Commission, then as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, and lastly as Minister of Health for five years. She is a Professor of Pediatrics at UGHE, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. She is member of multiple editorial, advisory and directors’ boards, including the Think20 (T20), the Rockefeller Foundation, the African Europe Foundation and the African Union Commission on COVID-19 Response. Professor Binagwaho is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and the World Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences. She has published over 230 peer-reviewed articles and was named among the 100 Most Influential African Women for 2020 and 2021 and is a recipient of the 2022 L'Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science.
Muhammad Ali Pate
Julio Frenk Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership, Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Global Director, Health, Nutrition and Population and Director, Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF), The World Bank
Former Minister of State for Health in the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate is the Julio Frenk Professor of Public Health Leadership in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. He is co-Chair of the Initiative on the Future of Health and Economic Resilience in Africa (FHERA).
Prior to joining the Harvard Chan School, Dr. Pate served as global director, health, nutrition and population (HNP) and director, global financing facility (GFF), with the World Bank Group in Washington, DC. Dr. Pate also served as a Richard L. and Ronay Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Dr. Pate received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, his Master of Science in health systems management from the London School of Hygiene and Tropic Medicine, and his Master of Business Administration with a certificate in health sector management from Duke University.
He previously served as minister of state for health, Federal Republic of Nigeria, and prior to his time at the World Bank, he was chief executive officer of Big Win Philanthropy, an organization that invests in children and young adults in developing countries to improve their lives and maximize demographic dividends for long-term economic growth. Dr. Pate has taught many courses throughout his career, including “Leadership Development in Global Health: Trust and Community-based Leadership Networks in Global Health Practice” at the Harvard Chan School and comparative health systems to master’s degree students in global health at the Duke Global Health Institute, where he held an appointment as a visiting professor.
ORGANIZER: Harvard Center for African Studies Africa Office