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About YIGH

Yale University is a world-class research and educational institution that attracts and trains top scientists and educators, fosters interdisciplinary collaboration, and engages broadly with the local, national, and international community. With its research capacity and culture of collaboration, Yale has the opportunity to dramatically improve the health of individuals and populations by accelerating scientific breakthroughs to address complex global health problems and build the capacity of health systems to provide high quality care and prevention.

The Yale Institute for Global Health (YIGH) is the focal point for global health at Yale, bringing together expertise and knowledge from across campus with partners around the world. With a center of gravity close to the Yale Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health, YIGH represents a University-wide mission. By actively collaborating across disciplines and seizing opportunities for innovation, YIGH aims to speed the translation of new scientific discoveries into better health for all.

Director

  • Saad B. Omer

    Director, Yale Institute for Global Health; Associate Dean (Global Health Research), Yale School of Medicine; Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Yale School of Medicine; Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale School of Public Health

Advisory Board

  • Barbara Bush

    Co-Founder, Board Chair, Global Health Corps

    Barbara Bush ('04, Yale College) is a fellow at Schmidt Futures focused on supporting anti-racism and racial justice work. She is co-founder and Board Chair of Global Health Corps, an organization that mobilizes a global community of young leaders to build the movement for health equity. Since 2009, Global Health Corps has supported over 1,000 young leaders to solve the world’s most pressing global health issues. She is also a fellow at Schmidt Futures focused on supporting racial justice. Barbara served as GHC’s CEO for its first 9 years. Before joining Global Health Corps’ founding team, Barbara worked at the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, and UNICEF in Botswana. Barbara is a Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur, a Draper Richards Kaplan Social Entrepreneur, and a fellow of the Echoing Green Foundation. She serves on a number of boards including the Board of Trustees of Partners In Health and the Board of Directors of Friends of the Global Fight for AIDS, TB, and Malaria. Barbara co-authored the #1 New York Times best seller Sisters First with her sister, along with a children’s book under the same title. Barbara graduated from Harvard Kennedy School with a Master in Public Administration and Yale University with a BA in Humanities.

  • Rosa DeLauro

    Congresswoman, Connecticut’s Third Congressional District

    Rosa DeLauro is the Congresswoman from Connecticut’s Third Congressional District, which stretches from the Long Island Sound and New Haven, to the Naugatuck Valley and Waterbury. Rosa serves in the Democratic leadership as Co-Chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, and she is the Chair of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, where she oversees our nation’s investments in education, health, employment, and job training and worker protection. Rosa also serves on the subcommittee responsible for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where she oversees food and drug safety. Soon after earning degrees from Marymount College and Columbia University, Rosa followed her parents’ footsteps into public service, serving as the first Executive Director of EMILY’s List, a national organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected office; Executive Director of Countdown ‘87, the national campaign that successfully stopped U.S. military aid to the Nicaraguan Contras; and as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd. In 1990, Rosa was elected to the House of Representatives, and she has served as the Congresswoman from Connecticut’s Third Congressional District ever since.

  • Awele Elumelu

    Tony Elumelu Foundation Trustee

    Dr. Awele Elumelu is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Avon Medical Practice Limited, the Chairperson of Avon Healthcare Limited and oversees the healthcare investments in the Heirs Holdings’ portfolio, a family-owned investment company focused on transforming Africa through long-term investments and currently operating in twenty-three countries across the continent. Awele is focused on expanding and improving access to quality healthcare and achieving universal healthcare coverage in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation. Elumelu is the Private Sector Champion for Immunization in Africa by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, Gavi, and is a Trustee of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Africa’s leading philanthropy devoted to entrepreneurship. Dr. Elumelu is a strong advocate for innovative public-private partnerships to deliver life-saving vaccination programs while ensuring maximum cost efficiency. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of Benin. Her experience as a medical doctor includes medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology and emergency medicine. In Nigeria, Dr. Elumelu has worked with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and in the UK, with Grantham and District Hospital, Grantham. In January 2018, Dr. Elumelu was appointed as the Champion for Immunization in Africa by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).

