A Meeting in Dubai, Conversations about Public Health and a Donation to the School

H. Husnu Okvuran '94 BA attributes his decision to donate to the Yale School of Public Health in part to a recent meeting he had in Dubai with a senior member of the school’s faculty.

A 1994 Yale graduate and a Turkish national, who lives in Dubai with his wife and two sons, Okvuran met Elizabeth H. Bradley, professor in the department of Health Policy and Administration and director of the Yale Global Health Initiative, who was traveling in the region. They discussed public health issues and initiatives underway at YSPH.

“She [Betsy] was pretty instrumental,” said Okvuran, a managing director in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs. “But I also think it’s a good opportunity. It’s a big challenge to everybody to bring up the standards of health. It’s something that is in desperate demand.”

Donna Consolini, from Yale Office of Development, also played a major role in establishing the right opportunity to support financial aid and public health initiatives during their work together on the Class of 1994’s reunion gift campaign.

Okvuran’s donation will provide internships in Turkey or the Middle East and/or provide financial aid to students from those regions. Okvuran received financial assistance while at Yale and believes it is tremendously important.

“I believe Yale’s focus on global public health issues and in particular on financial aid for international students are very important. Me and my family are very excited to be able to contribute these causes” he said.