Commencement Speaker

Muhammad Ali Pate

Global Director, Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) World Bank Group

Dr. Pate is the Global Director of the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank and the Director of the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents, based in Washington, D.C. He is also the Julio Frenk Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard Chan School.

A U.S. and Nigerian national, Dr. Pate was until recently the Chief Executive Officer of Big Win Philanthropy, based in the UK. He formerly served as Minister of State for Health in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

After joining the World Bank Group as a Young Professional in 2000, Dr. Pate worked on health issues in several regions including Africa and East Asia and the Pacific. In his contributions to the World Economic Forum and the World Bank Group, he has worked with some of the countries most affected by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, and has led programs that resulted in significant changes to health care systems and disease control around the world.

Dr. Pate is an MD trained in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He has a Masters in Health System Management from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and an MBA with a certificate in health sector management from Duke University.

Dr. Pate has dedicated his career to strengthening public health systems and building innovative partnerships to combat preventable causes of mortality. We are delighted that he will share his insights with our graduates and entire community at our online Commencement ceremony in May.