For this week’s alumni profile we spoke to alumnus Muhammad Ali Pate. Muhammad will be the Global Director of the World Bank for Health, Nutrition and Population as well as Director of the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF) for the World Bank Group, from July 1, 2019. Whilst, he has also been appointed by the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health as Julio Frenk Professor of Public Health Leadership in the Department of Global Health and Population. Muhammad is also an adjunct professor for the Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University. He graduated with a master’s in Health Systems Management from LSHTM in 2000.
What did you study at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and why?
I studied an MSc in Health Systems Management as it offered the best course on health systems management focused on developing countries.
How has your degree at LSHTM complemented your career?
It enabled me to successfully pivot from a clinical role to take on progressive managerial and leadership responsibilities, at a national level as well as globally.
Were the relationships you formed at LSHTM useful – in what way?
As an external student my circle was limited. But, I have fond memories of the period of my study at the school.
Please summarise how you feel about being appointed as Global Director for Health, Nutrition and Population for the World Bank as well as Director of the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF) for the World Bank Group?
It is a tremendous opportunity to serve. I am looking forward to working with colleagues at the Bank, partner organizations and client countries to improve population health and wellbeing, especially for the poorest. Achieving universal access to high quality health services and improving global public health preparedness and response would be invaluable in safeguarding the future.
What do you hope to further achieve in your field in the future?
I hope to contribute in teaching, coaching and mentoring the next generation of innovative and transformational leaders in global health.
What advice do you have for current students?
Excel in both character and competence, in order to change the world positively.