Senior Leadership Fellows Program

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 the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health to share leadership vision and experiences via mentoring and teaching of students who aspire to similar roles. Typically, there is one domestic and one international fellow per semester. Senior Leadership Fellows interact with Harvard faculty and participate in campus life at the School and University. Fellows may also participate in the high-definition webcast series, Voices in Leadership.

The Richard L. and Ronay A. Menschel Senior Leadership Fellows Program focuses both on domestic and international leadership issues. The Gro Harlem Brundtland Senior Leadership Fellows Program ended in 2014.


Spring 1
Richard L. and Ronay A. Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow
Dr. Leslie Ramsammy

Leslie Ramsammy

Dr. Ramsammy has led many public health initiatives in the Caribbean and internationally. He was an early architect and advocate of HIV elimination leading to the UNAIDS Zero Goals (Zero New Infections, Zero Discrimination, and Zero AIDS-related Deaths). Dr. Ramsammy is currently the Minister of Agriculture in Guyana and formerly the Minister of Health in Guyana. He served as President of the Pan American Health Organization’s 47th Directing Council (’06-‘08), and the World Health Organization 61st World Assembly (’08-‘09).  Dr. Ramsammy was Chairman of the Executive Board of Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV/AIDS and Chairman of the CARICOM Council for Human and Social Development and Chairman of the Caribbean Public Health Agency. As a Senior Leadership Fellow, he will teach a course in Spring 1, GHP 552-1, “Leadership Development in Global Health: Politics, Public Health and the Right to Health.”

Spring 2
Richard L. and Ronay A. Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow
Debrework Zewdie

Debrework Zewdie

Dr. Debrework Zewdie has dedicated the last 28 years to moderating the impact of infectious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS in her diverse capacities as Head of the National Research Institute of Health, director of the global HIV/AIDS program at the World Bank, and Deputy Regional Director of the Africa Region for the AIDS Control and Prevention Project of Family Health International in Kenya. In addition to her many illustrious accomplishments, Dr. Zewdie has previously served as a Senior MacArthur Fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. As a Senior Leadership Fellow, she will teach a course in Spring 2, GHP 552-2, “Developing Global Health Leadership: Combating HIV/AIDS to UHC.”