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Theory into Practice: Stories of Leadership in Global Health
Join us to hear perspectives on leadership from three MMSc-GHD alumni: Melino Ndayizigiye, MD, MMSc ’14 serves as Executive Director in Partners in Health – Lesotho Hannah Sehn, MMSc ’18 is Executive Director of Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE), Navajo Nation; Mohamed Bailor Barrie, MBChB, MMSc ‘16, is Executive Director of Partners in Health-Sierra Leone and a PhD Candidate at University of Southern California. These alumni will give examples of how they apply leadership skills in their positions, and participate in a moderated discussion on leadership in global health delivery with MMSc-GHD Program Director Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH.

Sep 9, 2022 08:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Bailor Barrie, MBChB, MMSc ‘16
Executive Director @Partners In Health – Sierra Leone
Dr. Bailor Barrie is the Executive Director of Partners in Health in Sierra Leone. Dr. Barrie grew up in rural Sierra Leone and was among the first students to graduate from Sierra Leone’s new national medical school. Upon graduation, he was offered well-paying jobs with international organizations. Instead, he founded Wellbody Alliance in Kono district, a clinic offering healthcare to the poor in a district heavily affected by the country’s civil war. When Ebola struck Sierra Leone, Dr. Barrie built a partnership between Wellbody and Partners in Health that was instrumental in establishing PIH operations in Sierra Leone. In 2021, Dr. Barrie took over as Executive Director for PIH-Sierra Leone. In addition to his training as a medical doctor, Dr. Barrie holds a Master of Medical Science in Global Health Delivery from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Barrie is a PhD Candidate in Global Health at the University of California, San Francisco, and conducts research on COVID-19 in Sierra Leone.
Melino Ndayizigiye, MD, MMSc ‘14
Executive Director @Partners In Health – Lesotho
Dr. Melino Ndayizigiye grew up in Southern Burundi without access to modern medicine, which influenced his decision to pursue medicine. He now works as the Executive Director of Partners In Health in Lesotho, an innovative healthcare non-profit serving Lesotho’s most vulnerable patients in the remote rural regions of Lesotho. He is supporting the implementation of the Lesotho health system reform. He currently works for Partners In Health in Lesotho as Executive Director. He leads the organization’s operations in the country, including clinical and non-clinical programs in all the PIH-supported sites and supporting the implementation of the health system reform and COVID-19 interventions in the country. Dr. Ndayizigiye is a member of the World Health Organization Foundation’s Strategic Advisory Group and the COVID-19 Multi-Country Research Group and has led and co-authored several studies on the impact of COVID-19 on health service delivery as well as health systems.
Hannah Sehn, MMSc ‘18
Executive Director @COPE – Navajo Nation
Hannah Sehn currently serves as the Executive Director of Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE), a 501c3 organization that works across the Navajo Nation in close collaboration with local community members and partners, including Navajo Nation leadership and health facilities serving the Navajo Nation. Her work in Navajo Nation has focused on leveraging diverse partnerships and stakeholders to improve health outcomes and promote healthy, empowered communities, and finding innovative ways to integrate the community voice, including patients and family members and the work of community health workers into a community-driven approach to address health disparities and improve patient outcomes. She oversees COPE’s core programming and COPE’s COVID-19 response in the Navajo Nation. In its role under the leadership of Navajo Nation Incident Command, COPE has been expanding contact tracing capacity and implementing the technology platform for the COVID-19 response.
Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH
Program Director @HMS Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery Program
Dr. Mukherjee is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Global Health Equity, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and associate professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School. In the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, she directs the Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery program and the Program in Global Medical Education and Social Change. She teaches infectious disease, global health delivery, and human rights worldwide to health professionals and students. Dr. Mukherjee has helped create new residency and fellowship training programs for Rwandan and Haitian physicians, global health residencies, and fellowships for US trainees at Harvard and other American universities.