Senior Leadership Fellows

This program offers a rare opportunity for those who have recently served in top-level positions in government, multilateral institutions, non-profit organizations, and journalism to spend three months at Harvard School of Public Health to share leadership vision and experiences via mentoring and teaching of students who aspire to similar roles. One domestic and one international Senior Leadership Fellow will be invited to participate each semester. Senior Leadership Fellows interact with Harvard faculty and participate in campus life at the School and University.

Two fellowships are offered: The Gro Harlem Brundtland Senior Leadership Fellows Program is international and focuses on international leadership issues. The Richard L. and Ronay A. Menschel Senior Leadership Fellows Program focuses both on domestic and international leadership issues.


Jim Doyle, former Governor of WisconsinJim Doyle was 44th Governor of Wisconsin, and is currently an attorney of counsel with the law firm Foley and Lardner LLP. He served as governor for three terms as well as the Attorney General for the state of Wisconsin. In that role, he was elected President of the Association of State Attorney Generals. As Governor, he played a leading role in health policy change in Wisconsin and led the state-wide Medicaid expansion. He helped guide the state’s discussions over tobacco policy. The Harvard School of Public Health is extremely fortunate to have Governor Doyle teach a course on the importance of states in shaping health policy, HPM 552-1: “Health Policy, Leadership, and Politics at the State Level,” as a Richard L. and Ronay A. Menschel Senior Fellow for Fall 1 term. Mr. Doyle is a graduate cum laude of Harvard University and holds a BA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mark Smith, founding President and CEO, California HealthCare FoundationDr. Mark Smith, former President and Chief Executive Officer of the California HealthCare Foundation, arrives at HSPH in mid-October as a Richard L. and Ronay A. Menschel Senior Fellow. The California HealthCare Foundation is an independent philanthropy in Oakland California, dedicated to improving the health of the people of California, particularly the underserved. Previous to this position, Dr. Smith was Executive Vice President at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, where he oversaw programs in HIV, Reproductive Health, and the Health Care Marketplace. Prior, he was a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and of Public Health. Dr. Smith was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine in 2001. He chaired the IOM’s Committee on the Learning Healthcare System, which produced the widely-publicized 2012 report Best Care at Lower Cost. Dr. Smith holds a BA from Harvard College, an MBA from the Wharton School, and an M.D. degree from the University of North Carolina. A Board-certified internist, he is a member of the clinical faculty at the University of California at San Francisco and maintains an active practice in HIV care at San Francisco General Hospital. The course he will teach in Fall Term 2 is entitled: “Leadership in Health Foundations and Policy Change.”



Gabriel Jaramillo

Gabriel Jaramillo

Gabriel Jaramillo is former head of The
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and joins the School as the Richard L. and Ronay A. Menschel Senior Fellow. Mr. Jaramillo was General Manager of the Global Fund, an international financing institution dedicated to attracting and disbursing resources to prevent and treat HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria. He is widely credited with a successful financial turnaround of the organization. Prior to his appointment as General Manager of The Global Fund, Mr. Jaramillo was the Chairman and CEO of Banco Santander Banesta Brazil. After more than 35 years in the private sector as a high-level executive officer, Mr. Jaramillo was recognized as a highly skilled leader with extensive experience managing change in complex financial institutions, and served as a Special Advisor to the Office of the Special Envoy for Malaria of the Secretary General of the United Nations. He was appointed by the Board of the Global Fund to implement a plan of transformation and to put a new strategy into action.  Mr. Jaramillo is a native of Colombia, and a Brazilian citizen.

Frank Kwadjo Nyonator

Dr. Frank Nyonator

Dr. Frank Nyonator is the acting Dean of the School of Public Health at the University and Allied Sciences in Ghana and joins the School as the Gro Harlem Brundtland Senior FellowDr. Nyonator was also the immediate past Director of the Human Resources of Health Directorate of the Ministry of Health in Ghana, and in this capacity also served as Ministerial Advisor on Health Systems Strengthening in Ghana. He was the first Director of the Policy Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Division of the Ghana Health Service and served as Ag Director-General of the Ghana Health Service and Health Systems Advisor to the WHO Country Office in Nigeria.



Professor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o was elected to Parliament of Kenya in 1992

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Professor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o

and has served in various capacities since. He was Minister for Planning and National Development from 2003 to 2005 and Minister for Medical Services from 2008 to 2013. He is currently the Senator for Kisumu County. Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o has taught at the University of Nairobi, El Colegio de Mexico, and Addis Ababa University, and joined the African Academy of Sciences as Head of Programs from 1987 to 1992.  Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o has published several books and articles on democracy, democratisation, the state and the political economy of development in Africa.

Rafael Bengoa

Dr. Rafael Bengoa

Dr. Rafael Bengoa has worked for the World Health Organization in Copenhagen and in Geneva for over 15 years, where he was Director of Management of Chronic Conditions and then Director for Health System Policies until 2006. From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Bengoa was Minister for Health and Consumer Affairs in the Basque Government in Spain. Previously, Dr. Bengoa practiced as a doctor in Spain in both hospital and primary care. He is MsC in Community Medicine by London School of Hygiene and Community Medicine, and MsC in Health Care Management, UK. At present he is the Director of the Health Department at the DEUSTO Business School in Spain, where he is establishing an Observatory of Health Care Reforms in Europe, USA and Canada. He also advises governments on health policy and is teaching at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.