  • Julie Frist

    Director, Liberty Broadband Corporation

    Julie Damgard Frist ('93, Yale College) currently serves as a director of Liberty Broadband Corporation, a company whose assets include Charter Communications, Inc., one of the largest providers of cable services in the United States. She previously served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of CapStar Financial Holdings which she co-founded in Nashville, TN in 2008. As a director she helped lead CapStar through significant economic and business disruption, unanticipated regulatory burdens, an initial public offering and growth through M&A. Today CapStar is a publicly-traded $2 billion dollar community bank profitably serving small to medium sized businesses in Tennessee and Kentucky. 

    Julie devotes a substantial amount of time to non-profit board service, most notably The Frist Foundation, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School. Through this work, she has developed a passion for addressing inequities in education and healthcare. Prior board experiences in education include St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH and the Ensworth School in Nashville. She also co-chaired the Major Gifts Committee for the Class of 1997 which set fundraising records for both the 15th and 20th Reunions at Harvard Business School.

    Julie graduated from Yale University in 1993 and earned her MBA at Harvard Business School in 1997. After Yale, she worked in New York for Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division and in Private Wealth Management, and also worked in private equity for Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. until she moved to Nashville in 2000.

    Julie resides in Nashville, TN with her husband, Tommy Frist III, and their three children. 

     

  • Jeffrey Koplan

    Former Director, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Dr. Jeffrey P. Koplan ('66, Yale College) is an internationally renowned leader in the fields of public health and global health. In 2006, he founded the Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI) and served as its Director until 2013. As Emory’s Vice President for Global Health, he continues to be actively involved in EGHI programs, which provide multidisciplinary global health research, training, and partnership opportunities to Emory faculty and students. A former Director (1998-2002) and 26-year veteran of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Koplan began his public health career in the early 1970s as a member of the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. Throughout his career, he has worked on many major public health issues in the U.S. and abroad including infectious diseases such as smallpox, SARS, pandemic influenza, and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Koplan has also worked on chronic diseases resulting from tobacco use and obesity and environmental health issues such as the Bhopal chemical disaster. Dr. Koplan is a graduate of Yale College, the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. He has written more than 240 scientific papers on numerous public health issues and has co-authored two books on childhood obesity. He has served on numerous advisory groups and consultancies in the U.S. and overseas. He is a trustee of the China Medical Board and the CDC Foundation Board. He is a former trustee of Yale University. Dr. Koplan has received numerous awards throughout his career including the China Friendship Award, the highest honor that the Chinese government bestows on foreign nationals.

  • Tsitsi Masiyiwa

    Executive Chair and Co-Founder, Higherlife Foundation

    Tsitsi Masiyiwa is an African philanthropist and social entrepreneur.  She is Executive Chair and Co-Founder of Higherlife Foundation, whose primary goal is to invest in human capital development to build thriving individuals, communities and sustainable livelihoods. As a result of her work and experience establishing and growing Higherlife Foundation over the last twenty years, Tsitsi has become an advisor and thought partner to universities, national leaders, and social entrepreneurs on issues of education, leadership development, and youth empowerment.  The Masiyiwas are financial supporters of the Yale Young African Scholars Program. In 2017, Tsitsi established Delta Philanthropies, as a vehicle for impact investing and grant making. Delta Philanthropies seeks to unlock and catalyse innovative solutions to the elimination of poverty by convening strategic partnerships and incubating new development models. Her work has garnered global recognition, including Honorary Doctorate degrees from Morehouse University in Atlanta, Georgia; Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe; as well as the prestigious Champions for Change Award for Leadership from the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). Tsitsi is a founding board member and the current Board Chair of the African Philanthropy Forum; a Trustee of the Legatum Institute, the END Fund, and UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited Initiative; a member of the Sesame Workshop Global Advisory Group, the International Advisory Board for Texas A&M University, the Yale Institute for Global Health Advisory Board, the Africa University Board, the Prince’s Trust International West Africa Advisory Board, and the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council. Tsitsi and her husband, Strive, have been signatories to the Giving Pledge since 2014. 

