Courses with Senior Leadership Fellows

Each Senior Leadership Fellow teaches a class at the Harvard School of Public Health about their experiences in leadership for the semester of their fellowship. Every class is unique and reflects the individual fellow’s career and leadership. Classes are open to all Harvard students and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


Gabriel Jaramillo

Gabriel Jaramillo

Global Health and Population 552: Leadership Development in Global Health/Health Policy: Turnaround Management in NGOs: The Global Fund Transformation

Instructor:  Gabriel Jaramillo

Spring 2 Term (March 24, 2014 – May 16, 2014): Wednesdays 8:30 – 10:20 A.M.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria measures its solvency by the level of monetary commitments made by its donors. In severe financial distress and after losing the trust of its donors in 2011, the Global Fund went through turnaround management, and was reorganized so that it would return to solvency and the world’s investments could save more lives.

Assigned as the General Manager of the Global Fund, Mr. Gabriel Jaramillo implemented a broad transformation of the organization and its business model. Mr. Jaramillo, with 36 years of experience in banking in Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Brazil and the US, specialized in turning around various financial institutions, most recently including the Sovereign Bank in Boston. Mr. Jaramillo is also a former advisor to the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Malaria. During the transformative months, Mr. Jaramillo made significant changes to strengthen grant management, improve efficiency and tighten financial supervision in the Global Fund. As a result of Mr. Jaramillo’s management and the Global Fund transformation, in December 2013, at its fourth replenishment conference, donors pledged an all-time record amount of US$12 billion in recognition of the organization’s turnaround. Mr. Jaramillo is a Senior Leadership Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health for spring 2014.

The course will cover selected topics in transforming the Global Fund, and Mr. Jaramillo will discuss management and political strategies that he used to help the Global Fund recover its solvency. Additionally, students will learn how sound institutional financial practices and policies result in better institutional guidelines to save lives. Students will have the opportunity to apply the lessons learned in this class to other institutions, both global and domestic.

Eligibility to enroll:

Courses taught by Senior Leadership Fellows are open to all Harvard University students who can register through the standard registration process. Students from schools other than HSPH are to cross-register through the Harvard University Course Catalog. Undergraduates need to get approval from their degree program, and can take the class either for a letter grade or pass/fail, but cannot audit. It will fill on a first-come, first-serve basis. Learn more about the course and Dr. Nyonator. For additional information or any questions, contact Betty Johnson at