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Dr. Recep Akdag

Recep Akdag, M.D., was Health Minister of Turkey from 2002 to 2013, and continues to serve as an MP in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey for his third consecutive term. As a pediatrician, he has been holding a professor title from the Ataturk University School of Medicine since 1999. During his tenure as Minister of Health, he has been the key figure implementing the influential Health Transformation Program (HTP) in Turkey, which comprehensively brought a people-oriented approach to healthcare service delivery and strengthened the health system with successful implementation of universal health coverage. Prof. Akdag received his Ph.D. from Aturk University.




Dr. JudyAnn Bigby

JudyAnn Bigby, M.D. served as Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where she was responsible for implementing many aspects of the 2006 Massachusetts health care reform law.    Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Dr. Bigby served as the Director of Community Health Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and as the Director of the Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School.  She has pioneered work to eliminate health disparities among low-income and minority women through the design of clinical programs, education of health professionals, and community based research in areas such as breast and cervical cancer mortality.  She practiced primary care internal medicine, specializing in women’s health, for more than 25 years. In 2011 President Obama appointed her as one of the inaugural members of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health of the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council.  Dr. Bigby holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MD from Harvard Medical School.

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Ashok Alexander

Ashok Alexander led the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s India office from its inception in 2003, until 2012, where he created Avahan, the Gates Foundation’s flagship India AIDS prevention program. Avahan worked with groups most at risk to HIV – primarily men and women involved in commercial sex work, and their clients, and became the largest private prevention program ever undertaken in HIV/AIDS. Mr. Alexander led the growth and expansion of the Gates Foundation’s first country office, with grants spanning health, sanitation and agriculture. He is a graduate of St Stephens College in New Delhi and has a post-graduate degree from the Delhi School of Economics, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad.   He is a founding board member of the Public Health Foundation of India, serves on the board of CARE India, and is a founding trustee of the America-India Foundation.


Adrienne Germain

Adrienne Germain

Adrienne Germain, President Emerita of the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) is a widely recognized architect of the international movement for women’s health and human rights. She has led IWHC’s work on international health and population policy with the UN, governments and NGOs especially in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and has provided sustained support for the building of women’s health and rights organizations in several low-income countries. In June, 2012, Ms. Germain received the United Nations Population Award in recognition of her lifetime work. Ms. Germain holds a B.A. from Wellesley College (1969), an M.A. in sociology and demography from the University of California at Berkeley, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Bard College. In November 2012, Ms. Germain was a Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health.

David Mwakyusa

Dr. David Mwakyusa

David Homeli Mwakyusa has an established background in medicine, politics and academia. He completed fellowships in gastroenterology in Scotland and the United States, and served as the director of administration and hospital services at Muhimbili, the national hospital of Tanzania. He serves as Professor and was chair of the department of internal medicine at the Dar es Salaam University Medical School. Professor Mwakyusa was elected to Parliament in 2000 and is currently serving his third term, presently Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Water. As Minister for Health and Social Welfare for five years, he oversaw improvements in malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and child health and pioneered the Primary Health Services Programme which is credited for revolutionizing health care in Tanzania. For fall of 2012, he was a Brundtland Senior Leadership Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health.



Ann Veneman

Ann Veneman

Ann M. Veneman served as the Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) from 2005 to 2010.  At UNICEF, Ms. Veneman worked to support child health and nutrition, quality basic education for all, access to clean water and sanitation and the protection of children and women from violence, exploitation and HIV/AIDS. From 2001 to 2005, Ms. Veneman was Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), one of the most diverse federal agencies, with an annual budget of $113 billion and 110,000 employees. While at USDA, she advanced an expanded trade agenda, food protection, progressive farm policy, responsible forest policy, and stronger nutrition programs. Currently she is co-chair of Mother’s Day Every Day and on the boards of the Close Up Foundation, Malaria No More and the National 4-H Council. In 2009, she was named to the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list. A lawyer by training, Ms. Veneman has practiced law in both California and in Washington, D.C. Early in her career, she was a deputy public defender. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Davis; a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley; and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Ms. Veneman was the first Richard L. and Ronay A. Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health in February through March 2012.

K. Sujatha Rao

Sujatha Rao

K. Sujatha Rao

Ms. Sujatha Rao served in the Indian Administrative Service for over 35 years, where she most recently served as Union Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the Government of India until 2010. Previously, Ms. Rao served as Director General of the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) from 2006-2009, where she was instrumental in establishing systems and building up NACO as a full-fledged professional body. In 2004 Ms. Rao was nominated by the government of India as Member Secretary of the National Commission on Macroeconomics, and she has represented India on the Boards of the WHO, Global Fund and UNAIDS. Ms. Rao did her post-graduation from Delhi University and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. She was also a Takemi Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health during 2001-2002. Ms. Rao served in 2012 as the first Gro Harlem Brundtland Senior Leadership Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.


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