  • Anu Menda

    Managing Trustee, RMZ Foundation

    Anu Menda, innovator and change-maker, pioneered the RMZ Foundation to uplift the communities it serves through leadership, imaginative collaborations, and vibrantly creative transformations – by ‘Being the Change’. Under her direction, the Foundation’s diverse and dynamic public contemporary art programs transform communal venues into spectacular, accessible and well-loved community spaces, sustaining occasions for art and ideas, and cultivating a higher understanding of art’s role and relevance in society. Accentuate Art, Anu’s key directive for the Foundation, breathes creative life into community spaces with a futuristic focus, beyond home and office walls. Integrating non-profit Galleries and Pop Up Pavilions in iconic planned Art Centres into real-estate assets, the Foundation has targeted 100 public art installations in major Indian cities, starting with in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai. Under Anu’s direction, the Foundation conducts diverse and dynamic public programs for contemporary art – transforming, through this, communal venues into spectacular, accessible and well-loved community spaces. Anu’s creative contribution to the urban setting resonates with intent to realize an enriched society where art relates to all aspects of life. It is Anu’s and the Foundation’s mission to make art available to the broader population, particularly to underserved communities, as well as, to provide direct support to, and facilitate partnerships between, emerging young artists and masters. Anu also co-founded a leading impact-investing accelerator, The Foundry, that focuses premium resources, smart capital and sustained mentorship on accelerating global social innovation to support exceptional, early-stage social enterprises. The Foundry’s philosophy emphasizes that sustainable impact is only possible through intentionally leveraging expertise from across industry, academia and government, via deep, multi-year partnerships, as complex and critical problems do not occur in isolation. Anu’s 5-year plan for the Foundry is to incubate 250 innovative and resilient high-impact social entrepreneurships that address complex and critical problems in the developing world. Grounded in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, The Foundry is designed to radically accelerate the growth of enterprises tackling poverty, hunger, health, climate change, sustainable cities, inequity, future of work, infrastructure and innovation – through a deep focus on Urban Technologies, Health Tech and Social Enterprise. The Foundry’s portfolio organizations are creating inventive rapid response mechanisms in the COVID-19 crisis and help the world’s most vulnerable with remarkable adaptability. 

    In partnership with YIGH, RMZ Foundation established the Sustainable Health Initiative which provides a global health business accelerator for early companies striving to impact the world through social, health and environmental solutions. 


  • Indra Nooyi

    Board of Directors at Amazon | Former Chairman & CEO of PepsiCo.

    Indra Nooyi ('80, Yale School of Management) is the former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo (2006-2019); a Fortune 50 company with operations in over 180 countries. 

    In this role, Mrs. Nooyi was the chief architect of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s pledge to do what’s right for the business by being responsive to the needs of the world around us. As part of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo was focused on delivering sustained growth by making more nutritious products, limiting its environmental footprint and protecting the planet, and empowering its associates and people in the communities it serves. During her tenure, PepsiCo grew net revenue more than 80%, and PepsiCo’s total shareholder return was 162%.

    Before joining PepsiCo in 1994 Mrs. Nooyi held senior positions at The Boston Consulting Group, Motorola and Asea Brown Boveri.

    Currently, Mrs. Nooyi is a member of the board of Amazon and sits on the Audit Committee. She serves on the Global Leadership Board at edX, the world’s leading nonprofit online education platform. She is a member of the International Advisory Council of Temasek, an independent director of the International Cricket Council and is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She is also a Dean’s Advisory Council member at MIT’s School of Engineering and a member of the MIT Corporation. Additionally, she is the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at West Point where she helps enhance the ability of both the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership and the U.S. Military Academy to fulfill the mission of developing leaders of character. Lastly, she co-chaired the Reopen Connecticut Task Force in 2020. 

