Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PhD

Headshot of a womanAgnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PhD currently resides in Rwanda and is the Vice Chancellor and co-founder of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), an initiative of Partners In Health.

She is a Rwandan pediatrician, who returned to Rwanda in the late 1990s. She worked for 20 years in the public health sector in Rwanda, first as a clinician in public hospitals for four years. Afterwards, she worked in various high-level government positions between 2002 and 2016, serving first as the Executive Secretary of Rwanda's National AIDS Control Commission, then as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, and lastly as the Minister of Health for five years.

Professor Binagwaho also serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine, and Professor of Pediatrics at UGHE. Prof. Agnes supports research, data, and education and does so through her work as member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, member of the UNESCO Expert Group on Universities, and as Co-Chair for the International COVID-19 Data Alliance (ICODA) Scientific and Strategic Advisory Committee and the T20 Italy Task Force on Global Health and COVID-19. To leverage health for both Africa and Europe, Prof. She also serves as Co-Chair for the Africa-Europe Strategy Group on Health. She has published more than 210 peer-reviewed articles and was named among the 100 Most Influential African Women for 2020.