Global Health Leadership: Senior Health Leaders at LSHTM

Global Health Leadership: Senior Health Leaders at LSHTM

Senior health leaders from around the world joined the Executive Programme Fellowship as the third cohort met in London last week for the first residential phase of the Executive Programme for Global Health Leadership.  The programme, LSHTM’s first Executive Education offer, is designed to address the lack of strategic leadership courses within global health. The programme offers experienced professionals the opportunity to develop their personal leadership skills and professional networks. The week in London focused on developing a deeper understanding of self and others, strengthening leadership effectiveness in managing the political dynamics of operating in the health sphere, and mastering powerful communication.

Baroness Sheehan talks about politics and leadership

While visiting Chatham House, the Fellows had the opportunity to hear David Heymann speak about instruments to effect agendas in global health, and to conduct negotiation simulations, allowing them to apply their learnings from previous workshops in influencing with integrity. They also heard from former Chief Medical Officer Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, and incoming Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, who candidly shared their own insights on leadership to influence policy. Amongst the other contributors were high-level speakers such as Baroness Sheehan and DFID Chief Scientific Advisor Professor Charlotte Watts, who spoke about their own careers and tools of leadership in their respective political spheres. Fellows also visited the Health Foundation and enjoyed valuable sessions with Professors Jennifer Dixon and Anita Charlesworth, who shared their own personal leadership journeys.

Professor Chris Whitty shares insights on influencing health policy

Fellows expressed their appreciation for the “richness of the week”, commenting that they have been inspired, recognising that they have “many more opportunities in their careers – new openings, and new horizons”, and how “applicable and relevant the learning has been”. Coming from across the world, (Mongolia, the USA, Myanmar, Nigeria, the UK, Ethiopia, New Zealand and India) and from a wide range of health sectors, this year’s cohort again represents a diverse range of senior health leaders that described themselves as having “global diversity, in thoughts and perspectives”.

Fellows during a simulation exercise

As part of the Executive Programme, Fellows are assigned a Senior Academic Mentor at LSHTM who guides them on their health initiative – a project or policy on which Fellows focus throughout the programme, selected from their wide portfolio of commitments. Fellows and Mentors met at a networking event at Keppel Street, kindly hosted by Professor Dame Anne Mills, who underlined the huge success of this programme, which is now in its third year. The Executive Programme Team thank colleagues across LSHTM for their role in the ongoing development and delivery of the Executive Programme.

The Third Cohort in London

The cohort of Fellows now progresses on to the bespoke inter-residential phase of the courses, where they will benefit from expert mentorship and Executive Coaching to support their initiatives, as well as their personal and professional leadership strengths. They will meet again in Switzerland in March 2020, at the Geneva Graduate Institute, the Faculty’s collaborator, to focus on the skills needed for operating on the global stage, exploring the art of diplomacy, negotiation and horizon scanning, before meeting for a final week in South Africa with the University of Cape Town in June 2020 to enhance their systems and strategic leadership. We are all looking forward to reuniting for these enriching weeks.

If you are interested in joining the Executive Programme for Global Health Leadership or know a senior health leader who might value the opportunities and experience the programme offers, you are welcome to contact our team to discuss further. We can be reached at or you can find out more on the programme webpage.

LSHTM is committed to improving health leadership for the benefit of populations worldwide.

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