    Mrs. Nooyi has received many prizes, accolades and honorary degrees over the years. In 2007, the Government of India awarded her the Padma Bhushan, the country’s 3rd highest civilian honor.  In 2007, she was named an “Outstanding American by choice” by the US State Department. In 2019, her portrait was inducted into the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. 

    She holds a B.S. from Madras Christian College, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, and a Master of Public and Private Management from Yale University. Mrs. Nooyi is married and has two daughters.

Leadership Advisory Committee

Core Team

  • Nikole Allen

    Senior Program Director

    Nikole leads and manages key projects for YIGH, particularly the Sustainable Health Initiative (SHI). She is also involved in the development and implementation of other YIGH initiatives implementation of other YIGH initiatives that will require interaction and coordination with faculty, students, country partners, and other stakeholders.

  • Fatema Basrai

    SHI Innovation Manager

    As SHI Innovation Manager, Fatema manages the process of generating Yale-based applications for the SHI accelerator program among students, faculty and alumni.  In coordination with other innovation and entrepreneurship programs at Yale, this includes holding informational sessions, open office hours to coach new global health ventures, planning an annual SHI global health design challenge, and other activities to generate or identify potential startup companies to apply. Fatema also works as Innovate Health Yale Assistant Director where she works with students, faculty, staff and community members to support social ventures in health and education across the globe.

  • Alyssa Cruz

    Communications Assistant

    Alyssa supports YIGH communications strategy and activities, particularly focused on maintenance of the YIGH website and social media. She also assists with global health update emails. And, serves as back up to Director of Communications.  

  • Rosalind D'Eugenio

    Director, Strategic Communications

    Rosalind is responsible for promoting the visibility of YIGH and related research, opportunities and achievements through conventional media, website, and social media platforms. She also coordinates with communications staff from across campus to share and support Yale work and achievements, including in the health sciences, public affairs, and other schools and departments. And, provides ongoing strategic guidance to director and deputy director regarding both internal and external communications and branding efforts.

  • Kaveh Khoshnood

    Co-Director, Global Health Ethics Program (GHEP)

    Kaveh co-leads the GHEP, a program that discusses and addresses ethical aspects of global health clinical, research and educational opportunities pursued by Yale students, faculty and their global health partners are discussed and addressed. Our goal is to ensure the highest attainable standard of ethics in our global health work.

  • Tracy Rabin

    Co-Director, Global Health Ethics Program (GHEP)

    Tracy co-leads the GHEP, a program that discusses and addresses ethical aspects of global health clinical, research and educational opportunities pursued by Yale students, faculty and their global health partners are discussed and addressed. Our goal is to ensure the highest attainable standard of ethics in our global health work.

  • Jeremy I. Schwartz

    Lead, Faculty Network Development

    Reporting to the Director and in close collaboration with the Deputy Director, Jeremy nurtures the development of YIGH faculty networks. 

  • Michael Skonieczny

    Deputy Director

    Mike supports the nurturing of global health research, education, and other programs across Yale. Mike is also engaged in developing partnerships inside and outside Yale and will oversee the development and execution of development, communications, and advocacy strategies for YIGH. The primary focus will be to work synergistically with the Director to significantly expand the global health research at Yale.

  • Kelsey Smith

    Senior Administrative Assistant

    Kelsey manages the schedule, daily operations, and administration of YIGH, with a particular focus on the Director. She also coordinates and manages activities related to the YIGH governing committees. 

  • Kristina Talbert-Slagle

    Associate Director

    Reporting to the Director and in close collaboration with the Deputy Director, Kristina is developing and establishing a global health faculty support initiative, particularly focused on faculty research development with global partners. 

Affiliated Faculty

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